The summer of 2009, I was lucky to visit the IFYR High School Rodeo in the city of Shawnee, Oklahoma. Young men that obviously fear nothing climbs on top of giant bulls and crazy horses for a ride. It is a feast for a photographer, but also very fascinating to see from a Norwegian point of view. We're trying our best to live a safe life, and we certainly don't want our children to be exposed to any danger. In this rodeo, the parents are standing ringside with a proud look on their faces when their 17 year old son is fighting a bull weighing 600 kg or a wild and crazy horse. And these young cowboys, however tough they are, certainly know their manners, greeting me with Sir and being very polite.

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