Cowboy Fever – Rodeo Style

Hello Everyone!

It’s exciting to be part of Cowboy Fever week! I love small rodeos, so today I’m sharing with you some candid shots showing what happens behind the chutes before the rough stock competition begins. The time behind the chutes is surprisingly quiet, considering what happens after the gates are open and the broncs hit the arena bucking.

The cowboys tape up, put on their chaps, practice their form.

They also saddle their broncs, usually alone.

Then they wait near their chute and their horse until it’s time for their ride.











After that, of course, they ride.

Then make a graceful exit from the arena, ready to do it all over again the next chance they get.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this look behind the chutes during Cowboy Fever Week!

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Jeannie Watt raises cattle in Montana and loves all things western. When she's not writing, Jeannie enjoys sewing, making mosaic mirrors, riding her horses and buying hay. Lots and lots of hay.

34 thoughts on “Cowboy Fever – Rodeo Style”

  1. Just wonderful pictures, Jeannie. I so enjoyed them. I liked looking at all the different kinds of chaps there were. Noticed one rider with a black-looking safety vest, maybe? And I smiled at the picture four rows from the bottom, on the right side, where the two cowboys are leaning on the rail with their right legs bent at the knee with their leg bent behind them and their boots tucked just so! Twin positions! Did you take those wonderful shots? It must be fun to be part of that world. Thank you!

    • I did take the photos, Eliza. The ‘twins’ tickled me, too. The black vest is a safety vest. The chaps can get kind of loud–I like sewing a big touch cowboy wearing silver and pink chaps, or something like that.

  2. Love Rodeo cowboys. Grew up in the Rodeo world, but we were all timed event junkies, but I do love bareback & saddle Bronc, I can do without bullriding. Happy Early 4th of July to you.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve lived my whole life in Gerry, NY. We have a rodeo every August. As a teenager the cowboys were hot. I loved at the rodeo grounds all week every year. I could walk there and my mom knew where I was. I loved going behind the fence and see the cowboys get ready. I don’t much care for the show anymore but the bbq beef dinner is a must.

  4. My family went to the rodeo every summer when I was younger.Have never been behind the scenes tho.

    • Every town used to have their own little rodeo, and to me, the small rodeos are best. There was one I used to go to as a kid where you sat on the rails to watch the action. They probably don’t allow that anymore.

  5. Jeannie, love the blog and pixs! I grew up with rodeos and then ventured up to the PBR. I’ve written this previously, but my wonderful sil in Kansas buys tickets to the PBR and drives down to Texas, picks me up and as a family we go to the PBR when it’s in Wichita. What a wonderful guy. Stormy Wing is from a town less than an hour from my home. Thanks for a great blog! Hugs, Phyliss

  6. Thanks for sharing these pictures. I’ve been to small rodeos but never seen a really big one!

    • I’ve been to both, Connie, but there’s something about the small ones that make them more fun for me. All the hoopla of the big ones is something to see, though.

  7. Jeannie, thank you for these amazing photos! I’ve not been to a rodeo in years. Too much traffic to attend the one in Houston, Texas.

  8. Living in the Northeast, there were no rodeos there when I grew up. It wasn’t until we moved to Colorado springs in 1982 and we took our girls to the Little Britches Rodeo that we got a taste of it. Of course now, you can see rodeos just about anywhere. We are volunteer ushers at the local show venue and have worked rodeos and bull riding for many years. The bronc riding and bull riding are always nail bitters.

    • I moved to Denver in 1982, Patricia. I didn’t last, though. Headed back to Idaho a year later to be closer to family. How cool to volunteer for the local venue. I agree about the nail biting. I love to watch the action, but always worry about the cowboys!

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