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Rodeo:  Behind the Scenes at America's Most Exciting Sport

Rodeo: Behind the Scenes at America's Most Exciting Sport
Lynn Campion
Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2002
GV1834.5 .C36 2002

Here is a richly illustrated look at the people and animals of rodeo, from the rules of competition to the drama and action of each event - the perfect guide for every rodeo fan.

Lynn Campion traveled to many rodeos over a period of years, taking photographs, conducting interviews, and studying the complexities of competition. She gives vivid accounts of the roughstock events (bareback riding, saddle brone riding, and bull riding) and the timed events (calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing). The book also salutes the clowns and bullfighters, rodeo secretaries, stock contractors, announcers, and others who play essential roles in a successful rodeo.

Rodeo provides the fascinating behind-the-scenes details that the millions of fans who attend rodeos each year can't see - such as how the competitors prepare for their events, how the livestock are raised and selected, and what it takes to win. Also included are profiles of top performers and listings of world records and annual statistics. Beautifully designed and illustrated with 200 full-color photographs, Rodeo is an honest and rich portrayal of rodeo, celebrating a sport that is both an art and a way of life.

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