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RIP ROARIN’ RODEO: Top NW competitors shine at NPRA Rodeo

NPRA rodeo cowboys and cowgirls compete at Grant County Fairgrounds.
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Published on September 13, 2017 9:01AM

Tucker Wright of Canyon City steer wrestles Saturday for his home crowd at the Sept. 8-9 Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo in John Day.

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Tucker Wright of Canyon City steer wrestles Saturday for his home crowd at the Sept. 8-9 Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo in John Day.

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Saddle bronc rider Charlie Barker rides to second place in his event at Saturday’s NPRA at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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Saddle bronc rider Charlie Barker rides to second place in his event at Saturday’s NPRA at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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Jordan Minor of Hermiston competes in breakaway at Saturday’s NPRA Rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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Jordan Minor of Hermiston competes in breakaway at Saturday’s NPRA Rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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Fair Board Chairwoman Donna Palmer, left, watches as 2017 Fair and Rodeo Queen Jessica Carter passes the “torch” and the roses to the 2018 princess Courtney Nichols and queen Trinity Hutchison, right.

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Fair Board Chairwoman Donna Palmer, left, watches as 2017 Fair and Rodeo Queen Jessica Carter passes the “torch” and the roses to the 2018 princess Courtney Nichols and queen Trinity Hutchison, right.

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The new 2018 Fair and Rodeo Queen Trinity Hutchison of John Day receives a hug and flowers from the 2017 Queen Jessica Carter of Seneca at Saturday’s NPRA Rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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The new 2018 Fair and Rodeo Queen Trinity Hutchison of John Day receives a hug and flowers from the 2017 Queen Jessica Carter of Seneca at Saturday’s NPRA Rodeo at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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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.


Rodeo royalty


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:

Bareback

Kyle Bounds, Harrisburg, 84, $504

Kevin Lusk, Bonney Lake, 73, $302

Xavier Gilbert, 67, $202

Saddle Bronc

Luke McKay, Juntura, 82, $461

Charlie Barker, Culver, 78, $346

Jacob Phillips, Vista, 71, $230

Nathan Joyce, Juntura, 69, $115

Bull riding

Jacob Curry, Redmond, 83, $912

Novice saddle bronc

Jack Bentz, Burns, 51, $58

Tie-down roping

Michael Penderson, Hermiston, 8.4, $634

Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, 8.7, $475

Jordan Tye, Canby, 9.5, $317

Cully Stafford, Prineville, 9.8, $158

Steer wrestling

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

Team roping

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

Breakaway

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

Barrel Racing

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







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