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The Southwest Indian Rodeo Association Regional Finals blasted into the Payson Event Center with two performances on Saturday. Two of the three bull riders stayed on for the full eight seconds — a feat none of the riders managed at the May or August rodeos.

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Indian rodeo brings top riders, ropers to Payson

Some of the best cowboys in the country gathered in Payson last weekend. Didn’t matter a bit that they were all Indians. Well, actually, maybe it does matter they were Native Americans, gathered for the regional finals the Southwestern Indian Rodeo Association, on a perfect day in a nearly empty arena.


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