Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nev., above, won the steer wrestling with a time of 4.6 seconds at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Sunday. Eldridge went on to take the all-around title after placing fifth in the tie-down roping. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
UNION — Dakota Eldridge stole the show Sunday at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show.
The Elko, Nev., cowboy tied for first place in the steer wrestling with a time of 4.6 seconds and added a fifth-place finish in the tie-down roping with a mark of 9.3 seconds.
He was awarded the event’s all-around award for his weekend of work.
“It feels great,” said Eldridge, last year’s Professional Cowboys Rodeo Association’s rookie of the year.
“It’s a great rodeo. I’ve had a lot of luck here before — I’ve placed in the bull dogging, calf roping and team roping — so good karma here I guess.”
That karma earned him $1,853.81 in just the steer wrestling and tie-down roping alone.
Eldridge tied with Nik Hamm in the steer wrestling.
“I had a pretty good steer,” Eldridge said. “I tried to be pretty fundamental and just try not to do anything wrong.”
He credited his horse with his time in the tie-down roping.
“In the calf roping, I rode my young horse and it worked pretty good. I knew I had a good calf, so I just tried to use him and make it count.”
Eldridge was a busy man all weekend long, as he also earned some money at the Sisters rodeo.
“I was 3.8 (seconds) in the steer wrestling and winning second,” Eldridge said. “It’s been a little slow the last couple weeks, but hopefully it’s starting to come around.”
Eldridge finished behind Clint Robinson in the tie-down roping. Robinson, of Spanish Fork, Utah, was able to post a time of 8.6 seconds on Sunday, edging both Jake Hannum of Plain City, Utah, and Jake Echevarria of Nampa, Idaho, who finished with times of 8.8 seconds.
“I had a real good calf,” Robinson said.
“The times weren’t very fast this week. So, I knew that all I had to do was make a solid run and I went and did it.”
Robinson said he was pretty confident with his time of 8.6 seconds, even with a couple of ropers left to go.
“Yeah, these are the type of calves that kind of run. So, I knew if I got in front of 8.8 I had a good chance of winning it,” Robinson said.
He was cut a check worth $1,329.29 for his victory.
Austin Foss of Terrebonne took first place in the bareback riding with a score of 152. Foss rode Crooked Sky for 81 points in the first go-round and came back to post a 71 on Flying Five’s 147 to win the event.
He went home with $789.02 for 16 seconds of riding time.
George Gillespie of Placerville, Calif., finished second with a score of 146, while Mitch Rickman of Powell Butte finished third with 133 points.
Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, outrode the competition in the saddle bronc riding.
Sundell rode Dad’s Velvet for 80 points in the first go-round and posted 84 points on the back of Wind Chimes in the second go-round to finish with 164 points on two-head.
Sundell earned $988 for the two rides.
Jesse Kruse of Great Falls, Mont., finished second with an aggregate score of 159 points, while Brad Rudolph of Winnemucca, Nev., placed third with 158 points.
Chris Roundy’s score of 84 points held up to win the bull riding. The Spanish Fork cowboy posted the winning score on Flying Knife during Friday’s performance.
Roundy made $1,442.10 for his eight seconds of work. Jordan Wacey Spears of Redding, Calif., placed second with a ride of 81, earning himself $1,092.50. Three riders tied for third.
The combo of Jake Fischer and Andy Carlson won the team roping with a time of 5.2 seconds. Fischer, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Carlson, of Hermiston, left town with $1,239.75 between the two of them.
Prineville’s Leslie Penhollow was just fast enough to win first place in the barrel racing. Penhollow posted a time of 17.52 seconds, just ahead of Newberg’s Cindy Woods, who had a time of 17.53. Penhollow earned $1,160.09, while Woods was cut a check for $994.36.