Let’Er Buck

Last week, Captain Cavedweller and I attended the Pendleton Round-Up.

Despite the insanely warm temperatures and the fact one of us got a sunburn, we had such a good time.

We also had great seats, close to the bucking chutes where I was able to take some photos.

BB1Here’s a little action from the Bareback Riding.

BB2The horses seemed to be enjoying it as much as the cowboys and the crowd.


SB3I took a bunch of photos of the saddle bronc riders because The Christmas Cowboy (coming in mid-October) is about a saddle bronc rider.

SB2I’ve already been studying the photos, gleaning a few details I want to include in the story.

SB1That, and it’s just fun to look at the images. I love this one.

I also took a bunch of photos of the steer wrestlers – but that’s for a future project you’ll just have to stay tuned to learn more about!

No rodeo is complete without a little bull riding.

Bullrider2Although the bulls didn’t want to get very far away from the chutes to do their thing, I did snag a few photos. Love the dirt flying around the bull in this one.

If you love great rodeo action, the Pendleton Round-Up is well worth your time. Beginning in 1910, the event draws thousands of attendees every year and offers everything from top-name country music concerts, parades, and a Wild West show to the world-famous Rodeo.

I’m so glad we had the opportunity to attend this year because not just for my book research project (which happens to include the Round-Up) but also because it was just a lot of fun.

You can research just about anything online these days, but sometimes, nothing beats getting out and having a first-hand experience. You never know what creative juices will start flowing when you do.


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