August 8, 2003 4:14 PM   Subscribe

Ouch! Kurt falls to the dirt, surely hurt, while a clown on the alert wearing a skirt made of shirts, attempts to distract, to divert, a raging bull, ...one of many documented attractions at the Valley Center Western Days Rodeo.

My particular favorites are the "man vs steer", the stalemate, and nothing describes kids on sheep better than "mutton busting".
posted by thisisdrew (15 comments total)
Darwin in action. The funny thing is that most people from rodeo-loving cultures don't believe in evolution.
posted by scarabic at 4:22 PM on August 8, 2003

These people are insane. But the kids riding sheep... that's comedy gold.
posted by swerve at 4:24 PM on August 8, 2003

Dude, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you've seen a hundred people chasing a greased pig around a rodeo arena.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:00 PM on August 8, 2003

I'm not too big on the whole abusing animals for sport thing (and I'm sure there's a bunch of hypocrisies in my life but that's my opinion dammit!)
I love it when the guy gets a face/ass/nards/stomach/(any body part) full of bull horn, go bull! I mean, could you possibly argue that he/she didn't deserve it?
posted by imaswinger at 5:27 PM on August 8, 2003

ok, scratch 'deserve it' and change to 'had it comin'
posted by imaswinger at 5:27 PM on August 8, 2003

Everything else aside, that's some damned fine photography.
posted by kaibutsu at 6:11 PM on August 8, 2003

What a great link. I, a computer science major and admitted member of the "city folk", got a chance to attend a rodeo just last weekend. I didn't know what to expect, and to my amazement, I found it enjoyable. The impressive photography on the site captures a mere portion of the experience of seeing it in person. It's just too bad the one I went to didn't have any mutton busting.
posted by pheideaux at 8:49 PM on August 8, 2003

Y'all just missed the world-famous Calgary Stampede. About half my lifetime ago, one of my friends won the boys steer wrestling while sporting a cast on his ankle, which he'd busted in a previous rodeo.

I'm sharing a secret past life here, but... I've ridden in a couple of rodeos. If I recall, I think my mom may have stuck my little sister in the mutton busting event in the Dogpound rodeo (though unlike in the posted photos above, the kids wore hockey helmets).

If there was an 'ornery pony ride' we little kids would have all the blue ribbons. (My sister was the only person that could get near her pony, Nabob, because the two of them discovered he had a thing for peanut butter cookies.)

I witnessed many ugly and unnecessary injuries, animals and riders both. I can't watch rodeos (or horse or dog racing) even on tv anymore.
posted by spandex at 2:38 AM on August 9, 2003

oops. Junior steer riding, not wrestling. I was confusing my friend's ankle break while riding, with the time a cow's hoof caught him in the eye while he was practicing his steer wrestling.

You know, at the age of 13 or so.
posted by spandex at 2:52 AM on August 9, 2003

i'm on the side of the non-human animals. with any luck one of these people will take a hell of a beating. no doubt, however, that if someone gets killed the animal will be punished.

The funny thing is that most people from rodeo-loving cultures don't believe in evolution.

probably because they have no proof of it in their own lives. fucking idiots.
posted by dobbs at 9:05 AM on August 9, 2003

Who pissed in your breakfast this morning, dobbs?
posted by Vidiot at 10:43 AM on August 9, 2003

Thanks for the link thisisdrew those are some cool fine pictures.
posted by stbalbach at 4:25 AM on August 10, 2003

Dude, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you've seen a hundred people chasing a greased pig

you got dat shit right, mr. crash davis. and it's mostly jes' tourists and people from away that'd waste a perfeckly good pre-greased pig on chasin'.
posted by quonsar at 5:52 AM on August 10, 2003

Vidiot: no one did. I don't think people should derive entertainment from torturing animals. Weird, huh?

Crash, am I happy about it? No. Surprised? No. Upset? Not in the least.

If you're gonna throw a guilt trip at anyone, try the idiots cheering on the event, the morons organizing it, or the parents who let a child anywhere near a bull. Hell, you were pretty happy about the greased pig nonsense yourself. Perhaps you should check out your own reflection. Anyone who encourages this kind of treatment of animals and then asks "wtf?" when someone dies is living in denial.

As someone once said: "You mess with the bull, young man, you'll get the horns."
posted by dobbs at 11:42 AM on August 11, 2003

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