Yost family takes top spots at ranch rodeo in Joseph
JOSEPH — The Yost family was in fine form Saturday night with both teams finishing in the top two spots at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo in Joseph.
The Yost Ranches team, comprised of Megan Yost, Jerry Cobb, and Jim Hite, took first at the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Grounds with 130 points.
The team won three of the four team events.
The Yost Quarter Horses team, with Dave and Anna Yost and Odo Grandi, took second with 100 points.
Ski Row Cattle Co. came in third with 81 points with team members Tyson McLaughlin, Jimmy VanBelle, and Colin Cunningham.
Tied for fourth were the Marr Flat Cattle Co., Todd and Adele Nash and Buck Matthews, and the Circle P Ranch, Lowell and Trevor Lewis and John Harris, with 31 points apiece.
This year, the ranch saddle bronc riding was a separate event with three of the five participants riding for the full eight seconds.
George Kohlepp took first with a 74 point ride, Chris Patrick was second with 68, and Randy Baremore came in third with 64 points.
The rodeo weekend started with a trail ride of the east moraine of Wallowa Lake, followed by dinner at the Thunderroom Friday night.
Saturday afternoon participants rode through Joseph to the rodeo grounds for the start of the team events.
The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo raises money for graduating high school senior college scholarships and gets the county in the spirit for Chief Joseph Days, July 25-28.