Ride-N-Tie Rodeo attracts strong crowd

Before his chute even opened, Clint Walker knew he was going to ride the full eight seconds Saturday night.

"He wasn't going to buck me," Walker said of the bull he drew, Uzi.

The Hayden cowboy rode Uzi in the second section of bull riding at Saturday's Ride-N-Tie Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

"He got kind of broncy in the chute," Walker said shortly after scoring a 65.

Walker ripped open a gash on his knee when Uzi bucked in the chute, but the injury didn't faze him.

"It pumped me up more," Walker said. "It made me want to take control."

The 2003 Colorado Professional Rodeo Association all around state champion finished in fourth place Saturday.

Walker, who is from the Denver area originally but now lives in Hayden, said competing close to home is always nice.

"It's great for the family," Walker said.

Walker's cousin, Wyatt Johnson, also competed Saturday.

Johnson won the steer wrestling and had a 71 in bull riding, but he accepted a re-ride and got tossed before scoring any points.

In the saddle bronc riding, Wes Hertzog of Craig had a disappointing finish. He finished well out of the money with a score of 65.

Hertzog entered his first saddle bronc competition in 1964 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

He said Saturday it was tough to come up short in front of the home crowd.

"The worst part is when you make a horrible ride," he said.

The Ride-N-Tie also featured kids' events Saturday, including junior bull riding, junior barrel racing and mutton busting.

In the mutton busting, Alyssa Spencer was one of six youngsters to ride for the whole 8 seconds.

"It was a piece of cake," the 5-year-old from Craig said. "I wasn't even scared."

In just its first night, this year's Ride-N-Tie had more spectators than both nights last year. Amanda Schneider, president of the Ride-N-Tie Board of Directors, said she was definitely pleased with the turnout both nights.

"If you put on a good show, people will come and support it, no matter what," Schneider said.

For Darryl Steele of Maybell, the Ride-N-Tie always has been a family affair.

The Moffat County commissioner had grandkids in the junior bull riding and barrel racing, and a daughter and son-in-law in the mixed team roping.

Steele also competed in mixed roping with his daughter, Joyce Barnes, but came up empty. "Sometimes that happens," Steele said after Saturday's rodeo.

Despite coming up short in the roping, Steele said the rodeo was a good time for everyone.

"It was an enjoyable time," Steele said. "And it has been for 25 years."

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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