Calgary Stampede

At around this time last year, my friend and I booked our plane tickets for Calgary Stampede.


Little did we know about this event.  Both horse lovers, she a longtime trainer and myself new in the horse world, decided to go have fun in the West.  I had been to a rodeo at the Festival Western de St-Tite the year before and had loved it.

Of course, we wanted to see what Calgary Stampede had to offer.  We were amazed!

Yes it is : The World’s Greatest Outdoor Show!  No waist of time, always something to see and the animation is uplifting.

The participation of young cowboys with their steer and mini cowboys with their miniature horses makes the rodeo a family event everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime.

Chuckwagon races are simply thrilling!  The horses are so fast!

Despite the accidents, these horse lovers, dedicated to winning a race that began 100 years ago, give an outstanding show.

The Grandstand is always full.

Everywhere you go on the site, you can hear bands playing their beautiful music.  You can visit the stables.  My very favourite were the Clydesdales.  Majestic horses!

Having a ticket to the rodeo or the chuckwagon race allowed us to enter the site without paying the entrance fee.

Free horse shows such as : heavy horses, horsemanship, cattle drives and many more were offered.  We attended the Cowboy Up competition and the World Championship of Sheep at the Saddledome, this also free of charge.

What a week!  We even got to see Kate and William at the parade.

People in Calgary are friendly and the food was great.

I truly recommend you do like me and experience Calgary Stampede.  This year is the 100th anniversary.  It’s an event you can’t miss!

A Detailed Jump Rope Workout You Can Use to Get Ripped

Most People Have Never Attempted a Jump Rope Workout.

When was the last time you jumped rope? For most people the answer would be back in Elementary School or possibly Junior High. It’s actually too bad, because it is a very efficient form of exercise. Most people could easily walk for 15 minutes, but I would bet less than 1 percent of adults could jump rope for 15 minutes straight. Very few people, besides boxers, have ever seriously used the jump rope to achieve top condition.

What Muscle Groups are Worked While Jumping Rope?

Jumping rope will seriously work every muscle in the body. I’m convinced that it will expose your weak links. After your first jump rope workout, you will be sore in many different parts of your body. Honestly, I think my entire body was sore after my first jump rope workout. I was especially sore in my calf muscles as well as my abs. As a side note I will say that jumping rope will help you in your quest to get super-ripped abs. Your core really gets worked hard since you have to use your abs to stabilize your entire body to help you propel your body through the air.

How Jumping Rope Helps Your Body Release Fat Burning Hormones.

HGH is a natural hormone that your body releases to burn body fat. You have probably seen many ads for pills that will help increase your natural levels of HGH. This was really popular about 5 years ago, but you don’t hear too much about HGH anymore. A high level of HGH in your body is the quickest route to burning body fat! Unfortunately, low intensity cardio won’t help your body release HGH. The best way to increase HGH is performing high intensity cardio for 30-60 seconds or so, followed by a minute or two of walking or low intensity cardio. This is called High Intensity Interval Training.

What Type of Jump Rope To Purchase?

I recommend getting a “speed rope”…these run around $15 at most sporting good stores. They are plastic ropes without the beads. You also don’t want to buy the weighted ropes. Get a jump rope that is adjustable. You are going to want to adjust the rope to an optimum level to jump quickly without hitting your head. If it is too long, you won’t be able to jump at a fast rate.

How To Adjust Your Jump Rope to the Correct Height:

Set your jump rope on the ground Stand on the midpoint of the rope (an equal distance between the handles) Grab the handles and pull them up to your chest while standing on the rope If the top of the handles reach above your collar bone the rope is too long If the top of the handles reach your upper abs or lower, the rope is too short I like to adjust the rope so the handles hit about 6 inches below my collar bone If in doubt, go a bit too long and shorten the rope a bit as you get more experienced

Your First Two Weeks of the Program, Learn the Skill of Jumping Rope

Most beginners “double bounce” in between rotations. This actually allows them to rest their core a bit as well as their calf muscles in between rotations and means that they have a low level of core fitness. You will want to jump cleanly in between each rotation and keep the abs and core tight.

