Last weekend's edition of the Tonto Apache Champion of Champions All-Indian Rodeo didn't give anyone a bum steer as far as slam-bang rodeo-action fans were concerned.
It was just the box-office take at the Payson Event Center that wasn't too bullish.
"We were a little disappointed at the turnout," said Jerry Holland, controller for the Tonto Apache Tribe. "We don't have an actual head count yet, but I can say we didn't quite get what we expected, even though it was such a beautiful day. I don't know if everyone is rodeoed out, what with the Spring Rodeo, the August Doin's and this one. But it was a small crowd."
The rodeo itself, however, offered action-packed performances, Holland said.
"Everyone involved in it and everyone who was watching had a great time," he said.
First Place: Benny Begay
Second Place: Ernest Bitsui
First Place: Ivan Bruishead
First Place: Benny Ramos
Second Place: Marty Heff
First Place: John Boyd III
Ladies breakaway roping
First Place: Vanessa Paul
First place: Shawn Shirley/Alvin Williams
First Place: Nicole Welsh-Romo
First Place: Alfonso Francis
Second Place: Matt Davis