Sean Santucci wins average at Columbia River Circuit Finals
Prineville Cowboy Sean Santucci had an outstanding rodeo Nov. 3-5 at the Columbia River Circuit Finals, which were held in Yakima, Washington.
Santucci placed second in the first go round of steer wrestling with a time of 3.9 seconds, earning $1,191.20 Friday night.
On Saturday, Santucci failed to cash in, but still had a competitive time of 4.9 seconds. That proved to be critical on Sunday as Santucci won the third go round with a time of 3.8 seconds. That win earned Santucci another $1,588.27. More importantly, it gave him a three-run total of 12.6 seconds, just enough to edge out second-place John Green, of La Grande, for the average. Green finished with a time of 12.9 seconds for three steers.
Winning the average earned Santucci $2,382.41 more, bringing his total earnings for the three-day rodeo to $5,161.88.
The win qualified Santucci for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which will be held in Kissimmee, Florida, April 5-8.
Both the year-end winner and the average winner in each event qualify for the RNCFR. Trevor Knowles, of Prairie City, was the year-end winner in the event.
Although Santucci was the lone Crook County cowboy to cash at the circuit finals, he was far from the only Central Oregon cowboy to place.
Austin Foss, of Terrebonne, won the first and third go rounds in bareback riding to win the average in the event and also qualify for the RNCFR. Foss was also third in the second go round.
Steven Peebles, of Redmond, placed second in the event in both the first and second round and tied for second and third in the final go round as he went on to win the year-end championship in the event.
Steven's brother David, also of Redmond, won the first go round, was third in the second go round, and split second and third with his brother in the third go round of the event.
Foss had scores of 70, 82 and 75.5 for a three-ride total of 227.5.
Steven Peebles scores were 76.5, 79, and 75, for a three-round total of 230.5, while David Peebles' scores were 77.5, 77, 75 for a total score of 229.5.
Although both Peebles scored more points on their three rides than Foss did, Foss still won the average because of winning two of the three rounds.
Three other Central Oregon cowboys also cashed at the event.
Russell Cardoza, of Terrebonne, won two of the three go rounds in steer roping and was second in the remaining round to win the average in the event.
Redmond's Roger Nonella finished fourth in the second go round of tie-down roping. Nonella did not place in any other rounds. However, due to his steady performance, he finished second in the average in the event.
Terrebonne's Trevor McCoin also cashed in at the rodeo. McCoin, a heeler, and Colton Campbell, a header, from Klamath Falls, placed second in the final go round of team roping.
All average winners and year-end champions are eligible for the RNFCR. In the event that the same person won the average and was year-end champion, the second-ranked cowboy in the year-end standings also qualifies for the RNFCR.
Saddle bronc rider Layton Green, of Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada, won both the average and the year-end championship in the event. Ryan MacKenzie, of Homedale, Idaho, who was second in the final standings also qualified to go to the RNCFR.
Bull riding qualifiers for the finals are Chase Dougherty, of Canby, who won the average, and Brady Portenier, of Caldwell, Idaho, who was the year-end champion.
Tyson Durfey, of Weatherford, Texas, won both the average and the year-end championship in tie-down roping, while Jake Pratt, of Ellensburg, Washington, finished second in the year-end standings.
Team ropers Hayes Smith, of Central Point, and Brady Minor, of Ellensburg, Washington, were the year-end winners in team roping, while Brooks Dahozy, of Windowrock, Arizona, and Brent Falon, of Yakima, Washington, won the average at the finals.
The circuit will be represented at the RNCFR by barrel racers Teri Bangart, of Olympia, Washington, the year-end winner, and Callahan Crossley, of Hermiston, who won the average.
Steer roping qualifiers to the finals include Tom Sorery, of Pendleton, Todd Dickson, of Madras, Jason Stewart, of Heppner, and Howdy McGinn, of Durkee.
Cardoza was the all-around champion, while Chase Brooks, of Canby, was the rookie of the year.