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Cinnabar Playdays youth kick up rodeo dust

Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on June 28, 2016 7:06PM

Denali Twehues competes in the Intermediate division in the flag race at the June 11 Cinnabar Mountain Playdays.

Contributed photo/Laura Hopper

Denali Twehues competes in the Intermediate division in the flag race at the June 11 Cinnabar Mountain Playdays.

Henry Miller has a wide smile, competing in goat tying at the June 11 Cinnabar Mountain Playdays rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

Contributed photo/Laura Hopper

Henry Miller has a wide smile, competing in goat tying at the June 11 Cinnabar Mountain Playdays rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

Riley Gregg competes in the Junior division in the flag race during the June 11 Cinnabar Playdays Rodeo.

Contributed photo/Laura Hopper

Riley Gregg competes in the Junior division in the flag race during the June 11 Cinnabar Playdays Rodeo.


Cinnabar Mountain Playdays youth are at it again, competing in rodeos this summer.

“We’re thrilled to have started our rodeo series this year,” said Cinnabar Mountain Playdays board member Laura Hopper. “We’re excited for the rest of the events and to see the kids keep continuing to learn and have fun.”

The Cinnabar rodeos began June 11, with a doubleheader held last Saturday.

All of this summer’s events are held at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, and admission is free for spectators.

Youth through age 18 compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, dummy roping, keyhole racing, flag racing and figure 8 racing during each rodeo.

Saturday’s rodeo was a Wrangler National Patriot event with contestants and spectators dressed in red, white and blue clothing, along with contestants’ horses decked out for the occasion.

As part of the National Patriot event, donation jars will be set up in the community, with proceeds supporting a local veteran program.

The CMP’s next rodeo is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 16, and their final event will be held Aug. 20-21.

For more information about the rodeo series, contact Didgette McCracken, 541-575-3520; Janet Plocharsky, 541-792-0077; or Emma Winkelman, 541-620-1199.

Cinnabar Mountain Playdays June 11 results:

Open leadline

Gus Rowell, first

Bransyn Harper, second-third

Weston Hamilton, second-third

Peewee — 6 and under

Kodee Kimball, first

Anna Jacobs, second

Tatyn Harper, third

Junior — 7-9

Coy Mathiasen, first

Rowdy Israel, second

Bailey McCracken third

Intermediate — 10-14

Sam McCracken, first

Denali Twehues, second

Conner White, third

Senior — 15-18

Hunter Martin, first

Chloe Martin, second





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