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Rain pushes events inside at the fairgrounds, and Oregon High School Rodeo Association dramitically has altered its schedule due to COVID regulations

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County's Gracie Flitner flies around a barrel on her mount for the Central Oregon Team. She took fifth in the first go round in the barrels.In order to comply with COVID regulations, the Oregon High School Rodeo Association has dramatically altered its schedule.

The Crook County Fairgrounds hosted the rodeo association Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29-May 1. However, the order of events was dramatically altered to keep the number of contestants and spectators on fairgrounds property to a minimum. Friday saw only cowgirls compete as the girls competed in two go rounds of breakaway roping and goat tying as well as one go round each of barrel racing and pole bending.

Saturday morning was all girls action again as the girls completed the second go round of both barrels and pole bending. Because of early morning rain, the outdoor arena was muddy, so both barrels and pole bending were moved to the indoor arena. However, with Crook County in the extreme risk category for COVID, that meant that spectators were not allowed to watch the go round.

As the skies cleared and outdoor arena conditions improved, the athletes moved back outdoors Saturday afternoon to contest team roping, which had both cowboys and cowgirls competing.

Once finished, cowgirls and their parents were expected to leave the fairgrounds, while the remainder of the cowboys came in to contest the first go round of bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding.

Then, on Sunday the cowboys competed in both go rounds of tie-down roping and steer wrestling, in addition to the second go round of all three rough stock events.

The altered schedule did keep crowds in attendance at the event down, but also made the rodeo take longer than normal to complete.

Still, competition was fierce, and several Tri-County rodeo club members had solid performances at the three-day event.

Friday, Powell Butte's Kennedy Buckner took second in the first go round of goat tying with a time of 8.42 seconds. Buckner came back to win the second go round with a time of 7.12. Buckner was also sixth in Friday's first go round of pole bending with a time of 21.698. Other Tri-County rodeo members to place on Friday included Bend's Zoey Miller, who was second in the first go round of barrels with a time of 17.851, and fourth in the first go round of pole bending with a time of 21.296.

Crook County's Gracie Flitner was fifth in barrels with a time of 17.987, while Culver's Mecarte Cook was fourth in goat tying with a time of 8.78. Also on Friday, Prineville's Olivia Kerr finished fifth in goat tying with a time of 8.84 seconds, while Redmond's Brooke Blevins was ninth with a time of 9.26. Blevins was also sixth in the second go round of goat tying with a time of 8.46 seconds and 10th in the second go round of breakaway roping with a time of 3.93 seconds.

Paige Pentzer of Powell Butte also had a solid day on Friday, placing fourth in the second go round of goat tying with a time of 8.42 seconds.

The final Tri-County athlete to place on Friday was Bailey Knirk of Sisters, who finished seventh in the first go round of breakaway roping with a time of 3.68 seconds.

Saturday morning, Miller came back to finish ninth in the second go round of pole bending, while Buckner was 10th in the second go round of barrels with a time of 15.514 seconds.

All times in the event were quicker on Saturday, due to the barrels being placed slightly closer together than they are in the outdoor arena.

Saturday afternoon saw Powell Butte's Parker Buchanan and roping partner Dani Clark finish sixth in the first go round of team roping with a time of 15.32 seconds. Paulina's Lucas Teskey, who like Buchanan is a heeler, teamed with Elise Jonas to place seventh in the go round with a time of 17.18 seconds. No Tri-County athletes were able to place in the second go round of team roping that was held later Saturday afternoon.

Saturday evening in the first go round of the rough stock events, two Tri-County athletes placed in bareback riding as Prineville's Wyatt Wood finished second with a score of 71, while Redmond's Cutter Kluser placed third with a score of 68.

Sunday, Wood was the lone Tri-County placer, finishing second in bareback riding with a score of 72.

The Oregon High School Rodeo Association has one final rodeo scheduled prior to the state finals. That rodeo will take place May 14-16 in Burns. The state finals will then be held June 9-12 at the Crook County Fairgrounds, with the top 20 cowboys and cowgirls in each event scheduled to compete.

Prineville Rodeo

First go round

Bareback riding – 1. Mason Stuller, 78. 2. Wyatt Wood, 71. 3. Cutter Kluser, 68. 3. Garrett Blackwell, 66. 4. Clint Rutherford, 60.

Saddle bronc riding – 1. Mason Stuller, 67. 2. Callen Whitaker, 60. 3. Brycen Martin, 51. 4. Clint Rutherford, 49.

Bull riding – no qualified rides.

Steer wrestling – 1. Blane Mahoney, 14.04. 2. Carter Boise, 14.20. 3. Korben DeZurney, 14.73. 4. Ty Taylor, 17.22.

Tie down roping – 1. Wyatt McDaniel, 12.44. 2. Justin Reno, 12.84. 3. Hank Thompson, 12.87. 4. Carter Boise, 13.27. 5. Degan Patton, 14.33. 6. Handy Lieuallen, 17.92. 7. Oran Davis, 17.93. 8. Clayton Cooper, 18.57. 9. Preston Young, 22.27. 10. Shane Scott, 22.55.

Team roping – 1. Jett Stewart, Brayden Schmidt, 8.18. 2. Payton Johnson, Clayton Cooper, 10.95. 3. Cooper Cano, Reid Otto, 12.83. 4. Adam White, Ty Taylor, 13.90. 5. Brycen Martin, Oran Davis, 14.82. 6. Dani Clark, Parker Buchanan, 15.32. 7. Elsie Jonas, Lucas Teskey, 17.18. 8. Clint Rutherford, Callen Whiaker, 17.24. 9. Natalie Thompson, Preston Young, 22.16. 10. Degan Patton, Parker Deal, 28.20.

Breakaway roping – 1. Katier Ayres, 2.74. 2. Gracie Ann Garthwaite, 2.77. 3. Gwyneth Cheyne, 2.91. 4. Natalie Thompson, 3.00. 5. Emma Fairbairn, 3.01. 6. Aysia Turner, 3.53. 7. Bailey Knirk, 3.69. 8. Payton Johnson, 3.81. 9. Layla Knight, 3.98. 10. Breanna Blodgett, 3.98.

Barrel racing – 1. Katie Ayres, 17.793. 2. Zoey Miller, 17.851. 3. Gwyneth Cheyne, 17.880. 4. Faith Marshall, 17.895. 5. Gracie Flitner, 17.987. 6. Taylor Hack, 18.141. 7. Hailey Saeman, 18.176. 8. Molly May, 18.208. 9. Taelor Hammack, 18.216. 10. Alyssa Greenwood, 18.255.

Goat tying – 1. Aleya Mauk, 7.24. 2. Kennedy Buckner, 8.42. 3. Adriene Steffen, 8.45. 4. Mecarte Cook, 8.78. 5. Olivia Kerr, 8.84. 6. Kenna Stratton, 8.93. 7. Sarah Naegeli, 9.10. 8. Teegan Hill, 9.25. 9. Brooke Blevins, 9.26. 10. Bailey Davis, 9.26.

Pole bending – 1. Bailey McCracken, 20.652. 2. Aysia Turner, 20.960. 3. Georgia Jensen, 21.273. 4. Zoey Miller, 21.296. 5. Alyson Terry, 21.503. 6. Kennedy Buckner, 21.698. 7. Cidney Estes, 21.714. 8. Courtney Baustian, 21.736. 9. Faith Marshall, 21.762. 10. Emily Shoepe, 21.906.

Second go round

Bareback riding – 1. Mason Stuller, 75. 2. Wyatt Wood, 72. 3. Tyler Holmes, 68. 4. Clint Rutherford, 67. 5. Garrett Blackwell, 63.

Saddle bronc riding – 1. Mason Stuller, 73. 2. Clint Rutherford, 69. 3. Callen Whitaker, 54.

Bull riding – no qualified rides.

Steer wrestling – 1. Blane Mahoney, 5.79. 2. Preston Young, 7.35. 3. Wyatt McDaniel, 8.00. 4. Korben DeZurney, 9.70.

Tie down roping – 1. Justin Reno, 10.03. 2. Ty Taylor, 10.57. 3. Cael Stratton, 10.97. 4. Preston Young, 11.84. 5. Carter Boise, 12.25. 6. Shane Scott, 12.85. 7. Handy Lieuallen, 15.51. 8. Korben DeZurney, 16.64. 9. Brock Arntson, 21.56. 10. Degan Patton, 37.03.

Team roping – 1. Jett Stewart, Brayden Schmidt, 11.13. 2. Alyssa Rudisil, Shane Scott, 18.61. 3. Natalie Thompson, Preston Young, 20.13. 4. Payton Johnson, Clayton Cooper, 21.10. 5. Adam White, Ty Taylor, 25.32. 6. Wyatt McDaniel, Justin Reno, 25.91. 7. Crae Campbell, Cidney Estes, 32.23. 8. Sydney Bracher, Katie Ayres, 41.67.

Breakaway roping – 1. Payton Johnson, 2.37. 2. Cidney Estes, 2.74. 3. Ella Villagrana, 2.84. 4. Bailey Knirk, 2.91. 5. Alyssa Rudisil, 3.25. 6. Sydney Bracher, 3.27. 7. Gwyneth Cheyne, 3.40. 8. Adriene Steffen, 3.78. 9. Skylar Jersey, 3.82. 10. Brooke Blevins, 3.93.

Barrel racing (short course) – 1. Lauryn Riney, 15.136. 2. Katie Ayres, 15.163. 3. Gwyneth Cheyne, 15.217. 4. Maggie Mackenzie, 15.264. 5. Layla Knight, 15.338. 6. Gracie Ann Garthwaite, 15.420. 7. Faith Marshall, 15.427. 8. Hailey Saeman, 15.463. 9. Payton Johnson, 15.484. 10. Kennedy Buckner, 15.514.

Goat tying – 1. Kennedy Buckner, 7.12. 2. Gwyneth Cheyne, 7.92. 3. Bailey Davis, 8.18. 4. Paige Pentzer, 8.42. 5. Aysia Turner, 8.43. 6. Brooke Blevins, 8.46. 7. Aleyah Mauk, 8.71. 8. Gracie Ann Garthwaite, 8.72. 9. Faith Marshall, 8.92. 10. Haylee DuBois, 9.20.

Pole bending – 1. Gwyneth Cheyne, 19.990. 2. Lauryn Riney, 20.628. 3. Adriene Steffen, 20.772. 4. Emily Shoepe, 21.053. 5. Katie Ayres, 21.143. 6. Faith Marshall, 21.150. 7. Payton Johnson, 21.162. 8. Aysia Turner, 21.255. 9. Zoey Miller, 21.412. 10. Cidney Estes, 21.609.


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