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Maurice Hill is one happy young cowboy and holds his trophy high for the audience to see when he is declared the winner in the Mutton Bustin competition.

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Rodeo newbie discovers the reality behind the myths

I’ve never been to a rodeo before but, new to Payson, I had to share the world’s longest running rodeo with my daughter. But when I asked her to come along, her answer threw me for a loop: “No. I don’t want to go because there’s animal cruelty.” What perplexed me is that she’s not the only person I’ve heard this from. But I decided to drag her along to see if she could open her mind to learn about one of the oldest American events.

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