PHOTO GALLERY: Cattlemen Days Rodeo opens in Ashland

Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 6:36 a.m. CDT
Cara Christianson of Columbia holds her daughter, Bailey Christianson, 3, up to pet Cheater the horse before the Cattlemen Days Rodeo on Friday in Ashland. This is the 35th year for the two-day rodeo.

ASHLAND — The 35th annual Cattlemen Days Rodeo kicked off Friday night with saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and bareback riding. The event continues Saturday.


Jade Blackwell of Rapid City, S.D., stands on the bronco chute before the start of Cattlemen Days Rodeo on Friday in Ashland. Blackwell and his brother, Jace Blackwell, both competed in saddle bronc riding during the rodeo.
Kyle Brennecke of Grain Valley talks to two other rodeo participants between events at the Cattlemen Days Rodeo on Friday in Ashland. Friday was the performance night of the two-day event and featured saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding and down roping.
Tyler Judd Harris of Cole Camp jumps off his horse to tackle a calf during the steer wrestling event at the Cattlemen Days Rodeo on Friday. The two-day event not only features traditional rodeo events but also has a parade and children's events.
Blade Elliott of Centerville, Ark., straps a saddle on a horse in the chute during the Cattlemen Days Rodeo on Friday in Ashland. Elliott competed in the bareback riding event during the rodeo.

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