38th annual Cowpunchers Reunion rodeo returns to Williams

A bronc rider tests his skills during the Cowpunchers Reunion rodeo June 17. Ryan Williams/WGCN

A bronc rider tests his skills during the Cowpunchers Reunion rodeo June 17. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Ranchers and other cowboys from around Arizona rolled into town June 17-19 for the 38th annual Cowpunchers Reunion rodeo. Rodeo performances began at 1 p.m. each day with over 300 people competing in the events. While the majority of the competitors were from Arizona, some came from Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Some of the highlights of the rodeo performances included ribbon roping, team roping, steer riding and wild horse racing, in which competitors saddled and rode a horse that had never been ridden before.

Cowpunchers participating in the bronc riding used a typical working cattle saddle with a horn for an extra challenge. They also used dally calf roping during the roping competitions.

Several cowpunchers participated in wild cow milking, in which one team member roped the cow, another one held the cow steady, and a third milked the cow.

Rounding out the events were gymkhana and dummy roping for youth.

Winners were awarded cash prizes and belt buckles for their efforts.

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