Scenes Of The 2012 Pendleton Round Up From Hot Rod Cowgirl!

As I write this post, The 2012 Pendleton Round Up Is Officially Over Until Next September 2013. Pendleton, Cheyenne And Calgary Are Known As The Big Three Rodeos Among The Cowboys Who Favor Them…Some Cowboys Say That Pendleton Is Like Coming Home. Pendleton Has 102 Years Of Rodeo History, Heritage And Community Support. Hundreds Of Local Volunteers That Follow In The Footsteps Of Their Families Before Them…As Each Year They Put On One Outstanding Rodeo!

Come See For Yourself And Experience The Magic Of Pendleton…Seeing First Hand Why This Rodeo Is Filled With American Cowboy Heritage, Heart And Soul.

Did I Mention I Have A New Camera From Wild Bill For My Birthday? He Blessed Me With The Sony a77 And I Love It:)

My Cowboy Buddy…He Loves Horses And Cows And Someday He Will Have His Own Ranch…It Will Be Top Notch:)

Are You Guys Ready To Rock And Roll With The 102 Year Old Beat Of Pendleton?

Here Comes The Flag Bearers! God Bless America…God Bless The Cowgirls, The Cowboys And Their Horses!

One Of Our Four Beautiful Round Up Princesses…She Made The Run In Across The Arena…Jumping The Fence…Calmly Smiling And Waving To The Crowd…This Is A True Round Up Princess!

The Flag Bearers Are Awesome…I Love Seeing Our Flag Waving…On The Back Of A Horse…Perfecto!

Beautiful Princess Cowgirls And Beautiful Horses!

 Queen Alex Of The 2012 Pendleton Round Up…Making A Perfect Jump!

Here Comes The President Of The 102nd Pendleton Round Up!

Its Official The 2012 Round Up Has Begun!

History Is Being Made And Recorded In The Books! Look At Them Go!

Beautiful Teepees Filled With Native American Heritage…Hallmarks Of The Round Up!

The North Grandstand Is Ready To Boogie With What ONLY Pendleton Can Deliver!

Hang On Tight…Pendleton Gets It On With Action!

Cowboy Ponies Resting…Waiting For Their Events.

Contestants In The Warm Up Area…Giving Support With The “You Can Do It Attitude”…Which Is What We Do As We Honor” The Code Of The West.” If You Grew Up With It And Lived It…You Know What I Am Talking About.

 The Sports Medicine Van Stands By…As Well As Top Notch Equine and Animal Vets…They Are Ready To Help Any Injured Contestant, Volunteer Or Injured Horse Or Animal…Dr. Corey Has Been My Vet For 32 Years With My Horses…He Is Outstanding In His Field!

Bucking Horses Hanging Out Behind The Scenes…These Horses Are Loved And Well Taken Care Of…They Have Great Value And Are Raised By Their Owners To Buck And Perform.

Pendleton Has It All! And Bill Dawson Is Incredible With Repairing The Historic Wagons And Getting Them Ready For The Parades And Arena Presentations.

Horses Stand By Patiently…Taking A Rest In The Shade.

What I Love About The Round Up Is That I Get To See My Favorite People…And This Couple Is On The Top Ten Of My List:)

Hey Cowboy Dog…He Actually Told Me He Travels To Lots Of Rodeos And Loves It…But Pendelton Is His Favorite:)

Horses Discussing Their Owners And Their Ding Dong Events…LOL…And Waiting For Their Time To Shine!

Outside The West End Of The Round Up Stadium…You Find Another Part Of The Rodeo Back Here Behind The Scenes.

You See Cowboys Swinging Their Ropes…Loosening Up…Trying To Relax…And Cowgirls Relaxing Their Horses By Giving Them A Job To Do…With All The Commotion It Helps Both You And Your Horse To Have a Focus.

My Favorite Picture This Year Is This One:) I Like The Sepia Color And The Horses Seem To Be In Sync…I Love The Build Of “A True Classic Quarter Horse”…Put Together Rock Solid…I Love Muscled Quarter Horse Butts!

The Same Picture With Colors Is Ok Too:)

Pendleton Is Like No Other Wild West Rodeo…Full Of History…Full Of Tradition…Full Of Memories And Old Friends:)

Forever Families Who Have Lived Their Lives Here Settling The Land…Raising Their Families…Building Their Future With Hopes And Dreams…It Was Through The Story Of Their Lives…That The Pendleton Round Up Story Was Born 102 Years Ago.

And Is Still Going Strong Today…Filled With Historical Heritage And The True Western Spirit.

Happy Birthday Dad! He Was Born September 17, 1914…Four Years After The Round Up Began…He Grew Up In It And Played A Huge Roll In It…I Am Proud Of My Dad Forever And Always! He Taught Me Everything I Know About Horses And Cows!

One Of These Years WB And I Are Going To Play Tourist…Go To All The Parades, Dinners, Breakfasts, Main Street And Do The Entire Week Of Rodeo and Happy Canyon:) We Have Always Been In It Or Involved And Have Not Seen What The Tourist Sees…So Yee-Haw!

