The drive to hear the buzzer sound at the end of an eight second ride is the motivation that keeps many people's rodeo attempts alive. Birthright gives a new meaning to family traditions in the rodeo scene. It is an automatic assumption that the brothers, uncles, and cousins are all going to compete when the rodeo comes to town. Many sons follow in their father's legendary footsteps, while some just march to the beat of a gate crashing against the steel bars of the arena. Location, location, location-not all rodeos are in Texas. There are a few cities that can hold their own and play host to the some of the world's fiercest competitors when the call of the rodeo is heard. Las Vegas, Baton Rouge, and New Mexico hold a close candle to many of the Texas towns we see on the PBR circuit.
Priority one: the training facility. there's not a man alive that has seen a rodeo and not wondered what it felt like to get on 2,500 pounds of raw, untamed muscle and harness the power of man against animal. It is recommended that the local hangout's mechanical bull or Levi's fenced in yard behind the barn not be the criteria one uses to claim the title of 'rodeo star'. Ranches with legitimate riders, ropers, and physicians can be found in directories nationwide.
Priority two: the instructor. Credentials are a must in the lassoing knowledge of the arena. Retirement is often the choice made by professional rodeo participants when injury or accomplishment has been reached in their personal rodeo ride. trust familiar names and brands use by the trainer. Gear should be provided to the novice, as well as, the experienced riders. Your trainer will know the best of the best.
Priority three: facing reality. Not all people are cut out to be in the circuit. If you meet your medical co-pays three or four times over in the attempt to become a part of the rodeo, you may need to step back and take a look the whole picture. You may be cut out to be an active spectator instead of an active participant.
Final priority: enjoy the rodeo. It is thrilling to see a cowboy jump off his horse and rope a calf in thirty seconds. Equally a thrilling, watching a barrel rider clear all the obstacles perfectly. The rodeo harnesses the pure power of man against animal while executing the control and style of a well trained athlete. It is all about quality entertainment and the display of man's power over animals. Think long and hard about the rodeo, it is one of the greatest rides around.