Pound for pound — and that’s animal and athlete combined — probably the most entertaining competitions at the 2010 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo will be the youngsters that suit up to ride the wooly beasts in mutton bustin’ and the willful and wily livestock used in steer riding.
Mutton bustin’, sponsored by Chapman Auto Center, will be part of the performances Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 at the Payson Event Center.
Scheduled to compete Friday in mutton bustin’ are Dexter Waterman, 5; Alyssa Boerst, 7; Talon Deschaaf, 5; David Hanewinckel, 5; Kelton Taylor, 5; Will Kile, 5; Paige Creasy, 7; and Marcello Purcelli, 7. All but Taylor, who is from Tonto Basin, are from Payson.
Waterman will also ride Saturday, May 15. Also competing on Saturday will be Dakota Wills, 6; Cutter Wills, 7; Selena Corso, 6; and Liliana Corso, 5. All of these youngsters are from Payson.
Steer riding is sponsored by North Mechanical Heating and Cooling and the Kenny Davis Family.
The steer riding event is also being dedicated to Kenny Davis this year. Mr. Davis died in April. He was a Junior Rodeo bull rider in his younger days.
Steer riding contestants on Friday will be Wyatt Chapman, 13; Daniel Woolwine, 12; Denton Petersen, 11; Layne Chitwood, 13; Dakota McNeely, 13; and Dalton Conway. All are from Payson, except Chitwood, who lives in Star Valley. These same youngsters will once again try their steer riding skills on Saturday, with the exception of Dalton Conway. Riding instead of Conway will be Matt Davis, 13, of Payson.