Pino, Long are co-champs of Eastern Fair rodeo

By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

CROWNPOINT, July 17, 2014

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(Times photo – Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi)

Hometown boy Jared Pino wrestles his draw during the steer-wrestling event at the 27th annual Diné Bi’ Eastern Fair & Rodeo held July 12-13. Pino tied with Emerson Long for first place with a time of 9.9 seconds.




It was only fitting that the bulldoggers stole the show at the 27th annual Diné Bi’ Eastern Fair & Rodeo held July 12-13.

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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