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Ride-N-Tie a success, dedicated to the late Wes Hertzog

Though it was brief, the moment of silence for fallen legend Wes Hertzog was filled with emotion.

As the announcer spoke, tears glimmered in even the toughest cowboy's eyes.

"I think Wes would have been glad they did this," Austin Corson said.

Corson, who was one of Hertzog's young trainees, spoke to Saturday's Ride-N-Tie Rodeo audience about his relationship with Hertzog, who died after a rodeo accident in August 2005.

"I never really hung out with Wes, until after my father died," Corson said. "My father died at the Dixon rodeo and the next year it was dedicated to him. Wes was there and rode 8 seconds for him, and dedicated a belt buckle to me, so after that, I decided I wanted to ride bareback horses like my dad did."

Ride-N-Tie organizers dedicated this year's rodeo to Hertzog because he dedicated much of his time to coaching young cowboys, like Corson.

A moment of silence was held for him, and a horse made a run around the arena to represent Hertzog, announcer Wayne Wise said. Wise said he hoped Hertzog was looking down and was proud of the rodeo put on in Craig.

Ride-N-Tie results

Organizers said they were happy with this year's turnout, despite the temperatures soaring into the 90s.

The action was much hotter in the arena as riders were tossed and turned in the bull riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding.

Jake Booco, 22, of Hayden, drew a bull by the name of Dark Waters. Dark Waters came out victorious.

"He was a young bull and he doesn't have many outs on him," Booco said. "He's not really used to all the excitement and people being around him, so he was a little stirred up."

Booco who didn't make the 8-second requirement, went home empty-handed Saturday night, but would have a chance to redeem himself on Sunday at the Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo.

"Riding bulls is something I enjoy," Booco said. "It's how I make most of my living."

Other local finishers included Brooke Behrman, of Craig, who took second in the ladies barrel racing with 17.12 seconds and Krista Norell, of Meeker, who won the breakaway roping contest in 3.2 seconds.

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