Full bleachers for bull and bronc riding

BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal Crazy Eyes stares down Glen Rosburg, of Reno, after throwing him off during the first round of the bull riding event at the Dayton Valley Days Rodeo at the fairgrounds in Dayton on Saturday. For more coverage of the Rodeo and Dayton Valley Days see page A5. For more photos visit www.nevadaappeal.com/photos.

BRAD HORN/Nevada Appeal Crazy Eyes stares down Glen Rosburg, of Reno, after throwing him off during the first round of the bull riding event at the Dayton Valley Days Rodeo at the fairgrounds in Dayton on Saturday. For more coverage of the Rodeo and Dayton Valley Days see page A5. For more photos visit www.nevadaappeal.com/photos.

The bleachers were full for the bull and bronc riding events put on by the Triple J Ranch in Washoe Valley, at the Dayton Valley Events Center for Dayton Valley Days.

Joe Clark of Triple J Ranch Bull Riding said there were about 30 cowboys participating, with some being American Indian riders fresh off a rodeo in Schurz.

In the event, each cowboy gets two rides on either bulls or broncs, although one hardy cowboy, Willie Covers Up, often rides both.

Cody Barkdull, 21, of Fallon, was in the lead among broncs with a 76 score for a ride he wasn't really planning on taking.

"I just got a call the other day from a friend of mine that for $50 you can get on a horse," Barkdull said.

Though he hadn't planned much in advance to ride this event, Barkdull said he has been "cowboyin' all my life."

He didn't ride in high school, but handled colts and shod horses. He leaves the bulls to the other guys.

The cowboys compete against each other for points, not with the animal, because after a few bull rides, it's clear the bulls and broncs always win in the end. Since their only objective is to rid themselves of the rider, they always succeed.

For little cowboys, who are not old enough for the flesh-and-blood variety, there was a mechanical bull with a bounce-house style setup around it so no one got hurt, and the kids could emulate their heroes there.

Bull Riding

1. Michael Farrell of Reno; prize - $1,050 plus a pair of boots from Rogers Western Wear

2. Marvin Begay of Arizona; prize - $640

3. Dylan Baker of Oregon - prize - $420

Bronc Riding

1. Cody Barkdull of Fallon - $520 plus a pair of boots from Rogers Western Wear

2. Willy Coversup of Wadsworth - $460

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