Young range-riders between the ages of zero-to-18 congregated from near and far in Carroll Arena for the third-leg of the legendary Long Valley Lions Junior Rodeo Series on Saturday, August 19, all in pursuit of accumulating points from various competitive cowhand categories for muchcoveted saddles, buckles and accouterments to be awarded during a banquet sometime after totals from the final season round-up of September 16. This dash-and-splash edition was memorable due to an hour-long windswept monsoonal rain-delay toward its conclusion.
From left to right, photos by Jerry Melrose:
Shilah Williams, 16-year-old Monument Valley High School student, about to dismount in the Goat Tie event during the Long Valley Lions Junior Rodeo Series on August 19. Earlier in the day, she won the “All-Around” and “High-Point” honors for Senior Girls in the Kaibito (Arizona) Junior Rodeo. Photos by Jerry Melrose.
Drey Stubbs completing his Calf Roping tie-down in the storm-saturated slime of the 15-18 age category in the third phase of the Long Valley Lions Junior Rodeo Series at the North Event Center’s Carroll Arena. That’s Boomer Williams of Tuba City, followed by his young son, watching Drey’s handiwork.
Miss Cordiality and 2023 Miss Kane County Second Attendant Queen Kaylee Brinkerhoff rounds the Barrels.
Intrepid young adventurer, Dalton Schreiner, braving the ride and likely rain-splashed mud-sliding fall, being trailed by would-be rescuer Austin Baird under the watchful eyes of his phone-recording dad, Ryan, and fellow-competitor Truce Tolman (upper-left).
Glendale eighth-grader Kassidee Cox on the Pole Bending course.
Cody Cluff, 11-year-old Long Valley lad, ripping circles around barrels aboard Ginger while accumulating points toward the prize-winning LVLRS season Grand Finale on September 16th.