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Rain, mud fail to dampen spirits at Crooked River Roundup

Weather, contestants shine on final day of competition

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Christian Radabaugh competes in the second go round of steer wrestling. Radabaugh, of Prineville, finished third in the go round, and second in the average in the event at the three-day Crooked River Roundup.

With rain both Friday and Saturday, the weather could have been the big story at the 2012 Crooked River Roundup.
   Rain during both days made the roundup grounds muddy, but the skies cleared just before both evening performances began.
   “We had a good crowd, especially with the way the weather was on Friday and Saturday,” said Crooked River Roundup Rodeo Chairman Shawn Connolly. “It could have been ugly, but people came out and supported us.”
   On Sunday, the sun came out and the rodeo grounds dried out. With perfect weather and many of the top cowboys performing, Sunday’s crowd was treated to many of the top performances of this year’s Roundup.
   “Championship Sunday,” Connolly said. “That’s what we’re going to have to start calling it.”
   Roundup Board member Byron Chaney agreed.
   “You should have been here Sunday,” he said. “We had the best weather — best cowboys — and the best rodeo. If you weren’t here, then you missed it.”
   Many of the performers on Sunday drove all night to get to the Roundup, after competing Saturday night in Reno, Nev. The star-studded lineup featured many of the top-ranked cowboys in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, including several current world leaders. With the top performers, the majority of the top times in this year’s Roundup were posted on Sunday.
   Although most of the top times and scores were posted on Sunday, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some outstanding performances on Friday and Saturday.
   Last year, the Roundup switched its format so that contestants could compete in their first and second go rounds on the same day. Contestants in the timed events competed in a slack performance in the morning, then had their second go round during an evening performance. Participants in bareback and saddle bronc riding did both of their go rounds in the same evening performance, while bull riding and barrel racing each had just one go round.
   With the new format, spectators were treated to world-class performers on all three days of the Roundup, with some of the best times posted during the morning slack.
   In one of the most fiercely-contested events of the Roundup, Tristan Mahoney, of Florence, Ariz., and Shane Erickson of Terrebonne split the first and second go round of tie down roping. Mahoney won the first go round with a time of 8.4 seconds, while Erickson won the second go round in 9.1 seconds. Mahoney edged Erickson for the average with a total time of 17.6 seconds to 18.8 seconds for Erickson.
   Bareback riding saw George Gillespie IV, of Placerville, Calif., edge Redmond’s David Peebles for the average. Gillespie had a score of 79 on his first ride to win the go round, while Peebles finished second in the round with a score of 75. The pair tied for first in the second go round with identical scores of 81. Although Peebles finished second, his scores are especially noteworthy as the 18-year-old recently finished second in the Oregon High School Rodeo Association State finals.
   The saddle bronc event was won by Tyrell Smith, of Great Falls, Mont., who had a combined score of 159 on two rides. Smith won the first go round with a score of 83, while Bryan Martinat, of Marsing Idaho, won the second go round with a score of 82. Martinet, and Levi Bunch, of Durkee, Ore., tied for second in the average with scores of 152.
   The steer roping average was won by Howdy McGinn of North Powder, Ore., with a combined time of 34.3. Dave Clark of Terrebonne won the first go round with a time of 13.0 while Russell Cardoza, also of Terrebonne, won the second go round with an identical time.
   Team roping was won by Brooks Dahozy, of Window Rock Ariz., and his partner B.J. Campbell, of Aguilla, Ariz. The pair won the first go round with a time of 5.6 seconds and went on to win the average with a combined time of 11.7 seconds. Kevin Daniel, of Franklin, Tenn., and partner Chase Tryan, of Helena, Mont., won the second go round in a time of 5.6 seconds, and finished second in the average with a time of 12.4 seconds. Local cowboys Brandon Beers and Cully Stafford finished third in the first go round with a time of 6.0 seconds.
