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    Every year the town of Jacksonville, deep in the piney woods of East Texas celebrates the Tops in Texas Rodeo. Although small compared to other r… Read More
    Every year the town of Jacksonville, deep in the piney woods of East Texas celebrates the Tops in Texas Rodeo. Although small compared to other rodeos , it is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys of America) sanctioned event, bringing cowboys from as a far as Australia. I have photographed the event for several years as an ongoing personal project. Read Less
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Well worn boots and spurs are only one part of the working cowboy's working uniform. Tops in Texas Rodeo Jacksonville Rodeo May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 
A bull makes it clear he is not to be taking lightly at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas. Bulls weigh in excess of 1000 lbs and a cowboys must be able to stay on for a full 8 seconds for the ride to qualify, not an easy feat when riding an aimal with a very nasty disposition and a cunning ability to dislodge pesky bullriders. May 17, 2013 © 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Twenty five year old bronc rider Lucas Wilson, from Queensland Australia prepares for the evening events during the second evening of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas on Saturday May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
An unidentified cowboy rides a bronc during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas, May 18,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 
Jake Shannon, 21, from Lubbock Texas gets ready to ride his bull during the second evening of competition  during the Tops in Texas Rodeo in jacksonville Texas on Saturday Mat 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 
Twenty five year old bronc rider Lucas Wilson, from Queensland Australia stretches during the second evening of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas on Saturday May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Bullrider Michael Briggs from Claxton, Georgia, prepares to have the chute open during the second evening of rodeo competition at the Tops in Texas rodeo in Jacksonville texas, on Saturday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Twenty five year old bronc rider Lucas Wilson, from Queensland Australia gets ready to ride a bronc during the second evening of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas on Saturday May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Hillsboro Texas cowboy Jake Brown, 19, kneels in prayer before competition begins at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on the second evening of competition on Saturday May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris (L) adjusts his wireless microphone in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room.  Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris applies make up in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris (L) applies make up in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room while his sidekick Bishop Arnold (R) who has been "hanging out" with Mr. Harris snce he was 15 years old looks on.  Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris (L) adjusts his wireless microphone in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room.  Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris jokes with PRCA judges before doing his show during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photographywhile his sidekick Bishop Arnold (R) who has been "hanging out" with Mr. Harris since he was 15 years old looks on.  Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris tests his wireless microphone before his show during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Cowboy bronc rider Tre Hosley 19, from Compton CA on his first ever PRCA sanctioned rodeo, prepares to ride his bronco at the Tops in Texas  Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas . May 18, 2013 © 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Tre Hosley,19, sets his bronc on his first ever PRCA sanctioned rodeo. Hosley, 19, hails from Compton Ca.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 
Tre Hosley takes off on his bronc on his first ever PRCA sanctioned rodeo at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas . Hosley, 19, hails from Compton Ca.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Bull rider Shawn Hoggs from Gardendale Texas, gathers his gear after successfully finishing his eight second ride qualifying him as the top rider of the day during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas. May 18,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero
Kyle Kirkland, 24, of Farmersville, Texas has been competing in rodeos since age fourteen. Photographed at the Tops in Texas Rodeo, Jacksonville Texas. May 18. 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero PhotographyPhotography
A child rides during the Mutton Run event at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas. May 18, 2013. © 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Twenty five year old bronc rider Lucas Wilson, from Queensland Australiagoes for the 8 second ride on a bronc during the second evening of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas on Saturday May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris tells the story of the encounter he had with a bull in Reno which left him with broken ribs, a separated shoulder,a  bruised liver, heart and lungs and convinced him to move to fulltime comedy instead of continue bullfighting. He sits in the trailer in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room.  Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas Friday May 17, 2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris applies make up in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Rodeo clown, Lecile Harris gets dressed in the trailer in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris applies make up in the back of his truck that serves as office and dressing room during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
 
Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris bickers with the rodeo announcer during a baseball skit on the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas on Friday May 17,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
An unidentified cowboy gets thrown off his bull during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas, May 18,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
An unidentified cowboy rides a bull during the second day of competition at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas, May 18,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography
Bronc rider Tate Owens 25, surveys the field before riding his bronc on the second day of the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville Texas. May 18,2013.© 2013 Jaime R. Carrero/Carrero Photography