With white knuckles, a weathered cowboy clings to an angry bucking bull as the dirt and sawdust flies. West is a barrelman, a rodeo clown who works to protect fallen cowboys from their bulls while keeping the crowd entertained. Just 4-foot-6, West also estimates he is the smallest person in his line of work. At that moment, dog Ziggy bolts toward West from the sideline, wearing a horned headdress. West flees with exaggerated fear, and the crowd bursts into laughter. West, who lives in Loomis, Calif.
Rodeo clown - Wikipedia
A rodeo clown , bullfighter in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand or rodeo protection athlete , is a rodeo performer who works in bull riding competitions. Originally, the rodeo clown was a single job combining "bullfighting"—the protection of riders thrown from the bull, as well as being an individual who provided comic relief. Today in the United States, the job is split into two separate ones: bullfighters who protect the riders from the bull, and entertainers barrelmen who provides comic humor. However, in other parts of the world and at some small rodeos, the jobs of rodeo rider protection and comic remain combined. The primary job of the rodeo bullfighter is to protect a fallen rider from the bull by distracting it and providing an alternative target for the bull to attack, whether the rider has been bucked off or has jumped off the animal. These individuals expose themselves to great danger in order to protect the riders. To this end, they wear bright, loose-fitting clothes that are designed to tear away, with protective gear fitted underneath.
'Ballsy dwarf' all set for ride
Novice bull rider Shane Jones believes he is "a ballsy sort of dwarf". He will prove that today when he puts his centimetre, kilogram frame on top of a bull that is 20 times his weight at the International Rodeo in Christchurch. Jones, 23, of Christchurch, said he was more concerned about the size of the bull than controversy over his rodeo role. But what right does society have to dictate what somebody does with their life?
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