This past weekend's 74th Annual Crooked River Roundup was one for the record books.
Not only did the rodeo offer a record purse of more than $104,000, the Roundup also attracted some of the top rodeo athletes in the world — as well as huge crowds — during all three nighttime performances.
However, it is the behind the scenes activity and the hard work of volunteers that made this year's Roundup a success.
The Roundup was supposed to start with slack at 11 a.m. Thursday morning. Instead, slack didn't finally begin until nearly 4:30 p.m.
In the meantime, event organizers, fairgrounds employees and a host of volunteers worked for hours to make the rodeo arena save and fair for everyone.
Heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday had turned the arena into a muddy lake.
Organizers initially tried to remove a small portion of mud and replace it with new earth. As the day went on, Taylor Northwest donated drivers and heavy equipment as the grounds crew removed thousands of yards of mud and replaced it with new dry dirt.
"We had all the right people in the right spots," said Travis Severance, a member of the Crooked River Roundup Board of Directors. "It we don't, then we can't get it done."
By the time slack finally began the rodeo grounds looked flawless.
"When the contestants saw us moving dirt, they were like, 'We will wait for that,'" Severance said. "They loved it."
Once the Roundup finally started, things went smoothly during both Thursday's and Friday's performances. Then, Saturday morning, the rodeo received more bad news when it was discovered that someone had stolen thousands of dollars of electronic equipment as well as other items from the grounds, and had vandalized other portions of the grounds.
"That was extremely troublesome," Severance said. "But the city police and the sheriff's department were behind us and those guys stepped up to the plate and got it. Those guys were awesome."
With the equipment returned and reinstalled, Saturday evening's performance started smoothly.
Then came lightning and heavy rain midway through Saturday's finale, causing a brief delay in activities as well as, once again, turning the arena into a muddy quagmire.
"You can't change mother nature," Severance said. "But it was a pretty good Crooked River Roundup."
Of special interest was the Orville Yancey Memorial Saddle Bronc event. With more than $10,000 of added money, the saddle bronc riding attracted many of the top riders in the world.
With quality rough stock provided by Four Star Rodeo and top riders, the saddle bronc riding was top notch all three nights.
Riding Saturday night, just after the thunderstorm passed, Joe Harper of Paradise Valley, Nevada, put on a show, winning the event with a score of 82.5 points. Also riding Saturday night, Chet Johnson of Douglas, Wyoming, finished second with a score of 82, while Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Washington, who rode Friday night, finished third with a score of 81.5
Thursday night saw the two top bull riding scores with Jordan Spears of Redding, California, winning with a score of 87. Prineville's Chase Dougherty was second with a score of 86.5 while Derek Kolbaba of Walla Walla, Washington, was third with a score of 83.5.
Cauy Pool of Bonanza won the bareback riding with an 80-point ride, while Trenten Montero of Winnemucca, Nevada, was second with a score of 76.5. Tony Barrington of Elko, Nevada, finished third with a score of 75.
One of the most amazing performances of the entire Roundup was Kimberly Williams in breakaway roping.
Williams made her initial run in the middle of driving rain and lightning Saturday night. However, her time did not count as the calf was somehow released from the chute with no flagman in the arena.
Following the rain delay, Williams, of Pendleton, ran again, posting an official time of 3.0 seconds to tie for first place in the event.
Destri Davenport of Escondito, California, won the barrel racing with a time of 17.35, while Lexie Goss finished second with a time of 17.51 seconds.
The remainder of the timed events at this year's Roundup were all two go rounds instead of one.
Contestants competed in slack, then again in the evening performance the same day.
Riley and Brady Minor of Ellensburg, Washington, won the first go round of team roping with a time of 6.9 seconds. Powell Butte's McKennan Buckner teamed up with Bill Justus of Haines to finish second in the go round with a time of 7.1 seconds, while Dawson and Dillon Graham of Wainwright, Alberta, finished in third with a time of 7.2 seconds.
The Graham brothers then won the second go round with a time of 7.5 seconds. Logan Olson, from Stephenville, Texas, and Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas, tied for second in the go round with Ty Sturza, from Hermiston, and Daniel Ibarra, of Milton Freewater, with times of 8.1 seconds.
