Colt Conley wins ranch bronc riding and bull riding at Labor Day weekend rodeo

by: ANGIE BERNARD/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - T.B. Hannan competes in saddle bronc riding at the Paulina Amateur Rodeo wearing a pink tutu and wings after losing a bet. Hannan had a score of 63 and did not place in the event.

With perfect weather and plenty of entries, the Paulina Amateur Rodeo delighted those in attendance with the action.
   The family-friendly event featured some of the top amateur talent in the Northwest as well as plenty of young local talent.
   “We were down a little bit in attendance,” organizers said. “But for the most part, it was decent and the weather was amazing.”
   Colt Conley was the big winner at the rodeo, taking first in both ranch bronc riding and bull riding as well as winning the men’s all-around title.
   Conley finished with a score of 80 in the ranch bronc event and was the only rider to make a qualified ride in bull riding.
   Willy Stoddard took second in the ranch bronc event with a score of 71, while Josh Lowe scored 69 to finish third.
   Chance Millin won the saddle bronc event with a score of 75 while Mark Gage took second with a score of 73 and Kade McLean was third with a 70.
   Cody Rear was the only rider to make a qualified ride in bareback riding with a score of 55. However, Rear paid a high price for the victory. On his dismount Rear fell and was kicked in the chest. He was eventually air lifed to St. Charles Medical Center.
   Attempts to find out if he is still at St. Charles or has been discharged were unsuccessful.
   Rear’s injury was the only one at the rodeo as everything else ran smoothly.
   Diane Bain took first in open barrel racing with a time of 16.71. Bobbi Aldrich finished second in 16.86 while Hannah Solsby was third with a time of 16.90 and Lisa McLean and Shelby Nordman tied for fourth with a time of 16.94.
   Kennedy Buckner took the kids nine-and-under barrel race, while Gracie Garthwait was second, Atilee Reinhart was third, Taelor Hammock finished fourth, and Laura Mote wound up in fifth place.
   In the kids 10-14 barrel race Bellarae Wood won while Katie Sizemore was second, Chase Buchanan was third, and Rhiata Youngblood was fourth.
   Jim Jones was the star of the open team roping competition. Jones and Craig Neher won the event with a time of 44.23 on four head. Jones and Justin Solsby finished second with a time of 46.45, while Jones and Derrick Downing were third with a time of 46.84. Charmarie Bradach and Chad Edwards finished fourth with a time of 47.06.
   Local team roping was won by Rob McLean and Casey Thomas with a time of 33.26 on two head, while Kimmer Severance and Pat Lane were second with a time of 34.19. Ronnie Keys and Pat Mane were third with a time of 8.50 for one head.
   Kimmer Severance also cashed in breakaway roping, taking first with a time of 2.7 seconds. Charmarie Bradach was second with a time of 3.3 while Brooke Nyman took third in 3.7 seconds.
   Trevor Hall won the calf roping with a time of 18.6 seconds. He was followed by J.W. Rose in 19.3 seconds and Jarred Williams with a time of 24.4.
   Travis Weinke and Justin Solsby won the wild cow milking with a time of 75.28 while Conley and Dustin Fertado finished second.
   The youth steer riding was won by John Berry Rose with a score of 72 while Chad Simpson took second with a 68.
   Calf riding was won by Hayden Hilyard with Wyatt Fields taking second. Sheep riding was won by Tommy Jack Rose with a score of 72. He was followed closely by Wyatt Wood with a 71 and Jadyn Fields with a 70. Parker Buchanan finished fourth with a score of 68.
   Organizers noted that in addition to the usual spectators this year, there was a group that came all the way from Los Angeles to watch the rodeo.
   “They saw it on our internet web page,” organizers said. “They said that they had an absolutely wonderful time.”
   Now that the 2012 Paulina Amateur Rodeo is in the books, board members are already working on next year’s event. However, before this year’s rodeo is forgotten, they wanted to thank the volunteers that worked to make this year’s rodeo a success as well as everybody that attended the event.
   “We just want to say thanks to everybody that came,” they said.
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