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Joseph native Lane Bailey takes part in the bull riding competition at last year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Chief Joseph Days rodeo. Bailey finished fourth in bull riding at a PRCA event in Cheney, Wash. July 12. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
Joseph native Lane Bailey takes part in the bull riding competition at last year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Chief Joseph Days rodeo. Bailey finished fourth in bull riding at a PRCA event in Cheney, Wash. July 12. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
 

Country’s top cowboys and cowgirls head to Joseph for PRCA rodeo

JOSEPH — Some of the best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from around the Northwest and the nation will compete this week at the 69th annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

The rodeo will open with the bucking horse stampede down Joseph’s main street as the first official event beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Joseph. 

This year, two of the top names in steer wrestling appear — Shawn Greenfield of Lakeview was second at the National Finals Rodeo and finished in the world rankings in 2012. His main competition is Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., who won world titles in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Columbia River Circuit members in the top 20 world standings coming to Chief Joseph Days include Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, ranked 14th as a team roping heeler. Cardoza placed third at the St. Paul Rodeo earlier this month.

There are also a number of top circuit steer wrestlers appearing at Chief Joseph Days. Trevor Knowles of Mt. Vernon, Wash., is ranked second, while Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nev., is ranked eighth. Blake Knowles of Heppner holds the 18th ranking.

Circuit member Jake Pratt of Ellensburg, Wash. is ranked eighth in tie down and 18th ranked Pamela Capper of Cheney, Wash., will be running the barrels.

Jake Echevarrio of Nampa, Idaho, returns to Chief Joseph Days in team roping and Jeff Coelho of Echo in calf roping.

In addition, team roping brothers Tanner and Quade Patzke of Klamath Falls bring their skills to Joseph coming off a fifth-place finish at St. Paul’s.

As a local favorite and great 

grandson of Chief Joseph Days’ founder Harley Tucker, Lane Bailey of Joseph will attempt an eight-second bull ride this week to advance in the PRCA bullriding standings. 

Bull rider Derek Kolbaba, formerly of Joseph and now of Walla Walla, Wash., is also scheduled to appear.

Local steer roping contestants include Fred Steen of Enterprise and Doug Bean of La Grande.

John Green of La Grande is entered in the steer wrestling competition and Howdy McGuinn of North Powder is entered in steer roping.

The slack rodeo competition is at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and the main events start at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Rodeo Grounds’ Harley Tucker Arena. 

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