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Adele Nash, left, member the Marr Flat team, won the individual women’s break roping event. Nash was also named the top Cowgirl at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
Adele Nash, left, member the Marr Flat team, won the individual women’s break roping event. Nash was also named the top Cowgirl at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
 

Yost family repeats as champions in Joseph

JOSEPH — Ranch chores turned into rodeo events at Saturday evening’s Countdown to Chief Joseph Days ranch rodeo. The Yost Ranch team repeated its 2012 victory, dominating the team events.

Prize money was distributed to the top two teams in each event and to the top four overall teams.

The Yost Ranch was first in team branding, followed by the YJ Ranch; The Baremore Ranch won team sorting followed by the Circle P Ranch; Circle P Ranch was first in doctoring, while the McCormack and Yost ranches finished tied for second. The Yost Ranch won the team roping competition, while the Quail Run Ranch Team finished second.

Overall prizes went to top finishers, as the Yost Ranch team of Meagan Yost Cobb, Jerry Cobb and Jim Hite took first, while Circle P Ranch finished second. Third place went to the YMM Ranch, and Quail Run Ranch took fourth place.

A new event introduced at this year’s rodeo was break-away roping — a women’s event featuring Wallowa County’s finest cowgirls. Adele Nash, who competed with the Marr Flat Cattle Company during the team events and runs the 6 Ranch with her mother, Liza Jane McAlister, and brother, James Nash, was the clear winner in the event. Nash was also honored with the Best Cowgirl award for the rodeo, taking home a pair of custom-made spurs.

Calvin Schaeffer took first in the ranch saddle bronc riding competition with 76 points followed by Cody Bracher who earned 72 points.

Break-away roping and saddle bronc riding were individual events and points earned did not count toward the team events.

The Top Hand award for the best overall cowboy went to Barrie Qualle of Enterprise’s Quail Run Ranch.

Tucker started the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo almost 70 years ago. Though Willis didn’t earn a score, the young cowboy is following in the footsteps of his cousin Lane Bailey who is a rodeo bull rider.

The Top Hand award for the best overall cowboy went to Barrie Qualle of Enterprise’s Quail Run Ranch.

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo weekend started Friday afternoon with a trail ride up Wallowa Lake’s east moraine with more than 40 horseback riders. That evening more than 100 people were served a tri-tip beef dinner at the Joseph Rodeo Grounds Thunder Room; a record number. The dinner, silent and live auctions and Saturday’s rodeo raised money for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo committee’s scholarship, awarded r to a high school graduate from each of the county’s high schools. Bailey Wearin of Joseph, Emily Spang of Wallowa and Ashton Olson of Enterprise were each awarded $1,000.His son Braden has been competing in Special Olympics for 19 years, while Doug has continued to grow the Union County Special Olympics program after initially getting involved to coach his son 15 years ago.

“I love going out and seeing how happy everyone is to compete,” Trice said. “They work just as hard as the high school athletes I’ve coached, and the most important thing is that everyone keeps coming out and gets the chance to participate.”

As one of nine Union County Special Olympics athletes that will take part in the state meet, Braden Trice also said he loves continuing to be a part of Special Olympics.

“I love being a part of Special Olympics,” Braden said. “I love competing, and I have made a lot of good friends on our team.”

For the full story, see Monday's issue of The Observer

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