Minnie Cow-Kitty  Says Meow-Yahmoo! Isn’t She Cute…I Love Her Green Eyes, Her Markings and Her Long Whiskers!

Let ‘Er Buck!

This Was My Morning Sun Today…My Prayers Go Out To All Who Are In The Middle Of Fighting For Your Homes And Your Lands…Your Animals And Lives. I Pray That God Will Send Heaven’s Rain And Blessing You With His Glory…Putting Out ALL The Fires In The Western United States! God Bless You All!

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie Hutchinson
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 21:15:46

    Great pictures Marcy! …and thanks for the sweet words on our pic;-)

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  2. Lissa Rabon
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 19:04:37

    Just now read this, felt like i was there. The teepees blow my mind. One day I will make this. Hope it never changes! Love the photo of the horse running full tilt and the flag waving. Great!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 09, 2012 @ 13:48:48

      🙂 I am happy that you enjoyed this….and that you felt you were there. The Pendleton Round Up is an amazing rodeo and all the activities that go with it make the entire week memorable. Happy Canyon the night show is worth seeing too:) I love that photo too as to me it says God Bless America and Ride Hard Like America Cowboys!!!! It brought a lump to my throat when I was watching him and loved seeing it:)

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  3. lambskinny
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 08:49:31

    Reblogged this on Versatile Blogger Award and commented:
    Horses and cowgirls and cowboys… what more can one ask for?

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  4. Teepee12
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 22:43:57

    Reblogged this on Serendipity and commented:
    I love rodeo! I treasure my rodeo belt from the year Garry and I got to lead the parade!

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  5. philosophermouseofthehedge
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 11:29:22

    Nothing is more glorious than seeing the American flag being carried on horseback at a rodeo. This is real rodeo. This is America. Thanks for sharing the pixs. (and got a real laugh at the quarterhorse butts – they are soooo quarterhorse!)

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 27, 2012 @ 21:59:11

      I know I love those photos too and the one where the horse is at warp speed takes my breath away….so awesome when you are there in person…..puts a lump in your throat and makes you proud to be an American:) Yeah I love the QH butts too:)

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  6. wendy@chezchloe
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 20:51:09

    Great post. Your dad was like movie star cowboy!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 24, 2012 @ 21:33:25

      🙂 I was sure he was John Wayne’s brother….he never thought of himself as that or that he did much in life….but yeah…he left me with the lasting legacy of never giving up…and he did so much good in his life. He would love to hear you say this about him…he of course would be embarrassed and then just laugh:)

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  7. singleworkingmomswm
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 14:45:54

    Wow! What a wonderful display of pictures and discriptions. It looks so spectacular, and all of the horses are truly amazing and beautiful. My favorite pic was of the horse at full speed and the cowboy holding the American flag. What a shot, what an awesome event! Some day, some day….:-)

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 24, 2012 @ 18:51:06

      Thank you much:) I am happy you enjoyed seeing the inner parts of the rodeo…yeah I am with ya on liking the horse at full speed with the cowboy and our flag….way cool and I tell ya what it does bring a lump to your throat when you are watching from the stands. And for sure I know it…you will be there to see it:)

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  8. bentehaarstad
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 14:37:28

    So many great pictures, we don’t even have to go to a rodeo, thankls to you! But of coarse, it would have been nice…. The new camera must have been a blessing, congratulations! 🙂

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  9. wolke205
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 10:18:35

    YEEEEHAAAAW 😀

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  10. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 08:36:19

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve always wanted to go to the Pendleton Roundup. Maybe next year. But through your photos I get to visit vicariously.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 23, 2012 @ 15:03:43

      🙂 It is a fun experience and the rodeo is good…I love seeing all the people and of course I love walking around behind the scenes seeing the horses and watching both cowboys and cowgirls warming up:) The Friday morning parade, the Westward ho Parade, it stunning as there are no motor vehicles at all….it is all horseback or wagons that have been restored….it lasts about 2-3 hours…very worth it!

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  11. emjayandthem
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 06:42:31

    Such a fun post and such a visual feast. You had me at juicy Quarter Horse butts 🙂
    MJ

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  12. zannyro
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 22:08:19

    Thank you so much for taking me to the rodeo!! Someday I will go in person! Your Dad was quite a handsome Cowboy!!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 22:13:10

      You are very welcome…The Round Up is an amazing rodeo and you see it all! I know…..Dad was a hunk huh? I thought of my Dad as John Wayne and my Mom as The Lady:) They made the perfect couple:)

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  13. Where God Takes Me
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 20:46:23

    Nice work! You got some really great shots!

