Last summer I was honored when my buddy, Wayne Kocisco, invited me to photograph Billy Bob Lane's 90th Birthday Team Roping Competition. Billy Bob is a typical cowboy - he can hardly walk, but even at 90 years old... you get him on a horse and he can do just about anything. These cowboys and cowgirls love nothing in the world more than riding and roping. We all were having so much fun - we almost forgot to eat lunch... they just kept signing up for more and more rotations! This series has been a long time in the making - as I took over a thousand shots, and had such little time to process them. But, it was important to me that I show well, the friendship, strength, talent and joy they all share.
And I'd like to dedicate this series to the memory of Travis Shiew. I couldn't take a bad photo of Travis. I just couldn't- not that I tried to take a bad pic - but you know, you expect to get at least one shot of a guy with his tongue out, or his hand in front of his face... Not Travis. He looked perfect and handsome in every shot. My gratitude and love to his family (Jim, Duree, Jada and Chelsea, whom you will also see roping in these photos) for granting me permission to post these pictures.
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