Top rodeo athletes try for the INFR crown

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

FRUITLAND, N.M , Nov. 7, 2013

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The 2013 Indian National Finals Rodeo is well underway this week in Las Vegas.

Rodeo athletes from across the country have gathered at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center for the annual rodeo held Nov. 5-9.

Rodeo performances began Tuesday and will conclude on Saturday.

The Navajo Nation sent some of their top athletes who spent the entire rodeo season qualifying for a shot at a national title.

Some of the top rough-stock athletes from the Navajo Nation include: Kane Kee, saddle bronc riding and Hernald John, Tustin Daye and Julius Begay, bull riding.

In the men's timed events some of the top Navajo athletes include: Roderick Tso, Ed Holyan, Gerald Daye, tie-down roping; Jacob Antone, Kyle Smith, steer wrestling and Marco Sells, Myles John, team roping.

For the women: Sheila Sells-Denny, breakaway roping and Charmayne Gene, Kassidy Dennison, barrel racing.

There will also be performances from the top junior and senior rodeo contestants.

Victor Begay, Art Sells and John Boyd, Jr., are just some of the top Navajo contestants competing in the senior rodeo events. Sharaya Edgewater and Kylie Gilbert will represent the Navajo Nation in the junior barrel-racing event.

The regular rodeo performances began on Tuesday and the first junior and senior rodeo performances will begin today at 12:30 p.m. The fifth regular rodeo performance will begin today at 6:30 p.m.

Friday's schedule includes the second junior and senior rodeo performance starting at 12:30 p.m., with the sixth regular rodeo performances beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Championship rounds for all events will be held Saturday starting with the junior and senior rodeo championship round at 12:30 p.m. and the regular performance championship round at 6:30 p.m.

Award ceremonies will be held after the Friday and Saturday performances.

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