JOHN DAY - With a payout in excess of $17,671.97, up from last year's $15,385.43, the 2002 Grant County Rodeo on Aug. 10-11 at the Grant County Fairgrounds Arena was another rousing success for the 324 entrants from the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association.
The team roping competition drew the largest number of entrants with a total of 100, and also had the largest payday with competitors splitting a total purse of $3,854.
Breakaway roping paid out $3,008 to the top six finishers, and the calf ropers split $2,867.
Individually, Kirk Giovanini from Prineville took home $313.49 for his 76-point ride aboard American Pie in the bareback riding competition and from Kaila Mussell from Chilliwack, British Columbia, earned $368.01 on Buck Naked as the saddle bronc winner.
Redmond bull rider Charlie Barker's 83-points on Twilight Zone earned him the bull riding championship and a prize of $381.64, and J.W. Rose from Burns picked up $831.43 for an 8.78 seconds run in the calf roping competition.
Aaron Marts' time of 4.82 seconds earned the Marsing, Idaho, cowboy the steer wrestling championship and a prize of $613.35; and Tommye Flenniken Jr. and his partner Matt Davis, both from the Bend area, split $1,117.66 as the winners in team roping.
Katie Myers from Winnemucca, Nev., picked up $872.32 for her 2.89 second time in winning the breakaway roping event, and barrel racer Lucy Schnabele from Prineville earned $497.26 for her win in a time of 17.39 seconds.