Lucy Schnabele takes second in barrel racing, Jimmy Floyd third in bull riding at Jefferson County rodeo in Madras
It may still be early in the rodeo season, but it's always nice to be right in the thick of things.
That's the case for Lucy Schnabele of Prineville, who on Friday, prior to the Jefferson County rodeo in Madras, was on the outside looking in at the top 12 competitors for barrel racing in the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association's standings. While the top 12 qualify for the NPRA finals in Klamath Falls on September 22-23, Schnabele sat in 15th place with $1,226.70 with Samantha Gallagher of Merrill, Ore., sitting in 12th with $1,426.35.
However, after a second-place finish at the Jefferson County rodeo last weekend, which brought her a total of $499.20, Schnabele has vaulted herself to a season total of $1,725.90. The totals should be even greater for Schnabele since she also finished in the top three spots at a rodeo in Hillsboro as well, but results and standings were not available at press time.
Schnabele's second-place time of 14.02 seconds was better than her time at Jefferson County last year - when she clocked a time of 14.72 seconds and finished first - but course changes and strong competition made the standings this year very tight.
"The course was shorter this year than last year," Schnabele said about the faster times compared to last year. "It's a tough course when it's small like that."
Schnabele was close to repeating her first place performance from last year, but Jordan Crossley of Hermiston took the top spot with a time of 13.97 seconds, just five one-hundredths better than Schnabele. Stevie Rae Willis of Terrebonne and Kelli Jensen of Redmond finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Willis finished with a time of 14.03 seconds while Jensen clocked a time of 14.04 seconds.
"There's a lot of tough girls that run." Schnabele said. "If you stub your toe too many times, you'll win nothing."
Schnabele will be competing at Redmond this week from August 2-5.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Floyd of Prineville took third place in bull riding with a score of 75. On top of the bull Holy Smoke, Floyd earned $192. Prior to this rodeo, Floyd was in fourth place in the bull riding standings and has earned a total of $4,093.75.
Other local names included header Kelsey Johnson of Redmond. Johnson competed for the Crook County rodeo team last year, and her and heeling partner Roger Nonella took sixth place with a time of 7.6 seconds in team roping. The pair earned $151.20 each at the Madras rodeo.
For updated NPRA results, log on at: www.nwprorodeo.org
The following are results from the Jefferson County rodeo in Madras:
Bareback: 1, Mark Barkley, 82, $249.60. 2, Lance Bannon, 72, $187.20. 3, Jared Bain, 69, $124.80.
Saddle Bronc: 1, Tim Alden, 74, $216. 2, Frank McKay, 67, $129.60. 3, Todd McKay, 61, $86.40.
Bull Riding: 1, Joe Oakes, 85, $480. 2, Justin Bain, 84, $288. 3, Jimmy Floyd, 75, $192.
Tie Down Roping: 1, Chris Jones, 12.0, $626.40. 2, Shane Hall, 12.6, $518.40. 3, Dick Hoffman. 13.0, $410.40.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Charlie McIntosh, 5.3, $522. 2, Sam Willis, 5.5, $432. 3, Rusty Thompson, 6.0, $342.
Team Roping: 1, Randy Thompson & Mike Marriott, 6.0, $876.96. 2, Kyle Schorousky & Brian Reece, 6.1, $725.76. 3, Sam Willis & Will Schmidt, 6.8, $574.56.
Breakaway: 1, Melody Smith, 2.2, $445.44. 2, Jennifer Casey, 2.6, $368.64. 3, Dusti Crenshaw, 3.3, $291.84.
Barrel Racing: 1, Jordan Crossley, 13.97, $574.08. 2, Lucy Schnabele, 14.02, $499.20. 3, Stevie Rae Willis, 14.03, $424.3 2.