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Brighton hosts Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo

Jacee Jumper, of Brighton, guides her horse around a barrel during junior barrell racing July 2 at Fred Smith Rodeo Arena. Jacee finished in first place. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Jacee Jumper, of Brighton, guides her horse around a barrel during junior barrel racing July 2 at Fred Smith Rodeo Arena in Brighton. Jacee finished in first place. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)

BRIGHTON — The Eastern Indian Rodeo Association series made a stop at Fred Smith Rodeo Arena in Brighton on July 2 for the Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo.

Josiah was posthumously inducted into the Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. His Hall of Fame biography highlights Josiah’s accomplishments, including being an all around cowboy winner several times, a steer wrestling champion in the Florida Cowboy Association and a co-founder of the Southeastern Indian Rodeo Association, which later became the EIRA.

The EIRA is scheduled to return to Fred Smith Rodeo Arena for its regional finals Sept. 16-17.

Here are results of the top performers from the Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo:

Saddle Bronc Riding – T.O. Yazzie

Calf Roping
1st: Blevyns Jumper
2nd: Justin Gopher Sr.
3rd: Happy Jumper

Team Roping
1st: Justin Gopher Sr./Naha Jumper
2nd: Connor Osborn/Ed Harry
3rd: Blevyns Jumper/Naha Jumper
4th: Justin Gopher Sr./Hilliard Gopher

Lady’s Barrel Racing
1st: Loretta Peterson
2nd: Ashley Parks
3rd: Kalgary Johns
4th: Brenda Youngblood

INFR Jr. Breakaway Roping
1st: Cisco Rodriguez

INFR Jr. Barrel Racing
1st: Jacee Jumper
2nd: Budha Jumper
3rd: Jaylee Wilcox

INFR Sr. Breakaway Roping
1st: Ed Harry

INFR Sr. Team Roping
1st: Jeff Johns and Ed Harry

 

While Big Cypress’s Josh Jumper ropes the steer’s head, teammate Connor Osborn gets ready to rope the feet during team roping at the Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo on July 2 in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
While Big Cypress’s Josh Jumper ropes the steer’s head, teammate Connor Osborn gets ready to rope the feet during team roping at the Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo on July 2 in Brighton. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Justin Gopher Sr., of Brighton, delivers the early lasso in a team roping event with Naha Jumper at the Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo on July 2. The duo won the event. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Justin Gopher Sr., of Brighton, delivers the early lasso in a team roping event with Naha Jumper at the Josiah Johns Memorial Rodeo on July 2. The duo won the event. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Loretta Peterson, of Brighton, and her horse make a tight turn on their way to winning lady’s barrel racing. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Loretta Peterson, of Brighton, and her horse make a tight turn on their way to winning lady’s barrel racing. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Kalgary Johns, of Brighton, gets the attention of spectators while competing in lady’s barrel racing. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
Kalgary Johns, of Brighton, gets the attention of spectators while competing in lady’s barrel racing. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
EIRA Senior Rodeo Queen Randee Osceola, of Immokalee, rides her horse through a clean turn in lady’s barrel racing. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
EIRA Senior Rodeo Queen Randee Osceola, of Immokalee, rides her horse through a clean turn in lady’s barrel racing. (Keith Lovejoy, Keith Lovejoy Photography)
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