PRCA takes over Union for 105th Livestock Show

By Casey Kellas, The Observer June 13, 2012 08:29 am

More than $45,000 is handed out to rodeo’s best cowboys, cowgirls

UNION — The first leg of the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series made its stop in Union this weekend for the 105th Eastern Oregon Livestock Show.

The show featured 270 of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s best talent, with $45,737 in prize money being handed out.

Chris Roundy of Spanish Fork, Utah, took first place in the bull riding. 

Roundy rode Hot Chocolate for 83 points and earned $1,473.45 for his efforts.

Roundy was the only cowboy to go for more than 80 points.

Blaine Skaggs of Hubbard rode for 79 points on Sand and Grit for second place. Skaggs won $1,116.25 for the finish.

Trenton Montero of Winnemecca, Nev., and Beau Schroeder of China Texas, tied for third with 78-point rides.

Both Montero and Schroeder pocketed $669.75 for their eight seconds of work.

Summerville’s own Cody Campbell finished in a tie for fifth with a 76-point ride, earning himself $267.90 in front of friends and family.

Molalla’s Lee Lantz came out on top in the bareback riding.

Lantz had a two-head total of 156 points.

Lantz started out with an 80-point ride before going for 76 points on the back of Moments Dare to walk away with a total earning of $1,090.29.

Pendleton’s R.C. Landingham and Haines’ Jared Bain tied for second along with George Gillespie of Placerville, Calif. Each cowboy posted 147 points on two head.

In the saddle bronc riding it was Eagle Point’s Mert Bradshaw who finished with an aggregate score of 151 points to take the title.

He made a total of $1,052.65 for his weekend of work.

Bradshaw finished second in the first go-round with a 74-point ride on Dad’s Velvet. He came back with a 77-point ride on Faded Winds in the second go-round.

Bradshaw’s total was one point better than Roy Johnson of Etna, Calif., who finished with a two-head total of 150 points.

Johnson won the first go-round with 78 points on the back of Echo Valley, but finished fourth in the second go-round with a 72-point ride on Major F.W.

Brad Rudolph of Winnemucca, Nev., won the second go-round with an 84-point ride on Devil Lady.

Jake Echevarria of Nampa, Idaho, had the fastest time of the weekend in the tie-down roping.

Echevarria finished with a time of 11.1 seconds to take home $1,391.27.

He was just a tick faster than Echo’s Jeff Coelho who posted a time of 11.5 seconds for second place.

Coelho made $1,151.40 for his work.

Mt. Vernon’s Ty Holly finished in third at 12.8, while Joe Hoffman of Chehalis, Wash., (12.9) and Will Casey of Mesa, Wash., (13.2) rounded out the top five.

In the steer wrestling, Chance Gartner of Pasco, Wash., was the fasted bull dogger of the weekend.

Gartner dropped his steer in 5.1 seconds to earn a check worth $1,535.91.

Bend’s Alex Robertson was just one-tenth of a second slower with a time of 5.2 seconds for second place. He took home $1,271.10.

Carl Seiders of Adrian was right behind at 5.5 seconds, making $1,006.29 for his third-place finish.

Things were tight in the team roping as well.

Justin Yost of Hico, Texas, partnered up with Bucky Campbell of Benton City, Wash., to take first place in a time of 6.5 seconds.

The two earned $1,377.50 each for the victory.

They were just quicker than Milton-Freewater’s Bryce Palmer and Adams’ Garrett Rogers who finished in 6.8 seconds to make $1,140 each.

Pace Freed of Pocatello, Idaho, and Jesse Sheffield of Delta, Colo., finished in third place with a time of 7 seconds.

A muddy arena made things difficult for the barrel racers the first two days, but sunny skies on Sunday allowed for some faster times.

Molly Powell of Stephenville, Texas, took advantage of the dry arena to post a time of 19.03 to take first place.

The Texas cowgirl earned $1,160.09 for under 20 seconds of work.

Adrian’s Abby Michaels finished second in 19.12 and received $994.36.

Jody Sheffield of Ogden, Utah, and Kym LaRoche of Arlington, Wash., tied for third in 19.19 and made $773.39.

The EOLS is just one stop on the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series, along with future stops at the Elgin Stampede, St. Paul Rodeo and Chief Joseph Days.

On the final night of competition in Joseph, the cowboy or cowgirl scoring the most combined points at the four stops will be honored with the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Award with a hand-crafted belt buckle and $3,000.