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Monday, August 19, 2013

FAIR-RODEO

 Routt County Fair's rodeo fosters cowboy dreams

Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Keenan Hayes, a Hayden 10-year old, clings to his horse Sunday during a bronc riding competition at the Routt County Fair in Hayden. The rodeo element of the event, which brought the fair to a close, featured many cowboys — young and not-so-young — who came in with big dreams of a future roping and riding. Plenty took hard falls, but none were ready to give up.
From: steamboattoday.com
By Joel Reichenberger
August 18, 2013
Hayden — Ryan Franklin answered his phone, relieved to find his younger brother on the other end.
“Where are you at?” Franklin asked, his eyes slowly shifting around the final moments of the weeklong Routt County Fair.
“I got knocked out. I don’t know where I am,” he said.
Franklin didn’t know where he was, and he only vaguely remembered what he’d been doing. A bucking horse had taken care of that, tossing the 21-year-old Estes Park cowboy in front of the grandstands, 5 seconds into what was only his second ride in a saddle bronc competition. Franklin went up over the left side of the horse, hit the dirt and didn’t move again for at least a minute.
He laid there as fellow cowboys and emergency workers rushed to his side. Eventually, with their support, he slowly stumbled out of the arena.
More than 30 minutes later, his head still was fuzzy.
“I’m alright, I guess,” he said, pausing.
“Honestly, I have no ... I don’t remember what happened,” he said. “I just got into saddle branc ... bronc, I can’t even talk.”
It wasn’t a good day for Franklin, but he said it didn’t scare him, and that it was just a step in the way to the dream.
He wants to make it as a cowboy, and sometimes that means you get thrown for a loop.
read more:
http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2013/aug/18/fairs-rodeo-fosters-cowboy-dreams/

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