Young cowboys and cowgirls have been fine tuning their skills over the last three Cinnabar Mountain Playdays rodeos in the summer series.
Kicking off the two-day rodeo at last Friday’s grand entry were five competitors carrying flags for the five armed branches of the military.
Hands were over hearts as Riley Gregg sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.
“Two days of events showed great improvement from all the competitors,” said CMP board member Janet Plocharsky.
She said some youth are completing patterns without help from parents, trying out new horses or trotting or loping for the first time. Three youth had perfect scores in dummy roping.
“We had a great crowd in the shade, cheering on the kids, and dedicated volunteers helping throughout the day,” Plocharsky said.
Top five after four rodeos
First: Bransyn Harper, 68.5 points, 191.5 total points (four rodeos)
Second: Blake Kimball, 55 points, 166 total
Third: Grayson Schmadeka, 40.5 points, 130.5 total
Fourth: Hailey Ann Marciel, 27 points, 109 total
Fifth: Ripkin Desadier, 82 total
Peewee (age 6 and under)
First: Brooklynn Kimball, 66 points, 189.5 total
Second: Addison Wilson, 46 points, 171.5 total
Third: Ruby Hooper, 34 points, 108 total
Fourth: Allison Bohnert, 47 points, 93 total
Fifth: Emmie Saul, 60 total
Junior (age 7-9)
First: Aaliyah Marciel, 63 points, 183.5 total
Second: Molly Davis, 49 points, 141.5 total
Third: Tatyn Harper, 44 points, 140.5 total
Fourth: Helen Rowell, 41 points, 139 total
Fifth: Riley Gregg, 44 points, 113.5 total
Intermediate (age 10-14)
First: Clint Rutherford, 50 points, 171 total
Second: Bailey McCracken, 48.5 points, 144.5 total
Third: Sam McCracken, 54.5 points, 127 total
Fourth: Katie Johnson, 51 points, 125.5 total
Fifth: Coy Mathiason, 39 points, 112 total
Seniors (age 15-17)
First: Sarah Barker, 125 total
Second: Trinity Hutchison, 60 total