After running out for icecream and a quick break, I arrived just in time to see the saddled bronc riders. These were amazing and beautiful:
Twice during the bronc rides, the broncos didn't want to come out of the chute. You may think this gate is opening, however, you will see the rider telling them to close the gate:
Next came the steer wrestling. Seriously folks, these calfs are about 450 to 500 pounds and the cowboys are an average of 200 pounds. The cool thing is that a Nebraska Cowboy won this event:
Then came the women! By this time, my camera batteries were really getting low so I wasn't able to get all of the pictures that I really would have liked. But I do like the one of this lady riding around the barrel:
This was my FAVORITE part of the rodeo. They have all of the guys lined up and then they bring out the wild horses. Each of the teams of 3 are to take one of the wild ponies and hold it until the gun fires. At that point, they must saddle the horse and ride it around the arena 1 time. The team that is able to do this without losing the horse, is the winner. It was beautiful! I wish my camera would have been working well enough to get more photos of this because those wild horses were awesome!
I sent Mike a text right after it was over stating that we were definitely coming up to Cheyenne again next year. If you have the opportunity, I HIGHLY recommend it. These were the finals so these were the best of the best; worth it!
I have some homework to do and then I think I will call it a night.