Turnout Sparse For Rodeo Tour In Payson

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Jason Amon of Payson managed to ride this bucker for eight seconds and then some Friday night.

The Rim Country's inaugural Bares, Bulls and Broncs Rodeo drew cowboys from around the southwest eager to pocket prize money and prove they were among the finest in the sport.

The event, sponsored by Steve Coury Automotive and Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, was held April 4 and 5 at the Payson Event.

Although the turnout of spectators was sparse, any profits from the rodeo will benefit the Payson High School football and wrestling teams.

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Rawlins Barrett has aspirations to be a rodeo clown but has to fix his oversized suspenders before putting on his clown face.

The event was an official stop on the United American Tour and featured rough stock from New Mexico-based contractor Casper Baca.

Among the highlights of the event was a guest appearance by 2002 ProRodeo Tour Bull Riding Champion Cody Hancock.

The events held during the two rodeo performances included bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding.

Baca touts the competition as unique in that it features only the three most exciting events in rodeo.

The stock contractor hosted the Payson competition as part of his Shut Up & Ride Series of the United American tour.

Payson was the third stop on the tour that will continue until next fall with appearances in Durango, Colo., Page, Ariz., Farmington, N.M., Gallup, N.M. and at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.

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Photos by Andy Towle/Roundup Trevor Haught managed to ride this bareback bucker for his eight seconds and then some.

The tour will make a second stop Aug. 30-31 in Payson.

During both Rim Country appearances, the Baca Rodeo Company adds incentive money of $1,000 to each event.

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