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'
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.
Adison Clark, Age: 4 Event: mutton bustin' (1st time at this event)
Utah Youth Rodeo participants watch roping events during the youth rodeo at the Golden Spike Event Center in Ogden, Utah.
McKennon Atencio and SnickersAge: 14
Event: goat tie, breakaway, barrels, poles
Briggs MadsenAge: 14
Event: steer riding, saddle bronc steers