Local rodeo athletes shine at Tri-County rodeo
The Tri-County Rodeo Club's lone home regular season high school rodeo of the year was Saturday and Sunday at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville.
Local athletes did not disappoint at the rodeo, which featured the top high school rodeo talent in Oregon.
During Saturday's first go round, Crook County athletes Pacer Quire and Kennedy Buckner both earned first-place finishes, while placing in multiple events.
Prineville resident Hope Luttrell, who attends high school in Culver, also placed in multiple events during day one of the event.
Buckner picked up her first place in pole bending, with a time of 20.598. Buckner also finished second in goat tying with a time of 8.20, eighth in barrel racing with a time of 18.519, and third in team roping along with partner Bryce Harrison with a time of 10.74.
"I had a great weekend," Buckner said Sunday after day two of the rodeo. "This was probably my best weekend of the year, but its one rodeo at a time and just stay consistent."
Although she didn't win any events on Sunday, Buckner still had an outstanding day.
The freshman once again finished second in goat tying with a time of 7.48, eighth in barrel racing in 18.358, and fifth in breakaway roping with a time of 3.42.
Buckner nearly won the pole bending competition for the second consecutive day, posting the fastest time of the day with a 20.106. However, she incurred a five-second penalty after knocking down one of the final poles.
"It's the first time I have ever knocked down a pole with this horse," she said, following the run.
Still, with the solid placings in her other events, Buckner extended her lead in both the rookie of the year and all around standings, with just one regular season rodeo and the state finals remaining.
"I think it's cool that I have come in this year and done as well as I have, but I still need to finish off the year," she said.
Quire, who is currently second in the boys rookie of the year standings, also had the best rodeo of his short career. Quire is a senior, but this is his first time ever competing in rodeo.
No one would know that by his results, however.
"Overall I had a really good weekend," Quire said. "I think I am catching up pretty fast and doing pretty good, but it's still pretty new to me."
Quire, who was the lone competitor in the event, won the bareback competition on both Saturday and Sunday. Quire finished with a score of 57 on Saturday, then posted a score of 66 on Sunday, the highest of his career. Though he was the only competitor, Quire still needed to stay on top of the ride in order to score and win.
When congratulated about how well he spurred on Sunday, Quire responded, "I don't know what my legs were doing, they were just kind of flopping around."
On Saturday, Quire and Luttrell finished fourth in team roping with a time of 11.05. He also placed ninth in tie-down roping with a time of 19.09
Then on Sunday, Luttrell and Quire placed 10th in team roping with a time of 16.85 as Quire made a difficult catch of the steer's heels against the fence.
Quire also nearly placed in tie-down roping on day two, successfully catching and tying his calf, but just missing the time limit.
Quire said that anyone who is even a little interested in rodeo should try it out.
"Do it," he said. "It's way fun."
In addition to placing with Quire on both days in team roping, Luttrell also had a solid weekend in her other events.
Saturday she was ninth in barrel racing with a time of 18.519, and fifth in breakaway roping with a time of 3.33.
Then on Sunday, Luttrell was once again steady in breakaway roping, finishing sixth with a time of 3.48.
However, it was in barrel racing that Luttrell really excelled on Sunday, winning the event with a time of 17.944.
That time was noteworthy as many barrel racing horses struggled with the ground throughout the go round, with several horses stumbling.
Luttrell's run was the only time in the 17s on the day.
Barrel racing was not the only place where rodeo athletes struggled with traction on Sunday. There was a fall in tie-down roping and several falls in pole bending, including one bad spill that sent Kimberley Williams to the hospital after her horse landed on top of her.
Three other Crook County athletes placed during the two-day rodeo and several other members of the Tri-County Rodeo Club also had solid performances.
Overall, Jaxson Rhoden had a disappointing rodeo, however, he did place eighth in tie-down roping on Sunday with a time of 19.98 seconds.
Bubba Luttrell also had a solid tie-down roping run on Sunday, finishing fifth with a time of 16.81.
The final Crook County athlete to place this weekend was Gracie Garthwaite, who finished sixth in pole bending, 21.470, on Saturday, then came back Sunday to take fourth in barrel racing, 18.179, and seventh in pole bending, 21.615.
Coy Aldrich and Caleb Carpenter led the way among other members of the Tri-County Rodeo Club.
Aldrich, from Culver, and Carpenter, from Ridgeview, won the first go round of team roping with a time of 8.07, then came back on day two to place seventh in 14.16.
Aldrich also placed Sunday in steer wrestling, taking fifth place in 18.09.
Two other Central Oregon team ropers also placed. Indigo Sappington of Ridgeview and heeler T.C. Hammack of Burns placed second on Saturday in 9.56, while Colton Kluser of Redmond and header Aimee Davis finished eighth with a time of 16.22.
Sappington also placed Sunday in tie-down roping, finishing third with a time of 15.80.
Joe Scott of Madras finished third in saddle bronc riding on Sunday with a score of 56, while Redmond's Dillon Young was fifth in steer wrestling and sixth in tie-down roping on Saturday.
The final Central Oregon placer was Dally Miotke of Redmond Proficiency Academy, who finished sixth in barrels on Sunday.
The final rodeo of the regular season will be Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, in Burns.
Following that performance, the top 20 individuals in each event and the top 20 teams in team roping will qualify for the state finals, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 7-9, at the Crook County Fairgrounds.
The top four qualifiers from that rodeo will qualify for the national finals, while the sixth through 10th place finishers are eligible to attend the Silver State International Rodeo.