Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Rodeo Clown In Obama Mask Sparks Outrage, Apologies

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:42 am

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday.
Jameson Hsieh AP

"It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally."

That's the reaction of spectator Perry Beam to Saturday's appearance at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., of a rodeo clown wearing a mask meant to look like President Obama and what happened during his performance.

Videos that Beam took show some of the scene and capture some of what the rodeo announcer and another clown were saying. The Kansas City Star has posted two of the clips on its YouTube channel.

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Thu June 27, 2013
Arts District

Beyond The Grandstand At The Greeley Stampede

The Greeley Stampede begins June 27. This sculpture welcomes many to the grounds, where there is more art to be found at the Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale.
Carrie Saldo

The annual Greeley Stampede is home to one of the top 25 pro rodeos in the country and attracts more than 200,000 people to the city.

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Sun March 3, 2013

Rodeo's Barrel Race Puts Women In The Saddle



It's rodeo time in Houston, Texas. For three weeks, the city's football stadium plays host to the world's biggest rodeo. And that means chili cook-offs, petting zoos, fried everything, and, oh yeah, there's also the rodeo. Big name performers competing for big money. And as Brenda Salinas reports, it's not just the cowboys getting the crowd riled up.

BRENDA SALINAS, BYLINE: Out of the eight events in professional rodeo, there's one just for women: barrel racing.


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Thu January 10, 2013


Tue March 20, 2012

The Rodeo Circuit: Bucking Bulls And Broken Bones

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:56 am

Two bullfighters are tossed by the bull Jumpin Jack Flash during the 2006 Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Las Vegas.
Donald Miralle Getty Images

It's spring, and that means rodeo season is ramping up, especially in the American West. Some professional cowboys will soon be competing almost every night in bull riding, calf roping or steer wrestling.

But along with the trophy buckles and cash prizes, cowboys also bring home injuries — some of them severe. Some rodeo events are more dangerous, and less lucrative, than football and other contact sports.

An Unsteady Paycheck

The 2012 Houston Rodeo begins with a prayer and the national anthem, followed by the first event: calf roping.

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