July 7, 2009
Nancy Sheppard still holds the world records for trick riding and trick roping.
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The Tonto Basin of Arizona, in which rests Payson, is the home of 10 world champion cowboys and cowgirls who will be inducted into the Payson Pro Rodeo Ring of Honor.
Payson hosts the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo — it was started in 1884 and celebrates its 125th anniversary in August. Now the men and women who started the event and carried the tradition to world championships are to be honored through the Payson Pro Rodeo Ring of Honor.
Rodeo in the Rim Country might be small-town, homegrown fun, but 10 world champions earned their first spurs here.