I got to take my Mum to her first ever rodeo during the 140th Silver Spurs Rodeo & I was a tad nervous to see her reaction.
She is a woman born, raised & lived (for most of her life) in Edinburgh, Scotland where rodeo doesn’t exist but she has traveled the world & has seen things during her time on Earth so far & there is always a chance for a first time doing something so this was hers. She is open-minded enough to try new things so we tried rodeo this time around.
I was bopping around taking pictures & doing interviews for the blog but had her in my sights most of the time & my mother in law tagged along too so she wasn’t alone, thank goodness. She was taking pictures on her phone & sending them back to our family back in Scotland & took some live video feed. It looked like she was having a really great time.
Eventually I came back to sit with her & she says “I want one…” – to which my response was naturally, “one what? a horse? a bull?…”.
She then proceeds to say: “No. A cowboy!”
Bahahahaha!!!! My mother in law & I have never laughed so hard in our lives! You never know what is going to come out of my mother’s mouth but you can definitely count on it being interesting or funny! Check out the video interview with my Mum shortly after the rodeo it is on our Facebook page International Cowgirl
So if you plan on attending your first rodeo here are some pointers that I gathered from Her Royal Highness Mum (Caroline) herself:
5 Things I Enjoyed At My First Rodeo:
- I enjoyed hearing the background information the commentator gives on each of the contestants.
- I loved the raw talent & obvious connections between horse & rider.
- I liked the bucking bronc events which showed the bravery of the riders.
- I enjoyed seeing the craftsmanship of the saddles.
- I love the patriotic community. I found it very uplifting.
3 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending My First Rodeo:
- Take an allergy tablet before going – the dry clay kind of got to me.
- I wish I had known how much fun it was to attend so I could have gone to more rodeos!
- It is affordable! I thought ticket prices & concession would be pricey as it is at any sporting arena but it was very thrifty!
So there you have it peeps! Straight from my Mama’s mouth!
We are hoping to bring more first timers to the rodeos in Central Florida this upcoming Spring & Summer. Here is a list of rodeos happening soon across the world – so check & see if one is happening near you! If you have already been to a rodeo, tell me why you love rodeo so much in the comments below AND take someone with you who hasn’t been before. You must just help create a lifelong rodeo fan!
Kissimmee, FL – RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo | Rodeo in Kissimmee
Ocala, FL – Southeast Pro Rodeo
Arcadia, FL – Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo
Davie, FL – Davie Pro Rodeo
USA – list of PRCA Pro Rodeos across the US – Rodeo Schedule – ProRodeo
Australia – Australian Professional Rodeo Association
New Zealand – New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association
Brazil – Barreto’s Cowboy Festival (Barretos)
Mexico – Rodeo Schedule – ProRodeo
Europe – European Rodeo Cowboy Association
As always, thank you for stopping by!
Stay safe & God Bless!