I drove into town today and visited one of the town's many roping arenas. I knew something was going on in town, but I didn't know what, and it turns out that it was some kind of a National Championship Team Roping Competition.
The place was enormous, and it was absolutely full of hundreds of pickup trucks and horse trailers; in fact, I don't think I've ever seen that many horse trailers in one place in my life. It took me a while of driving around to find a spot I could park my truck, and then I had a looong walk back to the arena.
There was no "car parking" per se; I just parked amongst the horse trailers, and since I was in a pickup truck, I fit right in. There are no spectators that I could see, and there's no charge to come in and watch. Everyone I saw was either a competitor or family member.
Because of the frequent rains, it was pretty muddy in the parking areas. And having hundreds and hundreds of horses prancing around in it didn't help at all. But apparently, there's a horse speed limit in the parking areas because I didn't see any of them running throwing mud all over everyone.... Although I could tell they wanted to.
I didn't get any propane today as I'd hoped; the two places I went to were busy. Like I said before, it's been kind of chilly around here, and I guess I'm not the only one using propane for heat.
I picked up the dust covers I ordered from etrailer General Delivery this morning, and they actually fit properly; I must've accidentally ordered the right thing for a change.
One small part of one parking area. There were many parking areas.
A few of the contestants warming up in the arena before the start of the competition
Most of the contestants were slowly moseying around the arena looking pretty relaxed.
Others looked more serious and already had their game face on.
I'll have some more pictures of the competition tomorrow