This year, the bulls won and Annie stole the show.
The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo’s three nights of action in the arena concluded on Saturday with a capacity crowd watching cowboys and cowgirls compete against one another for pride and prize money. In the final event, bull riding, none of the contestants over three nights were able to stay aboard. In such cases, the stock contractor — B Bar D — takes the purse.
The bull riding did have an interesting finish, however, with Sam Gold getting three chances. On his first try, he stayed on “Grandma’s Precious” for roughly 5 seconds before hitting the arena dirt. Gold entered for a second ride — a rule implemented a few years back that allows more than one entry — and was again bucked off. But on this ride, there was a fault identified and he had the option of a re-ride. Gold got on a bull for a third time but couldn’t stay on.
The crowd most enjoyed “Annie,” a dog trained to round up bulls and get them headed in the right direction for exiting the arena.
The final rodeo got started with bareback riding with Clay Stone of Blackfoot, Idaho, sitting in the lead with a score of 82. In a thrilling finish, both Wyatt Wood of Prineville and Kirk St. Clair of Blodgett scored 82s to end up in a three-way tie for first place.
In novice bareback, the second-to-last rider, Kelton Maxfield of Nampa, Idaho, took the top prize with an 80 aboard Class Act.
Tie down roping saw a tie atop the leaderboard as well with Zane Taylor of Burns and Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne each finishing with 10-second performances. Six contestants challenged on the final night but nobody did better than a 13.3.
In breakaway roping, Annie Minor of Ellensburg, Washington, maintained her lead heading into the final performance with a time of 2.8 seconds. In fact, the top eight times survived with none of the Saturday challengers having any luck. The event drew 38 contestants with a total payoff of $4,750.
Ryan Verling of Stanfield took the saddle bronc title with a Saturday night ride that was good for 84 points. Verling, the second-to-last contestant, earned the score while riding Harvest Queen to knock down Hayden Hall of Pendleton and Mason Stuller of Veneta, who had been tied for first with scores of 82.
In steer wrestling, Cord Gomes of Antelope easily won with a time of 5.7 seconds. Taylor, the Burns cowboy who won tie down roping, had a time of 21.0 seconds but still ended up with second place.
A pair of Monroe cowboys took first place in team roping with Spike McKay and Chris Westbrooks coming in with a time of 6.7 seconds. That edged the runners-up by one-tenth of a second. The total payoff for team roping came in at $6,840 with 24 team entries.
Mike Reed of Scappoose and Caseyn Pearson of Emmett, Idaho, finished in a tie for first in novice saddle bronc. Both had rides that were good for 65 points — both aboard B Bar D’s Bear Track.
There was one contestant in ranch bronc riding with Ryder Marsh of Powell Butte.
In barrel racing, Arlington’s Sammi Lane had a final-night performance of 17.51 seconds to take first place. Bailey Cline of Roseburg and McKenzie Huggler of Roy tied for second at 17.62 seconds in an event that attracted 38 entries and had a total payoff of $4,750.
In novice bull riding, Parker Buchanan of Powell Butte had a score of 80 aboard Lifter to take first place.
The rodeo’s attendance came in at more than 5,900 with the last two nights being sellouts.
