Rodeo night... Debbie and I went to the Hyrum Rodeo last night (lots of news photos here). Most of this was very enjoyable. The barrel racing is my favorite: fast horses and beautiful women, as the announcer said. From the noise she made, I'd say Debbie's favorite events were all the bull and bronc riding events. I enjoyed seeing all the families there, and the excitement of the youngest ones as they watched. Also a lot of fun to watch: “mutton-busting”, wherein some very young kids (I think some were only 5 or 6 years old) compete to see who can ride a sheep the longest. Some of the kids were thrown off in the first foot or two, some launched themselves off the sheep in fear, some didn't even start – but a few rode the sheep, sometimes running very fast, for five or six seconds. That may not seem like a long time, but I'll bet it was for the kid!
There was one event near the end of the evening that somewhat spoiled things for me: a young man was injured while attempting to ride a bull. We don't know much about his condition. He was carried off the field in a stretcher with two EMTs in close attendance. The announcer said that he was awake and talking to the EMTs, but that's all we know. Watching the event, it's very clear that bull riding is a crazily risky thing to do – in fact, no comparably risky sport comes to mind. We're hoping the fellow will recover completely from this, and also hoping that we can get some news on his condition...
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