Photos by Chase Lawrenson
The arena at the Madison Fairgrounds was full on Oct. 12 as students rode steers and participated in barrel racing, team roping and wild cow milking as part of the No Bull Roundup.
During steer riding, 30 men and 10 women took turns trying to stay on a steer for as long as they could. A few of the riders reached the maximum eight second time limit.
Rebecca Fortin, a freshman studying special education, was one of the volunteers at the event and said steer riding was her favorite event of the night.
“This was the first time I have helped with this event. I liked it and hope to actually participate in the steer riding next time. It was my favorite, because you get to see who can stay on the longest, and it was exciting,” Fortin said.
Many of the attendees enjoyed the team roping competition.
Each team had two members. The object was for one person to ride a horse and rope the head of a calf.
Once he or she succeeded, his or her team member came in on a horse and roped the back legs of the calf.
The evening ended with wild cow milking. There were three teams of four to six members, and the first team to successfully get milk from the cow into a cup was the winner.
A number of the contestants became bloody and bruised from chasing the cow around the arena.
“I really liked it even though we didn’t win. I would like to do it again, and it was a huge thrill. Next time, I’ll wear gloves,” said Ben Bisnett, a freshman studying recreational management.
Madison Marx, a sophomore studying elementary education, was in the audience and said she was happy to see such a big turnout to support those who were in the various events.
“The coolest part for me was just seeing the variety of students that were both in the rodeo and those that were watching. Events like this give students a chance to branch out and try something new,” Marx said.
Hugh Baldwin is a BYU-Idaho alumnus and has been the announcer at the rodeo for the past 10 years. He said that the crowd and its involvement is what makes the rodeo so exciting.
“The crowd is everything. I try to think about what was funny when I was back in school. I try to think about what I liked to see when I went to events, and I try to put it into the events that I am a part of. Hopefully the crowd really enjoyed themselves,” Baldwin said.
“One of the best parts of the rodeo is seeing those who have never done something like this try it,” Baldwin said.
Some of the games the audience could participate in were Catch a Cow, Catch a Date; Goat Dressing; Egg Stick Horse Racing; and the Watermelon Crawl.
During Catch a Cow Catch a Date, a group of guys ran after cows that had numbers taped to them and tried to grab the numbers.
The number each guy got indicated the girl he had won a date with.
Next, the girls went out and grabbed numbers that were taped to the cows and showed what the date’s activity would be.
During the goat dressing game, teams tried to be the first to grab a goat and dress it in a pair of jeans and a flannel shirt.
“I liked watching the activities the audience members did in between the competitions, because it looked like it was a lot of fun for the crowd, and it was great to see them get all riled up,” said Brinne Dawes, a freshman studying early childhood/special education. Dawes was also a rodeo volunteer.
Ariel Russon a senior studying Recreational Management, volunteered to help because she wanted to support the people who were on the steers, because it can be a very dangerous sport and many contestants were doing it for the first time.
“One of my favorite parts is watching all the people who have never ridden a steer in their life get on those big animals and do their best to hang on,” Russon said. “It is also fun to see the student and community population coming together to have a good time and enjoy each others’ company.”
Russon also said that a lot of people decide to attend the rodeo because it’s something they have never experienced before. Students were able to support each other.
“I think some of it is to support friends that are about to get their butt kicked by those steers. A lot of people have never been to a rodeo and I think they just want to go because it’s a more country Idahoish thing to do,” Russon said.
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