Ropin’ & Ridin’ for rodeo

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Fiesta Queen, Sydney Cox brings in the American flag during the Fiesta Days Rodeo in Durango, Colo., Saturday, April 28.
Executive Officer for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Esther Rima, takes a break from meetings to support Ignacio’s Yellow Jacket singers at the opening of the Fiesta Day’s Rodeo, Tuesday, July 24. Pictured here alongside Ignacio's Hadilyn​ Kramer.
Kieley Whitethunder performs the Baile folklórico dance with her peers from the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as part of the opening ceremonies at the Durango Fairgrounds, Tuesday, July, 24.
Kaitlyn Doughty of Ignacio, Colo., competed throughout the weekend at the annual Fiesta Days rodeo.
Rodeo action gets serious for the final evening performances on Saturday night.
A rodeo cowboy readies his lasso during the team roping events on Saturday night.
Cowboys work together to reign in a horse following the saddle bronc riding on Saturday evening.
The Fiesta Days Rodeo opened on Tuesday morning with the Yellow Jacket singers of Ignacio, Colo.
Southern Ute tribal member Kaitlyn Doughty was one of the many contestants competing in Durango.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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Ignacio ropers, cowpunchers and barrel racers all came together to represent their hometown at the annual Fiesta Days Rodeo in Durango, Colo. Heralded as one of the major rodeo events of the summer, the weeklong rodeo celebrates all aspects of cowboy culture and fills the Durango Fairgrounds each year with participants and vendors. This year’s events took place from Tuesday, July 24 — Sunday, July 29, opening on Tuesday morning with the Yellow Jacket singers of Ignacio, Colo.

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