[Chicago Slices raw: Wauconda Rodeo]

RODEO, Wauconda, IL. Cowboys ARTHUR STONER and MANUEL NEALE talking about horses, clown RUSTY RUDSELL, the promoter THYRL LATTING and the question, "What do you like about the rodeo?"

00:00Copy video clip URL At the Wauconda Rodeo, a woman is asked about cowboys. She responds: They all have tight butts.

00:09Copy video clip URL Interviewer asks Thyrl Lattings, promoter of the rodeo and of the animals, about treatment of the animals. He takes the crew to where the animals are kept to help illustrate his answer.

00:36Copy video clip URL Interview question with Thyrl: How long have you been doing this? (30 years.) He points out some of the animals and indicates how well they are treated. He says that he raises a lot of the animals himself.

01:09Copy video clip URL B-roll of horses and cattle in the corral.

01:19Copy video clip URL Thyrl points out one of the horses, Silver Streak, who is 21 years old, world champion saddle bronc in 1980. He continues that there’s another horse there 30 years old that still competes.

02:00Copy video clip URL B-roll of  the horses in the corral.

02:20Copy video clip URL Thyrl shows his horses and talks about how healthy they are: shiny hair, well fed, well exercised. He explains that the horses are kept in the woods, they exercise. He notes how unafraid they are of cowboys and that if they had been abused they would be scared.

03:38Copy video clip URL Thyrl takes the crew to the pen holding the bulls. B-roll of the bulls coming down a chute transferring to another pen.

04:58Copy video clip URL In response to a question about animal rights concerns about flanks harming horses’ genitals, Thyrl debunks this by showing the camera crew how flanks are used.

06:07Copy video clip URL Interview question: What are the names of the horses?

06:33Copy video clip URL Interview question: Do you have a favorite horse?

06:43Copy video clip URL Interview question: Are these all the juvenile delinquent horses? Yes, the ones I didn’t raise have hurt people. If they were people they’d be in jail.

07:16Copy video clip URL Thyrl shows the crew some calves. He takes care to show the crew that the animals are not mistreated, not lame, that they are healthy, well fed, active. He points out that these animals are a tremendous investment that need to be taken care of. He also points out that in rodeos the rules are made in favor of the animals, not the cowboys.

08:57Copy video clip URL Interview question: Where do you find cowboys? (From all over the country.)

09:13Copy video clip URL Interview question: What does it take to be a good cowboy? (The same thing it takes to be a good athlete.)

09:38Copy video clip URL How do they train for the events? (They train like an athlete does. And they ride.)

10:18Copy video clip URL Thyrl talks about his history of riding bulls and debunks the myth that bull riding is a crazy profession.

10:54Copy video clip URL Interview question: What’s it feel like to ride? (It’s a high.)

11:10Copy video clip URL B-roll of cowboys on horses; workers in the corral shifting horses from pen to arena.

12:20Copy video clip URL B-roll of sheep.

12:29Copy video clip URL B-roll of a horse urinating.

12:36Copy video clip URL Interview with three cowboys: Manuel Neale from Stilwell, Oklahoma; Arthur Stoner from Oklahoma, Shawn Schuld, Illinois. Interview questions: How did you get started in rodeo?

13:00Copy video clip URL What do you like about being a cowboy?

13:05Copy video clip URL How much money does a cowboy earn?

13:47Copy video clip URL What kind of horses do you have?

14:23Copy video clip URL What happens if you get in a slump?

14:40Copy video clip URL Interviewer asks about the high some riders talk about getting when riding. How do you explain the feeling to people?

15:32Copy video clip URL How old are you? (Manuel: 28, Arthur: 23, Shawn: 24.)

15:38Copy video clip URL How long can you be a bronc-riding cowboy?

15:58Copy video clip URL Interviewer asks what it means to live right?

16:08Copy video clip URL Stop/re-start digitizing.

16:23Copy video clip URL Is a cowboy’s life a lonely life? (Manuel: Shoot, no.)

16:52Copy video clip URL What’s your favorite country/western music?

17:34Copy video clip URL Is there a misconception of cowboys? (Arthur: Yes, it’s a job, not fun and games.)

18:40Copy video clip URL Do you preform for big crowds? (Manuel: They fire me up more than anything.)

19:03Copy video clip URL What’s the one thing you like most about rodeo? (Manuel: I like the atmosphere and the people.) (Arthur: The spectators.)

