Cowboy up! Behind the scenes at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo

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Jobie Dryden, 19, hails from Oelrichs, South Dakota. As a bull rider, he knows the importance of taping his hands before going out. He says that he goes through about a half a roll every two days.
The National Western Stock show has been going on all month and on Saturday, photographer Aaron Thackeray went behind the scenes at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, held at the Denver Coliseum, and brings back these photos: People of the Rodeo

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Josh Helton from Fort Worth, Texas is the man behind the music. He says his expertise in all music makes him perfect for the job.
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One of the most renown stars at the show was Fred Whitfield from Hawkley, Texas. As a famous tie-down roper, he is a multiple World Champion who has more than 20 years experience.
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Five-year-old Rad Rodriguez anxiously awaits his time in the spotlight with his father, the official bull-fighter (formerly called rodeo clowns) of the show.
People of the Rodeo slideshow
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One of the most memorable stars of the show was Ryan Rodriguez. His act and banter brought the show to another level, including his verbal battles with announcer Boyd Polhamus.    

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