Your arms should barely move when you jump rope. The rotation of the rope should come from wrist movement. If you want to increase the speed of the rotations, simply increase the tightness of the circles that your wrist is making (this will make more sense when you start jumping rope). The goal of your first two weeks of jumping rope is to eventually work up to a point where you can jump rope for 5 minutes solid without having to stop and start again. This means that if you have to stop because the rope hits your feet, you have to start again from zero. You also want to be able to jump rope alternating feet, so it looks like you are running while jumping rope.

A Great 15 Minute Jump Rope Workout that You Can Customize to Your Liking

Stand in front of a clock or timer of some sort Jump Rope for 3 minutes to warm up Rest for 30 seconds Jump rope as quickly as possible for 60 seconds Rest for 30 seconds Jump Rope as quickly as possible for 60 seconds Rest for 30 seconds Repeat this alternating pattern for 15-20 minutes

Note: For the 60 second sprint, you can do it in running fashion, you can learn how to rotate the rope twice for every one jump, etc. As you get more advanced, you will be able to make the 60 second sprint extremely intense. Also, if you want to take advantage of the fast heart rate and burn even more body fat, hit a treadmill or exercise bike for 20-30 minutes after your jump rope workout. Oh yeah…you might need a towel…you should be sweating like crazy!

Hit this Jump Rope Workout Hard and you will begin to see definition over your entire body!

Rusty Moore is a trainer who gives advice to get the lean “Hollywood Physique”.

The “Bulky Bodybuilder Look” is Outdated and Cheesy!

Download His FREE 56 page Blueprint… Vacation Body Blueprint. Get the slim & toned physique like Cam Gigandet, Brad Pitt, Jessica Biel, or Penelope Cruz. Click here to see the Video and Download the Free Report —->

Star of Texas Rodeo: Austin’s Cowboy History Comes to Life

Showcasing Austin’s proud tradition of rodeo, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo has been in existence since 1938. Originally known as the Travis County Baby Beef Show and held just opposite the Texas state capital building, the rodeo has grown from these humble beginnings to encompass nearly a month’s worth of events every year. The Travis County Expo Center was originally built in 1983 specifically to house the Star of Texas Rodeo and provides a perfect venue for the event’s array of rodeo-themed events and exhibits.

No one is certain just how rodeo originated, but the skills displayed in rodeo contests were part of daily life for cowboys in Texas since the 1700s. Roping, riding, and breaking horses were all part of the job, and it is thought that at the end of long cattle drives, cowboys from different ranches would hold informal competitions in these skills to earn pride of place for their home ranch. The tradition of formal rodeo contests in Texas dates back at least to 1883, though it is thought records of some earlier contests may have been lost over time.

Events associated with the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo include a black-tie gala event and a carnival with rides, games and funnel cakes. But the real attraction is, of course, the rodeo. While children are invited to participate in activities like Mutton Bustin’ and the Calf Scramble, the focus is on serious rodeo events. Competitions in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and saddle bronc riding demonstrate the skills used by the original cowboys in the Austin region.

Bareback riding

The bareback riding competition tests the cowboy’s endurance and agility. Grasping a leather and rawhide rigging with one hand, the cowboy’s other hand is not allowed to touch anything but air while he spurs the horse into action and then struggles to remain mounted. The final score is assessed not only on duration and style, but also on the horse’s performance, making this a team effort for cowboy and horse. The techniques used in this competition are similar to those used by the earliest cowboys while breaking horses to ride in early Austin.

Steer wrestling

Deceptively simple in its description, steer wrestling is one of the most difficult events, requiring lightning fast reflexes and tremendous physical strength. A mounted cowboy must overtake a running steer and, from horseback, grasp its horns and muscle it to the ground, ensuring that all four legs are thrown in the same direction opposite the cowboy.

