In the 19th Century and even before that, the Wild, WIld, West was..well…wild. Life was rough, men needed vital skills to survive. Capturing & taming wild horses, wrestling steers and riding the bulls were all a part of survival.
The tradition of Vaqueros or cowboys, showed off their working skills in competitions started in Spain, spread to Central America, South America, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. Today the Wild West is kinda tame, Hollywood has taken over, machinery are used extensively, but the skills and competitions linger on keeping old traditions and the Western way of life alive…
Every year events like the National Western Stock Show brings back the excitement of the rodeo. It is a place for cowboys and cowgirls to show off their skills. The annual event held in January in Denver, Colorado attracts livestock and agriculture farmers from all over. There are Rodeos, Livestock shows, a place where farmers exchange notes, views and learn new agricultural techniques. It is considered an important event for breeders too. More than 600,000 people attend the 16 days of events.
Rodeo events move through Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas and other western states throughout the Rodeo season.
Is it animal cruelty? A lot of animal rights associations say it is. Rodeo organizers and attendees say that it’s a way to keep agriculture and farming in focus…to keep traditions alive.
The jury is out…
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