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La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Rodeo photos: Clouds of dust under sunny skies

  • Clay Parsons, an Arizona cowboy from Marana, took the third best time of the day in Saturday's tie-down competition with 11.8 seconds.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comClay Parsons, an Arizona cowboy from Marana, took the third best time of the day in Saturday's tie-down competition with 11.8 seconds.
  • The mark-out rule is in effect for Zach Curran, earning him a 'no score' in his bareback run on a horse aptly named Bad Chance.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comThe mark-out rule is in effect for Zach Curran, earning him a 'no score' in his bareback run on a horse aptly named Bad Chance.
  • Near-record crowds saw Saturday's performance at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Nearly 11,000 people were in attendance.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comNear-record crowds saw Saturday's performance at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Nearly 11,000 people were in attendance.
  • Shaun Ebert doesn't make it eight seconds on Locust in Saturday's saddle-bronc competition.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comShaun Ebert doesn't make it eight seconds on Locust in Saturday's saddle-bronc competition.
  • The bullfighters keep the riders safe, which is why the term 'rodeo clown' isn't often employed.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comThe bullfighters keep the riders safe, which is why the term 'rodeo clown' isn't often employed.
  • Dan Curtin of Show Low was thrown from Ghoul Fool before the eight seconds. He didn't take a score in Saturday's bull-riding competition.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comDan Curtin of Show Low was thrown from Ghoul Fool before the eight seconds. He didn't take a score in Saturday's bull-riding competition.
  • Rank Rickard of Nuevo, Calif., earns an incredibly high 85 points in the bull-riding competition.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comRank Rickard of Nuevo, Calif., earns an incredibly high 85 points in the bull-riding competition.
  • Rank Rickard, celebrating a marvelous ride before the numbers even come through. Based on his performance, it wasn't a surprise that he took the top score in Saturday's bull-riding competition, scoring 85 points.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comRank Rickard, celebrating a marvelous ride before the numbers even come through. Based on his performance, it wasn't a surprise that he took the top score in Saturday's bull-riding competition, scoring 85 points.
  • Brady Dinwoodie has a smooth ride on Susie Q, earning a 70 point score in Saturday's saddle-bronc event.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comBrady Dinwoodie has a smooth ride on Susie Q, earning a 70 point score in Saturday's saddle-bronc event.
  • Lightning-fast dismount by Louisiana roper Randall Carlisle. He took the best time in Saturday's tie-down roping event with a 9.5 second run.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comLightning-fast dismount by Louisiana roper Randall Carlisle. He took the best time in Saturday's tie-down roping event with a 9.5 second run.
  • Normally it's a bad idea when one attempts to place a hat on an angry bull...
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comNormally it's a bad idea when one attempts to place a hat on an angry bull...
  • Bull-fighters taking risks to keep the competitors safe.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comBull-fighters taking risks to keep the competitors safe.
  • Ty Manke of Box Elder, S.D., hops off of Manhattan Flash after an eight-second horn. He took a score of 77 points in Saturday's saddle-bronc event.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comTy Manke of Box Elder, S.D., hops off of Manhattan Flash after an eight-second horn. He took a score of 77 points in Saturday's saddle-bronc event.
  • Taping, stretching, pacing before the roughstock competition.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comTaping, stretching, pacing before the roughstock competition.
  • The long walk back to the bucking chutes after a disappointing ride. Chad Ferley earned 71 points on Little Jet.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comThe long walk back to the bucking chutes after a disappointing ride. Chad Ferley earned 71 points on Little Jet.
  • Clint Laye of Odessa, Tex., took a score of 79 in Saturday's bareback competition.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comClint Laye of Odessa, Tex., took a score of 79 in Saturday's bareback competition.
  • Bullfighters steer a bull named Lefty into a right turn, away from a fallen rider.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comBullfighters steer a bull named Lefty into a right turn, away from a fallen rider.
  • Zachariah Phillips of Casper, Wyo., earns a high score of 84 points on Rage. Zachariah tied in Saturday's contest with Dawson Jandreau.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comZachariah Phillips of Casper, Wyo., earns a high score of 84 points on Rage. Zachariah tied in Saturday's contest with Dawson Jandreau.
  • Parker Greenwood from Big Piney, Wyoming gets a re-ride option after an unsuccessful ride on Lefty.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comParker Greenwood from Big Piney, Wyoming gets a re-ride option after an unsuccessful ride on Lefty.
  • Before the rodeo on a clear-skied Saturday afternoon, a group of cowboys preparing for the roughstock events, bareback and saddle-bronc. Behind, the bucking chutes, the grandstand is almost at capacity to a near sold-out crowd.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comBefore the rodeo on a clear-skied Saturday afternoon, a group of cowboys preparing for the roughstock events, bareback and saddle-bronc. Behind, the bucking chutes, the grandstand is almost at capacity to a near sold-out crowd.
  • Phil Betony of Tonalea, Ariz., warming up before the roughstock events.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comPhil Betony of Tonalea, Ariz., warming up before the roughstock events.
  • Sam Wyatt of Fittstown, Oklahoma, was saved by one of the Tucson Rodeo's bullfighters after an unsuccessful ride on Trooper.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comSam Wyatt of Fittstown, Oklahoma, was saved by one of the Tucson Rodeo's bullfighters after an unsuccessful ride on Trooper.
  • Camaraderie between bullfighters before the most dangerous event of the afternoon, bullriding.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comCamaraderie between bullfighters before the most dangerous event of the afternoon, bullriding.
  • Cooper Wimberly & Matt Garza earned the best time in the only team event at the Tucson Rodeo. The pair roped their steer in a swift 5.8 seconds, tying with Arizona cowboys Chris Begay & Preston Williams.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comCooper Wimberly & Matt Garza earned the best time in the only team event at the Tucson Rodeo. The pair roped their steer in a swift 5.8 seconds, tying with Arizona cowboys Chris Begay & Preston Williams.
  • Jeff Willert begins Saturday's saddle-bronc competition. He was thrown from Sky Dancer before the full eight seconds, earning him no score.
    Joseph Oland/TucsonSentinel.comJeff Willert begins Saturday's saddle-bronc competition. He was thrown from Sky Dancer before the full eight seconds, earning him no score.

