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La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Photos: Tucson Rodeo kicks off, bucks, stomps on

  • Rehett Kennedy of Chowchilla, California, scored just under the day's best time with 6.4 seconds in the steer wrestling event.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comRehett Kennedy of Chowchilla, California, scored just under the day's best time with 6.4 seconds in the steer wrestling event.
  • Will Lowe takes the best score in the bareback competition at the beginning of the performance, earning 83 points on a horse named Satin Sheets.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comWill Lowe takes the best score in the bareback competition at the beginning of the performance, earning 83 points on a horse named Satin Sheets.
  • Parker Breding is pummeled by an unnamed bull (stock number 808) while the bull-fighters rush in to help. He walked away with scrapes and bruises.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comParker Breding is pummeled by an unnamed bull (stock number 808) while the bull-fighters rush in to help. He walked away with scrapes and bruises.
  • Jesse Bail qualifies with a 72 point ride on a harse named 75 Ten Bears in the saddle bronk competition on Friday.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comJesse Bail qualifies with a 72 point ride on a harse named 75 Ten Bears in the saddle bronk competition on Friday.
  • Ray Johnson, despite tying with Jesse Bail for the day's top score in the saddle bronc, remains behind Bail in the overall.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comRay Johnson, despite tying with Jesse Bail for the day's top score in the saddle bronc, remains behind Bail in the overall.
  • Blair Burk scored Friday's best time in the tie-down event, with a 9.4 second ride.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comBlair Burk scored Friday's best time in the tie-down event, with a 9.4 second ride.
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  • Janet Marcotte/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Janet Marcotte/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Janet Marcotte/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Janet Marcotte/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Shon Gibson returns to the pens after a disappointing ride in the bareback competition. The mark-out rule was in effect, resulting in a no score.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comShon Gibson returns to the pens after a disappointing ride in the bareback competition. The mark-out rule was in effect, resulting in a no score.
  • Jerod Johnson took no score after being dragged across the arena when he got caught in the horse's rig.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comJerod Johnson took no score after being dragged across the arena when he got caught in the horse's rig.
  • The Quadrille de Mujeres begin the day's event with a demonstration of their riding skills.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comThe Quadrille de Mujeres begin the day's event with a demonstration of their riding skills.
  • Caine Riddle tapes himself up behind the pens in preparation for the rough-stock events. He took 78 points Friday in the bareback competition on a horse called Regulator.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comCaine Riddle tapes himself up behind the pens in preparation for the rough-stock events. He took 78 points Friday in the bareback competition on a horse called Regulator.
  • Will Howell of Stillwater, Oklahoma began Friday's tie-down roping event with a time of 19.5 seconds.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comWill Howell of Stillwater, Oklahoma began Friday's tie-down roping event with a time of 19.5 seconds.
  • Scotty NeSmith takes 70 points on Mucho Motion in Friday's bareback event.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comScotty NeSmith takes 70 points on Mucho Motion in Friday's bareback event.
  • Jet Price of Buffalo, South Dakota takes a score of 74 in the bareback competition on a horse named One-Eyed Jack.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comJet Price of Buffalo, South Dakota takes a score of 74 in the bareback competition on a horse named One-Eyed Jack.
  • Bennie Beutler gives last minute instructions before the roughstock events. Beutler & Son Rodeo Company furnish all of the bucking horses, bulls, steers and calves for the Tucson Rodeo.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comBennie Beutler gives last minute instructions before the roughstock events. Beutler & Son Rodeo Company furnish all of the bucking horses, bulls, steers and calves for the Tucson Rodeo.
  • Talented bullfighter Crash Cooper entertains the crowd between rides.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comTalented bullfighter Crash Cooper entertains the crowd between rides.
  • Jerod Johnson, behind the bucking chutes, preparing for Friday's bareback event.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comJerod Johnson, behind the bucking chutes, preparing for Friday's bareback event.
  • Hal Earnhardt III and Victor Aros had the day's quickest run in the team roping event, but a five-second penalty took them out of the running. Their score was 12.2 seconds.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comHal Earnhardt III and Victor Aros had the day's quickest run in the team roping event, but a five-second penalty took them out of the running. Their score was 12.2 seconds.
  • Roy Johnson takes the victory lap around the arena after winning the saddle-bronc category.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comRoy Johnson takes the victory lap around the arena after winning the saddle-bronc category.
  • Olin Hannum was the runner-up in Friday's steer wrestlng event, earning a time of 6.7 seconds.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comOlin Hannum was the runner-up in Friday's steer wrestlng event, earning a time of 6.7 seconds.
  • Chase Bennett scores 68 on a horse named Sandman in Friday's saddle-bronc.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comChase Bennett scores 68 on a horse named Sandman in Friday's saddle-bronc.
  • Mert Bradshaw of Eagle Point, Oregon was Friday's first competitor in the saddle-bronc event.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comMert Bradshaw of Eagle Point, Oregon was Friday's first competitor in the saddle-bronc event.
  • Dana Stovner had the fasted time in the barrell racing event, beating the second-best score by nine one-hundredths of a second.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comDana Stovner had the fasted time in the barrell racing event, beating the second-best score by nine one-hundredths of a second.

About 8,000 people filled the grandstands Friday, the fourth day of the 88th annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros — good attendance considering the unexpectedly cold weather of the last few days.

Riding a horse named Satin Sheets, Will Lowe took home the best time in the bareback competition with a score of 83 points.

Out of a handful of competitors in the steer-wrestling contest, only three men managed to qualify, all within fractions of a second of each other. Ryle Smith of Oakland, California took home the day's best time of 5.2 seconds.

In the saddle-bronc event, two riders tied with the day's best score of 72 points. Jesse Bail and Roy Johnson were the top competitors, with Johnson taking the day's victory lap.

Blair Burk of Durant, Oklahoma, outpaced the other tie-down ropers by a wide margin. He achieved the day's best time of 9.4 seconds.

Only three out of the ten team-roping pairs qualified Friday, two of which tied with a time of 7.1 seconds. In an unusual turn, four men rode out for a victory lap instead of two. Doyle Hoskins and Matt Costa rode out first, followed by Roland McFadded and Kyle Lucas.

Friday's top score in the bull-riding event occurred early on. Jayden Hansen was the second rider, earning himself an exceptional score of 85 points on a bull named Holy Smokies.

The excitement of his performance was eclipsed at the end of the event when bull rider Parker Breding, the last competitor of the day, was thrown from an unnamed bull.

Bull No. 808 managed to stomp and throw not only Breding, but two of the bullfighters in the arena attempting to help him. Everybody walked away from the incident relatively unharmed. Breding took no score for his ride.

Competition continues Saturday and Sunday, with tickets priced $18-26. Find more information at www.tucsonrodeo.com.

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