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Mile High Broncs and Bulls Pro Rodeo set for this weekend

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County’s kick-off rodeo of the summer is now the only rodeo in Oregon chosen for a national tour of bronc riders, which is set to start at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mike McBeth of Emmett, Idaho, 2013 Western States World Champion Bronc Rider is scheduled to appear along with at least eight national finals qualifiers.

Wallowa County native sons Lane Bailey and Cade Steen are signed up for bull riding. 

So far, Daggett said the entries for ranch saddle bronc riders are almost filled and the bull riders are coming along as well. All the major sponsors are sold and this year’s clown is T.C. Evans, as well as the Pro West bullfighter of the year, Josh Canode.

Daggett said 18 bronc and 18 bull riders will compete. All entrants will compete in the first round or “long go” and the top six will be invited back for the championship round. For the second year, Broncs and Bulls includes wild horse racing. Daggett said there are 12 teams of wild horse racers, all members of the Professional Wild Horse Racers Association, headquartered in Madras.

Wild horse racing will also have qualifying rounds for the championships that will be preceded by a Calcutta auction.

The fun starts at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 14, which is also Flag Day. Daggett said Broncs and Bulls partnered with Elks Lodge this year for a special flag day ceremony during the grand entry which also features the Cowgirl Mafia drill team.

After the main events, the audience is invited to participate in “$100 the Hard Way” and “The Ring of Fire”, events that pit nerve against bulls in the arena and a mutton busting competition is open to the kids.

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