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Bucky Campbell, Jake Stanley take team roping lead at Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo

Campbell from Benton City, Wash., and Stanley from Hermiston posted a time of 5.9 seconds to win the second round and move into the overall league at the 91st Molalla Buckeroo PRCA Rodeo Thursday night.


by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Doug Aldridge of Carthage, Mo., scored a 76-point ride aboard Big Bend Rodeo's No. 28 during Thursday's second of five performances at the 91st Molalla Buckeroo PRCA Rodeo.In 20 years on the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association circuit, team roper Bucky Campbell of Benton City, Wash., has used so many horse in competition that he has lost count.

“I’ve got 10 of ‘em right now,” Campbell said before Thursday night’s second of five performances at the 91st Molalla Buckeroo PRCA Rodeo.

Campbell’s current favorite ride is a 9-year-old bay named Bulldog who he bought from Taylor White a year ago.

“I’m going to say last year when he was 8, he just finally started working,” Campbell said. “You’ve got to haul ‘em around, you’ve got to get ‘em solid, and then they’ve got to do the same thing every time.

by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Team roper Bucky Campbell of Benton City, Wash., and his 9-year-old bay Bulldog had a good night at Thursday's 91st Molalla Buckeroo PRCA Rodeo.“Taylor hauled him around a little bit and took him to some of the amateur rodeos. It’s a little different level out here, and he’s got to know what he’s doing. He’s a good horse.”

Bulldog helped get the job done Thursday as Campbell and Hermiston’s Jake Stanley posted a time of 5.9 seconds in the team roping event to win the second round and move into the overall lead in the two-head competition.

The rodeo continues with two performances at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Independence Day, plus a slack round at 8 a.m. Saturday followed by the final show at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Campbell and Stanley also took down a steer that in four previous rodeo appearances had four “no times” to his credit.

“No, that’s not good,” Campbell said of the draw. “You want one that’s got some times on it. But that’s all right. We had one at Prineville that nobody had caught yet, and we caught him, so …”

Stanley shared a similar opinion.

“You’d like to hear you drew the loper of the day who gets caught every time they run him, but you’ve got to win on what they draw you,” Stanley said. “So, you play him out and … maybe nobody’s just had any luck on him. And we can’t change the draw, so that’s part of the challenge.”

Campbell, a five-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, stood 49th among heelers in the PRCA’s world standings with $11,888.95 and was third in the Columbia River circuit standings with $2,382.04 heading into this week’s rodeos.

Stanley, an 11-year PRCA veteran who qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 2008, is still trying to crack the PRCA’s top 50 headers, but leads the Columbia River Circuit with $4,744.78.

They're not ruling out the possibility of making a run at another NFR appearance, but they may be more interested in chasing a spot in the field for the Nov. 7-9 Columbia River Circuit Finals in Yakima, Wash.

“We’ve kind of been sticking closer to the house,” Campbell said. “Jake’s got kids, I’ve got kids, we both have a couple little businesses at home during the week, so I guess you’d call us ‘circuit cowboys’ right now.

“We’re going to stick to our game plan and just stay around here and try to make money. We go to the amateur rodeos and the circuit rodeos and … then you’ve got to win enough to get into the winter rodeos — all the big ones — so that’s kind of what we’re doing.”

Earlier Thursday, the duo posted a time of 5.3 seconds during the second round of the St. Paul Rodeo that was good enough for fourth place on a day where 4.5 seconds was the time to beat.

After Thursday, Campbell and Stanley planned to spend Independence Day competing at the La Pine Rodeo in the afternoon and then head to the Vale 4th of July Rodeo for an evening performance.

They were set to be back in Molalla for Saturday morning's slack round before heading off to Washington for the Vancouver Rodeo before returning to Oregon for the Yoncalla Rodeo.

“Molalla is a good rodeo,” Campbell said. “It’s been better in the past. They’ve dropped the added money in the team roping a little bit, but it falls at the right time of year and it’s close to St. Paul and Eugene and all the other rodeos. It’s a great rodeo, though. They get a good crowd. Everything’s good here.”

Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo

July 3 after two of five performances

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Caleb Bennett, 82 points on Big Bend Rodeo's No. 007; 2. Seth Hardwick, 81; 3. Steven Dent, 79; 4. Orin Larsen, 74; 5. Clint Laye, 67.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Blake Knowles, 4.6 seconds; 2. Trevor Knowles, 5.2; 3. (tie) Clayton Morrison and Buster Barton, 5.7 each; 5. Les Shepperson, 6.4; 6. Jason Fromm, 7.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, 5.9 seconds; 2. Spencer Mitchell/Russell Cardoza, 6.0; 3. Jesse Beardsley/Casey Darst, 6.5; 4. Bryce Palmer/Jake Minor, 6.7; 5. Clayton Hansen/Garrett Jess, 10.4; 6. Jack Fischer/Jason Minor, 11.0.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Sterling Crawley, 85 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Rough Going; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 83; 3. Troy Crowser, 79; 4. Kaleb Asay, 78; 5. Doug Aldridge, 76; 6. (tie) Allen Boore and Isaac Diaz, 75 each.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Jake Hannum, 7.8 seconds; 2. Chant DeForest, 8.1; 3. Reese Riemer, 8.2; 4. Marcos Costa, 9.2; 5. Roger Nonella, 9.4; 6. Randall Carlisle, 16.7.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Brenda Mays, 17.42 seconds; 2. Kelley Carrington, 17.48; 3. Benette Little, 17.70; 4. Kimmie Wall, 17.75; 5. Mary Hays, 17.81; 6. Sammi Bessert, 17.90.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Cody Teel, 87 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Snap; 2. Mike Sparks, 85; 3. Austin Meier, 83; 4. Tim Bingham, 75; 5. Fran Orozco-Marchand , 74; 6. Colby Reilly, 60.

Total payoff: $122,201. Stock contractor: Big Bend Rodeo. Sub-contractors: 4L & Diamond S Rodeo and Flying 5 Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Edie Longfellow. Officials: Joe Locke, Monty Van Komen and Bill Pacheco. Timers: Stacey Dowton and Vikki Beck. Announcers: Kelly Kenney and Robert Smets. Specialty act: John Harrison. Bullfighters: Daniel Newman and Rowdy Barry. Clown/barrelman: John Harrison. Flankmen: Hans Hennings and David Belyea. Chute boss: Dennis Peckham. Pickup men: David Lewis and Rick Shannon. Photographer: William Bruce.

-- Jim Beseda / jbeseda@molallapioneer.com

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