Western Heritage Rodeo
By Joe Starkey
Every year in May, the working cowboys of the ranches in the Big County dust off their working gear and head for Abilene. Their rodeo seems to be the same as the ones you see on TV but then you start to see the differences between Pro cowboys and working cowboys. The most visible is in the saddleback bronc riding. Pro cowboys have reins and never touch the horse with their hands without being disqualified. Working cowboys don’t have reins but can hold onto the saddle horn for dear life. It’s a much less controlled ride.
Notice in the image included just how many workers it takes for one cowboy to try to ride one wild off-the-range bronco. It’s even more fun when the horse comes back towards the pens and all those workers start climbing the fence.
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