What a night. WHOA. I don’t think you could pay me enough to get on a bucking animal. I had the opportunity to attend the rodeo on Saturday night with EN. We had a blast cheering on our favorite cowboys. I only wish I had brough my pink sequined cowboy hat (just kidding)! There were 12 cowboys competing for the grand prize of World’s Toughest Cowboy and a ranch in Wyoming. The semi-finals took place in St. Paul on Saturday night and the finals are next week in Chicago.
It was quite the endurance test. There were 3 rounds – one was bareback horse, the next was saddled horse and the third was a bull. All the animals were bred to be superb buckers (which they were). It looked so painful as they got thrown on to their heads! I was amazed at how hard it was to stay on for the 8 second required time. One of the cowboys even got stabbed right above the eye by the bull’s horn. The level of torture these guys endured – one was riding with a broken collarbone, two had foot injuries because they had been stepped on by the animals recently. I mean, when do you just call it quits and decide it isn’t worth it!? I guess that’s not the cowboy way… it sure was enjoyable though!