County fair hosts True Western Roundup rodeo – The Journal

July 26, 2021 - Comment

Nahkai Lariat, 14, ropes a calf during the breakaway roping event at the True Western Roundup rodeo Saturday night. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal) Competitors entertain crowd in 13 events The True Western Roundup took place during a cool summer evening at the Montezuma County Fair Saturday. The rodeo series featured all the classics, including saddle bronc


Nahkai Lariat, 14, ropes a calf during the breakaway roping event at the True Western Roundup rodeo Saturday night. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)

Competitors entertain crowd in 13 events

The True Western Roundup took place during a cool summer evening at the Montezuma County Fair Saturday.

The rodeo series featured all the classics, including saddle bronc riding, ranch bronc riding, breakaway roping, mutton busting, steer riding, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

Eighty to 100 competed in 13 events, said organizer Pam Petrie.

“As a smaller rodeo program, we offer affordable opportunity for locals to compete and gain experience,” she said.

The rodeo is in its eighth year and recently became a sanctioned event. Competitors can earn points to compete in national competitions.

Cody Jones gets bucked during the ranch bronc competition at the True Western Roundup Rodeo Saturday night. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)

The crowd enjoyed some good action throughout the night.

In one crowd thriller, ranch bronc rider Cody Jones got bucked then his arm become hung up on the saddle.

Four or five cowboys and rodeo clowns converged to try and control the horse as Jones was dragged along the side and under the pounding hooves. He eventually got free and was able to walk away.

After getting bucked, Cody Jones gets hung up on the saddle and is dragged along until cowboys can control the horse. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)

In the breakaway roping event, Nahkai Lariat, 14, of Sagebrush New Mexico, took first place with a time of 4.37 seconds with her horse, Skittles.

“It was fun. To get the fastest time, you have to be consistent,” she said. “I love meeting and competing with ladies from around the world.”

The True Western Roundup Rodeo will return to the fair July 31.

jmimiaga@the-journal.com

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