Reefton Rodeo – Yeehaw!


Another great afternoon out this time to the first Rodeo we’ve ever gone to – Reefton Rodeo and wow what an awesome event for spectators. I’m sure the competitors were having a great time too but I’m pretty sure my bones will be feeling better than theirs this morning.

horse riding reefton rodeo

(to the tune of Garth Brooks singing “Good Ride Cowboy” – thanks to MetroLyrics)
From the hills of Kaycee, Wyoming
Where life’s wooly and wild
Came a navy brat in a cowboy hat
And that Copenhagen smile

And from buckin’ broncs to honky tonks
He always sang a cowboy’s song
We were much too young, havin’ too much fun
As we all sang along

Reefton rodeo calf riding

bucking bull riding reefton rodeo

riding the bulls reefton rodeo

We sang ‘Life’s A Highway’
There’s only one way you’re gonna get through it
When she starts to twist be more like Chris
Pull your hat down tight and just LeDoux it

bull riding reefton rodeo

hitting the dirt reefton rodeo

From gold buckles to gold records
Once again he was spinnin’ ’round
Took the whole world on
And he turned us on to that Western Underground

grumpy steer reefton rodeo

Steer riding reefton rodeo

And from Bareback Jack to This Cowboy’s Hat
The songs were stronger than his pain
He would not slow down from town to town
Like children running through the rain

ridem cowgirl reefton rodeo

sheep riding cowgirl reefton rodeo

cowgirl down reefton rodeo

We sang ‘Life’s A Highway’
There’s only one way you’re gonna get through it
When she starts to twist be more like Chris
Pull your hat down tight and just LeDoux it

heading down reefton rodeo

one up to the bull reefton rodeo

When that whistle blows
And that crowd explodes
And them pickup men are at your side
They tell you good ride cowboy, good ride

cowboys reefton rodeo

horse catchers reefton rodeo

We sang ‘Life’s a Highway’
There’s only one way you’re gonna get through it
When she starts to twist be more like Chris
Pull your hat down tight and just LeDoux it

cowboy in the making reefton rodeo

little man down reefton rodeo
junior cowboy reefton rodeo

When that whistle blows
And that crowd explodes
And them pickup men are at your side
They tell you good ride cowboy, good ride

sheep riding reefton rodeo

cowboy sheep riding reefton rodeo

Bet he cross that river Jordan
With St. Peter on the other side
Singin’, ‘Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride’
Say, ‘Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride’

barrel race Reefton rodeo

cowboy with his ropes reefton rodeo

cowboy and his horse reefton rodeo

Fantastic effort by all the competitors and great crowd participation. Some stunning animals – the bulls, the horses, the sheep – and the animals were definitely the winners!

down on the dirt reefton rodeo

Can’t wait till next year…….

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that make up the West Coast of the Southern Alps and experiencing the cool things there are to see and do here.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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9 Responses to Reefton Rodeo – Yeehaw!

  1. bulldog says:

    What brilliant action shots… I’m impressed… beauts…

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Rob – really proud of my hubby. We were sitting down with the general crowd and he had his little cameras while the “photographers” had their huge lenses and kept going up into the stand and looking down. No bias but I’m pretty sure I know the photos that came out the best – he just has such a good eye – he does the work not the camera. Gush, gush, gush LOL

      • bulldog says:

        Hubby is bloody good .. I think I’ve said that before, I also don’t have those lens where one needs to say mine is bigger than yours.. and I’m sure the photos turn out better with the smaller cameras because we use our eyes not the camera… here I am now including myself in your Hubbys obvious talent…

      • coastingnz says:

        As well you should Rob – your photos are “bloody” awesome! Love all your wildlife photography. 🙂

  2. Now kids riding sheep… that’s a rodeo! Love the face plant shot. Ouch. Maybe you two should sign up for next year. How much tougher can it be than dodging rocks on a deep downhill while riding your mountain bikes? 🙂 –Curt

    • coastingnz says:

      Way smarter than that Curt – watching was fun enough and yes the sheep riding was the funniest event ever! The poor kids but it was soooo funny. They were all keen until the wee sheep started moving and then there were tears – and generally lots of them. A couple of the kids though held on for dear life and did basically a lap of the arena – so so funny.

  3. peter sandri says:

    Not bad for a city kid.lasted the distance.fantasic day out Thank you guys.can’t wait till next year Miami

  4. Fergus Gold Post says:

    always love a good rodeo! 🙂

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