Sunday, June 12, 2011

Horsing around.

There is just so much to see and do at this time of the year, I think most Canadians must have seasonal  ADHD (activities during hotter days).                   
Thankfully there is  less than 3 weeks of school left so we can soon  'check things out' full time.

This weekend we started off with the Lloydminster Summer Streetfest - entertainment, food stalls, home made goods for sale,  bouncy activities for young and old, local art displays - all on the street,  under the sun and not a car in sight. It was great to see how much Lloydminster has to offer as an alternative to the big franchise stores.

After the thrills (and thankfully no spills) of the Chuckwagon races last week, this week it was the skill, strength and courage of the Lea Park Rodeo.

What a great afternoon of action:

Ladies Barrel racing

I would have enough trouble getting past the big barrel at the back!

Even though your hat is nearly as big as you are, you are still a cowboy.

Spot the odd one out!

Tie-down roping

Who is taking who for a walk?
Saddle Bronc Riding.

I think the horse can see what the problem is.
Steer Wrestling

How do you 'steer' this thing?
and the scary, but so impressive Bull Riding.

He is making it look easy, he is only using one hand.

When your private parts are tied in  knots - what would you do?

And if that wasn't enough for one weekend (along with end of year marking and cutting the grass every other day) we had the opportunity to see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical ride.

 The event wasn't just a horse riding display, we were fortunate to be treated to a traditional dance display by the "Onion Lake" dance group.

Battle of the Little and Big Worn.
A display by the local police dog and handler.
Maybe the smell of my armpits will distract him.

Getting your teeth into an arrest

and a fun and French  musical interlude.
The youngest and biggest wooden spoon playing event.
 But the highlight was a wonderful display of police and horse, cleverly manoeuvring to the music in perfect  time and synchronisity.

No speeding here.

Imagine having to clear up after this lot!

Practising cooking sausages on the fire whilst on horseback.


 How the traffic should flow......

And to round off another terrific weekend in relaxing and hospitable style we had a traditional Canadian BBQ with our wonderful neighbours Michelle, Brad, Jaycee, Stephen and Amy.
I say traditionally Canadian because we were treated like treasured family and the delicious home grown steaks were as big as our plate.
If this keeps up I will be in the next the barrel!!!.

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