It’s rodeo season here in Montana.
We took a break from haying to celebrate the 4th of July cowboy style at the Livingston Roundup.
The view is incredible. That’s the gateway to Yellowstone National Park in the distance.
We met up with Cavan Wrzesinski, the bareback rider that we sponsor, for a pre-rodeo steak at The Stockman in Livingston. I could go on and on about The Stockman but that’s another story for another time.
Cavan is a student at Montana State in Bozeman and competes at both college and professional rodeo levels.
He’s a frequent visitor to the ranch on the trail to as many summer rodeos as he can possibly enter.
Back at the arena, spending some time with Cavan behind the chutes as he got ready to ride.
What do you think of the shirts?
Lots of stretching and warming up behind the scenes. These guys are athletes.
Look at the tape on that arm.
Here’s a little more on the Bareback riding event and why Cavan needs to prepare.
A modern day version of “riding for the brand”.
A quiet moment of prayer.
Gloves, chaps and it’s time to head to the chute.
Getting the rigging on a pretty Paint.
Bareback riding is the first event of the evening.
Busy time behind the chutes as cowboys strategize then pitch in to help contestants get ready to ride.
Time for the National Anthem in the arena. The American Flag on horseback with mountains in the background takes my breath away every time.
Last minute adjustments.
Love this photo! Look at that face, those eyes…..oh yeah…..Cavan’s in there too.
Cavan rides with a vest. Each cowboy has a different preference in riding gear. Some ride with fully padded vests that include neck support.
It’s all business from here.
Ready to ride……..but yikes, no photos of the actual ride.
Hanging out behind the chutes was a great place for pre-ride photos but no view of arena. Somehow I think jumping up on the chute to take photos would have been frowned upon.
You win some you lose some.
Cavan’s back on the rodeo road again.
When a rodeo cowboy says hit the road he means it. The last two weeks in July he is up in Lewistown, Helena, Libby, Eureka and East Glacier then on to Sidney, Bozeman and Glasgow. Somewhere along the way he got kicked and is riding with broken ribs. Now that’s tough!
At last check in, Cavan was leading the pack at the Last Chance Stampede in Helena, Montana with a score of 76 on Alley Trail from the Kessler Rodeo Company.
Good luck Cavan! We’ll catch you down the road.