Seven year old Taylie Porter stands before a sold-out crowd and sings the National Anthem at <a href=”http://www.prestonrodeo.com/” target=”_blank”>That Famous Preston Night Rodeo</a> on Thursday night. The rodeo had more than 700 volunteers and the organizers expected 16,000 plus attendees from all over the country for the three day event that ends on Saturday.
Before reaching the fairground you can hear people in full swing on the carnival rides.
The arena was empty as the rodeo cowboys prepared for their events standing at the back of their cars and trucks that were packed with clothes, gear, and bedding.
<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/cody.z.kiser” target=”_blank”>Cody Kiser</a> is from Reno, Nevada and had been on the road for ten days competing at several rodeos along the way with his friends Zach Brown and Cameron Hopper-Craig.
All three competed in the bareback event.
“It’s really not a competition against each other, “Kiser said. “I mean, the guys I travel with are my best friends. You’re not competing against them you’re competing against the horse and who can do the best on the best horse.
He said the judges look at more than just his performance.
“You ride a wild animal and stay on for eight seconds,” Kiser said. “And they judge you based on how well you did and how well the horse did and so half the score comes from the horse and half comes from you. So you need a good horse and a good ride in order to make money.”
The competitors don’t get to pick their horses, they’re drawn. Kiser drew War Widow.
He was the first out of the gate and stayed on the entire eight seconds.
Liz Glade is from Malad and has been going to the rodeo with her husband David and their family for the last 22 years.
“We like it all,” Glade said. “I like watching the princesses with all the beautiful horses with all their tack.”
Rodeos are a family tradition in her family.
“My husband was saddle broncs, my son was bareback,” Glade said.
She said there is more to watch than the eight seconds.
“You don’t stop watching when the whistle blows. You keep watching them when they go around. Watch them when they get on behind the shoots,” Glade said. “Yeah – you gotta watch it all.”
Kiser had a good night but it was Tony Barrington from Elko, Nevada who won the bareback event.