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National Day of the Cowboy makes first ride

Prairie City event tips hat to way of the West.
Angel Carpenter

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Published on July 31, 2018 5:09PM

Three-year-old Blain Gravem of Prairie City rides saddle bronc Hot Tamale as the horse chases bullfighters Tavin Desadier, 8, of Monument, right, and Tatyn Harper, 9, of Mt. Vernon.

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Three-year-old Blain Gravem of Prairie City rides saddle bronc Hot Tamale as the horse chases bullfighters Tavin Desadier, 8, of Monument, right, and Tatyn Harper, 9, of Mt. Vernon.

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Brooklynn Kimball, Blake Kimball and Kori Jo Girven join in the grand entry with Tatyn Harper, back, carrying the flag at the National Day of the Cowboy stick horse rodeo. In back is spectator Fred Winegar.

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Brooklynn Kimball, Blake Kimball and Kori Jo Girven join in the grand entry with Tatyn Harper, back, carrying the flag at the National Day of the Cowboy stick horse rodeo. In back is spectator Fred Winegar.

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Eight-year-old Kathlyne Page and her border collie Joy perform in the dog obedience contest during Saturday’s National Day of the Cowboy event at Prairie City park.

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Eight-year-old Kathlyne Page and her border collie Joy perform in the dog obedience contest during Saturday’s National Day of the Cowboy event at Prairie City park.

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Flora Steffan of Paisley pets one of six rescue dogs she brought to the Prairie City event as they cool off in a baby pool. In back, Trevor Martinez, 11, of San Diego helps out.

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Flora Steffan of Paisley pets one of six rescue dogs she brought to the Prairie City event as they cool off in a baby pool. In back, Trevor Martinez, 11, of San Diego helps out.

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Zella LeClaire, 10, of Prairie City with her dog Esther, a miniature long-hair dachshund, perform at the dog obedience contest.

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Zella LeClaire, 10, of Prairie City with her dog Esther, a miniature long-hair dachshund, perform at the dog obedience contest.

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Zella LeClaire, 10, of Prairie City and her dog Esther, a miniature long-hair dachshund, perform in the dog obedience contest at Saturday’s National Day of the Cowboy celebration at Prairie City park.

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Zella LeClaire, 10, of Prairie City and her dog Esther, a miniature long-hair dachshund, perform in the dog obedience contest at Saturday’s National Day of the Cowboy celebration at Prairie City park.

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Conley Colson, 4, of John Day, rides his bronc in the stick horse rodeo at Prairie City park during the National Day of the Cowboy celebration.

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Conley Colson, 4, of John Day, rides his bronc in the stick horse rodeo at Prairie City park during the National Day of the Cowboy celebration.

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Henry Workman of McKinleyville, California, rides War Paint the bronc as his horse chases Tavin Desadier, left, and Tatyn Harper. In back is Alec Oliver, enjoying the event.

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Henry Workman of McKinleyville, California, rides War Paint the bronc as his horse chases Tavin Desadier, left, and Tatyn Harper. In back is Alec Oliver, enjoying the event.

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Ainsley Peila rides a bronc in the stick horse rodeo Saturday in Prairie City.

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Ainsley Peila rides a bronc in the stick horse rodeo Saturday in Prairie City.

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Young children enjoy the horse races at the stick horse rodeo in Prairie City.

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Young children enjoy the horse races at the stick horse rodeo in Prairie City.

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From left, Cori Anderson, Wanda Winegar and Kathy Moss look over the stick horse rodeo entries.

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From left, Cori Anderson, Wanda Winegar and Kathy Moss look over the stick horse rodeo entries.

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Children are ready to walk in a parade kicking of the National Day of the Cowboy celebrated in Prairie City. The kids first made their way through the halls of the Blue Mountain Care Center, showing their parade up close for the residents.

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Children are ready to walk in a parade kicking of the National Day of the Cowboy celebrated in Prairie City. The kids first made their way through the halls of the Blue Mountain Care Center, showing their parade up close for the residents.

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Quincee Harper, 2, of Mt. Vernon rides her stick horse in the Cowboy Day parade in Prairie City.

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Quincee Harper, 2, of Mt. Vernon rides her stick horse in the Cowboy Day parade in Prairie City.

