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EIRA year end winner Kelton Smedley controls the bull during the EIRA regional finals Sept. 17 in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
EIRA year end winner Kelton Smedley controls the bull during the EIRA regional finals Sept. 17 in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)

The Eastern Indian Rodeo Association held its regional finals Sept. 16-17 in Brighton. Several competitors, including some from the Big Cypress and Brighton reservations, earned spots to the Indian National Finals Rodeo that will be held Nov. 8-12 at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.

The EIRA will hold its annual awards banquet Oct. 22 at the Boys & Girls Club in Big Cypress. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. followed by awards at 7 p.m.
Here are the competitors that qualified for INFR:

Sudden Death Winners
Steer Wrestling:  Greg Louis – Montana
Calf Roping: Connor Osbourn – Oklahoma
Lady’s Breakaway:  Mindy Fish – Oklahoma
Team Roping: Greg Louis – Montana
Ed Harry – Nevada
Barrel Racing: Loretta Peterson – Brighton

Year End Winners
Saddle Bronc: TO Yazzie – Arizona
Steer Wrestling: Blevyns Jumper – Big Cypress
Team Roping: Josh Jumper & Naha Jumper – Big Cypress
Barrel Racing: Ashley Parks – Davie
Bull Riding: Kelton “Kdawg” Smedley – Brighton

Also going to Las Vegas:
Calf Roping: Justin Gopher – Brighton
Lady’s Breakaway: Leanna Billie – Brighton

Other results included:
Jr. Breakaway Cisco Rodriguez – Hollywood; Josie Louis – Montana

Jr. Barrel Racing: Budha Jumper – Big Cypress, Jacee Jumper – Brighton
Jr. Bull Riding: Cisco Rodriguez – Hollywood, Norman Osceola – Brighton
Sr. Breakaway Roping: Ed Harry – Nevada, Norman Johns – Brighton
Sr. Team Roping: Jeff Johns, Norman Johns – Brighton

Blevyns Jumper tackles his target during EIRA competition in Brighton. Jumper was the year end winner in steer wrestling. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Blevyns Jumper tackles his target during EIRA competition in Brighton. Jumper was the year end winner in steer wrestling. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Leanna Billie competes in Lady’s Breakaway at the EIRA regionals. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Leanna Billie competes in Lady’s Breakaway at the EIRA regionals. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Mindy Fish competes in the EIRA competition Sept. 16-17 in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Mindy Fish competes in the EIRA competition Sept. 16-17 in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
EIRA year end winners Naha Jumper and Josh Jumper team up for a takedown in team roping in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
EIRA year end winners Naha Jumper and Josh Jumper team up for a takedown in team roping in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Justin Gopher makes quick work of this calf during roping competition in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Justin Gopher makes quick work of this calf during roping competition in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Loretta Peterson and her horse cruise past a barrellduring the EIRA regionals. Peterson was a sudden death winner. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Loretta Peterson and her horse cruise past a barrellduring the EIRA regionals. Peterson was a sudden death winner. (Keith Lovejoy/Keith Lovejoy Photography)
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