When you live with a child whose life's passion is the theatre, the phrase "break a leg" is a frequent uttering. Of course, as he's never performed in a production such as the very accident prone Spiderman, the likelihood of any fracture is slim to nothing.
But if, like my friends Toni and Brett, you have a child with a passion of rodeo riding injuries are a far more realistic outcome despite all the obvious precautions. For years now I've been promising to see young Steele ride but until today I hadn't managed to make it happen.
Steele was competing in the Under 16 event of the rodeo being held as part of the Pine Rivers show.
Today wasn't his day and his ride was short. I didn't even manage to capture a shot because the support crew was between me and the rider.
But all was not lost. I did get to see some amazing young people in the ring.
These kids are amazing. Hopping on a bucking animal and holding on takes a whole lot of guts but they did it without even flinching.
No child was hurt today but one of the support crew was flattened and knocked unconscious. After being attended by ambulance crews he was able to walk from the arena. Later he was back. Like I said, guts. I was impressed and just a little bit in awe.
On top of that was able to enjoy all of the other activities on offer as part of the show (apart from the food. As delicious as a dagwood dog and fairy floss may be, I'm pretty sure they don't actually appear on any prescribed diet).