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Volunteer of the Year


The Pendleton Round-Up Association selected Bob Forth as its 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

“Bob completely embodies the spirit of Volunteerism that is so prevalent at Round-Up,” stated Parade Director Billy Lorenzen. “His enthusiastic consistency is remarkable after fifty-five years of giving.” Forth received his award buckle quietly simply saying, “you don’t do any of this for recognition.”

Pendleton native and local rancher, Bob Forth, was born at St. Anthony Hospital in 1938 and grew where he was planted producing a bountiful crop of good will, shared freely with the community he loves. He was recruited in 1959 to be part of a horseback civil war representation for the Westward Ho! Parade. “Buck Lieullen rummaged up some articles of attire to mix together and simulate uniforms,” Forth recalled , “I remember most had grey coats, but mine was red.” During the 1970’s a parade barn was erected and Parade Director Jerry Schubert invited Bob to be a part of a team to work on the historic inventory of wagons. He still faithfully serves in this capacity helping the current wagon master. Every August each wagon is rolled-out of storage buildings and blocked up so every wheel can be removed, inspected, greased and reinstalled. “We always do the big Log Hauler first, because it is the hardest.”

Over the years he has also helped organize parade entries, ridden as an out-rider to help if something goes wrong, and even kept burros on his family ranch throughout the 70’s and 80’s.

He has also served on the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Board of Directors and is a long-time Happy Canyon volunteer gate operator.

Bob’s wife Nancy has been very supportive of his efforts. He said “We go to everything during Round-Up and have for years.” But his main love is the parade. “It’s always happened. Things may get pretty screwed up, but it has always rolled out.”

Grand Marshall


Terry Simpson has been named Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pendleton Round-Up Westward Ho! Parade. He was born in Pendleton and graduated from PHS, before attending Eastern Oregon University and Cal Poly where he competed on their rodeo team as a bulldogger and roper.

“As a child I was always at Round-Up,” recalled Simpson, “I entered as a local for the first time at age 19 to bulldog, making the finals twice in the years that followed.” After college he began volunteering and did many jobs: arena policeman, helped with the Oregon Stage Coach, and snubbed a horse daily for the NW Bucking Competition. He served on the Round-Up board of Directors from 1976 – 1984. During that time the Board accomplished the building of the North Grandstand Addition, East End Indian Seating project, the livestock alleyway, and Directors Room 17. However, he said one of their proudest decisions was to establish the use of all local concession vendors. Simpson held directorships for Non-Competitive Events, Competitive Events and finally Arena Director. Since his retirement from the board, Terry has continued to gain appreciation for the event, “It’s hard to explain how far Round-Up Reaches.”

Simpson’s most humorous Round-up moment came as a young man working arena security. It was his job to keep cowboys from sitting on the wrong side of the chalk line marking the roping boundaries. One day he noticed four-time world champion (1949, 50, 54 & 55) and three-time in a row Pendleton Round-Up All-Around Champion (1949-51) Shoat Webster had settled himself down on the grass just short of the line. Simpson approached Shoat and asked him to move. Always the gentleman, Shoat replied, “Alright son, but ya might have to tail me up.”

Since 1910, the Westward Ho! Parade has been a strictly non-motorized exhibition of the history of the west. It presents authentic Native American traditional regalia, historic rolling stock of the settler’s westward emigration and a continuation of the western lifestyle. It is the longest parade of its type in the country.

Round-Up University, 401 the Final Series

Pendleton Round-Up University

401 – The Final Series

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. 
Hamley’s Slickfork Saloon – Free to all

Pendleton Round-Up University is an educational program which explores the deeper cultural relevance of Round-Up and western-style living. It promotes community awareness of Round-Up's rich legacy, authentic traditions and legendary status in the world of rodeo. In it's fourth, and final year, the 401 Series will be taught on-campus at Hamley's Slickfork Saloon. An optional $10 meal is available and the historic bar will be tended.

March 5 - In Good & Bad Times the Show Went On Professor Patricia Dawson

 Learn about Round-Up’s Golden Years during the roaring 20’s and the economic struggles of the following Depression years. The heroic efforts of leaders like Collins, Frazier, Ritner, McNary, Boylen and Strand kept this world famous rodeo upright and shaped its historic future.

March 12 - Having Safe Six - Security Professor John Trumbo

 The Safe Six work together to make sure the fun stays fun for 50,000 Round-Up Guests. This class looks deep behind scenes into security provided by the City, Tribal, State, and Federal agencies, with contracted providers, plus volunteers. Let Retired Sheriff John Trumbo and Chief Stuart Roberts arrest your attention in pursuit of planning, which is the key.

March 26 - Rodeo Livestock Welfare Dr. Doug Corey, DVM

 From feed to scoop an army of professionals and volunteers provide round-the-clock care of livestock athletes to Let ‘er Buck! Meet Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Doug Corey DVM, who chairs the PRCA’s Livestock Welfare Committee and has played a leading role in developing it’s guidelines and policies. Dr. Corey is the nation’s foremost authority on this topic.

April 2 - The Pendleton Experience Professor Butch Thurman

Why is the Pendleton Round-Up a pilgrimage for family and world media. Yes, it is the most beautiful and authentic, but there is more. . . National radio commentator and columnist Butch Thurman will interview PRCA’s 2013 Announcer of the Year, Wayne Brooks, to discuss why the Round-Up is on everyone’s bucket list.  

Brotherhood Woven Tightly Once More

Pendleton Round-up Tipi Village

Photo by: Robert Cosner

Pendleton Round-up Tipi Village Photo by: Robert Cosner
Pendleton Round-Up Association and Pendleton Woolen Mills are pleased to announce that they have resolved their differences and have entered into a long term agreement providing a framework for their relationship going forward. The parties expect this resolution to allow for good relations between them for the next 100 years and beyond, and both look forward to enjoying the 103rd Pendleton Round-Up this week.

Shelby Spriet 2012 Top Hand

Shelby Spriet

Shelby Spriet
SHELBY SPRIET is the 2012 Pendleton Round-Up Top Hand, an award presented annually to a youth volunteer for exceptional service. Shelby is the 15 year old daughter of J.J. and Terri Spriet and a sophomore at Pendleton High School. Her volunteer contributions include working as an office assistant during her last three summer vacations where she answers phones, sells tickets, helps customers, and also cashiers. During Round-Up week she helps in the store before heading to the stadium to usher, then returns to the store to work until closing. She also ushers for Happy Canyon Night Pageant, the PBR and Concert events. The Happy Canyon Association presented Shelby Spriet the 2012 Roy Raley Youth Volunteer Award for excellent volunteer service. Both organizations honored Shelby at their annual joint Minor’s Party at Rodeo Lanes, in Pendleton. Round-Up President Tim Hawkins and Happy Canyon Show Director Jason Hill each said Shelby was the “obvious choice” although neither group knew ahead of time of the others selection.