Humberto and Carol at the rodeo
The drive from Portland to Pendleton. We drove through multiple terrains and climates in a short drive, beginning with the wet greenery of Portland...
... To the high desert of Pendleton.
Jim, Olivia, Humberto, Carol and Su - a.k.a. Team Jim, one half of our crew...
...followed by the second half, a.k.a Team E.K.: Jay, Shirley, E.K., Jesse and Jacky.
Delicious and nutritious cowboy breakfast!
Arriving at the Pendleton Stadium.
Jacky enjoys a corndog
"Cowboy Lifesavers" - guys with red shirts who help the cowboys off the bucking horse after their ride, and who also chase down the wild horses and corral them back into the stable.
Calves and horses chilling before their big moment. Check out the "Teepee Village" in the background, a temporary encampment set up each year by local tribes.
Fighter jets flew in formation above the stadium to inaugurate the last day of the 100th Pendleton Round Up.
Humberto and Carol with the official Pendleton Round Up Court
Inside Teepee Village
Jay with a real live cowboy!
Watch out for this big guy.
Jay and Jesse in the stands.
A cowboy gets ready to lasso a wild calf!
Jacky and Shirley with the legendary FRY CUBE. Mmmm....
HL and CL get ready to present an award to a cowboy champ.
Olivia, Carol, and Shiley.
Our team recently traveled to Pendleton, Oregon to participate in the 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up. This is the first of three posts that will be chronicling our wild wild Western adventures.
Last weekend, Team O.C. ventured out to the scenic Pacific Northwest after receiving an unmissable invitation from our good friends at Pendleton Woolen Mills, the 150-year-old family-owned business that invented the flannel shirt and purveys the iconic all-American Native American designed wool blanket. We were really pumped, given that we've been working with the inspiring team at Pendleton for the last few seasons designing Pendleton meets Opening Ceremony, one of our most exciting collaborations to date. The city slickers at O.C. were more than thrilled and a little bit unsure of what to expect from the Pendleton Round Up, a 100-year tradition of pure, unadulterated Americana that has been supported by the local Woolen Mills since 1910.
After trains, taxis, a 6-hour flight, and a beautifully scenic 4-hour drive along the Columbia River, we finally arrived in Pendleton, Oregon, the site of the Round Up. Our first morning, we were up bright and early for a Cowboy Breakfast, a necessary tradition of eggs, flapjacks, and sausage on a tin plate. Fueled up and ready to go, we headed down the street about 10 blocks to the site of the rodeo.
We entered the gates and passed by the tempting smells of all-American treats such as corndogs (the best we've experienced - honestly), B.B.Q. ribs, heaping plates of French fries (lovingly referred to as the "French fry cube"), and lots and lots of beer. Sitting in the bleachers, we took in the Western spectacle, which included classic Saddle Bronc riding, in which cowboys are judged both on the style of their ride and the difficulty of the bucking horse's fight, and less expected, more novel events like Wild Cow Milking, in which cowboys chase down their quarry and present the milk to the judges (yes, really!).
In the end, we couldn't wait for the most exciting, and dangerous main event: Bull Riding, in which cowboys attempt to hold onto a massive bucking bull for longer than 8 seconds (most fell off and were almost trampled in 1 or 2 seconds flat). American Indians participate in both the main rodeo events, and also special saddle-less "bareback" relay races. Check out our pictures for a visual peak into the wild world of the Round Up.
Thanks for coming and adding a refreshing view to our famous event. You might even catch yourselves on national TV starting this week when the Round-Up, as "Let'er Buck!" airs for 6 exicitng episodes starting Sunday Oct 3 at 10AM on the Fox Sports Network. check your local listing to be sure of the air time.
Here in Pendleton we measure our wealth by not the money in our pocket but the Pendleton Wool in our closet and now Opening Ceremony is a must.
Thanks for visiting and come back anytime. Trying Mario's famous Basque lamb kabobs or the "Swim Burger" is a must the next time.
Just curious, did you happen to have a picture album of your whole experience at the 2010 Pendleton Round-Up? Because I know you only showed a few of the pictures you had taken. I'm only asking because of had taken a group picture on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 during the Indian dancing. :)