Pre-competition activities on Saturday night in the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo arena. (Photo by Andy Cripe/Philomath News)

The Philomath Frolic and Rodeo saw a healthy number of bull-riding entries for this year’s July 6-8 performances and unlike last year, there were riders who were able to stay aboard long enough to record scores.

Avery Mullins, an accomplished bull rider out of Phoenix, Arizona, took the top prize in the thrilling event with a score of 86 aboard B Bar D’s “Zombie.” The ride was good for the top payout of $1,202.80. Mullins is currently sitting in third place in the Northwest Pro Rodeo Association standings.


Colton Dougherty of Powell Butte was second in bull riding with a 78 ($902.10 payout) and Lane Vaughn of Klamath Falls was third with a 75 ($601.40). Dougherty and Vaughn both had rides on B Bar D’s Harbor Freight.

In bareback riding, Wyatt Wood of Prineville rode Broken Spoke to victory on the final evening with a score of 84 and a payout of $703.25. Garrett Blackwell of Sandy and Kyle Bounds of Harrisburg tied for second with scores of 81 ($521.37 each). Bounds is the 2023 leader so far this season with more than $7,000 in winnings.

Teri Bangart of Olympia, Washington, won the barrel racing competition with a time of 17.59 seconds, which was good for a $1,918.66 payout. Adriene Steffen of Sisters, who leads the NPRA standings in the event, was second at 17.75 ($1,668.40). Bailey Davis of Scio finished third in 17.84 ($1,418.40).

Three competitors turned in times under 3 seconds in breakaway roping. Jordan Minor of Hermiston, who leads the NPRA standings, took first place in 2.4 seconds for a payout of $1,360.91. Morgan Dudley of Yelm, Washington, was second in 2.60 ($1,183.40) and Talia Akins of Harrisburg was third in 2.80 ($1,005.90).

Lachlan Coleman, an Australian native riding out of Odessa, Texas, won the saddle bronc riding competition with a score of 85 and a payout of $759.51. Coleman leads the NPRA standings in the event. Mike Reed of Columbia City took the second- and third-place spots with scores of 77 ($628.56) and 75 ($497.61), respectively.

In steer wrestling, Dylan Lowery of Stanwood, Washington, had an impressive showing with a time of 5.1 seconds, good for a $698.40 payout. Cody Aldrich of Madras was second in 10.4 ($582) and Preston Young of Terrebonne was third in 13.80 ($465.60). NPRA season standings leader Russell Cardonza of Terrebonne had to settle for fourth.

A pair of Klamath Falls cowboys took first place in team roping with Tanner Patzke (header) and Quade Patzke (heeler) turning in a time of 5.5 seconds. The winning payout was $1,293.98. Marcus Marriott and Mike Marriott of Canby were second in 6.3 seconds ($1,070.88) and Curry Cash of Eagle Point and Daniel Holland of Bonanza placed third in 7.2 ($847.78).

In tie-down roping, Brett Hale of Tenino, Washington, was the winner in 10.8 seconds for $1,070.88 in winnings. Hale is the overall season-to-date standings leader in the NPRA. Ty Taylor of Burns was second in 11.4 ($931.20) and Bryce Barnes of Prineville was third in 11.6 ($791.52).

In the novice divisions, Brody Dent of Bend won bareback riding and Justin England of Powell Butte was the saddle bronc winner. Dent had a score of 81 in bareback ($528.65) and England, this year’s standings leader, scored an 82 in saddle bronc ($457.84).

Official rodeo attendance figures were not available but both the Friday and Saturday performances were sold out.