My Last High School Rodeo Essay examples
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I took a deep breath as I walked my horse into the Greeley Stampede Arena. I told myself just to "relax." I loped a circle around the arena to make sure that my horse was warmed up and ready to go. He was ready but I was starting to get nervous. I stopped in front of the roping box to put my piggin' string in my mouth. I looked at my calf in the chute to make sure that it was number 33, which was one of the best calves out of the whole set. It was, and I was ready to ride into the box and rope my calf, or attempt to rope my calf. I began to get more nervous, more nervous than I ever had been at a rodeo.
The reason for my nervousness was because it was the last rodeo of the High School Rodeo season. The last rodeo just so happened to be…show more content…
Part of the reason that I had this confidence was because of my new calf roping horse that I had bought. His name was Loopy. He was sixteen years old and had been to far more rodeos than I had. So needless to say he was experienced and very dependable. This was a change from my 2000 season where I was learning to rope calves and so was my horse. This year I could concentrate more on myself and I didn't have to worry about my horse.
The only time that he didn't work was at the first day of the State Finals Rodeo. I didn't blame him because I didn't want to work either. It had rained all night and part of that morning so the arena was about three feet deep with mud. I managed to rope my calf and tie him in a time of 13.3 seconds, although Loopy didn't work very well. This time gave me a sixth place finish and added five more points to my total. What was even more amazing is that I managed to get off of my horse without falling on my face, which happens a lot in the mud because your feet will stick. The next day of the Finals the arena was in good shape but I drew a bad calf and ended up placing tenth earning only one point. However, that point was very significant because it moved me from sixteenth place up to fifteenth place in the state. This meant that I qualified as one of the top fifteen and would come back to the short round the next day. I was excited that I had made it to the short round because the year before I
Essay about Literature - Jane Martins "Rodeo"
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In the opening scene of Jane Martin’s “Rodeo,” there are many stereotypical props used to portray the beer-drinking, hard-working, cowboy image with the characteristic country music playing as an added touch. Most people are familiar with this type of scene in their minds, with a man as the character, but not this time – we find a tough, smart, opinionated woman with a distinctively country name of Lurlene, and the typical cowboy kind of nickname, Big Eight. The reader will dive deeper into the true character of this unusual woman and realize that she is no different from the average woman in today’s workforce. She is feeling the frustration of discrimination and the push out of the only lifestyle that she knows, by “Them” (1667).…show more content…
The more a sport becomes commercialized, the higher the cost of participating for the athlete. One example would be that there are entry fees established to help raise monies that will be awarded to the winner and the sponsoring company.
Unfortunately, for the athlete, once “they” start investing money into the sport, “they” also begin to place constraints and regulations that all athletes must follow. Some may seem as ridiculous as wearing regulation clothes that some would feel as though they looked “like Minnie damn Mouse in a tu-tu” (1667) rather than a serious competitor. More often than not, the changes seem extreme and one may wonder what could be waiting around the next corner; “it won’t be long before they’re strappin’ ice-skates on the ponies” (1667). Big Eight finds herself having a hard time adjusting to the changes employed. Although she is not adapting well to the arrival of the sponsors, she is most uncomfortable with the dress code changes. She does not feel as though dressing the women up in fancy outfits will increase the capacity of the audiences when the rodeo is only supposed to be about the rides. She believes that it does not matter what you wear, but instead, how you ride. She is noticing that the “big crowds” (1667) are mostly city people in “designer jeans and day-glo Stetsons,” (1667) there “ain’t hardly no ranch people, no farm people” (1667) any more.
As “they” came into the sport and took