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NMSU Rodeo 2014

Annual collegiate rodeo competition held at New Mexico State University in late April 2014. This was the Grand Canyon region championship with about 7-8 schools from Arizona and New Mexico. NMSU has one of the leading rodeo programs in the country.

See also the 2013 NMSU rodeo at: (includes bull riding and barrel racing)
Every rodeo begins with prayer and patriotism This rider was thrown upward but landed standing on the horse's neck and then dropped to the ground still upright Many riders are unable to remain on the horse for the mandatory 8 seconds - but this rider was successful After completing his ride the rider transfers to safety on another horse
This rider is about to be thrown by the horse, he crashed to the ground just at our feet along the fence.
One of the many risks of rodeo riding -- getting feet caught in the stirrup as you are thrown off the horse Look at the facial expressions and body language of the men watching the ride
Agitated bronco that has just thrown its rider (walking in background) is lassoed to direct it safely out of the arena Agitated bronco that has just thrown its rider is lassoed to get it out of the arena