Galisteo Rodeo

- July 11, 2011

"The power you’ll see and feel at a rodeo, if you’re lucky enough to get up close, Is terrifying, and awesome in the best sense of that word."

Today was the last day to see the Galisteo Rodeo. I attended this event last year and really enjoyed most of it. 
 
This is a high impact sport, requiring an amazing level of fitness, both mental and physical. The only reason I said that I enjoyed “most “ of last year’s rodeo was because a young man died after being thrown in the bronco-riding event. He left a young wife and two children behind. This is serious business; and instead of writing about it at length, I thought this time I’d just let the photographs (and video---see link below) speak for themselves.
 
And for those who are concerned that the animals which are part of this spectacle are abused in any way; I saw no sign of that whatsoever. They do, however, work every bit as hard as their human counterparts. They are put through their paces, there is no doubt about that; and their physical conditioning is no less evident than their riders’.
 
When you’re close to these performers, you are reminded of why primitive people were terrified at their first sight (and I’d like to add “sound”) of man on horse.
 
The power you’ll see and feel at a rodeo, if you’re lucky enough to get up close, Is terrifying, and awesome in the best sense of that word.
 
So, welcome to the 2011 Rodeo de Galisteo, here in New Mexico!
 
And this time, quite literally, Happy Trails to you from Santa Fe, New Mexico in the U S of A.
 
If you'd like to see more photos and video, please scoot on over to my website, Trips and Quips.