Up North: Spooner Rodeo showcases highly skilled athletes
Rodeos are filled with laughs, treats, and of course bull riding. Behind the spotlights however are the riders that train to make it all happen.
The Spooner Rodeo has been a tradition in Wisconsin since 1954. Riding on the backs of not only the livestock, but also the highly trained athletes that tirelessly prepare, and even battle through injuries to put on the show.
“A few weeks ago I was at another rodeo and made a bad move on the bull, it was muddy out. He caught me before I had a chance to make a move on him and I caught my arm behind my back. I have a pool noodle taped up [on my cast] to keep it padded, and it has been working pretty well so far,” said professional bull fighter Lucas Moore.
Like any sport, there is always dangers involved. For bareback bronco rider Ty Breuer, he and his horse almost went through the fence and into the stands during his run at the show.
“It is a sport that you have to be committed, and love it, to do it. If you weren’t committed and trying your hardest you can get hurt and it’s not worth it. You definitely want to be all in that’s sure,” exclaimed Breuer.
Not only is the practice important for these athletes but also the gear to keep them safe. Ranging from rough stock boots, pads, vest and even some extra athletic tape.
“The tape protects our arms, our elbows, keeps everything held in there. The comradery between the cowboys and the cowgirls in this sport is unlike any other sport you’ll see,” said bareback rider Kyle Bloomquist.
Whether you’re going as a fan, or even and aspiring cow girl or boy, rodeo is a sport that should never be taken lightly.
“I would encourage you to go to a rodeo, it is one of the toughest sports out there. If you don’t perform, and not only perform but win you’re not going to make good money. I have all these rodeos and these bull riders need me to do my job, so I make sure I’m ready to do that,” concluded Moore.