2014 La Grange Rodeo

As in past years, I started my 2014 rodeo season at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA. Since it is a semi-pro rodeo and comes the week before my pro rodeo season starts, La Grange is both a convenient warmup and testing ground for the ideas I came up with during the winter. La Grange is also a colorful rodeo where there is as much action outside of the arena as there is in it. La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Chuck Morris of Rockin' M Rodeo Co moves some of his broncs at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

One of the ideas I had over the off-season was to shoot roping next to the chute with a wide lens.

Breakaway roper Noel Hannon of Redwood Valley, CA competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Breakaway roper Addie Engelhart of Lakeview, CA at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Breakaway roper Jamie Haigh of San Rafael, CA competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Lots of roughstock action with the stock winning more than they lost.

Bareback rider Casey Meroshnekoff of Red Bluff, CA competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Quincy Crum of Little Valley, CA competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Saddle bronc rider John Giacone of Kerman, CA competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Bull rider Travis Trizinsky of Reno, NV competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Bull rider Sterling Ward of Gardnerville, NV competes at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Colin Letson of Laton, CA gets bucked off at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

The best part of the rodeo for pictures is the goat scramble. Volunteers line the kids up at one end of the arena and hold some goats at the other end. When they release the goats, the kids take off to try to catch one. The lucky kids who do catch a goat get to keep it. The joy and dejection pictures are always great.

Goat scramble at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Goat scramble at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Goat scramble at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.

Goat scramble at the La Grange Rodeo in La Grange, CA.