Aug 20, 2012 9:19 AM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News
BILLINGS - A night at the rodeo is jam-packed with western flare.
From bull riding and bucking broncos to trick roping and roping cattle, you're bound to be entertained.
For two decades Tomas Garcilazo has been a professional trick roper.
"This is me!" Garcilazo said when what drives him to continue the act. "I only wanted to do this on the stage with my horses, and here I am!"
Much like anything, being a master of the rope takes a lot of work.
"It's like any other skill, any other discipline," Garcilazo stated. "It take time, devotion, and passion."
With that passion, Garcilazo is on a mission to preserve and continue the long-standing tradition of Mexican cowboy roping.
Another rodeo mainstay is barrel racing.
"It's a timed event. The fastest time wins," Ryan Sankey said simply. "Within that, as with anything that looks fairly simple, there's a lot of idiosyncrasies. People spend lifetimes trying to find a way to get the fastest barrel pattern."
I'm not sure if I'm quite a speed demon on a horse, but I'm willing to give the sport a try.
Sankey saddles up her horse Hootie and I hop on. To get a feel for the course, Hootie and I walk around the arena.
Once we understand which direction we're supposed to go and which way to turn, Hootie and give it a whirl.
Eventually we find our groove and complete a pretty solid beginner run - or trot.
They may not be as intense as bronc riding, but barrel racing and trick roping make for one heck of a rodeo adventure.