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Young and old enjoyed the first-ever National Day of the Cowboy celebration Saturday in Prairie City.

Youngsters kicked off the event that morning with a parade, which began in the halls of the Blue Mountain Care Center as they gave the elderly residents a closeup look at the United States and 4-H flags, along with dogs dressed in costumes. Some cowpokes rode stick horses, and one young girl drove her friend on a ride-on John Deere.

After following a route down Front Street, friendly competitions began at Prairie City park where there were well over 100 participants and spectators.

Youths and adults took part in a dog costume and dog obedience contest, and, at the same time, kids competed in a stick horse rodeo, complete with bull and bronc riding, horse races and more.

Eight-year-old Kathlyne Page of John Day, decked out in red, white and blue, said she enjoyed performing with her dog Joy in the dog obedience contest.

“It’s a chance to spend time with your dogs and to have fun,” she said.

Both the dog obedience and dog costume contests were headed up by Hope 4 Paws: Grant County, a nonprofit pet rescue organization.

Flora Steffan of Paisley who runs the Herd U Needed a Home dog rescue brought six of her rescue dogs, all border collies.

She gave a dog agility demonstration and taught 4-H kids dog obedience tips.

“It’s great with a nice turnout,” Steffan said of the event. “It’s nice to get to know the community here in Prairie City.”

FFA members from Prairie City and John Day chapters assisted with the stick horse rodeo along with adult volunteers.

Cinch Anderson announced the rodeo with flair, calling out the name of each stick bronc and bull — Widow Maker, War Paint and Hot Tamale — as well as explaining their past and why they would be a tough ride.

A total of about 50 children participated in the day’s events, which ended with an FFA barbecue and a concert featuring singer Brenn Hill and cowboy poet/humorist Andy Nelson and special guest cowboy poet Kathy Moss of Prairie City.

This first-ever Cowboy Day celebration for Prairie City was organized by Moss and Wanda Winegar with help from Judy Jacobs.

Jacobs said they hope to expand it to two days in the future with kids activities one day and horse events for adults on a different day.

“We want to give special thanks to the Grant Union FFA and Prairie City FFA,” Winegar said. “They were a huge help, as well as the other volunteers.”

Moss added the volunteer efforts were “outstanding.”

“I think it’s going to be a great thing if we can continue this on,” she said.

She hopes people will understand the event is about sportsmanship in a fun way.

“I am thrilled with the kids that came,” she said. “I think it could become a great event, and I’m tickled with their sportsmanship.”

Stick horse rodeo

All Around, Coyle Van Cleave

Age 4 and under

Coyle Van Cleave, first

Beau Van Cleave, second

Blain Gravem, third

Henry Workman, fourth

Conley Colson, fifth

Quincee Harper, sixth

Ainsley Piela, seventh

Arria Workman, eighth

Age 5-7

Midori Montgomery, first

Brooklynn Kimball, second

Emmie Saul, third

Bransyn Harper, fourth (tie)

Jackson Peila, fourth (tie)

Blake Kimball, fifth

Beau Van Cleave, sixth

Logan Ineck, seventh

Age 8 and up

Anita Peila, first

Tavin Desadier, second

Clayton Ineck, third

Tatyn Harper, fourth

Parade

Stick Horses

Henry Workman, McKinleyville, California

Aria Workman, Bates

Brooklynn Kimball, Canyon City

Blake Kimball, Canyon City

Emmie Saul, Canyon City

Tatyn Harper, Mt. Vernon

Bransyn Harper, Mt. Vernon

Quincee Harper, Mt. Vernon

Tavin Desadier, Monument

Beau Clingman, Prairie City

Blaine Gravem, Prairie City

Ainsley Peila, Burns

Jackson Peila, Burns

Anita Peila, Burns

Dog Costume

Zella LeClaire and Esther, Prairie City

Reece and Blake Jacobs, Prairie City

Colbie Howard, Prairie City

Midori Montgomery and Taliker

Kathlyne Page, John Day

Riley Davis, John Day

Janine Justice, Canyon City

Flora Steffan, Paisley

Bicycles

Preston Davis, John Day

Wyatt Davis, John Day

























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