Grant County youth cleaned up at the Hermiston High School Rodeo competition April 16-17.

Grant Union’s Sam McCracken and Bailey McCracken took the top spots in the boys and girls cutting competitions.

Cow cutting is an equestrian competition where a horse and a rider demonstrate before a panel of judges both the horse and rider’s ability to handle cattle.

Sam McCracken finished with a time of 73, while Bailey McCracken finished with a time of 71.

Another Grant Union student, Jack Strong, placed third in bull riding. Strong finished with a score of 39.

Sarah Clark participated in poles and barrels and had a nice pole run in the first round.

Sam McCracken brought home the state title in cow cutting at the Oregon State High School Rodeo State Finals in Prineville. In June, he finished in the top third in reined cow at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Last year, Bailey McCracken took first place in average time in barrel racing. She finished with an 18.07 in her first go-round and an 18.10 in her second.

Clark finished finished in the top 10 in pole bending, a timed event where a rider runs a weaving pattern around six poles arranged in a line. Clark finished with a 22.17.

The next Oregon High School rodeo will take place in Prineville April 30 to May 2.



Steven Mitchell is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at or 541-575-0710.

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