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Gallery 67 - Rodeo Cowboys

Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Pictured: Bull Rider Smith Baggett, from Georgia.

Professional Rodeos are alot like Professional Hockey Leagues in that there are many different associations and divisions. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association to Rodeo is what the National Hockey League is to Hockey, the Best of the Best. 

The PRCA is the oldest and largest sanctioning body for Pro Rodeo Cowboys. In 1975 the PRCA evolved from the Rodeo Cowboys Association which in turn had evolved from the Cowboys Turtle Association. The CTA was the first governing body established to protect the rights of the professional cowboy in 1936. The PRCA governs about one third of all professional rodeos staged here in the United States. Cowboys and Cowgirls of all ages can compete at all levels including Junior, High School, Collegiate and Professional. Cowgirls, Bullfighters and Rodeo Clowns  all have their own associations too.

There are several standard events that Cowboys/Cowgirls usually compete in at a Rodeo: Bareback riding, Steer wrestling, Team roping, Saddle bronc riding, Tie-down roping, Barrel racing and Bull riding. While Barrel racing is primarily for Girls/Women, Boys/Men are allowed to compete also at all levels. 

Here are some additional photographs taken on August 14, 2010 when the Big Hat Rodeo was in Belvidere, IL. Unfortunately, we are not able to add the names of the Cowboys to the photos, as there was no program/roster sheet handed out at the Rodeo.




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