Young bull riders tie to win MegaBucks event

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

CHURCH ROCK, N.M., May 29, 2014

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(Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: A bull rider hangs on to try and make his ride count for a score on Saturday at the Megabucks Bullriding at Red Rock Park in Church Rock.

BOTTOM: Bull rider Spud Jones does his best to stay on the bull Saturday night in Church Rock. Jones did not make his ride.

There was nothing young about Troy Tuni and Cain Thomas when it came to jumping on two beasts during the MegaBucks Bullriding event over the weekend.

Behind the chutes, the two local teenagers visited liked they were veterans who had just toured the country riding bulls. But in reality, they were two fresh faces that had nothing to lose.

Tuni, 15, from Rock Point, Ariz., and Thomas, 16, from Crystal, N.M., became the new MegaBucks Bullriding champions after tying with 90-point rides on Sunday at Red Rock Park. They split the grand prize of $8,000.

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