It was a fun couple of days working with the Bar C5 Rodeo crew in High River for the revived and very much alive Guy Weadick Days. Be it chuckwagons, rodeo clowns or the best bucking stock the continent has to offer, the return of Professional Rodeo to High River was a booming success.
Let’s take a look at just a few of my favourite frames from three days of rodeo’n.
Not all rodeos grounds are the same. Having photographed High River once before, in the pouring rain of course, I wanted to show the scale of those fantastic grandstands that grace some of Alberta’s rodeo grounds. The crowd sure needed that covered grandstand, as an afternoon shower dampened the dirt during the second day of competition.
The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was on hand for their annual visit to the half mile at High River. Great action as always, but definitely using the old auto racing experience to my benefit to capture different angles and images of this great sport.
Heading down the rodeo trail with Tanner Girletz and Devon Mezei, Scott Schiffner showed up, rode one, pulled a cheque and headed back down the road. Nothing new for the Strathmore cowboy. Not a ton of sports allow this much access to its superstars, why not exploit it?
Florida’s Brinson James hams it up in the arena, sharing many of his exploits via social media.
Colors in motion. Sometimes you just have to crank the old shutter speed back and see what you come up with.
Shortly after the rain storm hit, the photos got really good. Mud makes for amazing rodeo images. Travis Reay’s tough go made my best mud photos.
Brownfield, Alberta’s Luke Creasy bears down before his ride. I am quickly learning that all these animals are different. Some don’t mind a whole bunch of people around the chutes, some you have to stay away from their head. This is one of those times. I was shooting above the chute when the stock contractor told me to get away from his head. So, ducking down between the steel bars of the chute, Creasy bearing down onto his bareback riggin’, and another cowboy heading the horse out. Sometimes it all comes together.