Ride-N-Tie offers plenty of thrills

It took Brook Behrman just 17.12 seconds to run away with the ladies barrel racing Friday night at the 59th annual Ride-N-Tie Rodeo in Craig.

"This is my best time at the fairgrounds here," Behrman said. "(My horse) Sadie is like my good luck charm. I've done my best on her."

Behrman wasn't the only Moffat County rider in the barrels, but she was the youngest, at age 16. Tia Brannan, 20, also rode in the break-away roping category.

"I've ridden in Ride-N-Tie as a 'local,' but this is my first year as a professional," Brannan said.

Brannan is part of the Colorado Professional Riders Association and the Wyoming Riders Association. She attends college at Laramie County Community College.

Brannan also competes on the rodeo team there. So far this summer, Brannan has been traveling the rodeo circuit looking for success.

"I won in Granby, so right now that's my favorite rodeo of the summer," Brannan said.

Brannan didn't record a time for the break-away competition but she is heading to Fraser today for another chance, her run in the barrels didn't turn out as she had planned either, knocking one over and garnering a five second penalty.

Brannan said roping and riding comes naturally to her.

"The day I was born, my parents put me in a saddle," Brannan said.

Another aspect of Ride-N-Tie that is back by popular demand is American Freestyle Bullfighting.

The head-to-head competition was such a success last year at the rodeo, the directors decided to bring it back for another go-round. The fighters at Friday's competition hailed from all across the United States.

Ross Hill of Muscle Shoals, Ala. was the top winner in Friday's competition, taking home the winning purse of more than $900.

"I've been doing this for about 11 years. When you're a rookie, you really psych yourself out," said bullfightter Brandon McClure, who tied for second. "After you're a little more mature, you know what you can and can't do. It's like a game of cat and mouse."

American Freestyle Bullfighting results were Ross Hill, Muscle Shoals, Ala., 84; Tony Inman, Davis Junction, Ill., 81; Brandon McClure, Idabell, Okla., 81.

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