Northwest Professional Rodeo Association
July 8-10 at Philomath Frolic & Rodeo
|T-1. Clay Stone||Blackfoot, Idaho||Ugly Betty||82||$534.38|
|T-1. Kirk St. Clair||Blodgett||Irish Red||82||$534.38|
|T-1. Wyatt Wood||Prineville||Cinderella||82||$534.38|
|4. Cache Hill||Baker, Montana||Roan Ranger||81||$178.13|
|Entries: 9||Payoff: $1,781.26|
Novice Bareback Riding
|1. Kelton Maxfield||Nampa, Idaho||Class Act||80||$228.00|
|T-2. Garrett Blackwell||Sandy||Shits & Giggles||75||$76.00|
|T-2. Hayden James||Emmett, Idaho||Barstool||75||$76.00|
|Entries: 5||Payoff: $380|
|1. Ryan Verling||Stanfield||Harvest Queen||84||$640.54|
|T-2. Hayden Hall||Pendleton||Gunslinger||82||$474.88|
|T-2. Mason Stuller||Veneta||Diablo Polo||82||$474.88|
|4. Matt Shannon||Prineville||Widow Maker||80||$309.23|
|5. Mark O’Dempsey||Prineville||Dirty Money||77||$198.79|
|6. Noah Jones||Parma, Idaho||Diablo Polo||67||$110.44|
|Entries: 15||Payoff: $2,208.75|
Novice Saddle Bronc
|T-1. Mike Reed||Scappoose||Bear Track||64||$190.00|
|T-1. Caseyn Pearson||Emmett, Idaho||Bear Track||64||$190.00|
|Entries: 5||Payoff: $380.00|
|Entries: 13||Payoff: $2,066.25|
Tie Down Roping
|T-1. Zane Taylor||Burns||10.0||$1,032.18|
|T-1. Russell Cardoza||Terrebonne||10.0||$1,032.18|
|T-3. Tim Messner||Terrebonne||11.8||$642.67|
|T-3. Ricky Canton||Navasota, Texas||11.8||$642.67|
|5. Shane Erickson||Terrebonne||12.1||$350.55|
|6. Cully Stafford||Prineville||12.4||$194.75|
|Entries: 29||Payoff: $3,895.00|
|1. Cord Gomes||Antelope||5.7||$1,092.50|
|2. Zane Taylor||Burns||21.0||$655.50|
|3. Travis Thompson||Vancouver, Wash.||21.8||$437.00|
|Entries: 11||Payoff: $2,185.00||81||$178.13|
|1. Spike McKay|
|2. Jerry Unruh|
|3. Daniel Holland|
|4. Randy Thompson|
|5. Russell Cardoza|
Brush Prairie, Wash.
|6. Dayton Stafford|
|Entries: 24||Payoff: $6,840.00|
|1. Annie Minor||Ellensburg, Wash.||2.8||$1,092.50|
|2. Bailey VanKoll||Brush Prairie, Wash.||3.2||$950.00|
|3. Lindsey Taylor||Burns||4.2||$807.50|
|4. Courtney Wood||McArthur, Calif.||4.3||$665.00|
|5. Coleman Canton||Navasota, Texas||5.8||$522.50|
|6. Sammy Jo Cardoza||Terrebonne||6.0||$380.00|
|7. Jennifer Frohman||Yelm, Wash.||11.9||$237.50|
|8. Trisha McCoin||Terrebonne||12.3||$95.00|
|Entries: 38||Payoff: $4,750.00|
|1. Sammi Lane||Arlington||17.51||$1,092.50|
|T-2. Bailey Cline||Roseburg||17.62||$878.75|
|T-2. MacKenzie Huggler||Roy||17.62||$878.75|
|4. Sharon Gow||Roseburg||17.73||$665.00|
|5. Hannah Block||Bend||17.83||$522.50|
|T-6. Chelsie Stodghill||Prineville||17.91||$308.75|
|T-6. Kimberly Williams||North Powder||17.91||$308.75|
|8. Payton Johnson||Aurora||18.05||$95.00|
|Entries: 38||Payoff: $4,750.00|
Ranch Bronc Riding
|1. Ryder Marsh||Powell Butte||—||—||$200.00|
|Entries: 1||Payoff: $200.00|
Novice Bull Riding
|1. Parker Buchanan||Powell Butte||Lifter||80||$745.00|
|2. Shane Scott||Ridgefield, Wash.||Mello Yellow||71||$447.00|
|3. Shane Scott||Ridgefield, Wash.||Smokey||66||$298.00|
|Entries: 18||Payoff: $1,490.00|