Curry County Ranch Rodeo – Tall Blonde Photography

Event: Curry Country Ranch Rodeo    Where: Clovis, NM   When: May, 29, 2010

It is no coincidence that I love taking photos of Cowboys, I am the daughter of a Cowboy, wife to a Cowboy,  Mom to two adorable little Cowboys…they go back at least six generations in our family.    Cowboys and Cowgirls are salt of the earth, hardworking and genuine people.  I am proud to share the photos I captured at the 1st Annual Curry Country Ranch Rodeo.  This is the first of many posts about the rodeo.  A link to order photos from the event will follow soon!

Tyler Rice of “The Next Team”

Wild Cow Milking

Trusty mount for the Cross Canes Ranch Team

Kyle Wood a future competitor in the Curry Country Ranch Rodeo!

Champion Mutton Buster ride he stayed on for 15+ seconds

Here is the results write up done by Jaree Elliott on the 1st Annual CCRR.

2010 Curry County Ranch Rodeo Results
The 1st Annual CCRR was held on May 29th, at the Outdoor Mounted Patrol Arena in Clovis, NM. The day started at 9 am with the Little Cowhand Rodeo that consisted of Barrels, Steer Riding and Stickhorse Racing. Results: 6 and Under Leadline Barrels– Hannah Simmons, Muleshoe, TX 47.88. 7-11 yrs barrels—Ky Gates Clayton, NM 31.25. 12-15 yrs barrels—Cree Gates Clayton, NM 25.56.  Steer Riding 9-11 yrs—Wesley Groves, Grady, NM, Steer Riding 12-14 yrs—Daniel Edwards Grady, NM. Stickhorse Race 3 and Under—Caden May Roswell, NM. Stickhorse Race 4-5 yrs Zane Rush, Grady, NM. The Ranch Rodeo started at 1 pm and consisted of 5 events: Trailer Loading, Branding, Wild Cow Milking, Sorting/Doctoring, and the Ranch Bronc Riding. As a special event, the Mutton Bustin’ took place between the Wild Cow Milking and the Sorting/Doctoring. There were 15 teams, each team consisting of either 4 or 5 cowboys/cowgirls. Contestants were from the immediate surrounding area and some traveled from as far as Hagerman, NM, Clayton, NM, Albequerque,NM, Dumont, TX and even from South Africa. With a crowd of just under 500, CCRR was a fun-filled day with great vendors under the grandstand such as Terry Alward Bits and Spurs,Funky Bling, CCRR T-shirts, My Harvest America, Tall Blonde Photography and the Grady Girls’ Athletics had the concessions. It was an action-packed, very competitive rodeo. Results: Trailer Loading—The Next Team (Devin Kanapilly Tucumcari, NM; Wes Foote Tucumcari, NM; Tyler Rice, Dumont, TX; Tell Good Elida, NM) with a 1:20.00. Team Branding—This Team (Todd May Roswell, NM; Ky Studdard Roswell, NM; Todd Gates Clayton, NM; Bryce Barnes Roswell, NM; Ronnie Eldridge Roswell, NM) with a 42.31. Wild Cow Milking—Garcia Ranch (Jimmy Garcia Roy, NM; Levi Garcia Albuquerque, NM; Danny Garcia Clayton, NM; Cody Smith—Buena Vista, NM; and Robert Aragon  Mosquero, NM) with a time of 39.78. Sorting/Doctoring—This Team (Roswell, NM–May, Studdard, Gates, Barnes, Etheridge) with a time of 1:00.47. Finally, the Ranch Bronc Riding—Garcia Ranch rider Robert Aragon (Roy, NM—Jimmy, Levi, Danny, Cody, Robert) with a score of 85. The special event Mutton Bustin was full of sticky little cowboys and cowgirls and Kutter Daniels of Muleshoe, TX won second place with a time of 15.04 winning $40 and a buckle, and Hagen Raines of Elida, NM won with a time of 15.06 winning $90 and a buckle. At the end of the day, the rodeo team winners were: 3rd Place—Monroe Timberlake Team, Bootleg, Texas (Monroe Timberlake Bootleg, TX; Jesse Valdez Hereford, TX; Lloyd Lujan and Leeland Wood) with a score of 49, winning $1000. 2nd Place—The Next Team, Parts Unknown, USA (Devin Kanapilly Tucumcari, NM; Wes Foote Tucumcari, NM; Tyler Rice Dumont, TX; Tell Good Elida, NM; and Kaylee Foote and Amanda Kanapilly as the branders) with t a score of 56 points winning $2000. 1st Place—JT & Jeff Smith Ranch Happy, TX (Sam Coberly Hereford, TX; Bodie Suggart Hereford, TX; David Morrow Hereford, TX; Daren Johnson Canyon, TX; and Justin Jolley of Hagerman, NM) with a total of 57.5 points winning $3000 and handmade trophy buckles made by Terry Alward of Dumas, TX. Top Hand Award went to Wes Foote of Tucumcari, member of The Next Team and Top Horse went to Jesse Valdez of Hereford, member of the Monroe Timberlake Team both winning Cowpuncher Bits. Steve and Jaree Elliott want to say thank you to all of their great sponsors, and a special thanks to event sponsors: Farm Chemicals, Inc.; Citizen’s Bank of Clovis; Estes; Grady Municipal Schools and Joe’s Boot Shop because without them the 1st Annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo could not have been possible.  

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Kindergarten Graduation – New Mexico Children’s Photographer

Who: Emma      What:  Kindergarten Graduation      Where: Capitan    Why: Just Because I love Emma and her family!

Emma’s parents and Troy grew up together in Capitan and I am so thankful that I have gotten to know the family too!   This beautiful young lady was the very first infant child that I had ever held;   I was 24 years old and I was scared to death of children especially babies, and she was only three days old.    Emma was just as adorable then as she is now.  I was so excited when her mom, Kelly, invited us to the graduation and asked if I would take photos of her!  Of course I couldn’t turn down a chance to take photos, and I was honored to get to celebrate the special day with them!

I was even able to snap some of the entire family + 2 Stone Boys who insisted they were part of the Traylor family today!

Emma with her teacher, Mrs. Weems!

It was fun to see some of the boys other friends graduate today too!  Congratulations Emma, Rafe and Hayden and all the rest of the future graduating Class of 2022!

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“Photos of Lincoln County” 2010 Show and Competition – Tall Blonde Photography

I am VERY excited about the news that the three photographs below were selected to be part of the Gallery 408 “Photos of Lincoln County” 2010 Show and Competition.  The opening of the exhibit is June 12, 2010 from 5 to 7PM.  You can see details at the Gallery 408 website.

I have never done anything like this before and am so grateful for the opportunity to participate!  My sweet husband, Troy,  volunteered to represent me that night since I will be helping shoot a wedding that weekend!

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