The Graham brothers won the average with a time of 14.7 seconds on two head, while the Minor brothers were second, 15.6, and Olson and Vick were third, 16.2.
Jason Minor, of Ellensburg, Washington, won the first go round of tie-down roping with a time of 11.2 seconds, while Travis Eller of Colville, Washington, was second, 11.4, and Jordan Tye, from Canby, finished third with a time of 11.6 seconds.
Seth Hopper, of Stanfield, won the second go round with a time of 9.9, while Creston, California, cowboy CLane Karney was second in 11.1 and Minor finished third with a time of 11.2.
Hopper won the tie-down average with a total time of 22.1 seconds on two head while Minor was second, 22.4, and Karney third, 24.9.
Steer roping was contested only during slack on Friday. Corey Ross won the first go round with a time of 12.0, while Garrett Hale was second, 13.1 and Pake Sorey third, 15.9.
Bryce Davis won the second go round with a time of 13.0, while Todd Dickson was second, 18.4 and Warren Adams third, 18.9.
Davis also won the average with a time of 29.8 on two head, while Ross was second, 32.1 and Caleb Berquist third, 42.4.
Steer wrestling saw Brandon Mackenzie of Jordan Valley win the first go round with a time of 5.3 seconds. Mackenzie was also fourth in the second go round with a time of 5.6 seconds, giving him the average with a time of 10.9 seconds on two head.
Prineville's Sean Santucci was third in the first go round with a time of 5.9 seconds. Although he failed to place in the second go round, Santucci finished second in the average with a total time of 11.7 seconds.
Nick Guy, from Sparta, Wisconsin, and Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, tied for first in the second go round with times of 4.9 seconds, while Chance Gartner, from Touchet, Washington, was third in a time of 5.3 seconds.
Placing in both tie-down roping and team roping, Karney won the all-around cowboy title.
In addition to the usual rodeo events, the Roundup also saw competition held in ranch bronc riding, wild horse racing, wild cow milking and a kids animal scramble.
Crowds were large all three nights. However, Saturday's crowd was so large that it was standing-room only.
Roundup board members thanked all of the volunteers who worked to make this year's event possible, but gave special thanks to Taylor Northwest and both the police and sheriff's department.
"We would like to thank Taylor Northwest for bringing in that heavy equipment and the city of Prineville for all their help, as well as the police and sheriff for doing what they did," Severance said. "Those guys saved us."
Crooked River Roundup
Crook County Fairgrounds,June 27-29
All-around cowboy — Lane Santos Karney, $3,013, tie-down roping and team roping.
Bareback riding — 1. Cauy Pool, 80 points on Big Stone Rodeo Inc's Hombre, $1,973; 2. Trenten Montero, 76.5, $1,495; 3. Tony Barrington, 75, $1,076; 4. Hunter Carlson, 72, $717; 5. Austin Foss, 71, $418; 6. (tie) Ross Dowling and Kevin Lusk, 67, $149 each.
Steer wrestling — First round: 1. Brandon Mackenzie, 5.3 seconds, $1,139; 2. Ryan Bothum, 5.8, $854; 3. Sean Santucci, 5.9, $569; 4. (tie) Justin Kimsey and Trevor Knowles, 7.1, $142 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Nick Guy and Hunter Cure, 4.9 seconds, $996 each; 3. Chance Gartner, 5.3, $569; 4. Brandon Mackenzie, 5.6, $285. Average: 1. Brandon Mackenzie, 10.9 seconds on two head, $1,708; 2. Sean Santucci, 11.7, $1,281; 3. Nick Guy, 12.4, $854; 4. Justin Kimsey, 13.7, $427.
