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Wheeler wins steer daubing at Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship

PHOTO COURTESY OF BLAIN WHEELER - Scappoose High junior Blain Wheeler won steer daubing at the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship in a two-run time of 3.08 seconds June 18-20 in Moses Lake, Wash. From left are Wheeler's mother Shena, Blain, his brother, Colten, and grandmother Karen Stanley.Blain Wheeler is the best in the northwest.

Wheeler, who will be a Scappoose High senior in September, improved on his 3.121-second ride that won the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams state championship with a first-place 3.08 at the Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship June 18-20 in Moses Lake, Wash.

He went 1.57 in the first run and 1.51 in the second.

"My first run was awesome," Wheeler said. "Lace [Wheeler's quarter horse] did a good job putting me where I needed to be. After the first round I was in third as I thought to myself, 'Keep your head together,' and, as my grandpa would say, 'Let's put one together.'"

Wheeler was one of 11 all-stars to reach the PNWIC steer daubing, in which a rider attempts to pull up next to a steer and place a mark of paint inside a circle on its side.

"Definitely two of my best runs I have put together," Wheeler said. "I would like to say a big thanks to Bart and Janet Grabhorn for letting me use such amazing horses, and to my grandparents and mother for supporting me and helping me to get the where I have made it."

He also set the all-time OHSET Northwest District breakaway roping record in this year's third meet at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds in McMinnville.

Sam Barlow's Savannah Storlie's first go of 1.3 was a PNWIC record that she followed with a 5.35 for a fifth-place 6.65.

Pacific Northwest Invitational Championship

June 18-20

in Moses Lake, Washington

Steer daubing

1. Blain Wheeler, Scappoose, 3.08

2. Kameron Dockins, Smokiam (Soap Lake, Wash.), 3.89

3. Anne Marie Carr, Bethel (Spanaway, Wash), 4.03

4. Kaitlynn Street, Lebanon, 5.04

5. Savannah Storlie, Sam Barlow, 6.65

6. Jasmine Schock, Klamath Union, 7.08

7. Kyla Connall (Walla Walla, Wash.), 8.75

8. Madelyn Baker, W. F. West (Chehalis, Wash.), 15.01

9. Breanna Jury, Enumclaw (Wash.), 3.21

10. Kameo Rivas, Columbia (Burbank, Wash.), 10.74

11. Zachary Christiansen, Dufur (Wash.), 11.54