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Announcement of the new 2015 Directors


The Pendleton Round-Up Association announced the election of Bill Quesenberry to serve as President of the 2015 Board of Directors.  New Directors Nick Sirovatka and Karl Farber were named as new Directors to fill the openings left by retiring Directors Billy Lorenzen and Bill Quesenberry. The announcement came Tuesday night, November 25th, at the Association’s Annual Stockholders Meeting held in the Let ‘er Buck Room. “Round-Up is family and tonight we welcome two new members to help us direct our course,” stated Quesenberry. “And given the strength of candidates, Round-Up’s future is in good hands.”

Bill Quesenberry, of Pendleton Oregon, has served as a director for nine years, but he quite literally grew up on the world famous grass infield. At age 12 he ran the milk bottles and rope out to the center of the arena for the Wild Cow Milking Contest and helped out in the Bonnie Tucker Booth. At age 15 he was asked to join the un-tying crew and set critters free for over forty years, until he was elected onto the Board of Directors in 2006. During his Board tenure he has served several roles including Court Director for two years, Grounds Director for three years, then Competitive Events Director through 2014. “It is a privilege and will be a great honor to serve as President,” Bill said. “With the dedicated capabilities of over a thousand volunteers, our Board simply functions to direct activities for this, the greatest rodeo on the planet.” Bill is co-owner of Pacific Crest Pest Control which serves the greater Eastern Oregon region. His wife Teresa is now retired after 28 years of teaching in the Business Department at Blue Mountain Community College.   



Nick Sirovatka, of Pendleton Oregon, joins the Round-Up Board after nineteen years of volunteer service. “I have grown up enjoying Round-Up and believe it is a positive event,” stated Nick, “both from a heritage standpoint as well as a financial benefit to the community.” Sirovatka is employed by the US Department of Agriculture as a Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Pendleton Field Office. His leadership background includes serving as Vice-Chair for the Oregon USDA Civil Rights Committee, Co-Chair for the NRCS statewide Soil Health Committee, Vice President of Camp Fire USA local Board of Directors, and Patrol Director for the National Ski Patrol at Spout Springs. Other local volunteer service also includes Pendleton Youth Soccer, Pendleton High School Dance Team, and the Pendleton Community Halloween Party. Along with wife Joni, Nick promises to continue building upon recent Round-Up improvements to ensure the traditions of Round-Up are secured for the enjoyment of future generations and to provide continuing community benefits.

Nick’s Round-Up volunteer service includes supervising ushers in the south grandstand, assisting the Westward Ho! Parade by organizing livestock teams and riding groups from the staging area, and eleven years driving the tractor sled to assist injured livestock in the arena. He has also operated a tractor/groomer each year for Independence Day Barrel Race.   When asked to define Round-Up in one word, “Amazing“, was his response. “It’s special to look out over the grass field just before 1:15 on a Wednesday afternoon and feel the excitement of the crowd build.” Nick looks forward to saddling-up into a leadership role. “Round-Up cannot stagnate,” he stated “We must ask, ‘what can we do to keep amazing happening?’”  


Karl Farber has lived in Pendleton for 16 years with his wife Buffy, a Pendleton native. He is employed by the Oregon State Police Department. After ten years on Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team, Farber now serves as a Major Crime Detective and member of the O.S.P. Bomb Squad. Through his employment   Karl has worked the grounds at Pendleton Round-Up, Happy Canyon and PBR. His community volunteer service includes working with the Kids Shopping Tour, youth soccer and baseball teams and past service with the Pendleton Elks. “In Karl’s everyday job he exemplifies all the qualities it takes to work under a great deal of pressure while keeping in mind the best interest of the community,” stated Round-Up Director Tygh Campbell, “These qualities will keep our board moving in a positive direction into the next 100 years.” Although his leadership experience would be valuable in any leadership role, Farber feels his law enforcement background will be valuable in maintaining the Round-Up as a safe and enjoyable event, thereby preserving the community’s rich history for years to come.

Karl has passed up promotion opportunities to remain in Pendleton, “Its home,” He stated, “I intend to raise my children here.” Karl described Round-Up with the word, “Heartbeat.” He explained, “It makes us tick, pump. Lots of small towns get smaller and smaller, but each year we gather for Round-Up and it keeps us going.” 

2014 BMCC Rodeo Program Scholarship Award Winners

From left to right, Shawn Eng – Rodeo Team Coach, Chase Hansen – Scholarship Recipient, Cam Preus – President BMCC, Rob Collins – Pendleton Round-Up Director, Maddy Pendergrast – Scholarship Recipient, Larry Patterson

From left to right, Shawn Eng – Rodeo Team Coach, Chase Hansen – Scholarship Recipient, Cam Preus – President BMCC, Rob Collins – Pendleton Round-Up Director, Maddy Pendergrast – Scholarship Recipient, Larry Patterson 


As part of its ongoing commitment to support area students and the Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) Rodeo Program, the Pendleton Round-Up Association recently awarded $1,800 scholarships to team members Maddy Pendergrast and Chase Hansen.  The Round-Up scholarships are awarded annually to members of the BMCC Rodeo Team in recognition of outstanding academic performance, community leadership and athletic achievement.


Highlighting the importance of this longstanding relationship between the Round-Up and BMCC, Rob Collins, Chairman of the Association’s Scholarship Committee observed, “We are honored to present these scholarships to two remarkable student athletes from the BMCC rodeo team.”


Maddy, a third year student from Adrian, Oregon, competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping.  Outside the arena, she has earned a 3.46 grade point average.  Maddy’s future educational plans include transferring to Eastern Oregon University to complete her studies in Elementary Education after completing her course work at BMCC.


Chase Hansen, son of the late Pendleton Round-Up pick up man Sonny Hansen, has excelled on the rodeo team.  Competing with twin brother Clayton, he won the 2014 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Northwest Region Team Roping Championship.  Chase has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in both Team Roping and Tie Down Roping.  While at BMCC, Chase is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Livestock Production.


BMCC President Cam Preus, noting the value of the college’s ongoing relationship with the Round-Up, stated, “BMCC is very proud of the partnership it has with the Pendleton Round-Up, and it’s a tremendous value to our students who benefit from these generous scholarships”.


The BMCC Rodeo Team program is just one of many scholarships awarded annually to deserving local students by the Pendleton Round-Up.  To learn more about these opportunities, please contact the Round-Up Office at (541) 276-2553 or visit our web site at  

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.

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.