The rodeo's today let the most skilled of cowboys show off their roping, riding, and many other talents to the whole world. Being a rodeo cowboy is a dangerous occupation where the strongest and smartest will take home the victory.
As we said in our Cowboy History page, the rodeo is one of the last places where a man can use the talents from the days of the million-acre ranges that took a army of talented cowboys to keep order.
Famous Pro Rodeo Cowboys
Some famous bull riders, my favorite event.
I think the following quote puts into words what pretty much everyone thinks when they see a rodeo (maybe not).
"Rodeo embodies the frontier spirit as manifested through the aggressive and exploitative conquest of the West, and deals with...the reordering of nature according to the dictates of this ethos. It supports the value of subjugating nature, and reenacts the 'taming' process whereby the wild is brought under control" - Lawrence.
I'm not sure what all that means, but sounds good to me, Lawrence!