Back in July (I know, it seems like forever ago to me too, but it’s been a very long several months) I took a long weekend and went down to Oregon to spend some time with my family. My Aunt and Uncle were visiting Oregon from Michigan, because my cousin and his daughter live there. They invited me down for a couple of days of fun activities.
First up – a rodeo in my cousin’s small town. I was about to experience my first-ever Philomath Frolic. It had been ages since I’d been to a rodeo, so I was excited to go. I know that not everybody agrees with rodeos, but I grew up riding horses, and running barrels and cattle penning for fun. I even used to try to rope, but I was never talented enough…
The weather wasn’t great – it rained a good portion of the day, but it at least wasn’t too cold. And we were in the covered grandstand.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
The Drill Team – the Frolic had a drill team – a group of horses and riders who do a synchronized pattern on their horses. It’s kind of like synchronized swimming.
First up in the competitive rodeo events was Saddle Bronc Riding. The goal is to stay on for 8 seconds. Your free hand can’t hold on!
Next came Calf Roping – you have to rope the calf and lay him on the ground. Best time wins.
This is breakaway roping. The rider ropes the calf, but immediately lets go. Best time wins here too.
In Team Roping, you have a Header and a Heeler. It’s like it sounds, the Header ropes the head and the Heeler ropes the back legs. There is a 5 second penalty if the Heeler only catches one back leg.
Donkey Racing – this event is just for fun. One person rides the donkey down the length of the arena and around a barrel. The other person rides back! Or as you can see, sometimes “riding” is a bit of a stretch.
This baby donkey was just born the night before! He’s so cute!
Barrel Racing – the rider and the horse execute a pattern of running around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. Fastest time wins, with a 5 second penalty for knocking over barrels.
Bull Riding is easily the most dangerous sport for the rodeo rider. The goal is to stay on for 8 seconds. It is hard to do! I wish the first photo below was a little more clear, but I couldn’t resist posting it because it is such an awesome photo!
So that was my Philomath Frolic experience. I hope you enjoyed it! Have you ever been to a rodeo?