Eric Frazier of Santo, Texas lifts slightly into the air during the Bareback Riding event at the UPRA Final Saturday in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Frazier would not place in the top four for the night. Staff photos by Todd Kleiboer
Dakota Mendez of Alvarado, Texas manages to hang tight as his bronco bucks during the Bareback Riding event Saturday during the UPRA Final at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Mendez would not finish in the top four for the night.
Dirt flies as Sterling Walton of Houston, Texas wrestles a steer to the ground during the UPRA final Saturday night at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Walton would finish first on the first two nights, but he ultimately place outside of the top four for the average.
Gabe Soileau of Bunkie, Louisiana pounces on a steer during the Steer Wrestling competition at UPRA Final Saturday night in the Hopkins County Civic Center. While Soileau would tie for first on the second night and tie for second on the third night, a no-time on the first night would cost him a place on the average board.
Wacey Hathcock of Sulphur Springs rides a bucking bronco during the Saddle Bronc event Saturday night at the UPRA Final in Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Hathcock would finish his ride, but he was not given a score because he failed to mark the horse out at the chute.
Rodeo rookie Parker Glenn of Edmond, Oklahoma hangs on during his Saddle Bronc event in the third night of the UPRA Final Saturday at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. While he placed fourth on the first night with a score of 75, Parker would fall outside the top four in aggregate score.
Keon Miller of Cooper, Texas competes in the Ranch Bronc event Saturday night during the UPRA Final at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Miller would finish his ride with a score of 72, giving him fourth place for the last night of the rodeo.
Chani Graves of Sulphur Springs competes in barrel racing competition in the third night of the UPRA Final Saturday at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. She would finish with a time of 14.432 seconds, but in knocking over a barrel, a 5-second penalty was added.
Laramie Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana chases down a calf during the Breakaway Roping competition at the UPRA Final Saturday night in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. While Johnson would not place in the third night’s top four with a time of 3.21 seconds, she managed to nab first place in the second night with a time of 2.29 seconds.
Maggie Carter of DeKalb, Texas rounds a barrel with a smile during the last night of the UPRA Final at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Saturday. Carter was consistent during the rodeo, landing third place on the first and second night, and she finished third in the average.