Friday, July 23, 2010
Photos from the Philomath Rodeo 2010
You know, after bull riding, steer wrestling has got to be the most ridiculous sport in rodeo. At least with most of the others - bronc riding, roping, team penning, etc - you get (basically) what is performed on working ranches. Even break-away roping is just a contrived and insultingly 'girly' form of calf roping.
Steer wrestling, though? Let's jump off a horse running at full gallop, grab a 400+ lb steer and try to wrestle it to the ground. Yeah. Wikipedia tells me it originated in a wild west show. That sounds about right.
I'm certainly don't think that wrestling with a steer for competition or entertainment is wrong, it (like bull riding) just invokes eye-rolling from me from time to time.
Frankly, there is something entertaining about watching a big, tough cowboy being bested by a cow.