Team roping and tie-down roping

Lasso work is an integral part of a cowboy’s job, and these competitions demonstrate it at its highest level. Team roping includes, as its name suggests, a two-man team of one header and one heeler. First, the header ropes the steer’s horns, head, or neck; then, once the steer is under control, the heeler ropes both hind legs, securing the steer between the two cowboys. Tie-down roping was used on Texas ranches to isolate and treat sick calves; the rodeo version is similar, pitting a cowboy and his horse against a quick-moving calf. The cowboy must rope the calf and then tie three of its legs together, rendering it helpless for at least six seconds.

Saddle bronc busting

This event derives from the earliest days of rodeo in Austin and is perhaps the “classic” rodeo event. The cowboy must remain atop a bucking bronc for eight seconds; scoring is based on the style and finesse displayed during the ride.

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo also offers bull riding events, country music performances, and a variety of other activities for the whole family. Every spring, the rodeo provides exciting events and a look back at Austin’s cowboy past, combining entertainment with education. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

Joe Cline writes articles for Austin Texas Realtor. Other articles written by the author related to Austin Texas real estate and Lakeway real estate can be found on the net.

WRBRA: Calf, Steer and BULL RIDING fast action

high resolution DVD can be purchased for $15 including shipping. Contact [email protected] if interested. See the still pictures at WRBRA ride at the Clements, California, Buckaroo Arena, June 26, 2009. Visit http for more information.

Choosing and Fitting a Barrel Racing Saddle

If you are going to take part in barrel racing it is crucial that the saddle you use fits correctly. A fancy saddle is not neccessary but a well fitting saddle is and could make the difference between winning and losing the race. Saddle selection is critical and includes consideration of the fit of the saddle for both horse and rider, the correct type of saddle and of course a price within your range. Do not be tempted to go for a cheap saddle. A good saddle will last for many years and is a good investment so don’t skimp now as you will surely regret it later.

Fitting the Saddle to the Horse

The fit of the saddle for the horse is perhaps the most important consideration. The fit must be good enough to prevent pressure points on the horse as these will cause pain and interfere with his free movement. The bars of the tree can interfere with movement if the saddle is not correctly fitted. There is a misconception that barrel saddles without bars can be fitted to any horse but this is untrue. An ill fitting saddle, even without bars can cause pain to the horse and also interfere with his normal movement is it sits too far back on the horse. It is essential then to ensure that the saddle fits correctly or behavioral and performance problems will always arise.

These are the points to consider when fitting the saddle. Ride the horse for a short time then inspect the area beneath the saddle. If there are dry areas this could indicate pressure points. If the saddle is ill fitting there may be circles of dryness on both sides although the rest of the back is wet from sweating.The saddle is pressing down in these dry areas and will lead to pressure points where the skin is damaged and sore.This problem will not be relieved by the use of more padding and means that the saddle does not fit correctly and should not be used.

Fitting the Saddle to the Rider

When choosing a new barrel saddle it is equally important to make sure it fits the rider as well as the horse. Different sizes and styles of saddle fit differently and may not suit all riders. If the saddle is ill fitting to the rider it will be uncomfortable and make it hard to keep balanced. In general barrel saddles have high cantles in the back and the leather of the jockeys and fenders is often rough to help in keeping the seat. The horn tends to be taller to improve the grip during rough maneuvers and the stirrups are often made to give a better angle to help the feet stay in place.

Purchasing a Barrel Saddle

There are some dealers who will let you test out the saddle for a short time before purchase so that you can be sure of a good fit. If the fit is not good you can either return the saddle for your money back or try a replacement. As barrel saddles, and indeed all saddles, are expensive it is vital that you purchase one that not only fits both horse and rider but is made of good quality materials to ensure it lasts well.

