I spent a year and a half making this documentary feature film on the American rodeo circuit. Spending time with rodeo cowboys in the arena is not for the faint of heart.
A highlight was meeting Reba McEntire. She is so charming and down to earth.
This excerpt is of the “Kiddie Rodeo”, one of the rodeo’s events. Some of the kids were so excited to participate and others were totally terrified, with very pushy parents. As one person in the film says, “You gotta be tough. Otherwise, you can turn around and go home.”
I witnessed things that seem unimaginable now. Numerous broken arms and legs, a broken back, and even one rider who died. My camera lens was shattered, I fell off a horse, and I was even treated to a lap dance in a stripper bar. As they say, that’s the cowboy way.