The first monsoon storm of the season chased nearly 500 fans out of the stands during Saturday night's Mazatzal Bull Riding Championship at the Payson Multi-event Center.
Bull riders who anted up $100 to get on a bull were not about to be stopped by a little rain, not with more than $4,000 in prize money at stake.
The 75 fans who stayed to brave the rain, watched bulls toss cowboys into the mud.
Two tough cowboys from Ganado, Ariz. took home the top prizes. Vincent Shorty, 23, rode two tough Casper Baca bulls in the open class for the required eight seconds and walked away with $1,400 and a brand new belt buckle for his efforts.
In the novice class, only one rider, 16-year-old Henson Winn, made it to the buzzer. He claimed $240 and a new belt buckle for his ride.
Payson cowboy Wes Sanders led the night with a single ride score of 88, but could not ride in the short go because of an injured ankle, taking him out of the running for the top prize. His second-place finish netted him $1,200.
Romeo Maryboy of Farmington, N.M. finished third, Travis Crispen of Phoenix took home fourth, and Terrance Granger of Tuba City, Ariz. placed fifth.
Local favorite Thumper Hardt, son of the late Gary Hardt also finished in the money at sixth place.