NPRA rodeo athlete Coy Aldrich wins big at Jefferson County Fair
While the fair provided plenty of fun for the carnival crowd, there was also exciting rodeo action happening at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds last week.
The Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo culminated as it always does, with professionals from the Northwest Pro Rodeo Association competing alongside local novices for two nights of performances.
The rodeo began Friday night, July 22, and continued through Saturday night, July 23, wrapping up about one hour before the official end of the four-day county fair. Events included barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, novice bareback riding, novice saddle bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping.
Coy Aldrich, a 2020 graduate of Culver High School, took home the biggest prize of any local rider. He joined forces with Christopher Lopez, of Bend, to win the team roping event (5.20), with Aldrich serving as header and Lopez as heeler. Aldrich was ranked as the No. 12 team roping header in the NPRA standings, while Lopez was ranked No. 14. They narrowly edged out Jake and Zach Raley of Brush Prairie, who finished second (5.50) in the placing.
Other Central Oregon riders in team roping included: Bend's Jake Robinson and Powell Butte's Luke Neathery, who took third place (7.40); Terrebonne's Trevor McCoin, who placed fourth (7.90) with header Shane Erickson, of Winnemucca, Nevada; and the Prineville duo of Cade Goehring and Jared Garber, who finished in fifth (9.40). McCoin and Erickson are currently the NPRA leaders with over $3,000 in earnings on the season.
The only other Central Oregon winner was Sean Mahoney, of Bend, who rode Calk Walk to victory in the novice bareback riding event (62.00). He outscored Kash Wrightson, of Hermiston, who took second (59.00) and Hunter Greenup, of Lexington, who placed third (53.00).
As for other Central Oregonians to pull in money at the rodeo, Lopez added a second-place finish in tie down roping (10.30) to his team roping win. Meanwhile, Parker Buchanan, of Powell Butte, took second place in novice bull riding, while another Powell Butte resident, Jace England, took second in saddle bronc riding (70.00). Cord Gomes, a Culver High School graduate residing in Antelope, took third in steer wrestling (10.50), while Madras' Bobbi Aldrich took fourth place in breakaway roping (3.50). Finally, Bend's Summer Miller took fourth in barrel racing (14.74).
Other winners included: Carissa Bottensek, of Deadwood, who took first in barrel racing (14.11); Tara Young, of Canyon City, who won the breakaway roping event (2.40); Aurora's Jacob Temple, who was first place in novice bull riding; Layne Leasy, of Caldwell, Idaho, who was the only competitor in novice saddle bronc riding; Calvin Shaffer, of Elgin, who won the saddle bronc riding event (74.00); BoDee Foster, of Hermiston, who took first in steer wrestling (5.70); and Zane Taylor, of Burns, who outscored everyone in tie down roping (10.20).
Aside from the main events, there was also a slack session on Friday night. On Saturday, midway through the proceedings, a new Miss NPRA was crowned. Zoe Brooks, the reigning queen, coronated the new winner — Abby Torgerson, of Grants Pass — in a ceremony at the center of the arena. Finally, the night wrapped up with the wild horse racing event, which provided arguably the most frenetic action of the entire two-day rodeo.
Look for the NPRA to return to the Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo next year.
NPRA Rodeo at Jefferson County Fairgrounds
July 22-23, 2022
Barrel racing — 1. Carissa Bottensek, Deadwood, 14.11, $953.52; 2. Audrey Averill, Tillamook, 14.49, $789.12; 3. Payton Johnson, Aurora, 14.53, $624.72; 4. Summer Miller, Bend, 14.74, $295.92; 5. Sammi Lane, Arlington, 14.74, $460.32; 6. Shane Fallon, Yakima, 14.86, $164.40.
Breakaway roping — 1. Tara Young, Canyon City, 2.40, $870.00; 2. Sidney Adams, Yakima, 2.60, $720.00; 3. Ashley Price, Boardman, 3.40, $570.00; 4. Bobbi Aldrich, Madras, 3.50, $420.00; 5. Taylor Jones, Adel, 3.60, $270.00; 6. Dally Ertz, Scio, 3.90, $150.00.
Novice bareback riding — 1. Sean Mahoney, Bend, Calk Walk 807, 62.00, $379.20; 2. Kash Wrightson, Hermiston, Irish Red 461, 59.00, $227.52; 3. Hunter Greenup, Lexington, Barstool 0, 53.00, $151.68.
Novice bull riding — 1. Jacob Temple, Aurora; 2. Parker Buchanan, Powell Butte; 3. Chris Alber, Aurora. (Note: Scores and winnings not available at press time.)
Novice saddle bronc riding — 1. Layne Leasy, Caldwell, Diablo Pollo 290, 53.00, $614.40.
Saddle bronc riding — 1. Calvin Shaffer, Elgin, Dirty Money 212, 74.00, $792.00; 2. Jace England, Powell Butte, Spring Fever 252, 70.00, $528.00.
Steer wrestling — 1. BoDee Foster, Hermiston, 5.70, $624.00; 2. Dylan Frimodt, Burbank, 10.00, $468.00; 3. Cord Gomes, Antelope, 10.50, $312.00; 4. Tice Hiner, Walla Walla, 16.60; $156.00.
Team roping header — 1. Coy Aldrich, Madras, 5.20, $702.96; 2. Jake Raley, Brush Prairie, 5.50, $581.76; 3. Jake Robinson, Bend, 7.40, $460.56; 4. Shane Erickson, Winnemucca, 7.90, $339.36; 5. Cade Goehring, Prineville, 9.40, $218.60; 6. Jett Stewart, Heppner, 9.40, $218.60.
Team roping heeler — 1. Christopher Lopez, Bend, 5.20, $702.96; 2. Zach Raley, Brush Prairie, 5.50, $581.76; 3. Luke Neathery, Powell Butte, 7.40, $460.56; 4. Trevor McCoin, Terrebonne, 7.90, $339.36; 5. Jared Garber, Prineville, 9.40, $218.60; 6. Parker Deal, Imbler, 9.40, $218.60.
Tie down roping — 1. Zane Taylor, Burns, 10.20, $682.08; 2. Christopher Lopez, Bend, 10.30, $564.48; 3. Joe Hoffman, Chehalis, 10.80, $446.88; T-4. Justin Farber, Battle Ground, 11.40, $270.48; T-4. Chad Finley, Mt. Vernon, 11.40, $270.48; T-6. Hayzen Hoffman, Chehalis, 11.90, $58.60; T-6. Blake Sofich, Scappoose, 11.90, $58.60.
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