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My first rodeo: Kid bull riders impress in the ring

The 108th National Western Stock Show opened on Jan. 11 in Denver, Colo., featuring more than 15,000 head of livestock.

A boy competes in the stick horse rodeo bull riding competition on Jan. 11, 2014.

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Mini bull riding competitors Avery Speck, 8, Gage Stimpson, 7, and Ryan Grace, 10, talk before competing in Denver on Jan. 11.

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CeJay Jones, 6, settles in on mini bull Hopper before riding in the competition on Jan. 11.

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Haley Walker, 5, hangs onto a sheep in the "Mutton Bustin'" competition on Jan. 11.

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CeJay Jones, 6, grimaces and holds his elbow after falling in the mini bull riding competition on Jan. 11.

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Boys set to compete in the mini bull riding competition kneel and pray before entering the arena on Jan. 11.

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Edward Spencer poses for an official photo with his purple ribbon and division-winning Red Angus junior heifer on Jan. 11.

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Ryan Grace, 10, falls in the mini bull riding competition at the 108th National Western Stock Show in Denver, on Jan. 11.

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