For more information and some good deals on cheap barrel, western, English and other new and used saddles check out Used Saddles or Used Western Saddles

barrel racing falls/spazz attacks *READ DESCRIPTION FIRST!!*

ok guys i am SICK AND TIRED of hearing about how that one rider was really hard on her horses mouth (the little chestnut freakin out) so guys if you could all do me a favor and stop commenting about it! SRY IT SUCKS BUT WMM SHUT DOWN ON ME AND NOW WHENEVER I OPEN IT IT FREEZES UP :( SRY //**I DO NOT OWN ANYTHING!!! CLIPS, SONG, NOTHING!!!!**// a collection of barrel racing accidents.

Rodeo: A Team Roping Event

Team roping has been a successful event with the Americans. It is a battle of the best cowboys and girls who have the skills of team roping.

Team roping is a popular rodeo event mostly played by cowboys and cowgirls. This is the only rodeo event which allows men and women to compete equally even with mixed gender team members. It is also called as heading and heeling. Basically, a team is composed of two players-the header and the heeler. The header is the one who ropes the steer either on the neck or horns while the heeler is the one to rope the steer behind the legs.

This rodeo event was a technique developed by cowboys working in ranches. They used the technique in order to capture full grown animals such as cows. During the earlier years, it was just a chore. However, because of enormous interests of people, it became a popular event wherein cowboys and cowgirls compete with each other. Rodeo events usually receive large numbers of spectators.

Basically, steers are lined up inside a chute with spring doors. Each side of the chute comes with an area called box and the header is positioned in one side. A taut rope is used by the header which is called the barrier. Once the header is ready, the spring doors of the chute will be released by an assistant who allows the steer to go running.

Once the steer reaches the end of the rope, the barrier will be released and the header must rope the steer with either of the legal catches namely:

?Clean horn catch – lasso of the two horns
?Neck Catch – lasso around the neck
?Half head catch – lasso around the neck and one horn

This event requires speed and accuracy. Once the dally is made by the header, he maneuvers his horse to the left side while the steer is still running. When the heeler finds a clear way, he throws the rope and attempts to lasso the steer’s rear feet. This technique will hold the animal still. Once finished, the official will wave the flag signalling the time to stop and taking record of the time spent for the event.

A five second penalty is charged for roping only 1 leg of the steel and 10 second penalty for breaking the barrier generally called as Cowboy Speeding Ticket. In a professional level team, it usually takes only a matter of 4 to 12 seconds to complete the task. In contrast, low level teams usually take longer to finish the task.

This rodeo tournament is well recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the International Professional Rodeo Association. Based on the standards of PRCA, the weight of the calf used must be at least 220 to 280 pounds. In addition, the animal must be strong and should not have any sickness.

Horses used in the event are usually American quarter horse. It is because these horses show strength and power to turn the steer after roping. They are also taller and heavier compared to other types of horses. American quarter horses also have the agility to move fast and to react on the riders command.

Team roping needs particular equipments in order to participate in the event. The following is the list of team roping equipments:

?Protective boots
?Bale of hay with practice head
?A saw horse used to practice heeling
?A pickup truck
?A horse trailer
?Food for the horse

Team roping requires coordination and timing. These skills are very crucial in achieving your objective in the least time possible. Another important element of team roping is the effectiveness of your grip on the rope. Most team roping events use the Mexican Vaquero grip and swing. This has been adapted because in most cases, the rope’s back swing is difficult to manage with any other grip and swing.

Another essential technique in team roping is the proper body position. Correct positioning allows you to use your body to your own advantage. This is crucial because it provides you the best balance needed whenever you are roping. It will also help you advance your horse riding skills. Finally, it is highly important to have enough practice for both team members so as to develop their coordination.

For more information on Team Roping Event please visit our website.

Mini Bull Riding-Downey

Chad Casperson produces a miniature bull riding series for aspiring young bull riders. Check out his website at:

Good Bull Riding Wrecks

These are some crazy and awesome bull riding wrecks.

Barrel Racing – Victory and Defeat

I decided to try something new, so I made a barrel racing video. Music: Life is Beautiful Sixx: AM