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Local favorite Guytin Tsosie earns first place check

Local favorite Guytin Tsosie earns first place check
Saddle bronc rider Vince Tsosie from Waterflow, N.M., hangs on Saturday at Red Rock Park in Church Rock, N.M. Tsosie scored an 82-point ride and finished in first place. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

Saddle bronc rider Vince Tsosie from Waterflow, N.M., hangs on Saturday at Red Rock Park in Church Rock, N.M. Tsosie scored an 82-point ride and finished in first place. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

CHURCH ROCK, N.M.

It’s been just short of a year since Guytin Tsosie fell off the back of a bull and shattered his right leg while on the Professional Bull Riding Built Ford Tough Series.

Shortly thereafter, Tsosie vowed to have a full recover by this December and by the looks of his performance at the 94th annual Intertribal Indian Ceremonial Rodeo August 6-7, he may be on the right track.

Tsosie tied for first in the bull riding event with Stephan James, both scoring of 85.

“This is the first bull I really rode,” he said. “I’ve just been branding, did exercise and meditation.”

Tsosie said it was his first complete ride of the year and he hoped to qualify for the Indian National Finals Rodeo through his ride. The Ceremonial rodeo was a sanctioned INFR Tour rodeo stop, and those who contested and/or won their respective events were given points that would attribute to their qualifying for the INFR, that is set for November 3-7 in Las Vegas.

Tsosie qualified last year but was unable to compete due to his injury. He said he plans to go this year, should he qualify.

“(I’ll go) if I don’t get run over again,” he joked.


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About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.

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