Friday, May 22, 2009

I met Will Farrell - a successful professional Rodeo Rider

I met this morning per chance this nice guy in Thermopolis,WY. His name is Will Farrell and he is a well known, successful Bull Rider in Rodeos all over the U.S. and soon he will be riding also in some European countries. We had a nice chat together about his interesting and sometimes also pretty dangerous job.

Thank you Will for the opportunity to talk with you and to shoot some photos with you - it was very nice experience for me to meet you!
Finally I got a REAL Rodeo Rider in front of my camera :)

Successful riders have great sponsors!

To the end of our talking he gave me his autograph on a photograph that shows him in action in different rodeos. Thanks again for that, Will!

Bull riding
is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted for at least 8 seconds while the animal attempts to buck off the rider. The rider tightly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope. It is a risky sport and has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.

Thermopolis native Will Farrell
had reached the 8-second buzzer on two of three bulls entering the short go, but the Chadron (Neb.) State College freshman still needed a qualified ride to have any hope of winning the title.

Farrell drew a good one: Harry Vold's Copenhagen 7. The animal busted from the chute, covered little ground and descended into a tight, thunderous spin. The fans rose to their feet, cheering louder with each turn of the bull.

About two-thirds of the way into the ride, trouble ensued. Copenhagen 7 jerked the rope from Farrell's hand, but the cowboy managed to catch the tail of the slack and frantically hold on. He spent the remaining 2 seconds dangling from the side of the bull before being tossed.

"It was a lot of try and perseverance just to get to the whistle," Farrell said this week. "... It was just a really exciting time in my life because it was a hometown deal and I went into it expecting to win it, and I did win it. Most things in life don't happen that way."

Farrell's national championship solidified Casper's adoption of the CNFR. Nine years later, Farrell still experiences chills while talking about the audience's reaction.

"I don't hear them when I'm riding but I remember how loud they were afterwards, and when I took my victory lap around the arena," he said. "That's just a memory that's stamped in forever. I don't think if I got Alzheimer's that I'd ever forget that."

Farrell won again in 2001 but the moment almost seemed anti-climatic. He entered the short go first in the overall standings after having ridden all three of his bulls. When the first 11 contestants failed to reach 8 seconds in the short go, Farrell was crowned champion even before nodding his head. He got bucked off in the finale.

Hi my friends,

That was quiet a great experience and an excitment for me this morning, to meet this nice guy. Even he is a famous guy, he was talking so nicely and friendly to us - it's not that "normal" anymore if it comes to talk with celebrities! :)

We are heading tomorrow towards Casper in Wyoming and later on to Buffalo,WY.
Stay tuned with me - and I'll show you later in the next days the promised pictures from the Buffalo-Bill-Museum in Cody.... don't worry...LOL... :)

Have a nice long weekend, y'all!
Susanne and David


tricia said...

He looks like a nice guy. It sounds as if you really enjoyed yourselves. Can't wait for the next pictures.

Trotter said...

Hi Sue! Amazing experience!! A bull rider...
Blogtrotter is paying homage to Vilnius as European Capital of Culture 2009 and waits for your comments. ;) Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Anna said...

Susanne this is too cool. BTW I thought first he was the movie star. Thanks for sharing, and hope all is well. Oh and before I go, no pressure, but I got latest photo of Matthew on my blog if you interested to see the little man of mine, lol, Anna :)


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