5 Ways to Rock Your First Rodeo by Kari Lynn Dell, Author of Last Chance Rodeo
Or your second, third, or even tenth rodeo! The more you know about the sport, the more you’ll appreciate the finer points, and notice the unsung heroes. First off, though, you have to find a rodeo near you, which is easier and more likely than most people think, regardless of where you live in the U.S. Check out this great database at Rodeo USA, which includes events at all levels of rodeo, even the Senior Pro shows where I compete: https://rodeosusa.com/rodeos/
Once you’ve found a rodeo to attend, you’ll want to learn the basics about the various events ahead of time. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has a nice tutorial that shows what a great ride or run should look like and explains rules that new fans often find confusing.
Now that you’ve seen the contestants in action, let’s talk about the rodeo lifesavers. In the bareback and saddle bronc riding, those are the pickup men, who are so amazing I made them the stars of two of the books in my Texas Rodeo series, Reckless in Texas and Tougher in Texas.
And finally the bullfighters, the heroes of Reckless, Fearless, and Mistletoe in Texas. These guys may look crazy, but they are actually highly trained professionals who’ve spent years practicing their craft and studying the behavior of bulls in order to put themselves in the best position possible to save a cowboy from being stomped or hooked by a half ton of irritated bovine.
Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to get out to see a rodeo in person in the near future. Or they’ll come home from the one they did attend craving more. Thanks to the same folks who’ve been bringing us the glory of cowboys in Wranglers for decades, anyone world-wide can stream hours of free arodeo action from across the country. Just visit their site at https://wranglernetwork.com and hover your mouse over the Rodeo tab for a list of upcoming and archived major events. As a bonus, you’ll also find great interviews and music on the site.
That’s all there is to it. Five quick steps to becoming a true fan of what I consider to be the greatest sport on earth. But yeah, I could be slightly prejudiced.
He came to Blackfeet Nation looking for his missing horse
And found the heart he'd lost along the way.
One thoughtless moment cost David Parsons everything—his irreplaceable horse, his rodeo career, and his fiancée. After four long years he's finally tracked his horse to the Blackfeet Reservation and is ready to reclaim his pride.
It should be the happiest day of his life. But the troubled young boy who's riding Muddy now has had more than his fair share of hard knocks, and his fierce guardian Mary Steele will do whatever it takes to make sure losing this horse isn't the blow that levels him. David finds himself drawn to both woman and child, and is faced with a soul-wrenching dilemma: take his lost shot at rodeo glory...or claim what could be his last chance to make his shattered heart whole?
Author Kari Lynn Dell is a Blackfeet descendant who lives with her family on the reservation and brings a lifetime of rodeo experience to this touching family drama.
The lucky print book winner is: Tamara Kasyan
Kari Lynn Dell is a native of north central Montana, a third generation ranch-raised cowgirl, horse trainer and rodeo competitor, most recently the 2013 Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association Breakaway Roping Champion. She attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She currently resides on the family ranch on the Blackfeet Reservation, loitering in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, son and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on the front step, a view of Glacier National Park from her writing desk and Canada within spitting distance.
Come visit at KariLynnDell.com, hear what's next on the publication front, learn firsthand about ranch life on the east slope of Rockies and laugh with us at the tales of woe and wonder that come with living on the northern frontier. Really, someone should be filming this stuff. Occasionally, we do.