Posts Tagged ‘dogging

26
Jun
08

Git ‘er Done: Chute Dogging in the L.A. Rodeo

It’s 110 degrees and I’m in a chute which is about 3′ x 8′, next to a steer that weighs around 600 lbs. I’ve been standing there for about five minutes, watching Sam in the previous chute. I’m calming the animal, and positioning his rump to the back corner of the chute while I calmly ask myself, “What the hell am I doing here?” I wonder how I got myself into this, kind of replaying the whole thing: the mechanical bull, Sonny, Sam, Rodeo School in Phoenix, Palm Springs, and now Los Angeles, and I still can’t believe it. It’s not until the chute attendant tells me, “The arena is ready,” that I reach down and take hold of the animal and become keenly aware that I’m being watched by my competitors – a lot of great cowboys and cowgirls. My safety (Sonny) talks me through my prep and keeps me focused and calm. The chute attendant asks me how I’ll tell him (or her) to open the chute. Some cowboys nod, some say ‘go’, some do both. I say ‘go’ and he opens the chute. Continue reading ‘Git ‘er Done: Chute Dogging in the L.A. Rodeo’

02
May
08

Chute Dogging: First Time Competing

In 24 hours or so, I will be dogging a steer in an arena, in front of hundreds of people. My stomach just tightened thinking about it. I’ve felt like an old football coach over the past few days, watching old reels of chute doggers, making mental notes: hold on, out to the line, listen for the whistle, push him right, push him back, throw him off balance, turn left and stay on the outside of the steer, dog him.

It’s going to be great. I’m going to kick ass, and come back a winner. Stay tuned.

20
Apr
08

Palm Springs Bud Light Hot Rodeo 2008

Sam and I joined the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association (GSGRA), so that I can compete in Chute Dogging at the Palm Springs Rodeo.

If you’re considering attending this rodeo, to dog a steer yourself, or to cheer me on, it’s May 2nd through 4th, and the host hotel is the Palm Court Inn. There are only 24 rooms (of 100) still available. The hotel will continue to honor the $89 room rate if you ask for the RODEO rate when you make your reservation (800) 667-7918. Ask for Susan.

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