Pino, Long are co-champs of Eastern Fair rodeo
By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi
CROWNPOINT, July 17, 2014
(Times photo – Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi)
Crownpoint has been dubbed the steer-wrestling capital of the Navajo Nation and Jared Pino, along with a number of other contestants, proved that last weekend.
The 17-year-old bulldogger tied for first place in the event during the two-day rodeo.
“A lot of good bulldoggers come from here,” he said. “They all tell me just to bulldog tough. I’ve been doing pretty good."
Pino tied with Emerson Long, from Twin Lakes, N.M., with a time of 9.9 seconds. The ultimate winner of the championship jacket was determined by a coin toss won by Long.
Pino said he’s been to about 20 rodeos so far this year and his performance in Crownpoint has been one of his best.
“Since I first started it’s been up and down,” he said. “I’m just trying to do my best to stay consistent.”
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