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Crook County Cowboys shine at Sisters

Five local cowboys place in the money at weekend event
Billed as the “Biggest Little Show in the World,” the Sisters Rodeo is the first major rodeo of the year in Central Oregon.
   Throngs of cowboys from throughout the Northwest and beyond descend on Sisters for the three-day event, which was held June 8-10. When the dust finally settled following Sunday afternoon’s final performance, five Crook County cowboys finished in the money.
   Sean Santucci was the top local performer. The steer wrestler placed third in both the first and second go rounds, winning the average with a total time of 10.5 seconds. For his two runs, Santucci picked up a check worth $4,693.01.
   Santucci was not the only Crook County steer wrestler to finish in the money. Christian Radabaugh took seventh in the first go round of the event. With a combined time of 12.2 seconds for his two runs, Radabaugh finished tied for second in the average, earning $1,934.84.
   Team ropers Brandon Beers of Powell Butte and Cully Stafford of Prineville also had a big rodeo. With only one go round in team roping, the pair blazed to a 5.7-second run. The time was good enough to tie for first place with Turtle Powell of Stephenville, Texas and Dugan Kelly of Paso Robles, Calif., earning the ropers $2,470.95 apiece.
   The final Crook County performer to place in the rodeo was bareback rider Jason Havens of Prineville. Havens posted a score of 84, tying for second place with Tilden Hooper of Carthage, Texas. Havens earned $2,930.75 for the ride, and moved into the top 20 in the world standings for the first time this year.
   Brian Bain of Culver won the bareback event with a score of 86.
   Shane Erickson of Terrebonne won the all-around title at the rodeo after placing in both team roping and tie-down roping. Other winners at the rodeo include Ryle Smith (tie-down roping), Jody Sheffield (barrel racing), Shane Proctor (bull riding), and Tyrel Smith and Bradley Harter (saddle bronc).