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Ride ‘em cowboy… My wife’s and kids first rodeo (That Clackamas County Fair)

Back in the 1920s and 1930s my Grandfather and Great Grandfather were considered rodeo stars. They made lots of money on the rodeo circuit. I remember going to many rodeos as a kid with my family and I enjoyed them a lot. There was always action going on and it was just like a rock concert.

But, somehow, in my 17 years of marriage, I had never taken my wife to a rodeo, well that was until this past weekend. I called my mom and dad, we all met up outside the gates, and we all went as a family. I figured with my dad’s farming background as a kid and the rodeo emersion course he had as a kid, he would be able to answer the questions I couldn’t for my kids.

The kids had a blast, as did my wife, and now she wants to go to more. They all loved the rodeo clown and the show! Here are the pictures from the fair and the rodeo. Oh, and for the record, large sows, just like our pot belly pig, will fall over if you rub their belly.

Even the biggest pigs fall when you start to rub their belly
My daughter discovered just like our pig, rub their belly they fall over!

Who needs the police to direct traffic?
This girl was helping direct traffic at the rodeo.
Who needs to police, we have her on duty!

Clackamas County Rodeo (Our MC for the night)
Our MC for the night! He was pretty darn entertaining and kept the show going!

American Flag done to John Wayne's tribute to America
The beautiful American Flag taken around the arena while John Wayne's
"Why I love America" played in the background

You don't realize how fast these guys are being bucked!
They move fast even for my camera!

Look at those pretty horses.
I was taking these shots of the very beautiful horses when my wife pointed
out the princesses that were riding them. As I told my wife, she is so stunnly beautiful,
that I didn't even notice the princesses on the horses. (LOL)


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Comment balloon 20 commentsRespect Realty LLC • August 24 2010 01:28PM



You're talking my kind of talk now.  DV is currently ranked 12 in the world rankings this year.  We really enjoyed the NFR last year.

Glad your family enjoyed it.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

Todd, how fun and what a great adventure for your family!  ~ Susan

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 8 years ago

how cool to enjoy with your family...they'll remember it...i remember mine when i was very young & they had it in Madison Square Garden in NYC- it was very exciting since we had front row seats...the horse is stunning- i'm not sure that's what you were looking at though!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Those pigs are SOOOO large.  Glad the family had a great time, seemed like a nice event.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 8 years ago

Todd, As a young man I climbed on my share of bulls and loved doing it for whatever reason.  My son and grandsons still have horses and enter roping contest at times.  that is a very pretty horse and I like it's pink shirt.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 8 years ago

A rodeo is something that I've never been to. Having grown up in NYC, there weren't many opportunities!

By the way, that little traffic cop girl is hysterical!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago


Rodeos are made to be seen in person - just not the same as on TV. Good series. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 8 years ago

Todd - Was there grease on that pig? Americana is based on a good old fashioned Rodeo. Brought me back to a day when I attended and participated. Fun post

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Todd, We go to at least 2 rodeos a year and the boys were riding before they could walk. The rodeos are great excitement for the family, especially the mutton busting, the kids hang on for dear life while riding their backs and then there's the chicken chase...! For those who have not met your wife, she is beautiful!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd!
My uncle was a nationally known judge of quarter horses, so he was at rodeos a lot.  I only got to attend one, but I have had the urge to go again, just for something out of the routine.  Your post has given me some initiative to quit talking about it and finally do it! Thanks! (oh, and your daughter? REALLY cute!)

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 8 years ago

My favorite is the mutton bustin - love the little kids riding those crazy sheep.  It's always so wild, LOL.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 8 years ago

Great pictures Todd.  I love your kids and the outfit. Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 8 years ago

It really was a blast and to Paula and Gabe, not my daughter. Just saw her down below us and couldn't help but take a picture as she just seemed to be in control.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Todd, What a great way to spend time with the entire family.  Enjoyed the pictures.

Posted by Diane Williams over 8 years ago


Congratulations on a great post. Now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 8 years ago

That is one huge pig, I'd rather rub its belly than get on one of those wild horses.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Todd, I love your photos!  My favorite is the supersized pot-bellied pig!  He's huge!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Good comment on the princesses.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

I am a city boy, but now because of cable stations bringing rodeo to us, I have been enjoying watching rodeos.  Your photos make me want to go and experience it live!

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty) over 8 years ago


I love the little girl directing traffic....I think that could of been me... :)

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

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