Youth riders return to Sky Ute Fairgrounds

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Dustin Sanchez of Ignacio receives a buckle during the YBR competition where he competed in Jr. Bull Riding. Out of 160 youth riders in six categories, Sanchez received fifth in Jr. Bull Riding.
Southern Ute Royalty helps open the American Youth Bull Riding Finals Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds.
Color Guard and Southern Ute veterans Howard Richards, and Raymond Baker, along with Ute Mountain Ute, Gordon Hammond present the flags at the introduction of the bull riding finals.
Local Sr. Bull Rider and Tribal Member Lorenzo “Woody” Pena gives it his best attempt at the YBR Finals at The Sky Ute Fairground in Ignacio, Colo.
One of the Sr. Bull Riders holds on tight in efforts to not get bucked off for eight seconds.
A young Wooley Rider keeps his grip for his eight second ride.
Jr. Bull Rider and Ignacio High School Student, Dustin Sanchez prepares to ride with the help of his older brother Dalton Sanchez.
Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

Maria Rivera |

The Southern Ute Drum

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American Youth Bull Riding (YBR) Finals brought in 160 participants from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Missouri who competed in six categories: Wooley, Calf, Steer, Peewee Bulls, Jr. Bulls and Senior Bulls. YBR was held at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio, Colo. Nov. 16-19. There were three local riders who fell short of the championship, Luke Mackey in Peewee, Dustin Sanchez in Jr. Bulls and Lorenzo “Woody” Pena in Senior Bulls.

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