Last weekend’s Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day offered one more opportunity for cowboys and cowgirls to qualify for the 2017 NPRA Finals Rodeo.
Rodeo announcer Lindsey Wyllie said he was impressed with the skill on display Friday and Saturday.
“That was one of the best rodeo performances that I’ve seen — the action, the cowboys and cowgirls and the talent we had,” he said. “We had the top competitors in the Northwest, including the 2016 Pendleton Roundup All-Around Cowboy, Shane Erickson.”
Local sporting events may have put a damper on Friday’s attendance, but Saturday brought out a crowd of 350.
Among the competitors was Charlie Barker of Culver who placed second in saddle bronc riding.
“Got a nice little horse, an old campaigner — one you know you can win on,” he said. “It went good.”
Sixteen-year-old Jacob Curry of Redmond won a payout of $912 in bull riding. (See more results on Page 10.)
Besides the exciting rodeo events, cowhide rug races, part of Saturday evening’s entertainment, brought on cheers from the crowd.
Among the cowhide racers was the 2017 Fair and Rodeo Court, Queen Jessica Carter and Princess Trinity Hutchison.
Although they didn’t win the contest, they were all smiles as Carter, minutes later, presented Hutchison with roses as the 2018 Fair and Rodeo Queen.
Courtney Nichols, a Dayville High School junior, was named princess.
Carter, a 2017 Grant Union graduate, said she enjoyed her reign the past year.
“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to represent Grant County around the state,” she said. “I really enjoyed the home rodeo and appreciate everyone who came out to support us this year.”
Hutchison, a Grant Union junior, said she enjoyed touring and representing rodeo.
“The home rodeo is always the funnest, in my opinion,” she said. “It’s always nice to look up in the grandstands and see a nice turnout. I’m very grateful to be able to represent the county once more, this time as queen.”
Carter and Hutchison made over 58 appearances during their 2017 reign. Nicole Israel of Dayville was their adviser.
Nichols said she’s grown up around rodeo and has looked up to the royalty.
“I’m super excited to be a role model for the younger kids, and that’s probably my favorite part,” she said.
Lil Miss NPRA Rowdy Israel, a Dayville sixth-grader, will make her final stop at the Sept. 15-16 NPRA Finals Rodeo in Prineville.
Rowdy made more than 60 appearances during her reign. Her adviser was Jean McPherson of Terrabonne.
Fair manager Mindy Winegar said she appreciates the sponsors and the audience who supported the event.
“We’re trying to keep this tradition alive, since we are one of the longest running rodeos in Oregon,” she said.
NPRA Rodeo/John Day results:
Kyle Bounds, Harrisburg, 84, $504
Kevin Lusk, Bonney Lake, 73, $302
Xavier Gilbert, 67, $202
Luke McKay, Juntura, 82, $461
Charlie Barker, Culver, 78, $346
Jacob Phillips, Vista, 71, $230
Nathan Joyce, Juntura, 69, $115
Jacob Curry, Redmond, 83, $912
Novice saddle bronc
Jack Bentz, Burns, 51, $58
Michael Penderson, Hermiston, 8.4, $634
Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, 8.7, $475
Jordan Tye, Canby, 9.5, $317
Cully Stafford, Prineville, 9.8, $158
Sean Santucci, Prineville, 5.7, $490
Brady Brower, Caldwell, 5.8, $306
Tucker Wright, Canyon City, 5.8, $306
Zach Raley, Brush Prairie, 6.7, $122
Phoenix Everno, 6.6, $691
Calgary Smith, 6.6, $691
Quade Patzke, 6.7, $518
Tanner Patzke, 6.7, $518
Cully Stafford, 6.9, $346
Shane Erickson, 6.9, $346
Ryan Powell, 7.4, $173
John Hagler, 7.4, $173
Jennifer Frohman, Yelm, 2.6, $748.80
Alysha Barraza, Roseburg, 2.8, $561.60
Danyelle Williams, Vale, 2.9, $374.40
Hope Lutrell, Prineville, 3.1 , $93.60
Quincy Pendergrass, Adrian, 3.1, $93.60
Amanda Waller, Elgin, 17.64, $730.80
Jade Crossley, Hermiston, 17.96, $604.80
Katy Kafka, Burns, 18.08, $478.80
Ria Kent, Marsing, 18.15, $352.80
Stevie Rae Willis, Terrebonne, 18.19, $226.80
Italy Sheehan, Shoshone, 18.21, $63.00
Samantha Kerns, Haines, 18.21, $63.00