One of the cattle ropers at the Fort Robinson rodeo on July 16th, 2009.
Photos and story by Kyle Bruggeman
July 16th, 2009, Fort Robinson, Neb: If you want to see the best topography of Western-Nebraska, don't take Interstate 80. Instead get on Highway 20 and head toward Crawford, Nebraska. You'll find plenty of rolling bluffs intertwined with small town life. Ranching and farming go hand in hand, and in between you'll find community events like fur trading, fairs, and of course rodeos.
Small scale rodeos like the ones held in Fort Robinson are a great way to get a taste of cowboy life without all the corporate logos seen in rodeo arenas. You can stand right on the fence where bucking broncos come jumping out and talk with the cowboys as they wait their turn to rope a calf.
These hard-working men and women come from different towns in different counties yet they'll all tell you they love living where they do because the people there care for each other and look out for one another.
Doug Bowman stands behind the horse gates of the Fort Robinson rodeo on July 16th, 2009. Bowman brought a horse of his for other cowboys to ride, "She's too wild to break, but she's great for bucking" said Bowman.