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Busy times for EIRA: youth series concludes, INFRers punch tickets to Vegas

EIRA Rodeo Queen Madisyn Osceola opens the EIRA kids rodeo Aug. 18 with the American flag. (Beverly Bidney photo)

BIG CYPRESS — Young cowboys and cowgirls spent the summer competing in the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association’s summer kids rodeo series at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena.

 

Ada Bruisedhead takes a tumble during the youth pony riding event. She was shaken up but competed in her next event, calf riding. (Beverly Bidney photo)

The final rodeo on Aug 18 wrapped up the summer competition and by the end of the day, the competitors were adorned with buckles, confidence and perhaps a few bumps and bruises.

About 52 kids ages 4 to 17 participated in three rodeos on June 30, July 28 and Aug. 18 in Big Cypress and Brighton. Events were designed to prepare them for more adult rodeo events and included pole bending, dummy roping, mutton busting, pony riding, calf riding, bull riding, breakaway roping and barrel racing.

“We need more bareback riders in the EIRA,” said emcee Moses Jumper as he announced the pony riding event, in which kids rode bareback and tried to hang on for six seconds.

At the end of the day, the final points and winners were announced. Later, on the EIRA Facebook page, Secretary Melissa Gopher gave a shout out and thanks to EIRA officers Lisa Osceola, Mackenzie Bowers and Moses Jumper as well as all the directors, volunteers and parents who made the summer series a success.

EIRA Open Summer Kids Rodeo Champions
Pole Bending, age 9 to 11 – Avery Savoie
Pole Bending age 13-17 – Cyiah Alvia
Dummy Roping age 3-6 – Brace Miller
Dummy Roping age 7-9 – Stetson Stokes
Mutton Busting age 4-6 – Brace Miller
Youth Pony Riding age 7-9 – Trenton McCleland
Pony Riding age 10-12 – Summer Gopher
Jr Bareback Riding age 14-17 – Kirk Griffin
Calf Riding age 7-10 – Trenton McCleland
Jr Bull Riding age 14-17 – Myron Billie
Jr Breakaway Roping age 10-17 – Ashlynn Collins
Barrel Racing age 4-8 – Talen Jumper
Barrel Racing age 9-12 – Kamryn Hoffman
Barrel Racing age 13-17 – Cyiah Alvia

INFR Qualifiers for Las Vegas (from regional final)
BAREBACK RIDING
Jacoby Johns – Tour
Jaylen Baker – EIRA
STEER WRESTLING
Bryton Edmundson
Dayne John’s
TIE DOWN ROPING
Jobe Johns
Naha Jumper
LADY’S BREAKAWAY ROPING
Trina Bowers-Hipp
Ahnie Jumper
TEAM ROPING HEADERS
Josh Jumper
Justin Gopher
TEAM ROPING HEELERS
Naha Jumper
Ed Harry
LADY’S BARREL RACING
Ashley Parks
Mackenzie Bowers
BULL RIDING
Kdawg Smedley

INFR Jr. BARRELS
Jaleel Wilcox
INFR Jr. BREAKAWAY
Canaan Jumper
INFR Jr. BULLS
Norman Osceola
Justin Gopher Jr.

Iverson Huggins gives it his all to hang on the the sheep during the mutton busting event, but his efforts didn’t earn him the title. (Beverly Bidney photo)
Myron Billie competes in the junior bull riding event. (Beverly Bidney photo)
Kirk Griffin displays some acrobatics as he attempts to last six seconds on the back of this bull. (Beverly Bidney photo)

 

EIRA Jr. Rodeo Queen Cyiah Avila competes in pole bending event. She won the competition and earned a championship buckle. (Beverly Bidney photo)
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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.

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