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Seminoles, EIRA compete at INFR in Las Vegas

Three top 10 overall finishes were among the highlights for the Seminole Tribe and the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association at the Indian National Finals Rodeo.

Held in late October at South Pointe Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, the annual event draws hundreds of the best cowboys and cowgirls from Indian Country.

Theresa Johns lassos the target in senior breakaway at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. (Photo Starlyn Smith)

Blevyns Jumper turned in the top performance from the EIRA. He finished seventh overall in tie-down roping, which included round 4’s fifth-fastest time (11.19).

He also competed in steer wrestling, garnering the ninth fastest time in round three (10.15).

Jacoby Johns finished ninth overall in bareback riding. He had the fifth best score in round two (75).

Shelby Osceola finished tenth overall in ladies breakaway roping. She started the competition in strong fashion with the sixth fastest time on day one (2.64) and the fifth fastest time on day two (2.52).

Ivan Bruised Head dismounts as he goes after the calf in tie-down roping. (Photo Starlyn Smith)

Madisyn Osceola had the eighth fastest time in ladies breakaway in round three (3.61).

Also, Loretta Peterson (15.5) and Cyiah Avila (15.6) finished ninth and tenth, respectively, in round three of ladies barrel racing.

Peterson also finished ninth in round four.

Jaylen Baker shows good form as he tries to stay on the bull for eight seconds in jr. bull riding. (Photo Starlyn Smith)

Justin Gopher and Adale Driggers teamed up for the eighth fastest time in team roping in round three (12.13).

Connor Osborn and Josh Jumper turned in the 12th fastest time in team roping on day two (10.34).

2019 INFR World Champions

Bareback – Jayco Roper
Steer Wrestling – Bryton Edmundson
Ladies Breakaway – Jareth Hale
Saddle Bronc – Cole Elshere
Tie-down Roping – Quinton Inman
Team Roping – Edward Hawley, Myles John
Ladies Barrels – Sonya Dodging Horse
Bull Riding – Wyatt Nez
Ladies All-Around – Shantell Brewer
Men’s All-Around – Fran Marchand

Cyiah Avila and her horse kick up the dirt as they go around a barrel in ladies barrel racing. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Adale Driggers and Justin Gopher compete in team roping. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Madisyn Osceola gets a perfect lasso in ladies breakaway. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Josh Jumper, left, and Connor Osborn team up in team roping. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Jaytron Baker competes in jr. breakaway. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Blevyns Jumper gets ready for the take down in steer wrestling at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in October at South Pointe Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. Jumper also excelled in tie-down roping. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Norman Osceola competes in bull riding at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Jacoby Johns, one of Indian Country’s top professional bareback riders, competes at INFR. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Janee Bankston and her horse avoid hitting the barrel in barrel racing. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Shelby Osceola puts in an impressive performance in ladies breakaway roping. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Jalee Wilcox and her horse make the turn in barrel racing. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
Loretta Peterson and her horse make a tight turn around the barrel. (Photo Starlyn Smith)
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