Mexican Rodeo 2018 

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After donning their chaps, these bull riders awaited their assignments by drawing lots for the Brahma bulls.
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After the bull riders were introduced, they offered up a prayer for safety. There are few atheist bullriders, apparently.
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Luis Correo drew the first and what looked to be the most challenging and dangerous bull to ride.
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Out of the loading chute, the first bull leapt into the air; Luis Correo kept his seat but not his hat.
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As Luis Correo ended his ride on a very challenging bull, cowboys lassoed the bull to allow him to get off safely. But that plan went awry as the bull fell, pinning Correo's leg underneath the bull. Seconds later, Correo was briefly dragged by the bull with his spurs tangled in a rope, before finally escaping safely under the bars of the corral.
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Cowboys opened the chute gate and headed for safety as this bull and rider emerged.
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The bull tries to toss the rider high.
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Dislodged from his grip on the rope, this bullrider found himself spinning off the back of the bull.
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Bullrider Miguel Figueroa leapt from the fence before he distracted the bull away from the fallen rider by throwing his hat in the bull's face.
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As if riding a bull hanging on to a rope isn't hard enough, some bull riders used a no-hands technique.
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After failing to lasso this bull after the rider got off, the cowboys headed for the corral fence to escape the bull.
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This bull caught air trying to dislodge this bull rider.
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Attendees got a close look at this bullrider's effort to hang on.
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An intermission from bull riding included a dance contest among attendees.
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Lots of free time was available for attendees between bull rides as the cowboys loaded the next bull into the chute.
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Jessica Rebholtz, of Eureka, said her daughter Hannah is interested in taking horseback riding lessons in the near future.
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Live music entertained attendees before, during and after the bull riding events.
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Not all bulls were happy about being confined in the loading chute.
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Cowboys loaded another reluctant bull into the loading chute. Given the temporary corral and portable chute, the bulls were always tethered with ropes to lead them off the trailer, into the holding pen and eventually, one by one, into the loading chute. Once in the loading chute, they were freed for the bull riding event.
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Holding his cross necklace in his mouth, this bullrider demonstrated his "no hands holding onto the rope" technique.
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Bull rider Miguel Figueroa exited the corral with the help of friends to escape the bull he had just ridden.
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Young cowboy Jorge Bazan (age 4) awaited his turn for a ride on a nearby horse, assisted by Elizabeth Moctezuma, of Eureka.
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During a break in the rodeo action, Jennifer Bazan, of McKinleyville, petted the horse of her uncle, Mariano Bazan, of Arcata.
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The bull tries to toss the rider high.

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