Fast horses, cowboys, pretty girls and cute kids? Priceless.
This is one of the high school rodeos held around Missouri throughout the summer. It's a great show, and well-worth the price if you're looking for action shots. Last year, one of the Ashland rodeos turned cold and I had a t-shirt on. This year the weather was a lot better.
The Grand Entrance. They do it at EVERY rodeo, amateur or pro.
I noticed John shot a lot from the bleachers with a long lens. I wonder whether it was for the perspective or just to keep his gear clean. I shot standing at the rail, even though some shots are even better at ground level. It was muddy as hell in the ring, and when those horses ran close to the fence, sand, mud and equine fecal matter sprayed everywhere. I might need to put my bag on the roof of the car and drive through a carwash after this one.
The crowd was on the edge of their seats
There were cowboys
Saddle bronc riding. Two riders - it was over before I could set my camera.
And, bull riding - YES!
Nikon D700 and Sigma EX 70-200 2.8 (mostly AP at f/7.1)The burgers and coffee were good too.