Chasing 8 seconds

first_imgCurtis Jessee, right, focuses on a saddle bronc rider that has just come out of the shoot during the PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos Friday evening. Jessee, a former bull rider from Casa Grande, Arizona, has served as a rodeo judge for the past nine years.Dina Arévalo | Staff photographerCowboys compete at the Los Fresnos PRCA RodeoBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] a characteristic Southern twang, a rodeo announcer introduced a competitor at the PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos last Friday evening. The crowd — sitting in grandstands on three sides of an earthen arena — hummed with excitement while looking towards a set of yellow metal gates on the arena’s far side.There, partially hidden from view, one could just make out a cowboy hat-wearing man making final adjustments before his turn in the ring — before his attempt at eight seconds.Dina Arévalo | Staff photographerWith a shout, rodeo hands tugged at the rope pulls attached to the pen’s inner gate. They pulled, then ran hard out of the way as a bull, weighing over a thousand pounds, came barreling into the arena with a cowboy on its back.One jump into the air. Two. A twirl and spin by a beast much more fleet-footed than it looks. In a flash, the bull rider flies backwards off the animal and lands unceremoniously in the pockmarked earth. Another moment later, before the crowd can even exhale, a buzzer sounds, tinny against the roar of the audience. Eight seconds come to an end. But the ride had come to an end an eternity before that.The announcer calls for applause for a valiant effort as the cowboy dusts off his chaps and walks out of the arena. Moments later, another bull rider explodes out of another shoot. Again, the bull twists and turns and jumps in huge leaps. The bull rider, one hand in the air, flies with him and hangs on. The buzzer sounds. The rider remains a split second longer, before dismounting. The crowd roars.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedWriter’s Block: Cowboy Creed, RevisitedBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] You hear stories about the good ol’ days. You hear stories of the time when towns were so small that you knew all your neighbors and folks never locked their doors at night because why would you when you can name everyone in…February 15, 2019In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Early Spring?By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] We’re still a full month away from the arrival of spring, but you wouldn’t know it from looking outside. The days have been pleasantly warm —not hot — with cool breezes that refresh and invigorate. The mornings have been kissed by fog lately, too. Everywhere…February 20, 2016In “Editor’s Column”Cowboy Up! Los Fresnos PRCA rodeo, livestock show kick off FridayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Strap on your spurs and cinch that blingy belt buckle, because the 27th Annual Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo kicks off this Friday, Feb. 19. At the same time, area students will be showing everything from rabbits to bulls at the Cameron County Livestock…February 20, 2016In “News”last_img

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