I'm not trying to offend, but i take it you've never been to a rodeo in the states? I'm notnjudging - inhave similar facinations with othermcultural phenomena. Rodeos are a strange experience, though. They tend to cater to a specific segment of society. As with many things, the realities of the Wild West are much less endearing than the Hollywood version. I've been to rodeos, stock shows, hoedowns, cowboy bars, whatever - you have to really enjoy that shit in order to...enjoy it. I don't think it's that great. I don't find the culture fun, and I say this as someone who has a fairly sizeable fetish for western shit. The music is bad, the beer is terrible, the people are often (not always, of course!) narrow-minded, and farming is horrible. Rodeos are basically dependent on abusing animals, and even as a carnivore i cant say i enjoy watching terrified steers getting wrestled to the ground by men in plaid shirts. I have a particular distaste for barrel racing, actually. It's its own culture. Cowboy boots are pretty ugly, too. Just for the record, i have met a ton of really friendly cowboys as well, including a visitor from Kansas City in my local fly shop who wanted to know why I looked so familiar. He thought maybe I was a distant cousin.
OK well I haven't actually been to the USA, but I like the romanticism of it anyway.
You can't take that away.