Friday, July 22, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Rodeo - Tie down roping

Everyone on the Chilcotin Holiday ranch went to a rodeo at Deadman’s Creek. We all got on the bus and we hit the road for 3 hours. It was a really nice ride and the landscape was constantly changing. We finally arrived at the rodeo. It was taking place in a big field on first nation land.

The people present were mostly families from first nation bands. It was a really nice atmosphere. Everyone could find something for them and people of all ages were participating, adults, teenager, kids, men and women.

One of the activities that marked me was the Tie down roping. The basic rule of tie down roping is to catch a calf with a lasso and tie down as fast as possible. The cowboy or roper is riding a horse and when he catches the calf, he dismounts and ties it up. The cowboy ties the calf’s legs with a small rope or string and the time counting is stopped when he finishes and pulls up his hands. The calf needs to stay tied for six seconds and if he succeeds in getting free before this time, the roper is disqualified.

For the start, the roper is behind a line and the calf is in a type of cage and when the calf is released the cowboy starts to chase. The first calf was caught in a few seconds, the cowboy jumped down his horse, run to the calf and tied his legs together and as the bell rang and they released him.

The second run, the cowboy didn’t catch the little calf, it was running faster than the first one and went through the lasso. Everyone at the rodeo was a bit disappointed and my friend and I were the only ones that found that actually a little funny and cute.

And because there were just two participants, the rest of the calves were released just after and they all ran in a line through the field and then they were brought in a small coral behind the fence.

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