89th Tucson Rodeo is underway, and bruises are part of life for cowboys who ride, rope, bulldog for a living
Attention, urban cowgirls!
The Quadrille de Mujeres rides into the arena during Sunday's performance at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. The riding group has been the opening act at the Tucson Rodeo for 34 straight years.
At full speed, 11 cowgirls gracefully kick off La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.
Marana barrel racer Erin Parsons circles the first barrel during her 17.61-second run.
Bareback rider Clint Laye of Odessa, Texas, scored a 79 on Pop A Top on Saturday at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.
The popularity of women's barrel racing can't be understated.
It takes 1,056 miles to get to Caldwell, Idaho from Tucson, but Gary Williams was happy to make the trip.
As a bullfighter, it's Dusty Tuckness' job to get up close to the bull and protect the fallen bull rider. This time, Tuckness takes a solid hit from Top Gun.
Rodeo clown Chuck Henson was a bull rider's best friend, here aiding fellow Hall of Famer Larry Mahan in 1969 in Calgary.
Bull rider Ty Pozzobon of Merritt, British Columbia, scores a 75 on After Life at Thursday's rodeo action.
Chuck Henson has a lot of stories to tell.
Max Fillippini takes a tumble for no score during the saddle bronc event Saturday. Action in the La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros concludes today at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
Craig Begay tries to stay on War Cry in the bull riding event Saturday. "I think the first time I talked to a bull, I asked it not to hurt me," said Begay, who inspired his older brother to ride.
For many siblings, it's the older brother that paves the way for the younger brother. But for Marvin Begay, 30, it was his younger brother Craig, 26, who inspired his passion for bull riding.