This is the event that brought us to Ponoka for the Stampede. Chuckwagon racing involves watch eight thoroughbred horses (four with the wagon and four outriders) fly through the “Half Mile of Hell” — a figure eight in the infield and then around the track.
When it comes to photography, getting a good picture gets tricky due to the speed of the racers and the chaos of of the start as the four teams let loose.
If barrel racing is about finesse, bull riding is about sheer power. Holding on with only hand, the rider aims to stay on for eight seconds. A surprising few make it. Those that do stand a chance at rodeo glory.
I liked this photo because it freezes the bull’s action so well, legs and in the air and rope flying, hinting at the bull’s power. It’s interesting to note the number of people around the periphery, watching attentively and ready to jump into action at the first sign of trouble to rescue the bull rider.