Rodeo contractor Roy Honeycutt's corral of roughstock provided plenty of spills and thrills for cowboys hoping to pocket Payson Rodeo prize money.
During the first two performances, one Friday evening and another Saturday afternoon, not one cowboy could stay aboard Honeycutt's rank bulls.
Saturday afternoon, Rob Phipps finally was able to break through with a qualifying ride that judges Kenny Heman and Herman Younger awarded a 74. At rodeo's end, that ride was good enough for second place and $1,328.42 in prize money.
During Sunday's final performance, two of the six bull riders stayed aboard the full eight seconds.
Riding Showering Embers, Jason Motely chalked up a 75 that was good enough for first place. His ride also was worth $1,753.91 in prize money.
The other cowboy to reach the buzzer Sunday, Josh Lozinski, tallied a 69 to win $956.68.
Of the 27 bulls turned out during the rodeo, only three qualifying rides were recorded.
Because of such poor showings in bull riding during the August Doin's, bareback riding was forced into the spotlight .
With almost $9,000 in prize money to be doled out, the event drew 34 topnotch cowboys looking to add to their yearly winnings and move up in the PRCA standings.
Chad Klein eventually staked claim to first place and $2,593.95 by riding Lucky Seven to a whopping score of 89. The payout to Klein was the single largest of the rodeo.
For local rodeo buffs, the weekend provided an opportunity to cheer two competitors with longtime Rim country ties.
Mandy Sproul, the niece of Payson cowgirl and rodeo historian Penny Conway, won the barrel racing with a clocking of 17.73. Her win was worth $1,152.90.
In past high school and junior rodeos ropings, Sproul frequently teamed with her cousin, Kyle Conway.
Penny Conway's brother, Mark Simon a five-time national finals rodeo qualifier who now lives in New Mexico finished second in the team roping. Simon hooked up with Gilbert resident Shad Chadwick for a clocking of 14.9. Each won $488.77.
Top honors in the event went to Michael Camelot and Anthony Camelot who were competing in their first PRCA event. The pair's time of 14.4 earned them $651.70 each.
In the steer wrestling, Jake Aragon finished with an average of 8.8 to earn $874.80. In the event's first go-around, Aragon turned in the fastest time (3.8) of the rodeo. In the second, he was clocked in 5.0.
One of the most hotly contested events turned out to be the calf roping that was eventually won by Russ Sullivan. His average of 19.1 was just one-tenth of a second better than runners-up Casey Banquinto and Cutter Parsons. For the win, Sullivan pocketed $1.088.20. For second place, Banquinto and Parsons earned $680.12 each.
Sullivan's victory in the calf roping and a fourth-place finish in the team roping also earned him all-around cowboy honors and a rodeo high $3,100.14.
In the saddle bronc riding, Charley Gardner rode Sparrow Hawk to a top tally of 80. His win was worth $1,387.28.
In all, $50,360 in prize money was paid out to the competitors.
Although the cowboys were the center of attraction throughout the rodeo, the specialty acts of the Las Vaqueros de Tucson drill team and Coppertown Clown Bert Davis provided the humor and family fun traditionally associated with a Honeycutt-produced event.