2013 Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

The Rancho Mission Viejo rodeo is different from most rodeos due to the fact that only the top 30 in the world in each event are eligible, and also for the added money. Coming late in the season, it's a chance for the leaders to seal their place at the NFR and a chance for the guys on the bubble to make up some ground. Before the rodeo I spent some time at their ranch called Cow Camp. Calfs were tested out by some ropers and then all of the stock was loaded into haulers for the quick trip down the road to the rodeo.

Roping steers are moved to the hauler at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Blair Burk tests out a calf at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Cody Ohl tests out a calf at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Once again I was on assignment to get a cover of the winning header for Spin to Win. Unfortunately this time the winning header (Aaron Tsinigine) wasn't well known enough to get a cover, so one of my older pictures of his heeler Clay O'Brien Cooper ran as the cover. Pictures of Tsinigine were used inside the issue. That's life in the publishing business.

Team roper Kevan Daniel of Franklin, TN competes at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Team roper Drew Horner of Plano, TX competes at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Other action at Rancho Mission Viejo:

Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey of Colbert, WA competes at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Tie-down roper Trevor Brazile of Decatur, TX competes at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Tie-down roper Justin Maass of Giddings, TX competes at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson of Louisville, MS competes at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter of Weatherford, TX rides War Glory at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Chuck Schmidt of Keldron, SD rides Professionals Choice at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss of Heflin, LA rides The Voice at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bareback rider Winn Ratliff of Leesville, LA rides Peppy Bound at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright of Milford, UT rides Sacred Sacrifice at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek, AB rides Soda Pop at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bull rider Cheyne Olney of Toppenish, WA takes a re-ride at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bull rider Steve Woolsey of Payson, UT rides Justin Boots at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright of Milford, UT gets bucked off Hat Stomper at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bull rider Tyler Willis of Wheatland, WY rides Happy Hooker at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bullfighter Chance Jackson battles Mad Money at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bareback rider Kaycee Feild of Payson, UT celebrates his day wain at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Bareback rider Steven Peebles of Redmond, OR celebrates his day wain at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.