Gene, Burbank, Clark earn titles at Kayenta July 4th rodeo

By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

KAYENTA, Ariz., July 10, 2014

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(Times photos – Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi)

TOP: Steer wrestler Brandon Bates wrestles his draw to the ground during the Kayenta 4th of July Rodeo held July 2-5. Bates took first place in the event and earned a trophy saddle. It was his first time winning the event at that rodeo.

BOTTOM: Spud Jones holds on during the last few seconds of his ride during the finals of the saddle bronc event in the Kayenta 4th of July Rodeo. Jones finished with a 65-point ride to finish in the top five.

Cowboys and cowgirls like Charmayne Gene and Robert Burbank have tried to earn championship titles at the Kayenta 4th of July Rodeo.

During the rodeo this year, held July 2-5, the two ended their long wait as Gene took home the trophy saddle in the ladies barrel-racing event and Burbank left as the saddle-bronc champion.

"It is everyone's goal to win this rodeo," Gene said. "To win a big Indian rodeo like the 4th of July rodeo, I'm just very proud."

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