Saturday, January 12, 2008

Walk in the Park

While visiting New York and going to Bull riding, I also
visited the same park I went to back in November.
(the post was Meno Park)
This is the more of the same park. The ducks and
Canadian geese were gathered around the one
place where the water was not frozen.


Doesn't this Canadian Goose look like he is skating..
all graceful there on one leg..
Well, they were skating, watch the video below




video
My brother and his girlfriend posed for
a picture on the bridge at the park.




It says ''no skating' but there is an iceskating rink right
across on the other side.The seagulls were gathered at one end.


I noticed this black and white duck, but do not know
what they are. They were sleeping.
I liked the way this female cowbird looked. (didn't know
what it was until bird girl told me.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bull Riding 101

Being a country girl, raised in the country I naturally
would like bullriding. I first saw it on TV about 4 years
ago. I was hooked instantly. For those of you who
do not understand it - Let me give you a quick crash
course.

The Event always opens with ALOT of LOUD music and
pyrotechnics... fireworks and "PBR" burning in the
arena, like the picture below. Next they sing the
National anthem as in all sporting events and then
introduce the COWBOYS!!


The Cowboys come in all sizes but are all hunks!!
They range anywhere from 18 to 38 yrs. old.


The cowboy on horseback captures runaway bulls
after the ride is complete with his lariat and herds them
back into the chutes.


Flint, the rodeo clown entertains between rides...
and he is V E R Y entertaining!

The 'Bull Fighters' keep the bulls away from the
cowboys once they are on the ground. ( bucked off)


Seen here in action. Their job is very dangerous but
necessary to protect the cowboy.The magic time is 8 seconds. A cowboy must stay aboard
that long to qualify and get points by the judges.

And of course, the BULL.... They are athletes just
like the cowboys, bred to buck.



The cowboy, in this case Chris Shivers, is in the chute..
Where he mounts the bull and puts on the bull rope
to ride.


One hand is in the bullrope and the other is in the air. It
must not touch the bull or his body or he is disqualified.


He makes the ride and tips his hat to the crowd.


If you want to see his ride, watch the video. It shows the action of bullriding.


video

Yes! That was me at the end screaming. Chris is my favorite cowboy.
More about Chris. http://www.chrisshivers.com/

If you get bucked off and the bull hits you, kicks you
or you get hung up in the rope, it is called a wreck.



If a bull can not be ridden he is called 'Rank'


The Last 15 rides are the top point riders. The top rider
takes a seat in the middle of the arena and each rider in
succession has a chance to knock him out by points won.


As the crowd thins out I can't wait for the next
opportunity to watch PBR again!


My window on nature takes on many different looks. When
you can't see birds, bulls are just as much fun!! Maybe
even more so.

For More info on the PBR you can check out PBR President,
Ty Murray's crash course on bullriding...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmxtHv6WpR0

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