Rodeo Heroes

Cary McAulay

Blackbutt, Australia

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Featured in Paint the West Group and was featured in Paint the West

oil on canvas
46cm x 61cm
Original Painting Sold

A rodeo clown, also known as a bullfighter or rodeo protection athlete, is a rodeo performer who works in bull riding competitions. The primary job of the rodeo clown is to protect a fallen rider from the bull, whether the rider has been bucked off or has jumped off of the animal. The rodeo clown distracts the bull and provides an alternative target for the bull to attack. The clowns expose themselves to great danger in order to protect the cowboy. To this end, they wear bright, loose-fitting clothes that are designed to tear away, with protective gear fitted underneath. 1 Staying true to the earlier name of the job, rodeo clowns often wear clown makeup and some may also provide traditional clowning entertainment for the crowd between rodeo events, often parodying aspects of cowboy culture.

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