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William Scheibe of Boise competes in the saddle bronc competition at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show rodeo Sunday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
William Scheibe of Boise competes in the saddle bronc competition at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show rodeo Sunday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

UNION — The animals once again closed the last day of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Rodeo with a bang Sunday.

Early on, one of the broncs was out of control and up in the air after bucking off a cowboy. It knocked announcer Steve Kenyon and his horse to the ground.

Kenyon dusted himself off and walked up the steps to announce above the chutes, while the horse had his leg examined. The horse did not return, but it did not seem to matter to the audience, who oohed and awed after every performance.

None of the bull riders in the second section Sunday had a qualified ride.

But in the first section of bull riding, two cowboys put up points. One of those cowboys was Myron Duarte of Auburn, Wash. Duarte is ranked sixth in the June 7 Jack Daniel's World Standings with $42,034.

Duarte was riding with a bad knee and when he got off the bull, he limped to the back of the arena to catch his breath. Eventually, he was helped off with his leg in the air to applause.

Duarte had a 73-point ride. He did not place in the top six, but he received $495.00 for his efforts. Shad Bruhn, the other bull rider to nail a qualified ride, also walked with $495.00 Sunday.

In the team roping, the cowboys were having a very hard time catching their steers. The steers were "smiling" as Kenyon remarked after the cowboys missed roping the animals.

One of the barrel racers' reins broke while she was headed for the second barrel.

Paul Cope roped his calf in 9.2 seconds Sunday to bring home $1,860.71.

The remaining overall winners were:

• Zeb Lanham, bull riding, 83 points, $1,965.32.

• Brandon Christensen, steer wrestling, 5.4 seconds, $1,860.71.

• Sam MacKenzie, Jordan Valley, saddle bronc riding, 79 points, $1,597.20.

• Bobby Mote, Redmond, bareback riding, 84 points, $1,261.10.

• Jason Eiguren and Jade Anderson, team roping, 5.8 seconds, $1,345.93.

• Piper Levandoske, barrel racing, 17.20 seconds, $1,151.09.

— Raenelle Kwock

Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Rodeo

Final results

Bull riding —1, Zeb Lanham, 83 points, $1,965.32; 2, Dan Wolfe, 79, $1,488.87; 3, Lee Woolsey, 78, $1,071.99; 4, Dustin Elliott, 77, $714.66; 5/6, Beau Hill and Tom Clark, 75, $357.33.

Steer wrestling — 1, Brandon Christensen, 5.4 seconds, $1,860.71; 2/3 Kyle Whitaker and Trevor Knowles, 5.8, $1,379.49; 4, Clint Robinson, 5.9, $898.28; 5, Jimmy Bertalotto, 6.9, $577.46; 6/ Jarred Thomas and Brad Gleason, 7.2, $160.40.

Saddle bronc riding — 1, Sam MacKenzie, 79, $1,597.20; 2, Rusty Allen, 78, $1,210.00; 3, Preston Cutler, 71, $871.20; 4/5/6 Gary Bruhn, Jr., James Cole, Robert Shannon and Kayle Gray, 70, $290.40.

Tie-down roping —1, Paul Cope, 9.2, $1,860.71; 2, Mike Johnson, 9.9, $1,539.90; 3, Jade Lyon, 10.2, $1,219.08; 4/5/6, Jeff Coelho, Ryan Endicott and Brad Goodrich, 10.3, $598.85.

Bareback riding — 1, Bobby Mote, 84, $1,261.10; 2, Tigh Anderberg, 81, $955.38; 3, Joe Ketter, 75, $687.87; 4/5 Kirk Giovanini and Matt Weishoff, 74, $363.04; 6, Jason Havens, 73, $191.07.

Team roping — 1, Jason Eiguren and Jade Anderson, 5.8, $1,345.93; 2, Billy Gallagher and Pee Wee Freeman, 6.0, $1,113.88; 3, Shane Erickson and Brent Falon, 6.1, $881.82; 4, Grant Shumway and Tyler Saunders, 6.4, $649.76; 5, Jason Stewart and Shane Crossley, 6.5, $417.70; 6, Josh Bruce and Patrick Woodcock, 6.6, $232.06.

Barrel racing —1, Piper Levandoske, 17.20, $1,151.09; 2, Jill Besplug, 17.50, $986.65; 3, Kelli Currin, 17.53, $822.21; 4, Bridgett Wynn, 17.55, $712.58; 5, Debbie Stahl, 17.61, $548.14; 6, Kristie Hurn, 17.62, $438.51; 7/8 Bobby Jean Jones and Jodi Hoctor, 17.73, $274.07; 9, Kate Waetje, 17.76, $164.44; 10, Sherry Lynn Johnson, 17.81, $109.63.

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