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Rodeo : behind the scenes at America's most exciting sport
Campion, Lynn.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvii, 237 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
A brief history of rodeo -- Preparations and contract personnel -- The stock contractor and the livestock -- Introduction to the events -- Equipment and terms for roughstock events -- Bareback riding -- Saddle bronc riding -- Bull riding -- Equipment and terms for timed events -- Steer wrestling -- Team roping -- Calf roping.
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GV1834.5 .C36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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"Campion's photos and prose convey the gritty details of the sport, as well as the very American roots of rodeo. I urge anyone with an interest in rodeo to pick up a copy of this book. The photos alone are worth the price of the volume." -Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar

More than seventeen million people attended rodeos in the United States and Canada last year, and more than thirteen million viewers tuned in to ESPN to watch the National Finals Rodeo, where the top competitors battled for $4.6 million in prize money. Lynn Campion's RODEO is the perfect companion to the sport, sure to entertain and edify longtime fans and novices alike.

Campion traveled to various rodeos for this book, taking photographs and conducting interviews. She gives vivid accounts of the competitions, from the "roughstock" events, in which a cowboy must ride a wild bucking horse or bull for eight seconds, to the timed events, in which competitors must rope calves with split-second precision, leap from the backs of horses to wrestle steers to the ground, or race each other in a cloverleaf pattern around barrels at breakneck speed. The book provides the fascinating details viewers can't see-such as how cowboys train, and where the bucking animals come from (they're carefully bred for their abilities and are treated very well to ensure that they have long careers). Also included are profiles of top performers and listings of world records and annual rankings. Beautifully designed and illustrated, RODEO is a thrilling celebration of America's western heritage.

Author Notes

LYNN CAMPION , a photojournalist, grew up in Colorado, where horses, riding, and photography were her major interests. She later moved to Montana where she ranched and raised a family while pursuing a career in photography. Campion became nationally recognized in the cutting-horse world when she won seven major non-pro championships. She is the author of Training and Showing the Cutting Horse and lives in Hailey, Idaho, and Manhattan, Montana, with her husband, artist Ted Waddell.