20:15Copy video clip URL Interviewer asks if there’s a certain expression cowboys give to one another in encouragement. (Hoot and holler.)

20:36Copy video clip URL The three cowboys give the correct spelling of their names.

20:56Copy video clip URL B-roll of horses drinking water.

21:25Copy video clip URL B-roll of a mascot, spectators. The videographer shoots a variety of man-on-street style interviews with child and adult spectators asking primarily, “What do you like about the rodeo?” A family of five answers the question: the bull riding, the color and cowboys, the bull riding, the grand entry and colors, the horses.

22:35Copy video clip URL Videographer asks a young woman, “Why did you come to the rodeo?” “‘Cause we got free tickets.” He asks their toddler, “What do you like about the rodeo?” “The cowboys.” Videographer talks to the kid about cowboys.

23:37Copy video clip URL B-roll of spectators entering the rodeo grounds.

23:51Copy video clip URL Videographer interviews Rusty Rudsell, rodeo clown. How long have you been a  rodeo clown? (About 9 years.)  Why do you do it? (It’s something I enjoy doing …. I like making people happy.) Is it dangerous? (It can be.) What kind of things do you have to watch out for when you’re a rodeo clown? (The bulls. My main job is to protect the cowboys.) How much money does a rodeo clown make? (It’s well worth the price … I make enough money to keep going down the road.)

25:34Copy video clip URL Videographer asks Rusty how he makes people happy. (In order to make people happy you have to be happy. You just have to get happy.) How do you do that night after night? (It’s all in the spirit. It’s something that I love.) Do you feel different when you put the makeup on? How long do you think you can keep being a rodeo clown? (Probably until they put me in the ground.) What’s the one thing that people don’t appreciate about being a clown? (I don’t think there’s anything a person doesn’t appreciate.)

27:49Copy video clip URL Videographer asks kids, What do you like about the rodeo? (The guys falling off horses / Watching things.)

28:26Copy video clip URL B-roll spectators in grand stand. A man on a carnival ride.

28:54Copy video clip URL Interview with a female spectators: What do you like about the rodeo? (Cowboys and wranglers / The bull riding; my husbands a bull rider.) Are you worried about him? (Sure, but it’s his dream.)

29:28Copy video clip URL Videographer asks a young man: What do you like about the rodeo? (The bull riding… I plan to make my rookie season next year.) Why? (The rush.)

30:29Copy video clip URL Videographer asks a man: What do you like about the rodeo? (The fact that these guys risk their lives!)

31:10Copy video clip URL Videographer asks a young girl and two women: What do you like about the rodeo? (I like the horses. The atmosphere.)

31:45Copy video clip URL B-roll of a mascot.

32:00Copy video clip URL Videographer asks a kid: What do you like about the rodeo? (The bulls.)

32:55Copy video clip URL B-roll of the crowd of spectators.

33:03Copy video clip URL Videographer asks a group of kids and their mother: What do you like about the rodeo? What’s it like to ride a horse? How long have you been coming? What can you tell about people who come to a rodeo?

36:00Copy video clip URL B-roll of baby on its father’s back.

36:08Copy video clip URL Interview with a family. Why did you come here? What do you think you’re going to see tonight? What do you like about the rodeo?

36:47Copy video clip URL B-roll of cowboys at work in the corral working with bulls.

37:52Copy video clip URL B-roll, close up of bulls and cows.

38:29Copy video clip URL Interview with kids: What’s your favorite thing about the rodeo? (Bull riding.)

38:39Copy video clip URL Interview with security guard: We like everything about the rodeo, especially that we’re being paid to be here.

38:45Copy video clip URL Interview with a giant rabbit mascot who is not allowed to speak and gives his answers in pantomime. How long have you been doing this? What’s the best thing about being a bunny mascot? Do you do this full time?

40:13Copy video clip URL B-roll of  cowboys at the corral, riding horses, preparing to enter the arena. Cowboys fraternize. Shots of Thyrl on horseback.

42:10Copy video clip URL Video drop outs.

42:11Copy video clip URL B-roll of cowboys at the corral, riding horses, preparing to enter the arena. Cowboys fraternize.

43:00Copy video clip URL B-roll of cowboys with flags preparing to enter the arena.

46:11Copy video clip URL END TAPE.

 

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