Broncs and Bulls rodeo returns to Wallowa County fairgrounds

June 13, 2012 02:32 pm

ENTERPRISE — The ninth annual Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo returns to the Wallowa County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday.

The rodeo features 12 of the top 15 national finals ranch saddle bronc riders including recent world champion J.D. Brock of Imnaha. Other local bronc riders signed up this year are George Kohlepp and Randy Baremore.

Pro Bull Riding Tour rider Cody Ford and Charlie Barker from the “World’s Toughest Cowboy” TV series are also scheduled to appear as well as local bull riders Lane Bailey and Eric Kolbaba.

Broncs and Bulls is sanctioned by the Elite Professional Bull Riders Association and the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association and is offering a purse of $28,600.

Both Friday and Saturday nights the top six riders will receive cash prizes in each category and will compete in a championship round.

Featured entertainment is Danger Dave Whitmoyer, an entertainer and barrel man out of Montana, and the Rodeo Bandits drill team of Mollala.

Two-time national finals ranch rodeo announcer Lee Daggett, Broncs and Bulls organizer, will be announcing the rodeo.

New this year, a Blackhawk helicopter is scheduled to be on display at the fairgrounds all weekend. All current and retired National Guard will be admitted free with a military ID.

Friday night’s spectator event, “$100 the Hard Way,” challenges daring souls to remove a $100 bill rubber-banded to a bull’s horn.

Saturday night, rodeo fans are given the chance to stand in a hula hoop as long as they can with a Mexican fighting bull loose in the arena.

Mutton busting starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday before the main events.

On Friday and Saturday nights the Range Rider in Enterprise invites rodeo fans in for dancing to the tunes of the band Black Horse.

The Cowboy Breakfast will be served at the fairgrounds Saturday morning at 7.

Tickets will be sold at the gate — $12 for adults; 12 and younger are half price — sponsored by Ed Staub Propane.

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6 p.m. — Ranch saddle bronc, first section (limit 12 contestants)

Other events follow:

• Bull riding, first section (limit 24 contestants)

• Championship rounds (top six, Broncs and Bulls)

•  $100 the Hard Way


7 a.m. — Saturday morning breakfast and chance to meet and greet the cowboys and entertainers.

9 a.m. — Cowboy Christian church service

3:30 p.m. — Mutton busting (no limit)

Other events follow

• Ranch saddle bronc, second section (limit 12 contestants)

• Bull riding, second section (limit 24 contestants)

• Championship rounds (top six, Broncs and Bulls)

• Ring of Fire