Sunday, January 30, 2011
Have you ever heard someone say: "This isn't my first rodeo."? Well, I went to one last night and it was my first rodeo. Have you been to one?
The Northwest Mississippi Championship Rodeo was held at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo MS.
Quick trivia question: What famous person was born in Tupelo? (Answer at bottom.)
Some bulls are harder to ride than others. Before the event, they draw for rides. When you get bucked off, cowboy up.
My favorite event was calf roping. It requires teamwork with the horse. When the rider lassos the calf, he jumps off to tie the calf's legs. The horse keeps the rope taut around the calf's neck by backing up or moving forward as needed, thus helping the cowboy.
You think of rodeos, you think of men -- at least I do, but women can participate, too. Barrel racing is for women only. Three barrels are set out and the women have to race around each one. The person with the lowest time is the winner. Knock over a barrel and the rider gets a five-second penalty. The winning time was 14+ seconds, so you can see that one barrel mishap, and the rider is out of the event.
Answer to trivia question: Although you probably associate Elvis Presley with Memphis, he was born in Tupelo MS.
Photos by MOJO and taken with my Canon.