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May 19 2012

Rodeo - Mutton Bustin'

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After Drew's two baseball games, Landon's soccer practice and Will and Drew's piano recital, Will, Drew and Daddy went to the Loose Rowel Rodeo in Skiatook.

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They started the rodeo in true all American fashion with uplifting words, the National Anthem and a prayer.

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Will was the star of the night, taking part in the Mutton Bustin'. He is the very first Danz ever to take part in this particular sport. In fact, it was Daddy's first ever rodeo.

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Will is on his sheep in the chute.

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The chute opens and Will's sheep takes off.

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Will had such a spirited sheep who accelerated so fast, that his mutton bustin' came to a quick end.

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Will headed for a landing on his padded parts.

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With an official time of 1.2 seconds, Will set an all time Danz family record in Mutton Bustin'! Given that we're just a bunch of city-slickers, Will did a terrific job and was incredibly brave taking on such a new and unfamiliar activity. Way to go Will!

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The first adult event was saddle bronc riding and the very first horse was the wildest, craziest, son-of-a-gun of the whole rodeo. He was leaping for the sky before his gate was barely open.

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This bronc got more air than any other horse I've ever seen. I've got one picture with his legs fully extended and he's still a foot in the air.

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How you stay on when your horse is near vertical, I don't know. The very next thing the bronc did was put his head all the way down to the dirt...the rider didn't have a chance. After the riders are off, all the other animals during the night soon calmed down. Not this horse, he continued to buck crazily...all the way down the arena. The announcer who was nothing but business with no extra commentary the whole night announced the understatement: "That horse just ain't right."

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Another saddle bronc rider with a more normal but still tough horse.

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This saddle bronc rider was just thrown but is going down in style.

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This bareback bronc rider is showing his horse who's the boss.

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I didn't take any pictures of the barrel racing. But, here is calf roper getting after his calf.

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The calf roper with his lasso just about to go over the calf's head.

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Another calf roper with his eyes on his target.

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Finally, the last event of the night, bull riding. It was dark so the picture quality is somewhat deteriorated as I had to max out both the ISO and aperture while slowing the shutter speed. While the bulls were no doubt tough, none of them seemed as crazy as that first horse. And, if you ask Will, that first horse was nothing compared to his sheep...and with that I'd have to agree.

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