Life On The Rodeo Road: Sometimes You Just "Stop On The Side Of The Road To Fight"
Photo by Paul Knight
Name: Ty Blasingame
Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
Event: Team Roping
I got into rodeo because my parents. I've been around it my whole life; grew up on a big ranch. I just got into it and started getting pretty good at it. I got serious when I was 16, and I started pro rodeoing when I was 19.
If I didn't rodeo, I imagine I'd go home and train horses. We got a whole bunch of horses, so I'll train and sell horses. Have a cattle ranch, kind of. I might move to Texas this winter for a couple years then move back to Colorado when I get done rodeoing.
I'm on the road year round. In the winter it's not so busy, but come June 1, we'll go to one rodeo a day for sure, maybe two or three rodeos a day. It gets tiring, but it's all we know.
When rodeo cowboys fight, it's a fight. There's no arguing like high school. I've had about seven different partners, and it's like a marriage. You travel with them and everything. I didn't get along with a lot of them, and we'd just stop on the side of the road to fight. Fist fight over rodeo stuff, like who missed and why they missed, or somebody cheated someone for a dollar or two. I rodeoed with two brothers who fought all the time. A lot of times, we all get in to go together, and they'd just fight all the time. It got really hard when gas got out of control.