Local riders win national title
Jason Smith and company capture wild horse racing championship in Madras
After all the dust settled inside Corwin Arena at the Jefferson County Fair Complex, a familiar face still reigned supreme.
Warm Springs Jason Smith, along with his team of youngsters Colton David and Bear Spino, captured the Professional Wild Horse Racers Associations national championship, which was competed for Friday and Saturday in Madras.
For Smith, its simply something he is used to. This years title makes his 17th championship of his career.
The rough-and-tumble task of trying to saddle a horse that doesnt want to have anything to do with anyone and then trying to ride the angry equine requires as much skill as it does mental discipline, a strong will and determination.
All the teams got banged up, bruised and injured during the two-day event, but the competitors still marched on and did their best to complete the task at hand.
The Smith Team came into the Finals as the overall leaders, and posted the highest score during the Finals to solidify its spot at the top of the heap for this season.
Finishing second to the Jason Smith Team was Team BGB, made up cowboys all the way from Shonto, Ariz, which is more than 1,000 miles from Madras taking the quickest route offered by Google Maps.
Team members where Brandon Begaye, Daniel Etsitty and Lane Meanus.
Of the seven teams that qualified for the finals, which was determined by prize money won at different events during the season, five were from Oregon and four from Jefferson County.
Madras Wrangler Howe was named the circuits rookie of the year.
To learn more about the Professional Wild Horse Racers Association, this past seasons national and regional standings and results and even about the sport of wild horse raciing itself, go to the Associations website at www.pwhra.com, and like their Facebook page by searching for the associations name.