Round 1 of the Built Ford Tough Rodeo Finals. I had a chance to see it in person from suite seats. While I love suite seats, as a photographer, it’s not the best seat in the house. This was my first rodeo since I started photography and I knew it would be a challenge to get any worthwhile shots. I was challenged in lighting and distance but had a great experience and hopefully will get a chance someday to work it from the photographer seats.

The photo posted here shows Luis Blanco being carried out of the arena.  He suffered a broken ankle after being stepped on.

Well it’s bulls and blood
It’s dust and mud
It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd
It’s the white in his knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He’ll win the next go ’round
It’s boots and chaps
It’s cowboy hats
It’s spurs and latigo
It’s the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo
Garth Brooks