On Tues. a friend gave us tickets to the Pro Bull Riding competition at the National Western Stock Show. This has become a yearly event for the four of us; it's a time when we make time to get together, as our busy schedules seem to pull us in different directions, even though we have similar likes. So when the NWSS comes to Denver, we get food and chase bulls and horses. This year, instead of eating out, we fixed a picnic supper - and ended up eating it in the car because of the traffic going into Denver. We still laughed a lot and poked along in the traffic.
We had wanted to arrive earlier this year so we would have time to check out the event center before the bull riding began. On the walk from the stadium to the event center Bill and I were asked if we wanted to look around the booths, or join them checking on the horse stalls for the upcoming draft horse events. Duh! Like we would choose stuff over seeing horses!
As we traipsed through the cattle barn, we saw some of the biggest Hereford bulls I have ever seen. I heard that they now breed for flatness of back and length of leg: equals more space for meat. They all looked like they had just stepped out of the beauty shop; I commented that the guys must have to have lessons in how to shave the tails "just so", as they all had the same 'styling'.
Entering the next building, we saw the 'nursery'; a family of goats with two of the cutest kids; a very large sow pig with eight very hungry piglets,
and an alpaca mama and baby.
At that, we moved back to the stadium and the bull riding.
During a break in the rounds, we saw some team penning. If any of you have read Mark Rashid's stories about team penning - this is a prime example - of how to scatter cattle and NOT win a competition.
At half time, we got a short exhibition of truly good teamwork... a six-up team of black quarter horses pulling the stagecoach and a team of Percherons on the white wagon.
Sunday, we get to see them perform at Big Thunder at the Budweiser Event Center, and again the following Sunday at the NWSS for their final performance. If ever given a chance to see them... GOOOO!