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Stockdog trials Thursday, stockhorse show Friday, amateur rodeo on weekend

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Indigo Sappington jumps off his horse to engage a roped calf during the 2019 Paulina Rodeo. The event in the high country, one of Oregon's most famous little rodeos, isn't letting the pandemic shut it down. Side events will be held Thursday and Friday, with the rodeo Saturday and Sunday.

The annual Paulina Amateur Rodeo is still scheduled for this coming weekend.

Most rodeos have been canceled during the summer due to COVID-19. However, with plenty of space and relatively small crowds, the organizers of the Paulina Rodeo have opted to continue their event.

Activities are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 with the High Desert Classic Stockdog Trials.

The Paulina Stockhorse Show then starts at noon on Friday, Sept. 4, with open ranch cutting, youth nine and under stockhorse, youth 10-12 stockhorse and adult stockhorse divisions.

The Paulina Rodeo then runs both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day. Bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, ranch bronc riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, women's barrel racing, sheep riding and wild cow milking will be contested on both days. Saturday there will also be calf riding for ages 7 through 12, kids 9 and under barrel racing and an animal scramble for those 8 and under. Sunday there will be steer riding for ages 12-15, kids 10 to 14 barrel racing and the 9 to 12 animal scramble.

There is no admission charge for Thursday or Friday's events. Cost for Saturday and Sunday's events are $8 for adults and $4 for ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under will be admitted free of charge.

There will be no beer garden at this year's rodeo. However, the annual barbecue is still scheduled for Saturday with a cost of $7 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. There will also still be a rodeo scholarship raffle.


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