Payson High School junior Trevor Haught was the lone Rim Country cowboy to pocket prize money at the Bares, Bulls and Broncs United American Tour Rodeo.
During the competition, held April 4 and 5 at the Payson Event Center, Haught rode Roan Ranger to a 73 and a tie for third place with Luna, N.M. cowboy Dalon Hulsey.
Haught, who lives on the Cross F Ranch near Sunflower and has been riding horses since he was a tyke, is no stranger to the rodeo arena.
Last year, in 12 high school rodeos held around Arizona, Haught rode every bareback bronc assigned him, to eventually win the state title with 163.5 points.
As a state champion, Haught is a member of the Wrangler High School All-Star program and is allowed to wear an Arizona-event championship patch on his official competition shirt.
Last year, Haught also qualified for the 59th Annual National High School Rodeo Association Finals held in Springfield, Ill.
There he finished 28th among the 127 national qualifiers.
Although Haught was the only Payson entrant to finish among the top four in the four events, there was a trio of small-town Arizona cowboys who rode their way to prize money.
Cory Hutson of Show Low was third in the novice bull riding, Taylor's Tyler Stinkler won the bareback riding and Sedona's Ramos Benny was fourth in the saddle bronc riding.
Hutson rode Tombstone to a 73, Stinkler stayed aboard Tricky Travis for a 79 and Benny carded a 71 on Smoke Wagon.
In the saddle bronc riding, Darrel Triplett of Waterflow, N.M. took first with a 73 while riding Buckem.
Phoenix's Alex Corial won the open bull riding by posting an 83 aboard Rock Steady.
Riding Showtime to a 78, Jacob Romero of Las Vegas, N.M. won the novice bull riding.
In addition to the bareback, bull and saddle bronc riding, a kids rodeo was held Saturday afternoon that featured steer, calf and sheep riding.
The Steve Coury Automotive Family and the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino sponsored the event locally.
The Casper Baca Rodeo Company of Grants, N.M. supplied the rough stock.
The United American tour will make a second stop at the Payson Event Center on Aug. 30 and 31.