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Chief Joseph Days rodeo comes to close


JOSEPH — The 67th annual Chief Joseph Days rodeo came to a close Saturday night, wrapping up the 2012 Harley Tucker Rodeo Series.


This year barrel racer Pamela Capper won the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series award, given annually to the cowboy or cowgirl scoring the most points in a combination of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, the St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, the Elgin Stampede in Elgin and Chief Joseph Days.

The Cheney, Wash., cowgirl won the barrel racing with a time of 17.28, earning her $2,020.93 in total-go money.

Marvel Murphy of Fallon, Nev., took second place with a time of 17.51. She made $1,732.23 for her work.

Stanfield’s Jodi Goodrich placed third at 17.56 seconds, earning herself a paycheck of $1,4443.52.

The bulls didn’t play nice for most of the week, and no cowboy stayed on for eight seconds on Saturday night’s performance.

At the end, Dylan Vick’s score of 84 points was good enough for the title. 

Vick, of Escalon, Calif., earned $3,016.30 for first place.

Dakota Beck of Nesa, Wash., placed second with a score of 79 to make $2,408.70, while Trenten Montero of Winnemecca, Nev., took third with a 68.

He made $1,887.70 for his work.

In the bareback riding it was Steven Dent of Mullen, Nev., who came out on top.

Dent spurred Road Rash for 83 points to make himself $1,881.

Morgan Heaton of Paradise, Utah, came in second place with a score of 80 points on top of West Point Girl.

Heaton walked away with $1,442.10.

Ryan Gray placed third with a score of 79. The Cheney cowboy rode Odds Maker for $1,065.90.

Durkee’s Levi Bunch rode to first place in the saddle bronc riding.

Bunch scored 78 points on the back of Broken Smile to earn $1,881.

A pair of Arizona cowboys finished in second and third place.

Cooper DeWitt and Garrison DeWitt scored 77 and 76 points, respectively.

Cooper earned $1,442.10 with his ride on Road Rage, while Garrison made $1,065.90 after spurring Smooth Sailing.

Terrebonne’s Shane Erickson had the fastest time of the week in the tie-down roping.

Erickson’s time of 16 seconds on two head earned him $1,912.76 in total money.

He won the first go-around with a time of 7.4 seconds.

Nate Baldwin of Blackfoot, Idaho  and Roger Nonella of Klamath Falls, tied for second with a two-head total of 16.3 seconds.

They both earned $1,418.08 for their tie-down effort.

In the steer wrestling it was Travis Taruscio’s aggregate score of 9.1 seconds on two-head that won him first place.

Taruscio, a Stanfield cowboy, made $1,157.10.

Adrian’s Carl Seiders placed second with a total time of 9.3 seconds to earn $957.60, while Tyler Mitchell of Napa, Calif., came in third with a time of 9.5 seconds.

But it was Justin Resseman of Colbert, Wash., who had the best run of the week.

Resseman posted a time of 3.9 seconds to win the second go-round to earn $1,157.10.

Brandon Beers and Cully Stafford paired up to win the team roping.

Powell Butte’s Beers and Prineville’s Stafford had a total time of 12.4 seconds on two head to win $1,506.43 in total money.

Terrebonne’s Erickson and Brent Falon of Yakima, Wash., placed second with an aggregate time of 13 seconds.

The two cowboys earned $1,129.82 for their work.

Jack Fischer of Ellensburg, Wash., and Ryan Powell of Caldwell, Idaho, placed third at 13.4 seconds for a payday of $753.22.

Prineville’s Charly Crawford teamed up with Jim Ross Cooper of Monument, N.M., for the fastest time of the week.

The two posted a time of five seconds to take the second go-round title.

Buck Weinrich of Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada, won the steer roping with a total time of 47.8.

He was the only cowboy to successfully rope two-head to earn $836.

Erickson won the all-around title to earn an extra $5,070.96.

Dent finished second ($2,570.70), while Montero was third ($1,538.30) in the
all-around standings.

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