Originally Posted by bwcolor
Getting close enough to capture the action with a rangefinder is a bit much of a push, but perhaps those attending will prove to be good subjects.
I think one should keep in mind that the "rodeo photo" need not be the obvious shot of what it happening out in the ring but very well may be what really happening behind the scenes. Ditto, air show photos need not be just of planes flying overhead. Horse show photos not just of horses strutting their stuff (I am married to a high level competitive equestrian as well as having a high level competitive grand daughter)
Just take a look at the published media of sporting events. You will find very few of the cliche shots but many that express the photographer's talents of showing the viewer some new perspective.