   Steer wrestling was won by Jacob Stacy, of Moses Lake, Wash., with a combined time of 13.6 seconds. Austin Manning, of Nampa, Idaho, won the first go round with a lightning fast time of 4.9 seconds, while Dani Leslie, of Oakdale, Calif., won the second go round with an even more impressive time of 4.8 seconds. Prineville’s Christian Radabaugh finished third in the second go round with a time of 6.5 seconds and also finished second in the average with a time 14.5 seconds.
   Barrel racing was won by Danna Stovner, of Council, Idaho, with a time of 17.42 seconds, while bull riding was won by Colby Reilly, of Ephrata, Wash., with a score of 83.
   Also added to this year’s rodeo was the team saddle bronc event where teams of three contestants attempted to saddle a wild horse and then ride it past a finish line. Although results for the event were unavailable at press time, judging by the crowd’s reaction each night, the event is likely to become a fixture at the Roundup.
   Connolly was pleased with both the level of performance each day and how smoothly the Roundup ran.
   “We couldn’t do it without all the volunteer help,” he said. “In spite of the weather, it went real smooth.”
   Rodeo
   Crooked River Roundup
   at Crook County Fairgrounds
   Friday - Sunday, June 22-24
   First go round
   Tie down roping — 1. Tristan Mahoney, Florence, Ariz., 8.4. 2. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore., 9.7. 3/4. Roger Nonella, Klamath Falls, Ore., Chad Finley, Mt. Vernon, Ore., 9.9.
   Bareback — 1. George Gillespie IV, Placerville, Calif., 79. 2. David Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 75. 3. Lee Lantz, Molalla, Ore., 73. 4. Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., and R.C. Landingham, Pendleton, Ore., 72.
   Saddle bronc — 1. Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont., 83. 2. Joe Harper, Goodwell Okla., 81. 3. Cooper DeWitt, Rio Rico Ariz., 75. 4. Wade Black, Homedale, Idaho, 74.
   Steer roping — 1. Dave Clark, Terrebonne, Ore., 13.0. 2/3. Howdy McGinn, North Powder, Ore. and John Casey, Eltopia, Ore., 14.4. 4. Brett Hale, Tenino, Wash., 16.3.
   Team roping — 1. Brooks Dahozy, Window Rock Ariz., B.J. Campbell, Aguila, Ariz., 5.6. 2. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Brent Falon, Yakima, Wash., 5.7. 3. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Cully Stafford, Prineville, 6.0. 4. Justin Yost, Hico, Texas, Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash., 6.1. 5. Blaine Linaweaver, Irvine, Calif., Matt Garza, Las Cruces, N.M., 6.2. 6. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, 6.6.
   Steer wrestling — 1. Austin Manning, Nampa, Idaho, 4.9. 2/3. Jared Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., and Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., 5.4. 4. Alex Robertson, Bend, 5.9. 5. Carl Seiders, Adrian, Ore., 6.0. 6. Jacob Stacy, Moses Lake, Wash., and Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif., 6.4.
   Second go round
   Tie down roping — 1. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, 9.1. 2. Tristan Mahoney, Florence, Ariz., 9.2. 3/4. Jason Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., and Luke Jeffries, Hermiston, Ore., 9.3.
   Bareback — 1/2. David Peebles, Redmond, and George Gillespie IV, Placerville, Calif., 81. 3. Lee Lantz, Molalla, Ore., 79. 4. R.C. Landinghan, Pendleton, Ore., 78.
   Saddle bronc — 1. Bryan Martinat, Marsing, Idaho, 82. 2. Levi Bunch, Durkee, Ore., 81. 3/4. Jacob Stacy, Moses Lake, Wash., Lucas Wilson, War Queensland, Australia, and Roy Johnson, Etna, Calif., 77.
   Steer roping — 1. Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, 13.0. 2. Tome Sorey, Pendleton, Ore., 14.1. 3. Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 15.0. 4. Joe Talbot, Pendleton, Ore., 16.1.
