Cowboy Downhill - 1-19-16
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Steamboat Springs hosted the 42nd annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area Monday afternoon. As usual it was a lot of fun, and John F. Russell was there to document it!
Jesse Kirby, a saddle bronc rider from Kansas, led the charge during the stampede portion of the Cowboy Downhill. Kirby won the stampede in the long-running Steamboat Springs tradition that attracts cowboys from the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Of course, not everyone sailed effortlessly through the stampede portion. Keith Brauer, a saddle bronc rider from Illinois, was attempting to keep his skis under him:
And so did stock contractor Hal Burns:
After losing his skis in a crash, Texas bareback rider Bob Logue ran through the course toward the finish line; as Logue proved, skis were optional at times for the visiting cowboys.
After getting downhill they aren't done! Jacob Crawley, a bronc rider from Texas, reached for his lasso at the bottom of his ski run. Crawley dressed up as Little Red Robin Hood, and his brother, and opponent, dressed up like the Big Bad Wolf.
Kris Newman, a bronc rider from Wyoming, successfully lassos a cowgirl at the bottom of his ski run:
And Tresa Moulton caught Ray Heid, forerunner for the Cowboy Downhill, with a selfie stick!