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Pendletonís Ben Londo tied for first place in the saddle bronc riding with a score of 83 points Sunday at the Elgin Stampede. Londo tied with Jacob Stacy of Moses Lake, Wash. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
Pendletonís Ben Londo tied for first place in the saddle bronc riding with a score of 83 points Sunday at the Elgin Stampede. Londo tied with Jacob Stacy of Moses Lake, Wash. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)

Cowboys, cowgirls compete for big money at 67th annual Elgin Stampede

ELGIN — Rosco Jarbo posted the best bull ride of the weekend to kick off the 67th annual Elgin Stampede. 

The New Plymouth, Idaho, cowboy became the 15th different winner of the Mark Nichols Memorial bull riding Friday night, posting a score of 87 points.

“It feels great,” Jarbo said. “I haven’t won an event in a while, so it feels good to get one rode.”

Jarbo’s score came on a night when the livestock were on the winning side of things the majority of the time.

After the first four riders of the night failed to make the eight-second whistle, Derek Kolbaba, formerly of Joseph but currently residing in Walla Walla, Wash., posted an 81.

But Jarbo was able to better Kolbaba by six points, his highest ride of the season so far.

“I don’t remember much,” Jarbo said of the ride. “He was just (jumping) up real high, so I just had to bear down and (ride) one out.”

Jarbo was one of six riders to qualify for the championship round, but no rider was able to make the whistle, including Jarbo.

“(That bull) came around to my right real nice, too. But he kind of got me behind and landed me,” Jarbo said of his ride in the championship round.

Jarbo said this was his first time competing in Elgin.

“I think it’s a good bull riding. Hopefully I got a lot more good years to come (here),” Jarbo said.

Jarbo won $1,398.37 for his score in the long round and another $2,220.62 for winning the average.

Kolbaba finished second and earned $2,824.99 in total pay. Ethan Weiser, an Eastern Oregon University cowboy, posted a score of 73 to finish third Friday. He earned $2,034 for his eight seconds of work.

No other roughstock rider was able to come close to Jarbo’s score over the course of the two-day Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo Saturday and Sunday.

Bullrider Jesse Kardos of Newport, Wash., posted a ride of 82 points to win the weekend. Laine Baze of Benton City, Wash., scored 78 points to finish second.

George Gillespie IV, an Eastern Oregon University graduate, won the bareback riding with a score of 77 points on the back of Sky King.

Gillespie also added to his lead in the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series standings with one event to go.

Nick Gutzwiler of Cheney, Wash., rode Dear Abby for 76 points to finish second in the bareback riding.

Jacob Stacy of Moses Lake, Wash., and Pendleton’s Ben Londo split the purse in the saddle bronc riding with scores of 83 points. Londo rode Wind Chimes for his score, while Stacy posted his score on the back of Rhonda Blues.

Scott Goodwin of Eltopia, Wash., had a run of 4.1 seconds to win the steer wrestling. He edged Justin Resseman of Colbert, Wash., who had a 4.3-second run.

Ty Holly of Mt. Vernon won the tie-down roping with a run of 10.1 seconds. Terrebonne’s Shane Erickson placed second at 10.5 seconds.

Brandon Beers of Powell Butte and Jim Ross Cooper of Monument, N.M., won the team roping with a time of 5.2 seconds. C.R. Wilken of Templeton, Calif., and Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne posted a score of 5.5. seconds for second place.

Trey Wallace of George West, Texas, had the best time in the steer roping with a mark of 27.6 seconds. Post’s Mike Beers finished second with a time of 27.7 seconds.

For the ladies, it was Katie Davis of Adrian taking first place in the barrel racing, winning with a time of 17.69 seconds. Pamela Capper of Cheney, Wash., took second with a time of 17.74 seconds.

Torrie Longgood won Friday night’s barrel-racing competition with a time of 17.25 seconds. Jerita Belyea finished second with a time of 17.25 seconds.

 The last stop on the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series is Chief Joseph Days starting July 24.

Contact Casey Kellas at 541-975-3351 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Follow Casey on Twitter @lgoKellas.

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