Monday, February 8, 2010

The Glory Days

Several of y'all asked about the husband's rodeo days.  You ask, I shall provide!  He started rodeoin' at a young age.  Continued throughout high school, competing in bullriding and bareback.  He eventually decided to drop the horses and focus on the bulls.


Here's a high school pic.  He really kicked butt in high school rodeo.  He came to college on a rodeo scholarship.  (Another tidbit, the husband was an awesome wrestler in high school.  He had to choose either wrestling or rodeo.  Glad he chose rodeo otherwise we would have never met!)

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The husband rode bulls throughout his college years, the many, many college years. :)  He's wasn't very studious.  During and after college, he rode in PRCA and PBR events.

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We drove many miles, sleepin' in his ford ranger, going from one rodeo to the next.  I wouldn't change that time for anything.

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But his body just couldn't take all the jerkin', splattin' and runnin' over.  He had three shoulder surgeries, many broken bones and various other stuff that comes with ridin' bulls.  His body really took a toll and he eventually retired about 5 years ago.  He just couldn't be competitive when his shoulder wouldn't stay in during a ride.

So now we raise our stock and get an adrenaline rush watching them buck.  I think I still get as nervous watching the bulls buck as I did watching the husband!

17 comments:

Maria said...

That was very interesting, thank you for sharing. So glad ya'll still found a fun and exciting way to stay with the rodeo.

fernvalley01 said...

Thanks for sharing ! We laugh here cause I had a huge crush on Cody Schneider when I was young. Always liked the bull riders. Years met Martin and apparently he rode bulls for a bit in college. So I guess I kinda got a bull rider after all. I missed all his rodeos ,but I 'll take what I got

lisa said...

That is so cool to see him in action! I think it would be a great rush to watch the bulls. I have been to quite a few rodeos but never a pro rodeo. I dream of going to cheyenne, and calgary. Maybe some day. We shall see. You have a good week.

Tami said...

I cringe just looking at those pictures.... I just can't imagine being totally tossed around like that.

Shirley said...

Hey, those are some great photos; thanks for sharing. That is one tough sport and it's good to get while the gettin's good. Hope you two have a long career in the rough stock business!

Homestay Mama said...

Very interesting! Loved watching the rodeos every August at the Clackamas County Fair where I grew up in Oregon. My favorite was always the last event--bull riding! That's one awesome pic of your hubby on that stretched out black Brahma! :-)

Pony Girl said...

WOW! Those are amazing pictures! He looked like a great rider. It does take a toll, I'm glad he made it out safely and found a second calling at raising the bulls now!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Wow - those are some great pictures... and noone could ever believe what a toll that takes to the body! You may enjoy the story about Cowboy Armstrong (one of the 6 pack) -- http://livingitupoutwest.blogspot.com/2009/06/diamond-bar-up.html

His widow was running a bed and breakfast - lots of bucking history!

LadyFi said...

Wow - I can see why he got injured so much. That last photo is thrilling!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Great pics and story!! Thanks for sharing that with us!! Don't you love how a picture can just take you back to that time and place!!

And I am glad he retired but yet still gets to enjoy that passion through raising them!!

Linda said...

How far they've come with protective gear! So glad he retired all in one piece. Love me a rodeo man:)

texasnascarcowgirl said...

I never was a bullrider kinda gal. I liked the saddle bronc guys. haha Then I go hooked up with a bullrider. Egads we won't go back down that road. hahaha

West Side of Straight said...

Raising stock is a lot safer - however accidents can happen doing any job. Love his rodeo pictures. That is one exciting sport!

Reluctant Cowboy said...

Loved the Silver state picture looked like he was working real hard.

We had a little friend that took up bull riding as a freshman in high school during the summer we would help him learn to ride better......bareback and jumping over barrels.....now he is 28 and we are ready for him to retire. You know how they are he'll probably be like another friend who finally retired at 61

Later

Mikey said...

Love those pics! Hubby is TOUGH!! I bet those were some good times on the road :)

Suzanne said...

Great Photos, thanks for sharing some history.

Merri said...

Bull riders are C-R-A-Z-Y!!!!!
- The Equestrian Vagabond