We have some really good rodeos around here. Meeker, Prague and Shawnee have open rodeos quite frequently. There will be a rodeo in Prague this weekend that will also feature the "Cowboy's Pride" rescue horse competion. Local area trainers all got ubroken, unhandled, rank rescue horses and had three months to rehab them into well trained rideable horses. I'm dying to see them (may even sneak over to Prague Lake to see if I can see some of the competive trail riding event).
Prague and Meeker rodeos usually feature a "you catch it, you keep it" event for the little ones (featuring wild and wooley chickens) and "mutton bustin'". My grandkids usually place in the mutton bustin', but this year, only my youngest is still eligible to compete. She tells everyone she's a "professional rodeo girl" because she's won money at a rodeo! (which is true - she won $75 at one and $45 at another)
She wants to get a horse and start competing in barrel racing and pole bending. (she's only six, so that thought still scares me!) Grandson wants to learn to rope. Right now, he's roping everying in sight, including the dog. (she loves it if he doesn't get too rough!)
Someone said a roping horse doesn't do much - and I beg to differ. If the horse doesn't do his job well, the cowboy doesn't win any $$. A good roping horse knows how to get the roper into position, how to stop the roped calf and keep just enough tension on the rope so that the calf doesn't come out of the loop before the roper gets there. It's not something that just any horse can do. The roping horse that helps his rider finish in the $$ consistently is worth his weight in gold! I've seen grade geldings sell for $10,000 - $15,000 because they are so good at what they do...
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!