Posts Tagged ‘rodeo

26
Sep
08

Billy’s Hot Cowboys, September 2008

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24
Sep
08

6 Reasons You Should Get Into the Gay Rodeo

We’re home from the rodeo, and I’m proud to say we’ve returned having won rodeo experience, new friends, a belt buckle for chute dogging, and a pulled abdominal muscle.  I don’t know what was best about the weekend: the competition itself, hearing the announcer wish Sam happy birthday both days, or hearing him say “the Page boys are married… the family that rodeos together stays together.”

Lots of photos on Sam’s site.

Every time Sam and I go to the rodeo, on the way home, I have the same thought: there’s no good reason that more gay Angelenos aren’t getting involved in the gay rodeo:

  1. Hot cowboys and cowgirls from all over, (who have the resources and sticktuitiveness to commit to a sport, travel for it, and keep livestock). Continue reading ‘6 Reasons You Should Get Into the Gay Rodeo’
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’

24
Jun
08

L.A. Rodeo Roundup 2: More Photos

Photos keep rolling in from friends we made at the rodeo.  Mad love to Michael Whisner for some great shots.

23
Jun
08

L.A. Rodeo Roundup 1: Not Beginner’s Luck

It was just after I dogged my first-go steer this weekend that I realized another reason I love rodeo: it’s an exercise in being present. In fact, it’s a marathon of being present, and I only participated in three events: goat dressing, chute dogging, and steer deco. I can’t imagine how it must be for Wade Earp, who competes in almost all, if not all, of the events. Sam pointed it out. We weren’t thinking about anything else, all day. Who knew we had to compete in rough stock events to feel like we’d really been on vacation?

I dogged my steers, but the highlight this weekend, by far, was Saturday, watching Sam get in the chute for the very first time, and dog his steer. I was almost as excited and proud as he was. We went one right after the other, both days. Sonny looked after me and Sam got coaching from Sam (Van Helden), both really talented cowboys. We’re grateful to have had them on our chutes. Continue reading ‘L.A. Rodeo Roundup 1: Not Beginner’s Luck’

20
Jun
08

Get Dirty: The 2008 L.A. Rodeo

Hey y’all.  We’re rodeo-bound this weekend, and I’m most excited about the fact that Sam and I are competing as a team for the first time.  We’re going to be posting pics and stories from the road, so stay tuned.  If you want to come out and see it all live, it’s a blast, and worth the drive.  Here are the whens, wheres, and hows.  See y’all there.

12
May
08

Hot Cowboys, May 12

06
May
08

Palm Springs Rodeo: Chute Doggin’, Second Go

The ice on my ankle for a few hours sure did make the difference the next morning, when we cowboyed up and headed back out to Banning for the second day of events. Driving in the car, I started to feel all of the little muscles here and there that were sore, and I got a real appreciation for the athleticism of rodeo, after all it is a sport, no matter how well-dressed. I made mental notes about how I might train in the coming weeks for the rodeo in L.A. Continue reading ‘Palm Springs Rodeo: Chute Doggin’, Second Go’

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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