Monday, March 30, 2009


As you can see, I am back after a short vacation. This past Saturday, March 28, there was another team roping event at the Valencia County Sheriff Posse's Arena. As these events always fascinate me -and because they help perpetuate the cowboy mythology in America's history- I always watch them when I can. There are a lot of factors that have a bearing on the events outcome, such as the weather, the mood and feelings of the horses and cattle involved, and the interaction and timing between the header and the heeler (the man who ropes the head of the calf and the man who ropes the heels). The timing is very critical, so the ore practice the team has working together, the more likely they are to win.

The first picture is an overall view of the contestants checking out the calves and waiting for the event to begin. The second shows the team as they successfully lasso the calf. If you look closely you can see the ropes around the heels and the horns. The third shot, taken a second later, shows the calf thrown to the ground, and this team wins with the shortest overall time.

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