Hix wins bull riding event
Last Saturday night, the Crook County Fairgrounds indoor arena was filled with bull-riding fans and concerned friends and family members of Rowdy Ware.
The 9-year-old from Powell Butte suffers from aplastic anemia, and the arena was filled with people interested in helping the family with expenses as they spend time in Portland as Rowdy is being treated.
The event, called Buckin' for Rowdy, saw 20 cowboys try their hand at riding two bulls each.
Stock contractors donated their stock for the event, while bullfighters, chute operators and judges also donated their time.
Instead of riding for a big paycheck, the cowboys also donated their time.
Although many of the cowboys were local, others came from farther away, including some who had qualified for the National Finals Rodeo.
In the end, Powell Butte cowboy Riley Hix won bragging rights at the event, scoring 158 points on two head.
Hix earned a score of 77 on his first bull, then scored 81 on his second ride to earn the top place.
The win earned Hix a jacket that was at least two sizes too small, a coffee mug and a photo with event organizers.
"It does look small, but I'm wearing it anyway," Hix proudly said of his prize.
Roscoe Jarboe, who was fourth in the average at the 2018 NFR, finished second with a two head score of 152.
Jarboe had the most consistent night of any of the cowboys, posting a score of 75 on his first bull and a 77 on his second ride.
With no one other than Hix and Jarboe staying on two head, Levi Gray from Dairy placed third with 89 points on his second bull.
Several riders were given the option of rerides and took the opportunity with mixed success.
Chase Robbins took a reride in the first round rather than accept a score of 65. The decision backfired as he was unable to ride either of his next two bulls.
Cole Hill took a reride after being knocked into the fence on his opening ride, and the strategy seemed to work as he scored 83 on his reride to tie for first after the opening round.
However, Hill was unable to stay on his second bull and failed to finish in the top three in the final standings.
Other bull riders to make a successful ride included Colton Dougherty with a score of 83, tying Hill in the opening go round, Jory Markiss, 79 in the first round, Jordan Spears, 74 in round one, and Chase Dougherty, 73 in round one.
Just Hix, Jarboe and Gray were able to make qualified rides in the second go round.
Fresh off of winning the average at the 2018 NFR, Chase Dougherty rode last in the second round and initially looked like he was going to earn the top score of the night. However, Dougherty was bucked off late in the run, earning no score and sealing the victory for Hix.