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Local bull rider Chase Dougherty finishes just a half point out of the money at Clackamas County Fairgrounds

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Orin Larsen scored 87 points to win bareback riding at the Canby Rodeo.

Chase Dougherty was riding steer by the time he was 8 years old and bulls at age 14.

But the Canby native did not attend the local professional rodeo until he was old enough to compete.

"I'd never been in the arena until I rode professionally here," Dougherty said last Wednesday at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. "I always told myself I was never going to come to this rodeo unless I was in it."

At 18, Dougherty competed in the Canby Rodeo for the first time, and even won a little money. But Dougherty, now 21, returned to Canby this year as one of the best bull riders in the world.

Last December, he rode seven of 10 bulls to win the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and a $230,000 prize, bringing his career earnings to $650,000. He finished the year ranked No. 2 in the world.

"There's a lot of great Cowboys that have come out of this area, but it's been awhile since a bull rider," Dougherty said. "I always looked up to (Molalla bull rider) Ross Coleman. I wanted to be the next guy to do it."

Out of 11 contestants, Dougherty was one of two to ride a bull Wednesday night, but his score of 83 was half a point shy of winning any money.

"I know a lot of the people here and a lot of people know me, so it makes you want to try that much harder and do that much better," Dougherty said. "It's hard to put it out of your head though because bull riding is such a mental game. But it's great coming home to your home town and seeing everybody you grew up with."

The night before Canby, Dougherty was competing in Lynden, Washington. He then spent Thursday in Moses Lake, Washington.

"When I'm not riding bulls, I'm thinking about riding bulls," Dougherty said. "It takes a lot of hard work and dedication."

Dougherty was not the only local competing at the Canby Rodeo. Rachel Stoller, who graduated from Canby High School in 2008, but now splits her time between White Swan, Washington and Molalla, competed in barrel racing.

Stoller and her horse Cruiser won the event in 2015.

"I always make sure to run here. I like this rodeo a lot," Stoller said. "There's a lot of tough girls that come to Canby."

Stoller was not as successful this year. Competing last Thursday, she had two penalties for a total time of 29.09.

Canby's Jordan Tye (tie down roping) and Molalla's Cindy Woods (barrel racing) also finished out of the money.

Thirty-six current or past world champions competed in the Canby Rodeo Aug. 13-17.

Results:

Bareback riding: 1. Orin Larsen, 87 points, $4,695; 2. (tie) Taylor Broussard and Kody Lamb, 86.5, $3,130 each; 4. Seth Hardwick, 85.5, $1,722; 5. (tie) Wyatt Bloom and Austin Foss, 85, $939 each.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Tristan Martin and Heath Thomas, 4.4 seconds, $1,516 each; 3. J.W. Crenshaw, 4.5, $1,199; 4. Tucker Allen, 4.8, $987; 5. Levi Rudd, 4.9, $776. Second round: 1. Shane Frey, 3.8 seconds, $1,622; 2. Laine Herl, 3.9, $1,410; 3. Clayton Hass, 4.0, $1,199; 4. Justin Kimsey, 4.1, $987; 5. Tanner Brunner, 4.2, $776; Average: 1. Tristan Martin, 9.1 seconds on two head, $2,432; 2. Tucker Allen , 9.8, $2,115; 3. Shane Frey, 9.9, $1,798; 4. J.W. Crenshaw, 10.3, $1,481; 5. T.J. Hall, 10.6, $1,163.

Team roping: First round: 1. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 4.9 seconds, $1,893 each; 2. Bubba Buckaloo/Shay Dixon Carroll, 5.0, $1,646; 3. Tate Kirchenschlager/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.1, $1,399; 4. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Blake Teixeira/Jordan Ketscher, 5.3, $1,029 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor and Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.8 seconds, $1,770 each; 3. Kolton Schmidt/Jeremy Buhler, 5.1, $1,399; 4. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch and Ryan Reed/Wyatt Hansen, 5.2, $1,029 each. Average: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 11.4 seconds on two head, $2,840 each; 2. Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 11.8, $2,470; 3. Cory Kidd V/Kory Koontz, 14.6, $2,099; 4. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 14.9, $1,729; 5. Ryan Reed/Wyatt Hansen, 16.0, $1,358.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Shorty Garrett and Mitch Pollock, 87 points, $3,712 each; 3. Jake Finlay, 84, $2,381; 4. Rusty Wright, 83.5, $1,541; 5. Bradley Harter, 81.5, $980.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Shad Mayfield, 7.9 seconds, $1,923; 2. Blake Ash, 9.1, $1,672; 3. (tie) Taylor Santos and Blane Cox, 9.5, $1,296 each; 5. Ryan Jarrett, 9.6, $920. Second round: 1. John Douch, 8.1 seconds, $1,923; 2. Chris McCuistion, 8.4, $1,672; 3. Chase Williams, 8.7, $1,421; 4. Cooper Martin, 8.9, $1,170; 5. Roger Nonella, 9.0, $920. Average: 1. John Douch, 18.7 seconds on two head, $2,884; 2. Chris McCuistion, 18.9, $2,508; 3. Blake Ash, 19.0, $2,132; 4. Cody Craig, 19.5, $1,755; 5. (tie) Roger Nonella and Taylor Santos, 20.6, $1,191 each.

Barrel racing: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 16.35 seconds, $3,377; 2. Brittney Barnett, 16.53, $2,702; 3. (tie) Carly Taylor and Danyelle Williams, 16.62, $1,942 each; 5. Olivia Train, 16.71, $1,351.

Bull riding: 1. Jordan Hansen, 90.5 points, $3,948; 2. Garrett Smith, 88, $3,027; 3. Cody Ford, 87.5, $2,237; 4. Ruger Piva, 87, $1,448; 5. Jed Jones, 84.5, $921.


Derek Wiley
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