   Team roping — 1. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn., Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 5.6. 2. Brooks Dahozy, Windo Rock, Ariz., B.J. Campbell, Aguila, Ariz., 6.1. 3. Blaine Linaweaver, Irvine, Calif., Matt Garza, Las Cruces, N.M., 6.7. 4. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas, Dugan Kelley, Paso Robles, Calif., 6.8. 5. Jeremy Crume, Grants Pass, Ore., Trevor Alves, Klamath Falls, Ore., 7.7. 6. Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas, Brandon Bartes, Caldwell, Idaho, 10.4.
   Steer wrestling — 1. Dani Leslie, Oakdale, Calif., 4.8. 2. Andy Weldon, Greenleaf, Idaho, 5.1. 3. Christian Radabaugh, Prineville, 6.5. 4/5. Nik Ham, Rapid City, S.D., and Cody Harmon, Lipen, Texas, 6.9. 6. Mark Boultinghouse, Ridgefield, Wash., 7.1.
   Aggregate
   Tie down roping — 1. Tristan Mahoney, Florence, Ariz., 17.6. 2. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, 18.8. 3/4. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, and Chad Finley, Mt. Vernon, Ore., 20.4.
   Bareback — 1. George Gillespie IV, 160. 2. David Peebles, Redmond, 156. 3. Lee Lantz, Molalla, Ore., 152. 4. R.C. Landingham, Pendleton, Ore., 150.
   Saddle bronc — 1. Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont., 159. 2/3. Bryan Martinet, Marsing, Idaho, and Levi Bunch, Durkee, Ore., 152. 4. Cooper DeWitt, Rio Rico, Ariz., 150.
   Steer roping — 1. Howdy McGinn, North Powder, Ore., 34.3. 2. Brett Hale, Tenino, Wash., 34.6. 3. Sam Willis, Terrebonne, Ore., 40.3. 4. Trey Wallace, George West, Texas, 41.6.
   Team roping — 1. Brooks Dahozy, Windo Rock, Ariz., B.J. Campbell, Aguilla, Ariz., 11.7. 2. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn., Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 12.4. 3. Blaine Linaweaver, Irvine, Calif., Matt Garza, Las Cruces, N.M., 12.9. 4. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas, Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 13.9. 5. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Brent Falon, Yakima, Wash., 17.8. 6. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., Andy Carlson, Echo, Ore., 19.8.
   Steer wrestling — 1. Jacob Stacy, Moses Lake, Wash., 13.6. 2. Christian Radabaugh, Prineville, 14.2. 3. Carl Seiders, Adrian, Ore., 14.4. 4. Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif., 14.5. 5. Jared Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., 16.8. 6. Tony Currin, Dayton, Wash., 17.3.
   Barrel racing (only one go round contested) — 1. Danna Stovner, Council, Idaho, 17.42. 2. Jody Hale, Echo, Ore., 17.50. 3. Jodi Goodrich, Stanfield, Ore., 17.53. 4. Nicole Yost, Hico, Texas, 17.88. 5. Allison Vankoll, Brush Prairie, Wash., 17.92. 6. Jillian Connolly, Odessa, Wash., 18.04. 7. Bobo McMillan, Walla Walla, Wash., 18.05. 8. Katy Bremner, Ellenburg, Wash., 18.11. 9. Jordan Crossley, Hermiston, Ore., 18.13. 10. Dakota O’Loughlin, Yamhill, Ore., 18.16.
   Bull riding (only one go round contested) — 1.Colby Reilly, Ephrata, Wash., 83. 2. Aaron Hammer, Twisp, Wash., 82. 3. Zack Bright, Ephrata, Wash., 76. 4. Levi Yonaka, Ellensburg, Wash., 73. 5. Josh Daries, Salinas, Calif., 72. 6. Lane Bailey, Joseph, Ore., 69.