BRIAN SANDERS was the first bull rider to have a successfull ride at the first ever Legacy Ford Buckout at the Mavericks Arena Friday night. CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
It was only fitting that at the first-ever Legacy Ford Buckout at the Union County Fair, a local cowboy would come out on top.On a night when the bulls were on the winning side of things the majority of the time, Summerville’s Cody Campbell came out on top with an 87.5-point ride in the championship round on the back of Sweet Ride.
“I thought it went pretty good,” Clint Johnson, who put the event together, said. “There were a few hiccups from a production standpoint, but other than that it went alright. Having Cody win it, a local guy, was nice to see.”
Campbell’s ride was .5 points better than that of Cheyne Olney, who rode High Rise for 87 points.
Those two rides were the only successful rides in the 10-man championship round.
Campbell rode for 88 points in the long round, when the first seven cowboys who strapped in got bucked off.
Riders had to wait through eight riders before points were posted on the board after Brian Sanders’ ride.
“I was a little nervous there early on when guys weren’t staying on. But then some guys settled in and we had some good rides,” Johnson said.
Kelly Bowcutt from Roosevelt, Wash., and Dave Belyea of Hermiston provided the bulls.
“I was pleased with the bulls, hopefully we can get those two guys back here next year,” Johnson said.
Despite the quality of the bulls, Campbell made his rides look easy, something he’s done a lot of while competing on bull riding’s biggest stage on the Professional Bull Riders tour.
Other than Campbell and Olney, Laine Baze made the short round before getting ejected off of Speck.
R.J. Kriegy couldn’t handle Wheel of Fortune, and Dally Mason didn’t last long on the back of River Rock.
Mike Sparks met his match against Crooked River, and Rat Patrol sent Sanders flying.
Brian Perry didn’t get along well with Cotton Eye Jo, and Cain Smith got bucked off El Diablo, as did Jace Catlin on the back of High Roller.
Campbell won $2,500 for his 16 seconds of work, while Johnson said the total payout was $6,350.
“I’m hoping we can bump that number up next year. Get a few more sponsors and maybe some more top riders,” Johnson said.
The Baker City cowboy is hoping to make some changes, but is excited with what he accomplished this year and what the future holds.
“I had a lot of people approach me afterwards that want to get involved. I’m excited to improve this and make it a really good event.”