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Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo: Wednesday night

Highlights from the first night of the 2017 rodeo in Colorado Springs. Photos by Christian Murdock

Sierra Silva, the 2017 Aide to Girl of the West, rides into the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of  the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sierra Silva, the 2017 Aide to Girl of the West, rides into the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Pikes Peak Ranger Riders enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of  the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Pikes Peak Ranger Riders enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Pikes Peak Ranger Riders enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of  the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Pikes Peak Ranger Riders enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Rangerettes enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Rangerettes enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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2017 Girl of the West Jamie Tyler rides into the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of  the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
2017 Girl of the West Jamie Tyler rides into the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Fort Carson color guard enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Fort Carson color guard enter the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Levi Nicholson rides Angel Face in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Levi Nicholson rides Angel Face in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Fort Carson color guard Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Fort Carson color guard Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sierra Silva, the 2017 Aide to Girl of the West, rides into the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of  the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sierra Silva, the 2017 Aide to Girl of the West, rides into the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for the start of the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Levi Nicholson rides Angel Face in the bareback competition for a score of 74 Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Levi Nicholson rides Angel Face in the bareback competition for a score of 74 Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tolman Moore rides Black Ice in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tolman Moore rides Black Ice in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Buck Lunak of Cut Bank, Mont., rides Painted Fudge in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Buck Lunak of Cut Bank, Mont., rides Painted Fudge in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Pikes Peak Range Riders circle the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Pikes Peak Range Riders circle the arena Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tyler Scales of Fort Collins scores an 84 on Super Nova in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to advance to the finals Saturday during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tyler Scales of Fort Collins scores an 84 on Super Nova in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to advance to the finals Saturday during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Buck Lunak of Cut Bank, Mont., rides Painted Fudge in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Buck Lunak of Cut Bank, Mont., rides Painted Fudge in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jessy Davis scores an 82 on Factory in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jessy Davis scores an 82 on Factory in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Chauncey Kirby rides Hot Valley to a 79 score in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Chauncey Kirby rides Hot Valley to a 79 score in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tyler Scales of Fort Collins scores an 84 on Super Nova in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to advance to the finals Saturday during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tyler Scales of Fort Collins scores an 84 on Super Nova in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to advance to the finals Saturday during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kelly Timberman scores an 81 on Painted Lady in bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Kelly Timberman scores an 81 on Painted Lady in bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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More River throws Chase Brooks to the ground in the saddle bronc competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
More River throws Chase Brooks to the ground in the saddle bronc competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jon Ragatz of Cassville, Wis., scores a 5.21 in the steer wrestling Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jon Ragatz of Cassville, Wis., scores a 5.21 in the steer wrestling Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tyler Scales of Fort Collins scores an 84 on Super Nova in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to advance to the finals Saturday during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tyler Scales of Fort Collins scores an 84 on Super Nova in the bareback competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, to advance to the finals Saturday during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Leon Fountain scores a 82 on Smith Camp in the saddle bronc Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Leon Fountain scores a 82 on Smith Camp in the saddle bronc Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Leon Fountain scores a 82 on Smith Camp in the saddle bronc Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Leon Fountain scores a 82 on Smith Camp in the saddle bronc Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Eli Lord scores an 4.01 in the steer wrestling competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Eli Lord scores an 4.01 in the steer wrestling competition Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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