Trail Blazer Rodeo

Over the course of three days in June, nearly 300 competitors traveled to Monticello, Ill., with the hope of coming away victorious at the 60th annual Piatt County Trail Blazers Rodeo. Every night men and women faced down bucking broncos, bulls and the clock as they fought for first place across a gamut of events.

This collection of images is a look at the rodeo from the quiet moments of preparation behind the shoots to the harrowing few seconds spent on the back of a bull.