Follow Me for a Behind the Scene Look at the Grand National Rodeo
It was such a hoot to dust off my Stetson and pull on my cowboy boots to horse around backstage at the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace.
What made it such a blast to mingle with the competitors and their horses was to see all the pre-competition preparation that makes the riders and their horses sparkle in the arena and shine for the judges.
There was a frenzy of horse grooming going on and a highly calibrated donning of matching outfits for the riders.
Some of our competitors waiting to enter the arena to meet the judges
I was surprised to see how much glitter was sprinkled liberally on the competitors and their steeds. It was enough to make any Los Vegas showgirl swoon.
After all, the contestants have to pull out all the stops for the largest rodeo event in the United States.
The San Mateo Color Guard, with Willow on the left, waiting for their turn to meet the judges
I was really there to root for the San Mateo Color Guard. As you may know from my previous posts, my horse Willow is ridden by one of their members.
My love of all things Western was clarified for me when I learned how the Cow Palace got its name.
I just learned that the idea for the Cow Palace was originally conceived as the result of the popularity of the livestock pavilion at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition that was headed up by my grandfather Daniel Lively.
That was an exciting discovery, as was learning that Willow and the San Mateo Color Guard won the title of Grand Champion Color Guard Unit! “YIPPEE”!