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  14. bobmielke
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 18:23:26

    This was a fun post to view and read. You certain had fun with your new A77. Sony make a fine camera and you do it justice.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 21:20:38

      Thank you much….I spent over a year trying to decide if I should buy a Cannon or a Nikon or….and then I went to a camera shop in Portland a few years ago and they said Sony…I said what? I have Sony TV’s but cameras….really…then I saw the a55 and it was so very user friendly and I loved the quality of my pictures with it…even so it was back and forth for me another year trying to decide do I go with the Cannon 7D or the Nikon one that cost big bucks…I love taking life pictures that tell the story. I am a writer at heart but capturing that moment on film to me is thrilling…I love photography and right now I am on a learning curve. Anyway…after debating and looking and etc. I went back to Portland and to the camera shop…the salesman there that day owned the Sony a77 and he said it was the best camera he had ever had…he carried it everywhere…and had submitted a film to Sundance this year and it was accepted…he shot the entire film with the Sony…the other clerks that worked there, once was a Cannon person and the other was a Nikon person and they said you know….the Sony a77 is amazing and will last you for years…so my hubby bought it and now I am having fun once again in learning so many new techniques and terms too…I love it so far. I love capturing the photos that tell the story without words:) Thank you for stopping in:)

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      • bobmielke
        Sep 23, 2012 @ 04:16:23

        You’re never too old to learn. I have a dear friend who is 80. I sold her her first laptop computer and just helped her pick out the iPad III. What a hoot! I also suggested her first digital camera. So now, she is taking pictures, transferring them to help netpad & iPad and mailing me custom postcards. You can do this. From what I’ve seen of your photos you’re well on your way. 🙂

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Sep 23, 2012 @ 14:58:44

        Thank you much for your encouragement…I love what I am learning and doing:) That is very cool that your friend is willing to learn and she is going for it!!! I truly applaud her! Good for her!!! A few years back I had had it with my Dell and windows computers…I liked the sound of Macs and knew I could switch us over. Of course I had some say oh no you will not make the switch very well….HA! I did and I love my Macs….got the hubby a Mac laptop for Christmas and he loves it! Have a wonderful Sunday:)

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  15. Dianna
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 12:30:53

    Great pictures; it’s easy to see that it’s an event steeped in history and tradition!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 16:09:42

      Thank you much for your encouragement as I keep learning with the new camera….I love shooting pictures but have lots to learn yet:) Yes the rodeo is truly very historical and full of heritage. You wold enjoy it:)

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  16. onespoiledcat
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 10:42:34

    What GREAT photos Marcy – did you take them with that fancy new camera of yours?? Happy Belated Birthday by the way………thank for sharing all the action with those of us who’ve NEVER seen a round-up!

    Hugs, Pam (and Sam who thinks Minnie is sooooooooooo gorgeous!)

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 16:07:48

      Thank you so much:) Yes I had to try out the new camera…I am still on a learning curve with it but so far I love it:) Thank you for the Birthday Wishes too:) Someday it would be great for you to attend a big rodeo like Pendleton…there is so much to see and do…lots of clowns hang out for humor in between events etc. and the Native Americans come into the arena every day for about a half of hour of dance….it is fun to see and watch…they actually move into the teepees for the week….then we also have Happy Canyon which is a nightly pageant about the early settlers and the Native Americans…the history of the west. It goes about 2 hours and all the acting is done by local volunteers. Round Up and Happy Canyon are a full 10 days of fun!

      Sam I will let Minnie know that you are a bit smitten with her gorgeous looks…I think she is very pretty too:)
      Hugs Back To Pam and Sam plus a nice kitty massage:) Minnie just said “Tell Sam thank you Mom and that I think he is a real hunk:)”

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  17. michaeltuuk
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 09:25:48

    Great pictures. The horse butts crack me up 🙂

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  18. The View Out Here
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 05:27:59

    Amen. Continuing to pray for snow or rain (or both) to help put those fires out. My mom and dad say it’s the worst they’ve seen it (the smoke) in many, many years.
    Great pictures, a person can “feel” the excitement.
    ~d.
    p.s. You know how “I” feel about a good Quarter Horse butt! 😉

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 22, 2012 @ 15:58:01

      Yes it has been terrible with the smoke….one fire that is burning is down close to the town of Sisters, Oregon and another one is burning around Wenatchee, Washington in the mountains and looks like it will merge with another large fire….evacuations are all over of towns and homes…..it is sad and does not sound good.

      Have you been to the R-Up ever? It is exciting and the daily run in by the Queen and Court is amazing…makes you feel proud and it is exciting:) I know we both like those QH Butts:)

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      • The View Out Here
        Sep 22, 2012 @ 16:59:43

        I went once when Todd was with the hitch. I had only heard about it as a kid. As you can imagine Calgary was our “local” big rodeo and we’d always do the Draft horse show up there. I was fortunate enough to hit Cheyenne a few times and Denver about every year too – they all rock. Such a proud American thing…as a kid I always kinda took it for granted. Not no more! Again, wonderful post!

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Sep 22, 2012 @ 21:12:02

        Yeah me too in taking it for granted…thought everyone did this….and like you…no more as I truly appreciate the rodeo. I have never been to Calgary or Cheyenne…Dad went when he was on the board of directors of the Round Up…and brought home stories of what it was like…so on the so called bucket list, I would love to attend both once and I want to go to the NFR…mainly Cowboy Christmas:) You are right in that these big rodeos are truly an American thing…we are way blessed….and I hope that it continues:) Thank you for your support…love the Draft horses and hearing about your life with them:) Happy Sunday!

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  19. bulldogsturf
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 23:46:30

    Wow I would love to be able to see a show like this….

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