Team roping — First round: 1. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 6.9 seconds, $1,277 each; 2. McKennan Buckner/Bill Justus, 7.1, $1,057; 3. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 7.2, $837; 4. Roger Nonella/Dave Inman, 7.5, $617; 5. Lane Karney/Bucky Campbell, 8.0, $396; 6. Logan Olson/Blaine Vick, 8.1, $220. Second round: 1. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 7.5 seconds, $1,277 each; 2. (tie) Logan Olson/Blaine Vick and Ty Sturza/Daniel Ibarra, 8.1, $947 each; 4. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 8.7, $617; 5. Jordan Weaver/Taylor Duby, 10.0, $396; 6. Blake Hirdes/Cody Cowden, 11.9, $220. Average: 1. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 14.7 seconds on two head, $1,916 each; 2. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 15.6, $1,586; 3. Logan Olson/Blaine Vick, 16.2, $1,255; 4. Lane Karney /Bucky Campbell, 21.4, $925; 5. Ryan Reed/Wyatt Hansen, 21.6, $595; 6. Blake Hirdes/Cody Cowden, 23.2, $330.
Saddle bronc riding — 1. Joe Harper, 82.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo Inc's Sassy Spurs, $3,722; 2. Chet Johnson, 82, $2,854; 3. Shane Proctor, 81.5, $2,109; 4. Sam Harper, 81, $1,365; 5. Tucker Hill, 79.5, $869; 6. Allen Boore, 78.5, $620; 7. Wade Kane, 77.5, $496; 8. Landon Mecham, 77, $372.
Tie-down roping — First round: 1. Jason Minor, 11.2 seconds, $935; 2. Travis Eller, 11.4, $773; 3. Jordan Tye, 11.6, $612; 4. Michael Pederson, 11.9, $451; 5. Seth Hopper, 12.2, $290; 6. Roger Nonella, 12.8, $161. Second round: 1. Seth Hopper, 9.9 seconds, $935; 2. Lane Karney, 11.1, $773; 3. Jason Minor, 11.2, $612; 4. Ty Baker, 11.8, $451; 5. Chad Finley, 12.0, $290; 6. Preston Pederson, 13.4, $161. Average: 1. Seth Hopper, 22.1 seconds on two head, $1,402; 2. Jason Minor, 22.4, $1,160; 3. Lane Karney , 24.9, $919; 4. Jordan Tye, 26.0, $677; 5. Riley Warren, 27.3, $435; 6. Michael Pederson, 36.0, $242.
Barrel racing — 1. Destri Devenport, 17.35 seconds, $2,344; 2. Lexie Goss, 17.51, $1,993; 3. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, 17.60, $1,641; 4. Teri Bangart, 17.66, $1,407; 5. Cheyenne Allan, 17.69, $1,172; 6. Berna Haberman, 17.70, $821; 7. Cindy Woods, 17.73, $586; 8. Kacey Gartner, 17.81, $469; 9. Shelby Bates, 17.85, $410; 10. Tonia Forsberg, 17.89, $352; 11. Kathy Grimes, 17.99, $293; 12. (tie) Bobbie Correa and Olivia Train, 18.00, $117 each.
Steer roping — First round: 1. Corey Ross, 12.0 seconds, $1,067; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.1, $883; 3. Pake Sorey, 15.9, $699; 4. Bryce Davis, 16.8, $515; 5. Trey Wallace, 17.5, $331; 6. Ky Rosenberg, 19.1, $184. Second round: 1. Bryce Davis, 13.0 seconds, $1,067; 2. Todd Dickson, 18.4, $883; 3. Warren Adams, 18.9, $699; 4. Matt Roberson, 19.0, $515; 5. Corey Ross, 20.1, $331; 6. Mel Coleman, 21.6, $184. Average: 1. Bryce Davis, 29.8 seconds on two head, $1,601; 2. Corey Ross, 32.1, $1,325; 3. Caleb Berquist, 42.4, $1,049; 4. Mel Coleman, 45.0, $773; 5. Ky Rosenberg, 47.0, $497; 6. Garrett Hale, 13.1 on one head, $276.
Bull riding — 1. Jordan Spears, 87 points on Four Star Rodeo's Morty, $2,115; 2. Chase Dougherty, 86.5, $1,622; 3. Derek Kolbaba, 83.5, $1,199; 4. Austin Covington, 82, $776; 5. Ruger Piva, 81, $494; 6. Colby Demo, 79.5, $353; 7. Roy Jackson, 74, $282; 8. Jake Davis, 70, $212.
Total payoff — $104,612.
Stock contractor: Four Star Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Big Stone Rodeo Inc.
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