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Devon Burris dismounts before the rope has tightened and his horse has come to a complete stop in his haste to tie-down this calf during the Arizona High School Rodeo competition at the Payson Event Center.

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High school rodeo hits town

Hundreds of teenaged cowboys and cowgirls, their families and friends descended on Payson this week for the finals of the 2011-2012 Arizona High School Rodeo Association. Alas, the only local youngster in the contest is Chelsie Stodghill of Pine, competing in barrel racing, breakaway and team roping, where she pairs up with Aspyn Dent of Phoenix.


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