Courtesy PBR
Guytin Tsosie tips his hat after another great ride

Diné Bull Rider Competes With the Best of the Best

Rodney Harwood

Diné bull rider Guytin Tsosie remembers what he was taught growing up on the big Rez in New Mexico as he climbs up the ranks in an event some call the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.

The 22-year-old from Burnham, New Mexico, made an immediate impact on the PBR Built Ford Tough Series. The 2013 International Indian Finals Rodeo champion finished seventh at Albuquerque and third at Nampa, Idaho, to move to 36th in the series standings.

He is making a name for himself, and rapidly adding to his bank account. But the most cherished piece of hardware in his possession is something rambunctious bull riding crowds never see. Underneath his shirt, close to his heart, he wears an arrowhead necklace in memory of his grandmother.

“I wear it every time I ride. It’s a good omen for me,” Tsosie told ICTMN. “It was something that was given to me by my grandma. She’s passed away, but I keep it with me all the time as a reminder of what she meant.”

Tsosie was invited to the PBR Built Ford Tough Series as a Native American representative three weeks ago in Albuquerque. He covered 2-of-4 bulls at the Ty Murray Invitational, including an 88.75 point-ride on David’s Dream in the Built Ford Tough Championship round.

He has represented the Navajo Nation in Albuquerque before. But a big-time score, against some of the best riders in the world, in front of a hometown crowd is something he’ll never forget.

“It was pretty big deal to me,” Tsosie said. “My family was there. There was a lot of people from the reservation, more support than I’ve experienced at the smaller rodeos I go to. So it was pretty special.”

Tsosie made the championship round with his 85.5-point score on Beer Belly (Swinging C Cattle Co.) in Round 3, and was the first man with a qualified ride in the championship round with the 88.75 point-performance on David’s Dream (Wolf Creek Cattle Co./ Cantankerous LLC).


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