Rodeo Girls and Reality

Barrel Racer

I took this picture at a high school rodeo several years ago. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the girl or the horse, but I love this photo; the giving on both sides of this partnership: the rider’s touch, the horse’s responsive attention and obvious effort yet calm expression.

I don’t watch television anymore. I watch movies and series that I’ve bought or borrowed, but only what I really want. When we moved to our present location I decided to not hook up the cable even though we do actually pay for it. It was (and still is) a question of time management. It was too easy to just flip the thing on and veg. Now I have to consciously do it and decide what to watch. No more flipping. It was cheaper to pay for both TV and internet than internet alone (which is annoying). Most of the time the TV stays off and I get a lot more done! Most of my knowledge about what is current on the boob-tube comes from sources on the internet, so I was surprised (and then revolted) to hear about a show called Rodeo Girls.

Now you’d think, considering the themes of my novel series and the interests of the main characters, that I would have been overjoyed. A show highlighting rodeo, equestrian sport, barrel racing in particular? But A&E apparently thought (for some demented reason) that a show with Real Housewives type ‘reality’ on a rodeo circuit would be a good idea.

Gag.

I found out about it through an online horse magazine, Horse Nation, and you can read their article here.

It’s so maddening. It bears no relation to the average horsewoman, barrel racer or otherwise, nor what the sport is really like and about. Barrel racing (like other equine sports) is about the connection and communication between horse and rider; it’s about the partnership. And yes, it’s also about competition. It’s about courage and hard work. And, usually, it’s about good horsemanship AND sportsmanship.

This is a show created by (and apparently specifically for) a woman with more money, hair, and botox than wit. I wouldn’t bother posting about it at all except it struck a chord too close to my heart. If you are not rodeo, equestrian sport, or even just horse savvy, please ignore this show. It is NOT representative of anything realistic. At least, nothing I’ve seen, and I’ve lived quite a long time.

Much better (with no big hair and botox and MUCH more actual horse) is this adorable video created in response. So in case you don’t know better, THIS is what it’s really all about.

http://youtu.be/0-xeNRwsnuc

He he . . . this was this fastest post I’ve ever written. ๐Ÿ™‚

Writing: The Glister Journals, Book 2: Chapter 23
Reading: The Iron King
Listening to:

Watching: Buffy



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In Case of Apocalypse . . .

I really hadn’t planned on posting anything until next weekend, but I came across this and thought it hilarious.

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog at all, you will know that I am not much of a traditional sports person. I like soccer and basketball and baseball, but, except during the World cup for soccer, I’m not really that big of a fan. I prefer my sports on the extreme side. So it won’t surprise you to learn that I don’t watch the Superbowl, Rosebowl, or any other bowl or game of American football. Ever.

But I was doing a search on Big Black Trucks–specifically Big Black Chevy Trucks (for some friends)–and came across this article: Ford Objects to Chevy Silverado Super Bowl Ad and found it very funny. Especially this:

We can wait until the world ends, and if we need to, we will apologize. In the meantime, people who are really worried about the Mayan calendar coming true should buy a Silverado right away.โ€

Here’s the commercial in case you haven’t seen it, though I’m probably one of the few that hasn’t:

http://youtu.be/l_hW_YZfxv8

But just for the record, Dave wouldn’t be caught dead driving a Ford truck. Maybe a Mustang . . .

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Too Noisy!

I had great hopes of organizing notes, writing, and rewriting today. In fact, except for a short trip this morning, I thought I had all day to do it. Little did I know: it was a football (American) and hockey day.

Now I love certain sports, but I’m not much of a stadium sport fan, except maybe baseball. My mother was a HUGE baseball fan (I mean that she was very enthusiastic, not that she was huge!) She even played on a community powderpuff team when I was a kid. Go Mom! So baseball is okay. And I love soccer (footy) but seldom get to see it played. I’ll watch just about anything equestrian, and I adore board sports and “extreme” sports. But I’m not really a sports person.

I have quite a few neighbors and they all seem to be big stadium sport fans. And they want everyone to know about it too. Noise has been an issue ever since we moved in, but when it’s a Big Game Day–oh boy. So I cleaned the house. I did research. I tried to read, but couldn’t concentrate (I am VERY easily distracted.) Then I surfed, because sometimes it’s all I can do, but I usually find really cool stuff. And I did, so I’ll share. And try again tomorrow.

The Joy of Books

My kind of sport: snow “tubing” crow (or Russian equivalent–I think)
(Unfortunately the original video has been taken down and I don’t want to use any of the others. Sorry.)
And because I loved it the first time I heard it (a couple of weeks ago), it’s playing all over the place now, and I consistently wake up with it in my head, I’d love to give Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” to you, but I’m not sure the video is appropriate for here. So I’ll leave you with this one instead.

WARNING: The lyrics are very sad, but the video is wonderful, and a little less sad, and if you let it (and want it to), it will distract you from them. Full screen view is best. ๐Ÿ™‚


 
All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012 to China Blue Publishing.

The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller, or purchase now at Amazon.com

Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze

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The chapters can also be read here at the top of my blog. (and also in a menu in the sidebar!)

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