Remember your first rodeo? Relive the experience through the eyes of German exchange student Jennifer Deppe. Read her entertaining article here.
Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo’s longest 8 seconds
by Jennifer Deppe
Reprinted from June 10th edition of the Meadowlark Herald. Used with permission.
The Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo on June 7th to June 9th was very exciting. The show on Friday, June 7th, ranged from a lovely drill team and demonstrations to mad running sheep and flying men. For me it was the first time watching a rodeo. I was cocksure it should not be that hard to stay on a bull for 8 seconds but I was about to be proved wrong.
However, the rodeo began with demonstrations by the Cheyenne Dandies. Personally, I thought it was stunning to watch them doing their drills. Nobody ran into each other or made any major mistake. It was very enjoyable. Right after that, the introductions of the sponsors, the rodeo royalty, the Stampede Board, the pick-up men and the top cowboys began. I don’t think I ever saw horses going that fast and sand flying in every direction. Another unexpected thing was the Cowboy Prayer. It was nice to experience it because that just made a little bigger for me.
Then it started. The first man got on this heavy and endless strong colossus of a bull which got incredibly angry right after the gate was opened. The bull kicked and bucked in a deadly temper. Even by watching this barely in control spectacle I got nervous and sweaty. Especially after the first man flew… One of the bull-fighters came to close to a bull and learned how to fly with a little help of the bulls horns. For me it was shocking to see how he was doing his somersaults but I was even more glad when I saw he was fine and kept on doing his job. The bulls of the night were very impressive, huge and strong with names that ranged from Beetle Juice and Socks to Holy Smoke, Small Problem and Frickin Wild. After all bull rides, I thought the cowboys got away pretty well, only one with a dislocated shoulder. Sometimes it was nerve wracking to watch the cowboys fighting to pass the remaining time until they fulfilled 8 seconds and only a few cowboys made it. The ride of Kody Lostroh from LaSalle, Colorado was outstanding. He received a score of 89. The highest score of the night.
If a bull did not quite get it back to its pen the pickup men had go swing their ropes and take it back in. I enjoyed this part a lot. The men were moving smoothly and had no problem roping the bull. This kind of job would be our German stereotype of cowboys and I was happy to see that they really do rope cows. The Rodeo Clown was J.W. Winklepeck. He was funny and made the whole arena laugh. One time when he was hiding in his barrel he got attacked by a bull. The barrel did its job and kept him safe though. This attack just gave him more ammunition for his explosive humor.
The intermission between section 2 and 3 of Xtreme Bull Riding was Mutton Busting. In my opinion that was the attraction of the day. It was very funny and you could the adrenalin of the kids who where fighting with those bloodthirsty madly running sheep. They were holding on to the sheep at hard as their could, born to be survivors. A young boy won the Mutton Busting. His father was a professional cowboy in the rodeo and I bet he was a very proud daddy that night, too.
During the last intermission the audience was entertained by the drill team from Elbert county called Blazing Saddles. It was a blast watching their demonstration. I am sure they had practiced a lot for this rodeo and the result was thrilling. I thought it was very nice to have a local group performing in the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. Well done ladies!
I enjoyed the whole rodeo and I would always come back from Germany to see it again.