“An American Rodeo” Press Release


New York City Photographer Patricia Sullivan Completing Book on Buena Vista Stampede Rodeo for 90th Anniversary


New York, NY (March 6, 2011) – New York City based photojournalist Patricia Sullivan plans a release of her book, “An American Rodeo: From Head Lettuce Days to Collegiate Peaks Stampede in Buena Vista, Colorado,” to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the event on July 9, 2011.


Documenting Buena Vista’s rodeo with her camera since 1997, Sullivan is at work completing her portrait of the small town family rodeo, “starting with kids and ending with cowboys.” Begun in 1920 as a celebration of good harvest, “Head Lettuce Days” grew and changed, but it’s going strong at 90 with kids competing in stick horse races, mutton busting and steer riding. The book contains historical photos, maps and oral histories, as well as action shots of bull riders, bronc riders, barrel-racers and ropers.


Sullivan recently interviewed long time residents who shared stories of Buena Vista’s rodeo with her from the 1960’s, ’50’s and earlier, with details about the lettuce harvest, horse races, bronc riding and cowboy dances. Why did they rodeo year after year? It was fun, their friends were there – and there was the inherent risk of danger.


Contributing writers include nine-time World Champion Ty Murray; 2010 World Champion Timed Event Cowboy Josh Peek, whose career began at the Buena Vista High School Rodeo; and Wrangler Book of the year award winner, novelist Dusty Richards. Interviews with popular stock contractor Buster Webb, longtime favorite rodeo clown Garry “Re-Ride” Miller and current Chaffee County Queen Lexi Koch, among others, paint a wide and detailed picture of this cherished American celebration.


Three exhibits of selected photos from the book are planned: June 27 – August 13th at the Buena Vista Public Library; August 25 – October 15th at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs and November 3rd at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, New York City.


The coffee-table style book will be approximately sixty-four pages, with over forty photographs, mostly color. Anyone interested more information or in helping with the project can contact her on her website at http://www.patriciasullivanphoto.net.



About psullivan66

Patricia Sullivan is a New York City based photographer whose portraits and personal projects have appeared in New York Magazine, on HBO's "Bored to Death," TimeOutNY and other magazines. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Sullivan is drawn to the people "with broad shoulders" whose belief in just working hard and doing the right thing are keeping this whole planet together. Besides rodeo, she has photographed cops on motorcycles (in their off hours) and her mother, "the toughest woman I know."
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2 Responses to “An American Rodeo” Press Release

  1. cory glover says:

    got your card and just wanting to see if i am in the book

    • psullivan66 says:

      Hi, Cory,
      Yes, you are in the book, in a full length portrait.
      I am in L.A. now, left Colorado Tuesday. If you are in Buena Vista, the softcover is available at Book Nook, at 719-395-6868. If you want a hardcover, they are coming later,
      as we sold out at the rodeo.
      Hope you are well,

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