2013 Wild West Days Arena Event Wrap Up:
by Chief Editor Sandra French
This year there were more visitors and participants than ever before: all ages, all sorts of folks: working cowboys and cowgirls, ranchers and suburbanites alike, westerners from everywhere... hats, boots, and spurs.
Plenty of western action for all ages, costumed plays, live western music, fun-filled races involving pigs and bathtubs, and hearty food served up with lots of laughs! An old fashioned, knee-slappin’ jolly good time.
My favorite event? Barrel racing: scroll down for more..
Above... opening ceremony Friday night at the Buffalo Chip with live bull riding
Below...Blood Creek vendors Wild West Days Cave Creek Arizona 2013
Live Western Entertainment Cave Creek at the "Blood Creek" set hosted by Six Gun Entertainment. Bands of western actors played out western stories with guns blazing.
Horse taming demonstrations, Barrel races, Gun Trick shows and much more filled the arenas at Hogs & Horses during Cave Creek's wild West Days
Skillful riders (this time all women) on Pintos, Paints, Palominos, and a bunch of horse types I can’t peg, checked out the new arena at Hogs N’ Horses beforehand, allowing me time to get a drink and snack. A crew of women set the barrels up in a cloverleaf pattern: two barrels across from each other, the third at the top, in the middle.
When the timer said, “go” each contestant galloped out from the start/finish line, raced around the first two barrels—without knocking one over—lots of maneuvering skill required, no second chances. As I saw it, if she circled the third barrel in the same direction that she circled the last one, the rider didn’t lose a precious half-second changing leads. Then she galloped like a she-devil back to the starting point. Over 15 seconds? Try again next year, cowgirl!
People at the new Hogs'N Horses during Wild West Days, Cave Creek Arizona
Trick Gun fighter shows off at in Cave Creek
Strange gunman seen lurking around Frontier Town....
Pick 'o the Litter played it out Sunday at the Buffalo Chip
As did the Pat James Band at Hogs 'N Horses
Photos by Peter French, Sean French and Clay Kelley