Youth bull riders ride into town

The Southern Ute Veterans Association were on hand to bring in the colors to begin the opening ceremonies, as riders and guests saluted the American flag during the National Anthem.
Young bull riders flash a smile before they prepare to ride in the respective age groups.
Members of the Southern Ute Veterans Association (l-r), Bruce LeClaire, Dewitte Baker, Rudley Weaver and Howard Richards, Sr., bring the colors into the Sky Ute Fairgrounds indoor arena at the beginning of AYBR Finals.
Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Clement J. Frost (right) and Southern Ute Royalty members Dewayne Hendren, Krystyn Weaver, and Odyssey Baker-Silva each gave a welcome speech to begin Friday’s action.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

The American Youth Bull Riders Finals returned to the Southern Ute Growth Fund’s Sky Ute Fairgrounds, Thursday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 22. The finals hosted 197 riders from 20 associations across the United States. The riders competed each day and the top 10 riders in each age group advanced daily to Sunday’s finals. Trophies included 6 saddles and 80 buckles.

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