For the third week in a row, I arrived at a rodeo where Dan Hubbell had been lobbying for restricting my access. It's almost like he knows he can't compete straight up. Of course, the committee and staff at Clovis always has my back, and this time was no different. 8am slack:
The Clovis Touring Pro is the only PBR event I shoot. This year Lane Frost's parents were honored on the 25th anniversary of the Challenge of the Champions which had a stop in Clovis.
For the first performance of the rodeo, it rained really hard and the arena was too much of a swamp to safely navigate, so I shot behind the chutes and other places:
On Saturday morning they flew a helicopter over the arena for several hours in an attempt to dry it out. That's didn't work at all.
On Thursday before the rains, I had claimed a spot opposite the bucking chutes that worked out fairly well for the PBR night, but also happened to be right next to a major drain…a drain that ended up getting completely clogged with mud. So my spot was in about a foot of mud and water, not great for escaping bucking stock. Picture by my friend Alfreda Sebasto:
Steer wrestling is always awesome in the mud:
JJ Harrison is not afraid of a little (or a lot) of mud:
It was great being able to shoot from the arena dirt for the first time at Clovis:
The narrow arena is not the best for shooting barrel racing, but I mixed it up a little bit:
Some very wild buckoffs:
Always the highlight of the Clovis Rodeo, the Special Kids Rodeo where the best of the best teach kids how to rope and ride: