Paulina: Big time at the little rodeo
The Paulina Rodeo Board of Directors made a number of small changes prior to this year's rodeo that paid big dividends.
The board planted more grass around the rodeo arena, and also placed cheesecloth above the grandstands to provide some shade from the heat.
In addition, the grounds were well groomed and watered, keeping the dust down that has plagued several recent rodeos.
With the improvements to the grounds, spectators also saw some great rodeo performances as the rodeo showcased local talent.
Cully Stafford of Prineville won the men's all-around title, while Lauren Leyva, also of Prineville, won the women's all-around. Powell Butte's Wyatt Wood won the bareback competition, while Mason Yancey of Emmett, Idaho, finished second and Clint Rutherford of Fossil came in third.
The saddle bronc competition saw Post's Matt Shannon come in first, while Powell Butte's Justin England took second and Callen Whitaker, also of Powell Butte, came in third.
The ranch bronc riding was won by Powell Butte's Cutter Marsh. Cutter's brother Ryder, Steve Gillen of Post, and Chance Brown of Redmond, tied for second in the event.
Powell Butte's Ross McKinney took first in bull riding, while Cutter Wollard of Terrebonne was the only other rider to make a qualified ride.
Redmond's Roger Nonella took first in calf roping followed by Cully Stafford, Luke Neathery of Madras, Dayton Stafford of Prineville and Bryce Barnes, also of Prineville. Culver's Stevie Rae Willis won the breakaway roping competition followed by Leyva, Bailey Knirk of Sisters, Kas Johnson of Warm Springs and Kaylee Hindman of Elgin. A pair of Paulina women finished first and second in barrel racing with Lisa McLean taking first and Adria Keys finishing in second place. They were followed by Britni Green, Adrianne Wagner and Makensi Faulkner, all of Powell Butte, with Cassidy Clark of Redmond taking the sixth and final paying position.
Chad Penhollow and Coy Mathiason, both of Powell Butte, took first in the wild cow milking, while Tim Thomas and Rob McLean of Paulina won the local team roping with Jim Lowery of Paulina and Gillen finishing in second place.
The open team roping competition was won by header Coy Aldrich of Madras and heeler Christopher Lopez of Bend. They were followed by Dayton and Cully Stafford with Thomas and Cotter Shullanberger of Paulina taking third and Dayton Stafford with heeler Austin Stafford taking fourth.
The 7 Â½ team roping jackpot was won by Ronnie Keys of Paulina and Brandon Beers of Powell Butte. Prineville's Chad Forrester and Dayton Stafford finished second, while JL Schaffner of Redmond teamed up with Beers to take third place. Finishing third were Lucas Teskey of Paulina and Dayton Stafford, while Jessica Alexander of Redmond teamed with Cully Stafford to take fifth place. Jim Lowry of Paulina teamed with Beers to finish sixth while Cully Stafford and Leyva finished in eighth place.
In addition to adult events, the Paulina Rodeo is known for its youth events, and this year was no exception. The kids calf roping was won by Luke Kline of Prineville. He was followed by Paulina's Rushton Swindle, Dallas Marshall of Redmond and Jadd England of Powell Butte.
The kids sheep riding was won by Duke Chappell of Prineville followed by Easton Koch of Molalla, Marley Chappell of Prineville, Hayes Goodwin of Prineville, Lane Koch of Molalla and Nolan Lovett of Prineville.
Tatyn Harper of Mt. Vernon took first in the kids steer riding with Bend's Sean Mahoney finishing second and Tanner Corwin of Lowell taking third.
Laney Scott of Prineville took first in the kids nine and under barrel racing while Boots Raccoon of Warm Springs finished second and Kane Robinson of Powell Butte took third.
The final event that was contested was the kids 10-14 barrel racing, which saw Ryann Mitchell of Powell Butte take first, while Hadyn Powers of Powell Butte took second, Gemma Delance of Redmond finished third, Tiersyn Kafka of Crane placed fourth and Brinlee Smith Giovanini of Prineville came away with fifth place.
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