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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Holstein Rodeo 2011

Holstein Rodeo 2011, I came, I saw, I conquered... and sold a hell of a lot of 50/50 tickets!
On Friday the 8th I set out nice and early (at least it wasn't dark o'clock in the morning) with Ann and Dan in their motor home and settled in for the 3 hour drive to the Holstein Rodeo.  As the kilometers flew by I worked on one of my Quilt Blocks, cause quite honestly the 401 does not have inspiring vistas!

Ann, Bill, and Dan

We were heading to the rodeo to help out Bill,  a good friend of Ann & Dan's who is involved in organizing the rodeo.  Years ago he did Dan and his son a huge favour so over the last few years Dan has been kind enough to run the 50/50 draw at the rodeo to raise funds for the local Optimist's Club.  This year, like two years ago I went along to help out.  Soon after settling the motor home, we set up and started selling tickets!  Its a busy, busy weekend!  I spend a lot of time while the rodeo is going on running up and down the stands selling arm lengths and body lengths of tickets.  At night we fall into bed, exhausted despite being parked right beside the stage that features various Country Music stars each night.

This year I know we raised over $3,600 for local charities!  It was hard work but a lot of fun!

Here are some of my photos from the weekend... when I had a chance to take pictures!

 Puttin' on the breaks after a Barrel Racing run!

 Barrel Racing

 The youngest barrel racer on Friday night, this adorable young girl from Florida



 This fella was riding the bull in the above shot... these guys are insane!



 See what I mean?  Insane!


 Rusty the Rodeo Clown

I got to go up the helicopter with this young girl and her Dad

 In the helicopter with Lou Schizas radio personality from Toronto's Talk Radio AM640, Grand Marshall for the 2011 Rodeo

 Rodeo grounds from above

 Cowboy getting ready for Team Roping

Team roping

Love this shot, caught the moment he lost his hat

 A pair of Cowboys after their Team Roping run

 Cowgirl in team roping

 Cute little Cowgirl!


 Julian Austin one of the Country Music Artists performing in the evening

 Shane Yellowbird

12 comments:

Erna said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend, and a good job....
Thanks for sharing ....

mdgtjulie said...

Absolutely fantastic photos Dani. They're just stunning. I haven't been to a rodeo in years! I'm glad you raised such a large sum of money. I'd bet the local charities benefited will be thrilled! Grats on an all around great time!

Lesleyanne said...

Great photos. Looks like you had a fantastic time.

Bekca said...

I would love to go to a rodeo one day, it looks like you had a brilliant time. And congratulations for raising so much money for worthy causes! Best wishes.

Christine said...

That looks like fun (watching it I mean, not actually riding).
Wel done on raising so much money

Lynn said...

What fun! Your hard work paid off from the sounds of it. Congrats!
Sometime you'll have to come up and see our mini rodeo in Chesterville. This was our second year running and it's well on its way to being successful.

Carol said...

That is great that you raised so much money, Dani. It looks like a fun time was had by all :) I've never been to a rodeo (or anywhere near one!) so it was fun to see all of your great photos.

Dee said...

You got some really great action shots!

Congrats on the big haul for your charity.

♥ Nia said...

We don't have rodeos around here so those pictures are awesome to me!! :D LOL!! Thanks for sharing :)

Karen said...

That looks like lots of fun! Great pics Dani!

RuthB said...

Oh I'm so jealous. I do love the rodeo! Congrats on a successful adventure.

Julie said...

Well done raising such a lot of money, looks like a fun weekend