Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rodeo Royalty

I am lucky to know many rodeo greats. And several of them were at the ranch on Saturday helpin' out. The ranch belongs to Bob Wilfong. Bob rodeoed for 30 years and is now a well known and respected stock contractor. He is quite the character.

Then we have the fellas in the photo below.


Of course that is the husband on the left, Sandy Kirby in the middle and Dean Wilson, my rent-a-husband, on the right. The husband doesn't claim to be royalty. But in my eyes, he is. He rodeoed with the best of them and did really well. Bad shoulders did him in however.
Sandy is a Texas Rodeo Hall of Famer. Started qualifying for the NFR in the 70s on bareback horses and bulls. He's won the average in both events at the finals. He schooled the husband and rent-husband on their bullriding ways.
Then there is Dean. He and the husband were traveling partners and bestfriends. He qualified for the PBR finals a couple times. The last few years you could have seen him on tv on the back of the chutes as a PBR judge.

Then we have Cavin James. His bullriding career included winning the Texas Circuit finals.


And we have Jim "Razor" Sharp. Do I really need to list his accomplishments? Okay, let's see...World Champion Bullrider, first man to ride all ten bulls at NFR, and considered to be one of the greatest bullriders of all time.

This is Buddy Lusk. Y'all enjoyed his backside on the earlier post. He is an all around cowboy with great bullriding talent. Seems he's just never hit a good lick though. In the practice pen, he's ridden Mossy Oak Mudslinger and Copperhead. For those of you less knowledgeable in the bullriding world, that's very impressive.
And lastly, we have the younger guy, Logan Knibbe. He won the Texas Circuit Finals and qualified for the NFR in bullriding. He's a guy you need to keep an eye on!


Aren't I a lucky girl to know all these very talented handsome bullridin' men. But of course, every royal family needs a princess!

19 comments:

missy said...

WOW......i watch the rodeos on TV......and have heard alot of those names.....and even the mossy oak muslinger!!!!!! how cool!!!!!!! you are one lucky lady!!!!!

Sydney said...

Lucky you! There are no cowboys like that round here for hours.

Tatersmama said...

Oooh La La! Honey you've out-done yourself here! The teasers didn't quite lead me to expect these!
PMG....I want to be a princess too!

And that cute backside in the chaps? Please say that you'll do a print of that and sell them!. I would buy TWO of them!!!

Did I say Ooooh la La?
*wiping the drool from my chin*

my word veri is precksho.
I'll leave it to your imagination...*snort*

Tatersmama said...

See? My eyes were still on the photos and not on my fingers.. I meant OMG
*sheesh*

Pony Girl said...

Wow, what the crew! Great pictures you have quite the cast of characters there, with a lot of memories and miles under their dusty spurs, for sure! ;) I think I've heard of Logan, that young bullrider....,

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh my son would be soooo jealous!!! He is an aspiring bull rider LOL!! I have not fully agreed to this yet. I love watching and have many friends that ride but putting my son on one throws me a bit...He always says you let DD rodeo on horses, so why can't I rodeo on bulls?!?! Then always says horses are just as scary, umm sorry I think that's a matter of opinion son LOL!! He has ridden before but he was at at PBR training school, because that was the only way I was allowing any of it...We went to a bull blowout last night and I was telling my hubby about Stubby and I need to show him the pictures!! Can't wait to hear how he does this weekend!!

Paintsmh said...

OHHH MYYY GGGOOOOSSSHHHH Ahhh...I am speechless...I think with envy. I have ALWAYS wanted to meet Jim Sharp. WAAAAAA oh well. Vicarious living! lol But dang must be nice to be surrounded by cowboys.

threecollie said...

Woo Hoo! And like double wow!

CTG Ponies said...

Hey, can I come and hang out with you and the boys for a weekend?!?

Jocelyn said...

Dang girl, you are a lucky rodeo priness for sure!

Tough life ya got there. :)

I'll be over next time for sure.

Faithful said...

Wife..ok ..I have an idea..you could rent a bus and pick all of us wimmen up! ...we just want to be able to watch them up close! You are a darn lucky gal.. for sure!

fernvalley01 said...

My my ! you do have some friends in high places ! looks like a great group of fella's! and hard at work to boot!

lisa said...

Well, you are one lucky gal to know all those very good looking cowboys. I live in the wrong state that is for sure!!! Kinda makes me wish I was single! (sorry hubby)

Homestay Mama said...

Woo Hoo! You've got some pretty neat friends!

Andrea said...

Dang girl!! My husband wants to know when he gets to come out? His shoulder, face and leg did him in!! LOL!! Those bullriders! But what a fantastic crew you got there!! Very impressive! Not too bad with those ropes, for a bunch of bullriders! :)

Broken Y said...

Well, well . . . aren't you a lucky girl!! Please tell Jim Sharp that he's been one of our favorites for a long time. We watched all ten rides and he's tough as nails!

Glad you had such a good time surrounded by all this testosterone! Can make a girl breathless!

Vaquerogirl said...

I had a gal write to me the other day telling me off about my post on Charlie Sampson, and she rattled off name after name of 'rodeo' people she knew. I just said ' BAH!" Hunny- you don't KNOW RO-deo!
Now Princess- that won't hold for you- YOU DO know Rodeo, you live the whole damn thing! I'm pleases as punch to say I know you! And your cast of menfolk pictures- just keep 'em coming!

Mikey said...

That's some darn good company! Love it! Man, what a good time!!
Now I have to go read this Charlie Sampson post from Vaquerogirl. Some of his family are friends of ours and nicer people could not be found. Love that rodeo royalty!

Ranch Diva Rachel said...

Haha. What a yummy day. My friend Tammy had a thing for Logan years back... can't say I blame her!