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Former Culver bareback rider chasing fifth world title

While most of Jefferson County readies for its biggest rodeo of the season this week, one of its native sons will not make the trip back home. He is too busy pursuing a fifth world title.

Cowboys and cowgirls from around the region will be on hand Friday and Saturday for the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo. Things get going at 7 p.m. Friday evening inside the Frank Corwin Arena at the fairgrounds and conclude with a 7 p.m. performance Saturday.

Bobby MoteBut the county’s most famous cowboy, Culver’s Bobby Mote, will be splitting his time at rodeos in Utah, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota and ultimately close out the month of July in Wyoming at Cheyenne’s Frontier Days Rodeo.

Mote, who now calls Stephenville, Texas, home, enters the last 10 days of July in solid position to make a run at a fifth world title in bareback riding. The 38-year-old is fourth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association standings, having earned more than $53,000 so far this season.

The top 15 money earners in their respective events advance to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.

Mote, who captured gold belt buckles in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2010, has been loading his schedule with big-money events as he chases history. Only Joe Alexander and Bruce Ford have collected five bareback titles.

“I just have to try to capitalize on every chance I get,” Mote said on his blog. “You can’t make any mistakes and you just need to get the most out of every opportunity.”

Much has been made of the fact Mote is 38 years old, but that is just a number to him.

He is coming off some solid rides at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, where he finished fourth in the aggregate.

As he inches ever closer to the big 40, normally the final nail in an athlete’s career, Mote doesn’t see the finish line just yet.

“Honestly, I don’t want to be known for being the older guy who is going,” Mote said. “I want to be the best. I don’t care how old I am. I’m way healthier (now) than I was when I won my last two world titles.”

While Mote will not be in town this weekend, plenty of other top performers from the area will be on hand to show their stuff at the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event.

While the list of participants is not final, there could be some locals competing for crucial dollars at this stage of the year.

Cash Casey of Madras is currently in 12th place in the NPRA saddle bronc riding standings while Culver's Trevor McCoin is 22ns in team roping as a heeler.

Other top names from Prineville, Terrebonne and Redmond are expected to compete.

Tickets to each night's performance are $8 for ages 12 and up, while ages six-11 are $4. Kids five and under are free.

Seating is limited, so get there early.

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