Twin Lakes, N.M. roper defends title at Shiprock fair

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

SHIPROCK, Oct. 10, 2013

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Bullrider Garrison Begay hangs on tight as “Shadow Rider” does his best to get his opponent off his back Saturday afternoon in Shiprock.

MIDDLE: Barrel racer Taniah Nez races around the second barrel Saturday afternoon at the 102nd annual Northern Navajo Fair rodeo in Shiprock.

BOTTOM: Barrel racer Glenda Castillo looks ahead as she gets around the last barrel Saturday in Shiprock.

Twin Lakes, N.M. tie-down roper Roy Begay was at his best during Sunday's performance at the 102nd annual Northern Navajo Fair.

The former International Indian Final Rodeo world champ took over the leaderboard with a 9.1 second run even though he pulled into Shiprock early that morning.

"I was the first one out but I wanted to go out there and make a run," Begay said. "I gave a good start."

Begay was coming up from Las Cruces, N.M. after competing in the Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo where he placed third in the first round in the PRCA sanctioned event with a 9.0 run. In the second round, Begay said his calf got up and in the final round he did not get a check even though he recorded another 9.0 run.

"I got in at 3 o'clock this morning but this rodeo has treated me good," Begay said. "I won it last year so I defended my title."

Begay's run eclipsed the 10.2 run turned in by Allen Charley as the Crownpoint cowboy produced that run on Saturday night.

"It was a good calf," Charley said afterward. "Everything worked out except for the end with my hooey."

Charley was the only cowboy that placed from Saturday's performance as Kee Etsitty (11.2) and Alfredo Stevenson (12.1) finished third and fourth, respectively, on Sunday afternoon.

The steer wrestling, barrel racing, junior barrels, breakaway, and team roping also had new leaders emerge in the last performance.

In the steer wrestling event Kyle Smith won the event with a 5.4-second run while Sheridan Jodie finished a distant second with a 9.8 effort.

Janine Tree topped the breakaway field, which had 25 ropers that competed. Tree turned in a 2.9-second run as she held off Shawndeena Smith for the title. Smith completed her run in 3.5 seconds ahead of Yvonne Yazzie (4.3) and Tashina Begay (4.5).

In the team roping, Dwight Sells and Dennison Boone electrified the crowd with a 4.8 run, which replaced the 5.4 run turned in by Marco Sells and Lucius Sells.

Lucius Sells also picked up the third-place check with partner Chuck Sells as they posted a 5.7 run. In a two-way tie for fourth place, Chuck Sells teamed up with James Begay Jr. and recorded a 6.0 run which matched the time turned in by Karlin McKinley and Wacey Brady.

With a run of 6.1 seconds, Jason Yazzie and Wacey Brady rounded out the money winners as the NNF attracted 44 team ropers.

In the saddle bronc, Shoshane Kee was the only rider to last the eight-second ride as the Jeddito, Ariz. cowboy scored a 76-point ride on "Wolf Eye."

"I've seen him buck but this was the first time I've been on him," Kee said. "I had to ask around to see how he works."

Kee said his win over the weekend gives him the confidence he needs for this weekend's International Indian Finals Rodeo, which will be held in San Carlos, Ariz.

"I was out for two weeks," Kee said. "I had injured my toe so I had to test them out before I head out to the finals."

In the bull riding, this year's crown went to New Mexico State University junior Wade Nez as the 20-year-old Window Rock native scored an 80-point ride on "Native Kat."

"I came here two years ago and I got on the same bull," Nez said. "The last time he bucked me off, so I was glad that I rode him because I was kind of mad because the last time he bucked me off I was seven seconds into my ride."

At press time the official results for the barrel racing and junior bulls were not available.

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