JOHN DAY - When Grant County bull-rider Logan Titus was told that he would be riding "Pretty Boy" for the second Grant County High School Rodeo, he said rather confidently, "I'm not sure which one that is, but oh well."
Titus' poise helped him split the first-place finish in bull riding with a score of 75, riding Pretty Boy to seeming exhaustion, while the hoots and hollers of admiring spectators roared in from the distant stands.
"I'd just like to thank Thomsen's Feed & More for sponsoring me and helping me down the road," said Titus, after the event.
The Grant County High School Rodeos took place May 18-20 at the Grant County Fairgrounds, and featured eight of the county's most promising cowboys and cowgirls. The girls stood third, and the boys fourth, in the Oregon High School Rodeo Association's overall standings before the rodeos began.
"I thought the event went over well," said Grant County High School Rodeo Advisor Christy Wenick. "The stands weren't packed, but I think we had more than 100 spectators at any given time."
Amanda King's first-place finish in the goat tying and pole bending events earned her the "All-Around Cowgirl" award for the second rodeo. King won the goat tying event with a time of 8.31, and the pole bending competition with a time of 19.979.
"Amanda (King) did a great job," said Wenick. "Everybody did pretty well, and the kids and their families helped put it on."
In addition, King also took second in the barrel racing event for the second rodeo, crossing the finish line in 17.882 and besting her first rodeo time of 18.048.
Jeremy Finley won the tie-down roping competition in the second rodeo with a time of 9.16, and also took third in steer wrestling in the first rodeo with a time of 6.75.
Chad Finley took second in the tie-down roping event for the second rodeo with a time of 10.52, and teammate Gus King finished tenth with a time of 14.48.
Next up the veteran Grant County team hopes to close out its season with a strong showing at the Malheur County High School Rodeo in Ontario May 25-27. Then the team will travel to Baker City for the Oregon Trail High School Rodeo, May 27-28. The state rodeo finals will be held in Klamath Falls June 13-16.
The Grant County team will graduate five seniors this year, and hopes to spark interest in youth for years to come.
"We're looking for anyone interested in high school rodeo for next year," said Wenick. results and standings were not available when the Blue Mountain Eagle went to press. For further information, check www.bluemountaineagle.com.