There is an unspoken excitement and understanding behind the bucking chutes.
Being behind the scenes at one of the greatest events in the world of rodeo is a personal highlight and one of the most unforgettable opportunities that has presented itself to me. The experience from behind the scenes gives a whole new perspective; a surge of exciting anticipation, for the animal athlete and all that watch and run the show.
This is a sacred place of preparation for the rider, the animal and the livestock contractors. High intensity for all peaks just before the gate is pulled. This privileged access of watching these incredible athletes prepare, persevere, thrive and fight has been inspiring.
Until next time, Pendleton, Ore.!