/ by Whitney Hayward

Little Britches Rodeo Wrangler Princess Sydnie Henrie begins to cry after her event Friday, July 27 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. 

Little Britches Rodeo Wrangler Princess Sydnie Henrie begins to cry after her event Friday, July 27 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. 

The Little Britches National Rodeo Championships were held last week in Pueblo-and man, rodeo kids are intense kids. Many of the older competitors will continue professionally, and whether or not that happens depends quite a bit on how well they performed at Little Britches. I spent quite a bit of time with the bareback bronc and bull riders, so here are some images from that part of the rodeo.

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Justin Mire walks back to the edge of the arena after falling off his bronc Friday, July 26 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. 

Justin Mire walks back to the edge of the arena after falling off his bronc Friday, July 26 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. 

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Bareback Bronc riders wrap elbows before their runs on the final day of the National Little Britches Rodeo Saturday, July 27 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. 

Bareback Bronc riders wrap elbows before their runs on the final day of the National Little Britches Rodeo Saturday, July 27 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. 

Matthew Ellender falls off his bronc during the Little Britches Senior Saddle Bronc competition Saturday, July 27 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds.

Matthew Ellender falls off his bronc during the Little Britches Senior Saddle Bronc competition Saturday, July 27 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds.

Cody Richardson prays before his run during the Little Britches Senior Boys Bareback Bronc competition Saturday, July 27 2013 at the State Fairgrounds. 

Cody Richardson prays before his run during the Little Britches Senior Boys Bareback Bronc competition Saturday, July 27 2013 at the State Fairgrounds. 

Spectators watch Austin Canezaro's run during the Junior Bull Riding competition Monday, July 22 2013 at the Little Britches Final Rodeo at the State Fairgrounds. Canezaro went on to take fifth place in the final. 

Spectators watch Austin Canezaro's run during the Junior Bull Riding competition Monday, July 22 2013 at the Little Britches Final Rodeo at the State Fairgrounds. Canezaro went on to take fifth place in the final. 

Colton Kent clutches his abdomen and runs towards the fence after his run in Little Britches Senior Bull Riding competition Friday, July 26 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. Kent fell off before the eight second buzzer, and was stepped on  by his bull. 

Colton Kent clutches his abdomen and runs towards the fence after his run in Little Britches Senior Bull Riding competition Friday, July 26 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. Kent fell off before the eight second buzzer, and was stepped on  by his bull. 

Trace Chidester, 14, received medical treatment after his run in the Junior Bull Riding competition, where his bull stepped on his elbow, tearing a tendon and potentially breaking a bone Friday, July 26 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. "If it still hurts in a while I'll go to the hospital," Chidester said, "but I'll wait and watch the rest of the runs first."

Trace Chidester, 14, received medical treatment after his run in the Junior Bull Riding competition, where his bull stepped on his elbow, tearing a tendon and potentially breaking a bone Friday, July 26 2013 at the Pueblo State Fairgrounds. "If it still hurts in a while I'll go to the hospital," Chidester said, "but I'll wait and watch the rest of the runs first."