Newman takes all around at Paulina Rodeo
Although the crowds were slightly smaller than a year ago, the 68th Annual Paulina Amateur rodeo was still a huge success.
Although it was both hot and smoky at the rodeo, which was held on Labor Day weekend, contestants made the most of conditions as the rodeo went off without a hitch.
Redmond's Ryan Newman stole the show, winning the bareback riding and tying for first in the ranch bronc riding as he easily won the men's all-around title.
Meanwhile, Taelor Hammack, of Crane, went on to win the women's all around, despite not winning an individual event.
Newman and Austin Holiday, of Madras, split the ranch bronc riding event with identical scores of 73.
Meanwhile, a consistent Newman posted a score of 72 in the bareback riding.
Newman also tried his hand at bull riding, but like the rest of the contestants, he was unable to make a qualified ride as the bulls quickly took control of the event, shaking off all contenders.
Jake Clark, of Crane, won the saddle bronc event, while Pat Lane and Christian Radabaugh, of Prineville, won the open team roping.
Lane and Radabaugh were far from the only Crook County contestants to fare well at the rodeo.
Paulina's Lisa McLean took first in the open barrel racing event with a lightning-fast time of 16.87 seconds.
McLean was nearly a second ahead of her nearest competitor as she dominated the event.
Harold Coffelt and Casey Thomas, both of Paulina, also had a great rodeo, winning the local team roping event, while Steve Gillen, of Post, and Allen Teskey, of Paulina, won the wild cow milking competition.
Abe Stills, of Prineville, also had an outstanding rodeo, taking first in the calf roping event.
The final Crook County competitor to win an event at this year's Paulina Rodeo was Gavin McLean, of Powell Butte, who won the kids steer riding competition.
Other winners at this year's rodeo included April Vernon, of Redmond, in breakaway roping; Kasamira Johnson, of Warm Springs, in the kids 9 and under barrels; Brooke Blevins, of Redmond, in the kids 10-14 barrels; Emery Spino, of Warm Springs, in the kids sheep riding; and Houston Wittenberg, of Culver, in the kids calf riding.
As in past years, organizers of this year's Paulina Rodeo took time to remember those who contributed to the rodeo's success in the past.
This year's old timer was Wade Thompson, a former Paulina resident, who passed away in 2006. Thompson, who was once a lawyer, quit his law practice and bought a ranch in the Paulina area.
There was also an empty saddle tribute for John Barry Rose, Joyce Fearrien, Rollin Baker and Lola Weaver, all who passed away since last year's Paulina Rodeo.
The Pat Miller Scholarship was awarded to Cheyenne Camara, of Paulina, while the Mike Sturza Scholarship was given to Chelsea Thomas, of Prineville.
The Paulina Rodeo has emphasized family in recent years, and this year was no exception as the rodeo hosted a family fun day on Friday and had their annual rodeo dance and barbecue on Saturday night, as well as a breakfast Sunday morning.