Fans pack the arena
- Tony Ahern
- Madras Pioneer - News
Jefferson County Fair Rodeo
Rodeo fans were treated to some great action during the two-day Northwest Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned Jefferson County Fair Rodeo.
B Bar D Rodeo Inc. provided the stock at the event, and judging by the packed house, there was plenty of excitement going down.
Mark Barkley scored an 82 to win the bareback competition, topping Lance Bannon, Jared Bain and Thad Welsh. Barkley pocketed $249.60 with the win.
In saddle bronc, Tim Alden took top honors with a 74. Frank McKay and Todd McKay were second and third, with a 67 and 61, respectively. Alden's win earned him $216.
In the always popular bull riding event, Joe Oakes earned the title aboard Nite Lite. Oakes scored an 85, just one point more than Justin Bain earned riding Ambush. Jimmy Floyd was third on Holy Smoke. Oakes received $480 for the win.
Bain and Floyd won separate bull riding day competitions.
In roping action, Chris Jones took top honors in the tie down roping event, with a 12.0 time. His win earned him a cool $626.40. Shane Hull was second at 12.6. Dick Hoffman was third at 13. Rick Hall (14.0), Sam Willis (14.1) and Jeremy Finley (14.7) rounded out the field, all finishing in the money.
In steer wrestling, Charlie McIntosh won with a 5.3, pocketing $522. Sam Willis and Rusty Thompson were second and third, with times of 5.5 and 6.0, respectively. Ryan Botham, Joe Irzyk and Charlie Barker were fourth through sixth.
There were 38 entries in team roping, and Randy Thompson and Mike Marriott came out on top, nipping Kyle Schorousky and Brian Reece by a tenth of a second, 6.0 to 6.1. The winners got $876.96 apiece and the second-place pair pocketed $725.76.
The third through sixth teams were: Sam Willis and Will Schmidt; Joe Hamilton and Ryan Gallagher; Mike Fuller and Shan Crossley; and Kelsey Johnson and Roger Nonella.
Mike Thiele won the cow milking event, finishing in 19.7 second, and won $537.60. Shane Erickson and Mark Erickson were second and third, respectively, and Will Schmidt was fourth.
In cowgirl action, Melody Smith captured the breakaway event in 2.2 seconds, and earned $445.44. Jennifer Casey was second at 2.6 and Dusti Crenshaw third at 3.3. Samantha Gallagher was fourth and Mindi Grimley tied with Jenna Johnson for fifth, at 3.6.
Jordan Crossley won the barrel racing event, crossing in 13.97 and taking home an extra $574.08. Lucy Schnabele was second in 14.02. Stevie Ray Willis was third at 14.03, Kelli Jensen fourth at 14.04. Rounding out the money winners were Jaymie Leach, Italy Spratt, Siena Jones and Carolyn Hultberg.