Back in the saddle

The lights of the La Plata County Fairgrounds are once again ablaze with Durango Pro-Rodeo action Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo, which is owned by the Honeycutt family, keeps the whole family enthralled with the nail-biting action of saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, mutton bustin’ and the hilarious antics of those cantankerous clowns. Sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association, this longtime Durango tradition continues to bring top flight rodeo competition to La Plata County. The rodeo runs through Aug. 23.

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A bull casually ignores the flies swarming his nostrils in a stall outside the arena last night.

A Saddle Bronc rider prepares his horse prior to the competition sponsored by the Apaloosa Trading Co.

Rodeo clown Bennie Bob  Patrick disappears in a cloud of smoke when a triple richochet shot goes awry.

Dan Huntington, left, and Joe Melrose enjoy a laugh during Saturday evening's competition.

Corinne McNamara graciously accepts her first place prize inthe Mutton Bustin' competition.

A calf loses the battle during the tie down roping competition sponsored by Frontier Buckles.





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