Pagosan takes seventh in national steer riding event

Pagosa Springs’ own Tyreese Tyndall added another championship buckle to his collection last week, with a seventh-place win for steer riding at the National Junior Bull Riders Association championships in Shawnee, Okla.

The buckle marks 12-year-old Tyndall’s second earned in national competition. He took ninth place for calf riding in 2005.

In 2005, Tyndall first won the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association championship buckle for calf riding, and the victory gave him access to the national championship in Oklahoma.

That said, 2008 marks a repeat performance for the Pagosa Springs youngster, with Tyndall first nailing a win at the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association championships in September, which, as in 2005, earned him a chance to compete on the national stage in Oklahoma.

Tyndall’s journey to Shawnee was made possible, in part, through local sponsorship and contributions, and he said he is sincerely thankful for the community’s support and for helping make his goal of competing in Shawnee a reality.

Tyndall is a sixth-grader at Pagosa Springs Intermediate School.

james@pagosasun.com