Refusing to let go, Ben Hicks hangs on to an anxious sheep as Elbert County Fair Queen Ashley Baller cheers him on during the mutton bustin’ event at the 2013 Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo, Friday June 28 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. The light-hearted childrens’ event has become a rodeo favorite.
J.D. Schulze, rodeo protection athlete and all-around cowboy funnyman, gives mutton buster Ben Hicks a pat on the back after the youngster completed successful ride during the 2013 Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo, Friday, June 28 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds.
Rough stock wait in a holding pen as the 2013 Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo got underway, Friday, June 28 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. The annual community rodeo features a full lineup of events including saddle bronc, team roping, bull riding and ladies barrel racing.
The Blazing Saddles Drill Team get the opening night ceremonies underway at the 2013 Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo. The group makes its home in Elizabeth Colorado and is comprised of middle school and high school girls. The girls provide their own horses, equipment and take on countless hours of practice to ride with the team.
Bull rider Dallas Rohrig catches a little air during his ride at the 2013 Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo, Friday, June 28. Bull riders from across the state compete for cash prizes—and braggin’ rights—at the annual community event.
After tossing a rider, this irritated bull takes its frustration out on a barrel that contains rodeo protection athlete, J.D. Schulze. Also called rodeo clowns, protection athletes play a vital part in rodeo safety by distracting and confusing the animal long enough for riders to move harm's way
Cowboys bow their heads in prayer as the 2013 Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo gets underway Friday, June 28 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds. Although there are several variations, the cowboy prayer has become a regular part of many rodeo opening ceremonies.
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.