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County fair hosts True Western Roundup rodeo

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)
Competitors entertain crowd in 13 events

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



5 p.m.: 4-H/FFA Goat Show

6 p.m.: Goat Roping


9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Exhibits open

9 a.m.: Horticulture judging

8 a.m.: 4-H/FFA Rabbit show

11 a.m.: 4-H/FFA Sheep show

10 a.m.: 4-H & Open Poultry show

2 p.m.: Chicken Chase, ages 3-8

3:15 p.m.: 4-H/FFA Beef show

6 p.m.: Team Roping books


8:30 a.m.: 4-H/FFA Swine show

9 a.m.: Rooster Crowing

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Exhibits open

10 a.m.: 4-H Demonstration

10:30 a.m.: Bunnies scavenger hunt

11 a.m.: Egg & Spoon Race

11:30 a.m.: 4-H Cake Decorating

11:30 a.m.: Tug of War

11:30 a.m.: Pee-Wee FFA round robin

1 p.m.: Sheep Scramble ages 8-18

2 p.m.: Chicken Chase ages 3-8

2:30 p.m.: Capture the Flag

3 p.m.: Grand Round Robin

3-4 p.m.: Money Hunt


9 a.m.: Chicken Chase ages 3-8

11:30 a.m.: Greased Pig Chase

12 p.m.: Chili/Salsa Judging $2

12 p.m.: Barrel Race

2 p.m.: Junior Livestock Sale

6 p.m.: TrueWestern rodeo

6 p.m.: Mud Bog Starts

Note: See a full schedule at https://montezumacountyfair.com/schedule-2/

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.

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.

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.


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