CowboySam: Day 2
Apr 26 2009 at 09:56am
Calf Roping on Foot went about as well as the day before. I used a different rope today and almost caught a hoof. Sometime I wish this event wasn’t always first. 9 or 10am is way too damned early when adult beverages are consumed the night before. I’m not in my twenties any more.
Dade and I covered Steer Deco today. Yee Haw!!! It wasn’t the most cooperative steer but Dade is no longer a virgin. It was a nice purple ribbon too. Did I mention that Dade wore a pink shirt? Queer eye for the rodeo guy….
Chute Dogging was a total disaster. The return gate was to the right of the chutes. Most of the steers would come out of the gate and made a hard right turn to get out of the arena. The chute gate opened. The damned thing took a step out of the chute, picked me up, tossed me aside like a used Kleenex and headed to the gate, leaving me once again lying on my back alone…
The most fun of the whole rodeo was our last Wild Drag attempt. Dade once again adorned his blue striped frock. Dusty and I talked how to distract the steer so it would head to the gate. The strategy worked too. We got the steer over the line fairly quickly. Dade when to jump on. The steer lurched knocking Dusty down. I dug in so I wouldn’t step on Dusty. The steer just pulled harder and I was launched like a missile over the top of her, clutching the rope until I did a perfect face-plant into the arena. The crowd found it amusing. I just rolled over and laughed. We looked like the Keystone Cops out there. God it was fun! I hope to team up with them again sometime.
JW and I were determined to better our position in goats today. Wade’s team was leading from the day before, but he had an unfortunate costume malfunction which opened the door for us commoners. Wouldn’t you know it the underwear got snagged on the hoof and delayed us for 2 seconds. Such luck… I still had a good time. Thanks JW.
All in all, it was a great rodeo. I reconnected with old friends and made some new friends. I guess that’s what these things are all about really. Men, beer, and horseshit… it doesn’t get any better than that….