Clear skies and warmer weather brought a near-record number of spectators to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on Saturday afternoon for the 88th annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Bullfighter Crash Cooper entertained the crowd in between timed events, and the day started as it always does, with roughstock.

Saturday's top score in the bareback event was a tie between two riders, Zachariah Phillips of Casper, Wyoming and Dawson Jandreau of Kennebec, South Dakota, each taking a score of 84 points.

This has been a difficult rodeo for steer-wrestlers. In fact, only one competitor managed to take a qualified time during Saturday's performance. Pepe Arballo, of Wittman, Ariz., earned a high score of 4.9 seconds. The arena record for a single run stands at 3.8 seconds, set in 2002.

There were no turn outs in Saturday's saddle-bronc run, with most competitors managing to hold on for the full eight seconds. The roughstock wasn't as wild as compared to Friday's performance, resulting in slightly lower scores all around. The day's top ride was by Dawson Jandreau of Kennebec, S.D., on a horse named Miss Monida. He earned 84 points, six points higher than the nearest lead. The arena record stands at 88.

All competitors save for one had qualified rides in the day's tie-down roping. Randall Carlisle of Castor, La., had the best run at 9.5 seconds.

Team roping is the only cooperative event at the Tucson Rodeo and, with several turn-outs, the event went quickly. Saturday's performance brought only four qualified runs and, just like Friday's contest, resulted in a tie. Arizona cowboys Chris Begay & Preston Williams matched the 5.8-second run established earlier in the day by New Mexico cowboys Cooper Wimberly & Matt Garza. All four men shared the victory lap.

Out of 13 slated runs, there were only three qualified rides during Saturday's bull-riding event. Parker Greenwood of Big Piney, Wyoming declined the option of a re-ride after an unsuccessful attempt on a bull named Lefty. The top score was earned by Rank Rickard of Nuevo, Calif. The unnamed bull, livestock No. 108, broke out of the chute and spun around rather than bucking. Before the score of 85 points come from the announcer's box, Rickard was already celebrating an excellent ride.

Sunday will see the final day of competition. Find more information at www.tucsonrodeo.com.

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