Rodeo hits Redmond
Columbia River Circuit Finals could be last ride for local star Clint Corey
When Clint Corey digs in his spurs at this weekend's Columbia River Circuit Finals in Redmond, he could be doing so for the final time.
After two decades of competition, the 42-year-old bareback rider from Powell Butte is claiming this could be his last professional rodeo.
"So far, that's my plan," he said in a phone interview Thursday.
Corey is a past world champion and an 18-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo.
If he exits the rodeo world for good, he will do so one appearance shy of the all-time record for total NFR showings in the bareback.
He has amassed almost $2 million in earnings over his career and is a recent member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
This weekend may mark fans' last chance to see one of rodeo's true legends in action.
Corey, however, should have some competition for the spotlight.
"It's the top cowboys and cowgirls from out of the whole Northwest," he said. "You're looking at the best competition going against the best livestock. It will be really good action."
Others locals slated to compete include Mike Beers, Powell Butte; Charly Crawford, Prineville; Haydn Reece, Prineville, Kirk Giovanini, Prineville; Tyler Barnes, Prineville; and Dean Tuftin, Prineville.
Beers currently stands second in the all-around standings for the Columbia Circuit with 30,661 points. He is second in steer roping with 9,753 points and first in team roping with 18,119 points won in heeling. He has teamed with Charly Crawford this year, who is first in heading with 17,081 points.
Beers has 25 circuit championships under his belt and has qualified for the NFR 20 times. In 1984 he was the team roping world champion heeler.
Beers and Crawford's relationship goes back years. It, however, hasn't always been professional.
Crawford, 26, used to attend Beers' roping schools when he was younger.
"I've known him since he was a little kid," said Beers.
Reece, another up and coming cowboy, is second in bull riding having won 12,954 points to date on the circuit.
Giovanini and Barnes will join Corey in the bareback competition while Tuftin will compete in team roping.
All events will take place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center and performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $35 for a three-day pass. Single day tickets are available for $14 for Friday and Sunday and $16 on Saturday.
Tickets are available at the Fairgrounds or locally at Prineville Men's Wear.
The opportunity to end his career before a home crowd may be one of Corey's main pushes.
"The fairgrounds are really nice," he said. "It's one of the best complexes anywhere in the U.S."
It is a place Corey has also known success, as he is a 12-time year-end title winner.
Corey added he is preparing for this weekend's rodeo the same as he has every rodeo before.
"I'm going to take it as I have my whole career and do the best I can," he said. "The entire idea is to always perform well and have a good showing".