Posts Tagged ‘Pincher Creek’

If you haven’t guessed I’m a teeny tiny bit partial to a good Rodeo. In fact some of the smaller ones actually provide far better viewing (and photographic) opportunities than the big gig at the Calgary Stampede, while still attracting both quality livestock and highly ranked cowboys and cowgirls.

The Pincher Creek Fair and Rodeo was no different.  Classed as one of Canada’s Pro Rodeo’s and listed on the Canadian Pro Rodeo circuit with a total payout in excess of $41,000, it is contested over 3 days in August and there is certainly plenty of time for highlights, low lights, bone crunching, people watching and enjoying good ole Canadian Country Hospitality.

Obviously the Cluck, Cluck, Run Chicken Races would have been a bonus to see (as per my last post), but I can quite happily say that I enjoyed my day out in the country air and i hope you do too.

(warning, some photo’s may offend)

The Grub Line.. get your tucker here!

A Saddle Bronc rider hangs on

Dreaming.. one day they might just well be out there too

Just like this Cowgirl… a barrel racing competitor rounds the second barrel

Don’t forget your boots!!!

An official looks on while there is a break in proceedings

A Calf Roping competitor prepares his horse before his run

A horse stares as he waits for the calf to be tied

A horse applies it’s breaks so the rider can dismount in one swift motion

Team work. Two calf ropers exchange gear (and horse) so the next competitor can go

A bull rider escapes the arena

pick up men enjoying the afternoon rodeo

Furious and focused, the bull wants him man

x J

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Get up…go to work….come home….eat…..sleep…AND REPEAT!

Daily routine. Perfect weather. Feeling blah?  Whats the best cure:…Yep, a road trip.

A lot has happened these last few months and somewhere between June 1 and now, summer has almost disappeared without a trace.  Trust me, when you are used to an Australian Mallee summer, 3 months of sun and warmth is slightly disappointing, plus experience has taught me that October usually brings Calgary’s first snow fall.  Yep, that’s just over a month away, somewhere in the vicinity of  40 – 50 days … Jeez, really! Why so quick?

So what better way to make the most of what’s left of summer than to hit the road and get out-of-town.

But go where?

There has been so much that I have seen within a day’s drive from Calgary.  The beautiful rocky mountains (they never disappoint), the rolling green foothills or the dry and arid badlands?  Enter the Cluck, Cluck, Run Chicken Run Race. Yep you read it correctly.  It’s amazing what an internet search will provide.

Ok, ok.. I was looking up local rodeo’s in the area and given that we are almost at the end of Rodeo season I wanted to see if there was anyway that I could get to just ‘one last rodeo’ before the season was done… and luck had it that the Pincher Creek Fair and Rodeo was on and yep.. one of their draw cards.. the Cluck, Cluck, Run Chicken Run Race….

The rules and regulations of the Cluck, Cluck, Run Chicken Run Race

And seriously, with rules like that, I think it this type of event has to be seen to be believed.

Thankfully it doesn’t take much for me to convince my housemate/co-pilot/car servant, Fiona to make a roadie with me (after all she doesn’t drive) and luring our friend Rosie in with the chicken race, we hit the road early Sunday morning with an unknown promise in our sights.

Pincher Creek is about a two and a half hour drive south of Calgary, through those magical foothills of the rocky mountains.  Needless to say a Sunday drive along the Cowboy Trail NEVER disappoints.  After a couple of quick stops for ‘perfect’ photo ops, we arrived at the Pincher Creek Rodeo grounds as Cowboy Church was wrapping up under the shade of the trees.

The Crowsnest River plunges over Lundbreck Falls into the pond below

Wooden stairs leading up from the base of the falls

The arch bridge over the Crowsnest River just meters from the falls

The pond at the base of Lundbreck Falls

The rocks were slippery at the base of the falls and I managed to snap this one while the girls took in the sights with the Arched bridge in the background

Me sitting at the base of Lundbreck Falls, AB

The arena was empty save for a single cowgirl and her horse warming up and getting to know the ‘lay’ of the arena in anticipation of their upcoming barrel racing event.  With the Cluck, Cluck, Run Chicken Run race set to commence at 12:30pm and with that time approaching, we were disappointed to learn that there wasn’t enough chicken entries to run the races on Sunday *insert sad face here*, but apparently, thanks to YouTube, this is the excitement that we missed out on Saturday.

To say that we were disappointed with missing the 1st ever Annual Cluck, Cluck, Run Chicken Run Race would be a bit of an understatement. After all I’m pretty sure that there would not be too many Aussie’s that could claim that they had witnessed such a race and alas, now neither can I.

The Arena sits empty in anticipation of the afternoon’s events

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