Southern Ute Tribal Fair: Horsing Around

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Jack Frost III wins third place for his painted horse.
Celestino Maez gets ready to ride his stick horse to the finish line.
Stick horse riders rush the finish line on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds.
Avaleena Nanaeto salutes the crowd as she passes them with her watermelon still intact.
Nicole Lansing judges Lance Taylor while he competes in the Sam Burch Memorial Horsemanship Contest.
Thunder Windyboy competes in the Sam Burch Memorial Horsemanship Contest with the help of Travis Nanaeto.
Tristian Benally competes with her horse, Gracie.
Esther Rima makes a sudden stop, all a part of the course in the Sam Burch Memorial Horsemanship Trophy Contest.
Lionel Benally turns his horse while loping through the poles.
Christopher Taylor takes his painted horse around the track for the judges. Taylor won first place in the painted horse competition.
Chad Benally waits for the horse judges to come by and look at his artwork he painted on his horse.
Hayden Benally, with dad, Lionel proudly present their painted horse.
Kodi Rima stands next to her horse during judging of the painted horse competition.
Jerone Olguin rushes Fidel Velasquez at the Chicken Pull contest after he pulls the chicken.
Alex Pena (left), Fidel Velasquez (middle) and Jerone Olguin (right) tussle over the chicken pull bag.
Leading the pack, Jerone Olguin, races down the track.
Jerone Olguin reaches, but fails to grab the chicken pull bag.
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
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Some of the bigger events for the 98thAnnual Southern Tribal Fair were the horse events. The Chicken Pull, Watermelon Bare Back horse race, Painted Horse competition along with the Sam Burch Memorial Horsemanship Trophy were held on Sept. 8-9 at the Sky Ute Fair Grounds Race Track and Arena. The fun and competitive nature of these events brings participants and onlookers to the Southern Ute Fairgrounds each year.

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