American youth ride into Ignacio

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Southern Ute Chairman, Christine Sage and Jr. Miss Southern Ute Autumn Sage welcomed all the riders, families and sponsors of the American Youth Bull Riding Finals on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Young cowboys take a knee during the “Cowboys prayer” on the opening day of the Youth Rodeo Finals.
Young wooly rider, Kady Svoboda keeps her hand high while riding her sheep on Thursday, Nov. 15.
American youth bull riding finalist, Lane Smith throws his fist into the air after riding his bull for a qualified ride on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the arena of the Sky Ute Fairgrounds.
Bayfield local, Luke Mackey rides a qualified eight second ride with a broken wrist on the last night of the bull riding. Mackey went home as the Sr. Steer Riding Champion with a custom belt buckle and a brand-new horse saddle.
Ignacio rider, Dustin Sanchez competes in the championship round of the Sr. Bull Riding division. Sanchez left the youth bull riding as a top ten contestant and with a custom belt buckle.
A contestant’s proud mother snaps photos of the young riders as the youth bull riding comes to a close, Saturday, Nov. 17.
McKayla Lee
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
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The annual American Youth Bull Riding Finals came back into town Thursday, Nov. 15, they kept the Sky Ute Fairgrounds busy and full of life through Saturday, Nov. 17. This year the bull riding brought in 130 contestants from all over the nation. The riders each entered in their respective category of wooly, steer and of course the Jr. and Senior bull riding divisions.

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