Pro Rodeo returns to San Juan County
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Saddle bronc action at the San Juan Stampede rodeo in June.  Hannah Bailey photo
Saddle bronc action at the San Juan Stampede rodeo in June. Hannah Bailey photo
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On June 16 and 17, San Juan County hostd its first professional rodeo in more than 20 years. The stands were packed to standing room only for both nights. Nearly 1,400 tickets were sold for the event.

Honeycutt Rodeo was the stock contractor. 170 professional contestants from all around the United States, Canada, and even Australia attended.

There were several Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Champions that competed in the San Juan Stampede, and even more contestants who have qualified for the WNFR multiple times.

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, a two-time world champion, won the barrel racing with a 17.58.

Six-time WNFR qualifier and 2015 World Champion in saddle bronc riding, Jacobs Crawley, took the saddle bronc riding with an 81-point ride.

Two-time world Champion Steer wrestler, Hunter Cure, won the steer wrestling with an impressive time of 3.4 seconds.

In the tie-down roping, Marcos Costa, a two-time WNFR qualifier, came in second place with a time of 7.8, just behind Cimarron Boardman who turned in an amazing time of 7.7 seconds.

Joe Frost, a three-time WNFR qualifier, won the all-around where he competed in bareback, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.

For the crowds’ entertainment, John Harrison, the three-time WNFR barrel man and comedy act of the year, showed off his skills as a comedian along with his trick riding.

Twenty contestants entered the local barrel race and more than 40 kids under the age of five entered the stick horse race.

Shaelyn Hart was the first local barrel racer out on Friday night, where she ran an 18.22. The 19 racers behind her fought to beat her, but all fell short.

The total payout for The San Juan Stampede, including all event payouts to contestants, totaled $36,738.20.

The San Juan Stampede rodeo committee thanks all the sponsors who helped to make this rodeo a reality.

They also thank the County Commissioners for supporting them from the beginning.

Without the support of the sponsors, commissioners, vendors, and spectators, this event would not have been possible.
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