La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
Sun shines on 87th Tucson Rodeo
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, better known as the Tucson Rodeo, kicked off its 87th year Saturday under sunny skies, with about 5,600 people watching from the stands.
Chandler Bownds of Lubbock, Tex., stole the show scoring 86 points on a nameless young bull known only by his stock number, 781.
Bennie Beutler, the rodeo's stockman, said of the unnamned bull, "That bull's a young bull. He's an up-and-comer, but everyone's going to know him soon."
Header Doyle Hoskins and heeler Mark Scobie took top honors in team roping with a time of 12.6 seconds.
Tie-down roper Murray Pole, of Erskine, Alberta, won the day with a time of 12.5 seconds.
Bareback superstar Tilden Hooper, of Carthage, Tex., led the field with an impressive 87 points on a horse named Satin Sheets.
Tommy Cook from McAlester, Okla. won Saturday's round of steer wrestling with a time of 9.7 seconds.
Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell scored 84 points for the lead on No Date Kate.
Barrel racer Kassidy Dennison of Tohatchi, N.M., was the top finisher at 17.58 seconds.
The rodeo continues Sunday at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds at the northeast corner of South 6th Avenue and East Irvington Road.