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Big Al's View Of The World


Rodeo says it’s trying hard to fight PETA with new rules and animal welfare guidelines. These rules and guidelines are fine until you get to the rodeo and they don’t worry about following them. No jerk down on fresh calves that weigh 250+. Then they flag you out and fine you for your horse dragging off while the calf was down there kicking and fighting.

Rodeo seems to be the only business in the world that you can treat your customers like crap and still have them waiting in line. If rodeo were a restaurant you wouldn’t hear anything but crickets at night. Rodeo has two customers. Contestants and spectators. You can’t have one without the other. Have bad stock and you’ll have no contestants (theoretically). Have a bad show and you’ll have no spectators.

Shane Hanchey’s Cowboy Journal on Instagram had an interesting story on Boyd Polhamus last week. Boyd talks about the importance of having a great production and presentation. He says that will make or break a rodeo. Boyd says rodeo economics start with the patron or spectator. No butts in the seats and you can kiss sponsors goodbye.

PETA is trying their best to get us. We aren’t helping ourselves very much with poor production and presentation. I’ve been to some small rodeos that were some of the best and I’ve been to big rodeos that I honestly don’t how they are still having a show. It is up to us how rodeo goes into the next faze. The entertainment dollar is getting smaller and smaller and cut into way more slices than there are pennies.

After all it was just a box with cookies inside. Who would of ever thought that someone would take offense to the picture of a bunch of animals on a circus trailer. It’s the world we live in folks!

Eating the heads first,

Big Al


September 2018 Cowboy Sports News Magazine

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