Powell Butte’s Mitch Rickman takes fourth in bareback event, Prineville’s Tyler Barnes finishes in fifth place
On the final day, Bobby Mote rolled out the dramatics.
The world champion bareback rider, after posting a 64 on his first go at the 61st annual Crooked River Roundup on Sunday, was given the option of a reride, and edged leaders Jason Havens of Bend and Rowdy Buechner of Sandpoint, Idaho by one point.
A Culver, Ore., resident, Mote recently took top honors at the Sisters Rodeo in bareback riding. But it took a horse he's never even heard of to ride off with $1,398.21 in prize money at the Crooked River Roundup.
Buechner had an 81 coming into Sunday, and Havens tied his score on Little Darling. None of the other cowboys could reach that amount of 81, including Mote, who scored a 64 on Crow Trail on his first try. But after given the option of a reride, Mote hopped onto Cream Puff after the steer wrestling competition, and scored an 82, one point ahead of Buechner and Havens.
"I did all right. The horse was good, a lot better than my first one," Mote said after he took the top spot. "It was a colt that I've never heard of, but it was a good trip."
As for Crow Trail, the first horse he rode, Mote admits that he's had contact with the horse before.
"I've seen him before," he said. "I had a hard time getting on him. I've never really liked him that much."
Mote was the final competitor in bareback, and thus sealed the win after his go. Mote will be competing in the Ponoka Stampede in Ponoka, Alberta from June 28 to July 3, and will be back in Oregon from July 1-4 at both the Molalla Buckeroo and the St. Paul Rodeo. The bareback rider, who has been learning team roping lately under the tutelage of Charly Crawford, says he won't be competing in team roping due to time constraints.
Meanwhile, it was rather close up and down the leaderboard in the bareback event, as Josh Adams and Grant Richie of Canby and Walla Walla, Wash., respectively, tied for seventh and eighth with scores of 75, just seven points from Mote's top score.
While Mitch Rickman of Powell Butte took fourth with a 77, Prineville's Tyler Barnes finished the day in fifth with a score of 76.
When asked if he was disappointed with his ride on Sunday, Barnes said, "somewhat. I don't think I rode as good on that horse as I have in the past."
The horse Barnes was talking about was Ghost Town, who Barnes said he has rode at least four times in his career, including one time last year at the Crooked River Roundup and most recently at the Sisters Rodeo.
"It was a good weekend, it was OK," Barnes added. "I think the score was about right. There are a lot of good guys riding, lot of good horse."
Barnes, who will be off next to the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo in Oakley, Utah from June 30 to July 4, collected $269.56 for his fifth place finish. Buechner and Havens each collected $910.66. Rickman took home $508.44.
The following are the top finishers in each event through Sunday's performance:
1. Dusty Otley Adel, Ore. 81 $1,073.38
1. Shawn Morehead Bruneau, Idaho 81 $1,073.38
1. Ryan MacKenzie Jordan Valley, Ore. 81 $1,073.38
1. Cole Harvey Hermiston, Ore.
Steer wrestling - 1st go-round
1. Nik Hamm Moses Lake, Wash. 5.7 $1,057.67
Steer wrestling - 2nd go-round
1. Jonathon Ferreira Fort Jones, Calif. 4.7 $1,057.67
Steer wrestling aggregate (total of two runs)
1. Chancey Gartner Pasco, Wash. 12.9 $1,586.51
Team roping - 1st go-round
1. Jay Tittel Pueblo, Colo. $1,076.67
Ryon Tittel Pueblo, Colo.
Team roping - 2nd go-round
1. Jake Stanley Hermiston, Ore. $1,076.67
Brady Minor Ellensburg, Wash. 5.2 $1,076.67
Team roping aggregate
1. Howdy McGinn North Powder, Ore. $1,884.18
Buford Ireland Caldwell, Idaho 14.2 $1,884.18
Tie-down roping - 1st go-round
1. Seth Hopper Stanfield, Ore. 8.3 $962.67
Tie-down roping - 2nd go-round
1. Tony Currin Dayton, Ore. 9.1 $962.67
Tie-down roping aggregate
1. Seth Hopper Stanfield, Ore. 18.2 $2,166.01
Steer roping - 1st go-round
1. J.R. Olson Sheridan, Wyo. 14.3 $658.67
Steer Roping - 2nd go around
1. Gabe Richardson Clarkston, Wash. 13.6 $658.67
Steer Roping aggregate
1. John Alps Culver, Ore. 29.9 $1,564.36
Barrel Racing - 1st go around
1. Kyna Schrader Caldwell, Idaho 17.20 $721.28
Barrel Racing - 2nd go around
1. Jody Hale Echo, Ore. 17.23 $721.28
Barrel Racing aggregate
1. Jody Hale Echo, Ore. 34.52 $2,069.76
2006 All Around Cowboy
Sam Willis Terrebonne, Ore. $1,071.93 won in steer wrestling and team roping.
Complete rodeo results will be posted in Friday's edition of the Central Oregonian.