Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Kids Get Roughed Up During Rodeo.(Mountain View Journal)

Byline: Tim Menicutch Journal Staff Writer

They don't call it roughstock for nothing. Sky Chavez, the Estancia Valley's most promising young rodeo star, never had an opportunity to shine at the annual Fourth of July Rodeo on Friday at Moriarty's Heritage Arena.

In the previous night's special roughstock event in Moriarty, Chavez was thrown hard to the ground by a nasty senior steer on his first ride of the evening.

While bouncing off arena dirt floors is nothing new for roughstock riders, Chavez took a particularly nasty spill on this occasion -- he not only separated his shoulder, but broke his collarbone, too.

"You've got to be crazy to ride those bulls," said Sky's father, Tano Chavez. …

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