Rodeo Kids


The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Utah Youth Rodeo participants as young as 4 through 18 years old competed in events from mutton bustin, goat roping to bull bucking. These photographs are from one evening spent with the UYRA at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden, Utah. 


Photographed while on assignment for The New York Times



Ryker Greenwell.Age: 5.Event: mutton bustin'..Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Ph

Ryker Greenwell,

Age: 5,
Event: mutton bustin'
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Brothers Ridge Rinderknecht, 5, front, Rusty Rinderknect, 11, middle, and Jager Rinderknecht,13, practice in the parking lot before competing in Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo
Brothers Ridge Rinderknecht, 5, front, Rusty Rinderknect, 11, middle, and Jager Rinderknecht,13, practice in the parking lot before competing in Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah.
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Sisters Sydnee Christensen, left, and Ellie Christensen.Age: 13 (l),12 (r).Events: breakaway, barrels, poles, goat tie (only Ellie), ribbon roping ..Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Ro
Sisters Sydnee Christensen, left, and Ellie Christensen Age: 13 ,12 Events: breakaway, barrels, poles, goat tie (only Ellie), ribbon roping
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Madey Rees, 9, rides in the the warm up area before competition starts in the Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth

Madey Rees, 9, rides in the the warm up area before competition starts in the Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah.

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Hunter Richardson.Age: 13.Event: steer and mini bull riding..Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing
Hunter Richardson Age: 13 Event: steer and mini bull riding
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Ryker Greenwell, 5, hangs on as the sheep leaves the shoot during the mutton bustin' competition during the Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time whe
Ryker Greenwell, 5, hangs on as the sheep leaves the shoot during the mutton bustin' competition during the Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah.
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Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 15, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Photo by Kim Raff for The New York Times
Bridger Bingham Age: 13 Event: steer riding
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Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 15, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Photo by Kim Raff for The New York Times
Utah Youth Rodeo participants line up to compete in a roping event during the rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah.
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Adison Clark, Age: 4 Event: mutton bustin' (1st time at this event)

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Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 15, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Photo by Kim Raff for The New York Times

Utah Youth Rodeo participants watch roping events during the youth rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah.

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Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 15, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Photo by Kim Raff for The New York Times

McKennon Atencio and Snickers

Age: 14
Event: goat tie, breakaway, barrels, poles
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Spectators watch roping events during the Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Photo
Spectators watch roping events during the Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline. Photo
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Utah Youth Rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 15, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other youth rodeos is seeing a decline.  Photo by Kim Raff for The New York Times

Briggs Madsen

Age: 14
Event: steer riding, saddle bronc steers
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Utah Youth Rodeo participants ride in the warmup area at dusk during the youth rodeo competition at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other you
Utah Youth Rodeo participants ride in the warmup area at dusk during the youth rodeo competition at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah on Tues. Oct. 14, 2014. The Utah Youth Rodeo Association is thriving at a time when participation in other you
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