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Visit the State of Wyoming
Wyoming like America used to be, it won’t get no better. Wyoming is wide open spaces 98,000 square miles of it, about a quarter square mile for each for each of its 493,000 inhabitants. In Wyoming cattle out number the people nearly three to one. This is the cowboy state. And when the cowboys aren’t working, this is what they do for fun and sport, rodeo.
And one of the first rodeos of the summer is in Jackson, Wyoming on Memorial Day weekend. Bull riding is the first event in this rodeo. It’s a tough sometimes dangerous riding for living. Behind the scenes, you get the feel for this unique and remarkably rugged, tough and very determined non- athletes. It requires eight seconds ride from the in eternity then getting often out of harms way equally exciting.
Saddle and bareback bronc riding are the most popular event. Each rider will stay on his mount for the prescribed eight seconds. Presuming he does so, fifty percent of his score will depend on his performance, the remaining fifty percent at how well the horse bucks. If the cowboy touches anything with his free hand it’s an immediate disqualification, do everything right and get a good bucking horse you may win the first to that event.
Rodeo began as a way cowboys could test the skills they used in their day to day business of working cattle.
Kids grow up you know when they get into basketball, football or tennis or what Lacrosse or soccer something like that. Here we grow for rodeo. It's what we do. It’s part of our heritage. It’s part of the way we make a living, a lot of us. And so you know it’s not the—it’s for fun. But their honed skills that come in handy when the cowboy’s profession whether it’s open or riding poles, you know got a little snot end should we say their buck with you occasionally, you got to be able to get by them in and still get your work done. That’s where rodeo originally started. It’s done everyday outside of the arena in the State of Wyoming. And that’s why I say “Wyoming like America used to be.”