Sunday, April 06, 2008

Chute Doggin', Pole Bendin' and Bareback Bronc Ridin'

Today I went to the town of Davie, just a few minutes south of Fort Lauderdale, for the 2008 "Sunshine Stampede" Gay Rodeo. The men were sizzlean and the women were awesome. The favorite event of the day (and a very dangerous one) was the "Wild Drag Race", an event particular to gay rodeos. It involves a team composed of one male, one female, one of either in drag and one very angry steer. The cowgirl holds the rope attached to the steer when it is released from the chute. The team has to get the steer over a line 70 feet from the chute, and the drag has to mount it and ride it back across that line. Not easy.
After so many years rubbing shoulders with urban cowboys, it was a pleasure to be among the real ones.

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"Someday Soon" is by Judy Collins.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I had forgotten how much I like Judy Collins and cowboys.
Randy

henry said...

What is it that makes those cows so mad? Is it the music or the outfits? The Holsteins and Heresfords in my neighborhood are models of gentle affection.

tater said...

Did Kenny Chesney Perform for his peeps? I have always wanted to attend a gay rodeo event, the images you captured have now made my attendance mandatory.

Cooper said...

I own two pairs of custom-made cowboy boots which I wear regularly. This year I'll be buying my sons their first pairs. I've been to many regular rodeo events, but I'd love to attend a gay one some day! Great title, by the way.