tonybruguiere
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Steer Wrestling

The cowboy has left the saddle of his horse, which is in the foreground, and grabbed the horns of the steer running alongside. At this point the steer and the h...
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The cowboy has left the saddle of his horse, which is in the foreground, and grabbed the horns of the steer running alongside. At this point the steer and the horse are both completely off of the ground. The only thing touching the ground is the cowboy’s heels dug into the arena floor as he drags the running, 300 pound steer to a stop.
Steer Wrestling is one of my favorite rodeo events to photograph because there is so much going on at the same time. The arena is huge at Cheyenne and the steer has a 30 foot head start. The cowboy’s horse races to catch up with the steer, then matches the speed of the animal as the cowboy leans out over the steer and grabs the horns. When the cowboy leaves the saddle, his horse is trained to run at full speed to the end of the arena and out of the way. The cowboy hits the ground feet first and, using the steer’s horns, turns his head and lays him on the arena floor in a cloud of dirt and dust. You can tell by the expression on the cowboy that it is not as easy as that last sentence made it sound.

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lifezfunny
 
lifezfunny March 25, 2017
Cringe worthy for sure. Good job
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere April 28, 2017
Thanks very much! This event is really tough on the cowboys,
Shannonec21
 
Shannonec21 April 28, 2017
Absolutely perfect timing
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere April 28, 2017
Thanks very much for the kind words!
lanatolle
 
lanatolle June 13, 2017
Simply amazing. I can almost hear the buzzer and smell the dirt. Award winning for certain.
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere June 13, 2017
Thank you very much!!
kristitimmons
 
kristitimmons September 15, 2017
Great shot
TimothyPrincehorn PRO+
 
TimothyPrincehorn September 28, 2017
Talk about a great capture. I can taste the dust. You are very good.
rpdhjja
 
rpdhjja January 18, 2018
Very well done, you have also a big luck...
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere January 18, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words. I'll take all the luck that I can get. The setup for this shot was to use center point focusing on the rider and use back-button focus so the camera never had to re-aquire focus. The luck part was that the rider's horse did not run to the end of the arena as fast as it was supposed to so it stayed in my frame. When luck complements your plan, I'll take it and say 'thank you'.
Jaybo-pics
 
Jaybo-pics January 18, 2018
Fantastic capture
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere January 18, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words.
JonBerndtPhotography
 
JonBerndtPhotography January 19, 2018
Really nice. I haven't seen a photo like this that captures the gritty action so perfectly. Great shot.
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere January 21, 2018
Thank you very much, Jon!
CharlieV
 
CharlieV January 21, 2018
What a great capture
tonybruguiere
tonybruguiere January 21, 2018
Thanks very much, Charlie!
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake January 28, 2018
Amazing capture ! Congrats !
barrywilton PRO+
 
barrywilton February 09, 2018
Fantastic action shot Tony, well caught love it!!
ronaldwebb PRO
 
ronaldwebb February 11, 2018
This is awesome...I hope you sonsider submitting this to the "Thrill of Victory - The Agony of Defeat" photo competition
dianadowhower PRO+
 
dianadowhower April 21, 2018
Growing up on a ranch and being a cowgirl I have seen alot of rodeo shots, but this, WOW! It's the best I have seen in my humble opinion!!
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
nice work! Some nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
rachellerenephotography
 
rachellerenephotography June 21, 2018
Amazing! You caught all the action. Fast shutter speed required!
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dMac99 July 27, 2018
Great shot of the action!
Raniselene
 
Raniselene Jun 10
WOW ! great shot !!!
ppls6
 
ppls6 Jul 12
What an amazing capture, stunning detail. A fascinating description. Brave guy!