Cowboys show off skills at 66th Elgin Stampede

Written by By Don Iler The Observer July 16, 2012 02:22 pm

Even though rainclouds threatened on Saturday afternoon, the 66th annual Elgin Stampede went off without a hitch this weekend.

Even though rainclouds threatened on Saturday afternoon, the 66th annual Elgin Stampede went off without a hitch this weekend.

But it still lived up to its reputation of  “only at the Elgin Stampede,” when several bulls escaped Friday night, and on Sunday when an ornery bronco jumped the fence.

The four-day event, which began with a kids night on Thursday, included the Mark Nichols Memorial Bull Ride Friday night as well as two days of PRCA rodeo action on Saturday and Sunday.

Clint Johnson of Baker City won the Mark Nichols Memorial Bull Ride on Friday night. 

Johnson rode for a score of 66 on his first ride and 86 on his second. 

Cheyne Olney won the PRCA bull riding with a score of 85 during his 8-second ride on Saturday night. 

The score also netted the Kennewick, Wash., bull rider a $100 bonus for beating the last year’s best.

Kyle Joslin of Caldwell, Idaho, got second with a score of 82 on Saturday, while C.J. Santana of Shoshone, Idaho, took third place with a score of 79 on Sunday. 

There was a total payout of $3,420 to the bull riders.

Out of a field of six bareback riders, Jared Bain of Haines took home first place with a score of 76. 

Austin Foss of Terrebonne got second with a score of 75, and Lee Lantz of Molalla held on to get a score of 72. 

Orlun McGuffin of Ellensburg, Wash., got fourth place and a score of 69. 

The bronco he drew, Caged Cougar, showed that he was no cat to be caged and charged into the fence in front of the VIP section, hitting his head on the fence. 

McGuffin eventually made it off Caged Cougar, but the horse continued to not want to go back to the pen. 

He eventually jumped the fence out of the arena, and ran around the parking lot until he was finally lassoed and brought back into the arena. 

In saddle bronc riding, Ad Bugenig of Ferndale, Calif. showed off his skills in the saddle and nabbed first place for a score of 80. Ben Londo of Pendleton didn’t let his hometown down and proved he could let ‘er buck, getting second place with a score of 70. 

Cooper DeWitt of Rio Rico, Ariz. took third with a score of 69 and Wade Black of Homedale, Idaho rounded out the purse winners with fourth place and a score of 64.

Tie down roping yielded six ropers taking home prizes. Jared Ferguson of Cottonwood, Calif. roped his calf in a time of 7.8 seconds. Luke Jeffries of Hermiston took second place with a time of 8.9 and Brett Hale of Tenino, Wash. got third with a time of 9.3.

Big Blake Knowles of Heppner won steer wrestling, flipping the animal onto its back in a lightning fast 4.8 seconds on Sunday afternoon. Travis Taruscio of Stanfield wrestled his steer to the ground in 5 seconds for second place. Buster Barton of Walla Walla, Wash. took third place, leaping from the saddle and taking down the steer in 5.4 seconds.

In team roping, Jake Stanley and Andy Carlson won first place with a time of 4.8 seconds. Jack Fischer and Ryan Powell took second with a time of 7.2 and Tyler Shannon and Todd Cleveland took third with a time of 7.8 seconds.

Ryan Endicott of Caldwell, Idaho was the winner of the second go round in steer roping and the overall aggregate winner with a score from two rides totaling 29.5. Tom Sorey of Pendleton was the winner of the first go round in steer roping and got second place in the aggregate results with his one ride in a time of 12.5 seconds.

Jodi Goodrich of Stanfield zipped around the barrels in a time of 17.65 seconds to win the barrel race. Pamela Cooper of Cheney, Wash. took second with a time of 17.73 seconds and Viki Friedrich of Salkum, Wash. was just a hundredth of second slower and ended with third place with a time of 17.74.

The Stampede was presided over by rodeo queen Jessie Bottgen of Elgin, who also participated in the drill team which performed both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. 

The final stop of the Harley Tucker rodeo series will be the Chief Joseph Days, July 25-29, in Joseph.