2014 Clovis Rodeo

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:

Steer wrestler Ethen Thouvenell of Hooper, UT competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, CA competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Seth Brockman of Wheatland, WY competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Wyatt Smith of Rexburg, ID competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Josh Garner of Live Oak, CA competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Sean Santucci of Prineville, OR competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Zayne DIshion of Bishop, CA competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Derrick Begay of Seba Dalkai, AZ competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Jordan Wright of Madera, CA competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Spencer Mitchell of Colusa, CA competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Cord Forzano of Madera, CA competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Jade Corkill of Fallon, NV competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Jim Ross Cooper of Monument, NM competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Junior Nogueira of Scottsdale, AZ competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

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.

Clyde and Elsie Frost watch a video of their son Lane Frost at the PBR Touring Pro event at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Ben Jones & John Growney - 2014 Clovis Rodeo

Mitch Coleman - 2014 Clovis Rodeo

Bull rider Claudio Cristostomo of Barro Alto, Brazil rides Cracker Jack at the PBR Touring Pro event at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Lachlan Richardson of Gresford, NSW, AU rides On the Corner at the PBR Touring Pro event at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Harlem Shuffle, with a sign stuck on his horn, chases bullfighter Eric Layton of Red Bluff, CA at the PBR Touring Pro event at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Ty Pozzobon of Merrit, BC gets bucked off Maverick at the PBR Touring Pro event at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

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:

Austin Foss

Clint Cannon

Don Kish

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.

Helicopter

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:

Where not to stand - 2014 Clovis Rodeo

Steer wrestling is always awesome in the mud:

Steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner of Rigby, ID competes competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner of Rigby, ID walks away after competing at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge of Elko, NV competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Steer wrestler Sean Santucci of Prineville, OR competes competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

JJ Harrison is not afraid of a little (or a lot) of mud:

JJ Harrison

JJ Harrison

It was great being able to shoot from the arena dirt for the first time at Clovis:

Saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington of Hastings, MN rides Numero Uno at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Justin Lawrence of Woodlake, CA rides Iron Maiden at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bareback rider Steven Peebles of Redmond, OR rides Darth Vader at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Tie-down roper Tuf Cooper of Decatur, TX competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Team roper Keven Daniel of Franklin, TN competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

The narrow arena is not the best for shooting barrel racing, but I mixed it up a little bit:

Barrel racer Kassidy Dennison of Tohatchi, NM competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Barrel racer Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, TX competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Barrel racer Fallon Taylor of Whitesboro, TX competes at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Some very wild buckoffs:

Bull rider Corey Granger of Zachary, LA gets bucked off Cowboy Justice at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Jordan Spears of Redding, CA gets bucked off Victory Dance at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Brett Stall of Detroit Lakes, MN gets bucked off Blue Blooded at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Nick LaDuke of Livermore, CA gets bucked off 824 at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, NM gets bucked off Canadian Tuxedo at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, NM gets bucked off Canadian Tuxedo at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Bull rider Chris Roundy of Spanish Fork, UT gets bucked off Dirty Macy at the Clovis Rodeo in Clovis, CA.

Always the highlight of the Clovis Rodeo, the Special Kids Rodeo where the best of the best teach kids how to rope and ride:

Stetson Vest teaches roping

Trevor Brazile teaches roping

Trevor Knowles teaches roping