On the back of the High River Rodeo footage that we posted yesterday, here is some footage that we took at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in July 2007. Some of you will have seen this before as we emailed it to a number of people the same day we captured this but now we are in Stampede season again, this is worth sharing with a wider audience.
The footage highlights a number of things for us:
a) That all Bull Riders are completely insane to participate!
b) That sometimes the Bull has all the fun!
c) That Bull Riders put football (ie: soccer) players to shame...compare your average footballer, who needs to be stretchered from the field when he gets a "liddle bitty" bruise, to this guy (you have to watch the clip to the end to appreciate his bravery) and
d) The fact that a Rodeo Announcer and Rodeo Clown will find humour in just about any circumstance...the announcer's "How high can a human body fly?...he went clear out of the camera shot" comment, oddly, seemed entirely appropriate somehow!
Just so you know, the simultaneous "ooooohhhh" from the crowd, late on in the clip as the Bull Rider is walking away, is because they showed a replay of the incident on the stadium's big screen at that point...we're sure he must have appreciated that!
Enjoy. Remember to click on the triangular play symbol in the middle of the picture.J&E