Kids, grown-ups join in the fun at Enterprise rodeo

By By Katy Nesbitt The Observer August 22, 2012 12:45 pm

Katy Nesbitt / The Observer Lisa Morgan of the Grouse Creek Ranch in Imnaha races in as the clear winner of the horse race at the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Rodeo on Saturday at the fairgounds in Enterprise.

Kids and grown-ups alike joined in the fun at the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Rodeo Saturday afternoon at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds.

The now famous world championship rock jack building competition paired off ranch hands into teams this year and Todd Nash and B.J. Warnock finished well ahead of the winning team of Matt Proffet and Doug Peterson — but were given the second place prize because the Proffet-Peterson team’s rock jack was better built, according to the judges.

The one lap horse race, the final event of the day, was handily won by Lisa Morgan of Imnaha’s Grouse Creek Ranch. Scott Shear of the Triple Creek Ranch took first in the half trot, half run one lap race.

In the sorting competition, Jamie and Janie McCormack along with Debbie Wentz proved they could count better than their competitors and easily won the event. First place youth sorting team was comprised of brothers Tyrel and Wyatt Warnock and cousin B.J. Warnock.

The branding competition, where teams of three roped and “branded” calves with mustard, was won by the team of Beau Botts, Ryan Raymond and Clint Shaffer.

The Stockgrowers rodeo highlights skills used in real ranching. This year’s working dog event was won by Mason Winebarger and Fred Steen won the working horse event. Steen, along with Anna Yost, took first in muley roping, roping cows (not mules). Yost took first in the steer stopping event, as well.

A new event for kids at the rodeo was wild ewe milking in which Sonora Blair took first.

Saturday evening at the Stockgrowers dinner, the winning rock jack was auctioned for more than $1,340. 

Additional donations brought the total to more than $5,000 to be donated to an Oregon Cattlemen’s Association account to benefit ranchers who lost range and cattle in the catastrophic wildland fires in Malheur and Harney counties.

Each year the Stockgrowers recognize exceptional livestock and hay producers in the county. This year the Honorary Cattleman Ben Tippet of the year went to and Grassman of the Year was Dennis Sheehy.