The 24th annual Tarkio Rodeo was a huge success. Though hot, the weather was perfect for an outdoor event and many participated, whether riding bucking broncos and bulls, wrestling steers, roping calves, or racing horses around barrels.
Jace Rutledge of Peculiar, Missouri, stretches out during the steer wrestling competition.
Inside the arena there was a rodeo going on, but these two boys had their own rodeo event just outside the fence. Yeehaw Ride ‘em Cowboy.
The weather was beautiful for the Tarkio Rodeo and with the sun positioned perfectly in the background for this photo, it made for a picturesque setting.
Cindy Belt of Paola, Kansas, makes the last turn and heads for home.
Dylan Davis of Rock Port, Missouri works to get 8 seconds. It was a tough weekend for all the riders as no one had a full ride.
Kristopher Riley of Tarkio, Missouri digs his spurs in duing the bareback riding.
The pick-up men from Barns and Sons had their work cut out for them.
Eric Critten from Gallatin, Missouri, scrambles to get to the calf and get him tied up.
It takes a lot of guts to jump off your galloping horse and tackle a steer, wrestling it to the ground and flipping it over. This cowboy looks to have it down.
Annie Herr of Fontanelle, Iowa, works her horse around the last barrel.
Billy Griffin from Holden, Missouri, makes his 24th appearence at the 24th Annual Tarkio Rodeo. This was Billy’s last ride and he went out in style with the win.
Bull fighter Justin Norman gets in to the action, as he jumps into help a rider.
Rodeo clown Alan Dessel shows off his dance moves in between events keeping the crowd entertained.
This cowboy and horse buck out of the chute in the Tarkio Rodeo festivities.
Rodeo board member Stephen Thomson presents a bouquet of flowers from the Flower Mill to this year’s Rodeo queen Anna Horn.
Shawn Minter gets the 24th Annual Rodeo started with the singing of the National Anthem.
Miss URA Queen Anna Horn gives a helping hand to this brave Mutton Buster.
Caroline Powell has a good grip as she comes out of the chute.
Tristan Ray comes to the rescue during a rough dismount by Hunter Blazer.
Friday night Tarkio Rodeo mutton bustin’ winners
Miss URA Anna Horn, left, congratulated the Friday night Tarkio Rodeo mutton bustin winners, including: 1st place – Bryar Wennihan, 2nd place – Sage Sundermann; and 3rd place – Jasper Harbin, Tanner Maddox, Hunter Blazer and Owen Thompson. (Photo By Rhonda Riley)
Saturday night Tarkio Rodeo mutton bustin’ winners
Atchison County 4-H Queen Josie King, left, congratulated the Saturday night Tarkio Rodeo mutton bustin’ winners, including: 1st place – Brilee Slemp; 2nd place – Sara Smith and Colten Heckman, and 3rd place – Ethan Edwards. (Photo By Rhonda Riley)