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Cowboys master fear and seek glory at the Nyssa Nite Rodeo

Bronc rider Danny Aliers of Bickleton, Wash., prepares for his turn at the Nyssa Nite Rodeo Saturday night. Aliers, 42, has been riding rough stock since he was in his early 20s. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NYSSA — In the early evening shadows behind the chutes at the Nyssa Nite Rodeo, fear perches just over the dirty arena.

So does hope and, perhaps most important, the promise of an adrenaline high.

“You have to learn to use your fear to your advantage,” said 42-year-old saddle bronc rider Danny Aliers. Saturday night, Aliers was one of a half-dozen cowboys who milled about behind the chutes and under the announcer’s booth at the local rodeo. There were bull riders and bronc busters and saddle bronc riders from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Some exuded a quiet politeness while others . . .