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BUCKEYE BLAKE AS 2017 POSTER ARTIST

Available Monday, June 26

PENDLETON ROUND-UP ANNOUNCES BUCKEYE BLAKE AS 2017 POSTER ARTIST

PENDLETON, ORE. (June 26, 2017) - Pendleton Round-Up, the most iconic rodeo in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), is pleased to announce the selection of acclaimed contemporary western artist, Buckeye Blake, as the rodeo’s 2017 poster artist. An important figure in the western art community, Buckeye is renowned for his ability to authentically combine traditional and contemporary styles in his dramatic, colorful paintings of western themes.

“When selecting the poster artist each year, we look for an artist with a proven history of authentically embodying the spirt of western heritage in their work. Buckeye Blake is the perfect match, capturing the color, drama, history, celebration and overall essence of the Pendleton Round-Up,” said Bill Levy, president, Pendleton Round-Up. “Buckeye’s poster and art will resonate well with our loyal rodeo and western heritage audience, offering them a lasting piece of Pendleton Round-Up legacy.”

Buckeye Blake’s work is featured in many important collections, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Denver Art Museum, the 3M Museum, the Harmsen Collection and the C.M. Russell Museum. He has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, and has been featured in countless magazine articles and publications including the book, Buckeye Blake: Art on the Western Front.

“As a painter, capturing the bright colors, rich history, vivid action, and legendary drama of the Pendleton Round-Up is a unique opportunity,” said Buckeye Blake. “I’m honored to create a painting that captures the ‘Let’er Buck’ spirit of the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up.”

As a child Buckeye Blake moved around the west, following his father on the rodeo circuit and working on ranches; a stop in Buckeye, Arizona is the origin of his nickname. Buckeye’s experience as a working cowboy was tempered by the influence of his mother, an artist who created murals and painted portraits to supplement the family income. Following a stint as a scene painter in Hollywood, Buckeye returned to his love of showing cutting horses and creating fine art; setting up a studio in Augusta, Montana, for many years before relocating to Weatherford, Texas.

Posters will be available for purchase Monday June 26th at the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Gift Store, 1114 SW Court Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801, and online at http://www.leterbuck.com/. To learn more about Buckeye Blake, the 2017 Pendleton Round-Up poster and to order tickets for the 2017 Pendleton Round-Up visit www.pendletonroundup.com or call (541) 276- 2553.

About Pendleton Round-Up

The Pendleton Round-Up has long been heralded as the world’s most iconic rodeo, and is held in Pendleton, Oregon, the second full week in September each year. Established in 1910 and inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2008, the rodeo began as a frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military pageantry, cowboy racing and bronco busting. Rich in history and heritage, today the Pendleton Round-Up preserves the cowboy and western spirit and honors the integral Native American history of the Pacific Northwest. A Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned event, and voted PRCA ‘Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year’ in 2003, 2010, 2015 and 2016, the annual event draws thousands of patrons each year and hosts rodeo competitions including bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding and steer roping. In addition to PRCA sanctioned events, edge-of-your-seat exhibitions include the Indian Relay Racing, the “Green Mile,” longest women’s professional barrel racing pattern, wild cow milking and unique Native American dancing.

For more information, a schedule of 2017 events and to purchase tickets and gear visit pendletonroundup.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Kick-Off Concert!

Gary Allan with guest Tyler Rich

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Gary Allan set to take the Happy Canyon stage Sept. 9

PENDLETON, Ore. – Country music superstar Gary Allan will kick off the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon week when he takes the stage in the Happy Canyon Arena on Sept. 9. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1.

Allan is known for hit No. 1 singles “Man to Man,” “Nothing On But the Radio,” “Watching Airplanes,” and “Tough Little Boys.” He mixes honky-tonk bravado with grainy isolation across his eight studio albums, seven of which reached gold status and three of them were certified platinum.

His latest album – “Set You Free” – features the hit single “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain.” While Allan has always had a gritty, gravelly edge to his performances, he pushes himself on “Set You Free,” singing with more command, authority and pliability than he has in years. The album, sequenced with a storyline in which a man breaks the restraints of a failed relationship and conquers the loneliness of its aftermath, is the result of Allan’s own journey as a man and as an artist.

Happy Canyon President Corey Neistadt said he’s excited to bring Allan to Pendleton and for fans to have an opportunity to see the star in the Happy Canyon Arena.

“Having Gary Allan hit the stage is a fantastic way to kick off Round-Up week,” Neistadt said. “We know he’ll really enjoy the intimate setting of the Happy Canyon Arena that brings stars so close to their fans.”


Tyler Rich is a Country Singer/Songwriter from a small Northern California farming community called Yuba City, and is currently based in Nashville, TN. He found his love for country music after his cousin took him to see George Strait at the age of 8. From George, to Garth, to Brooks & Dunn, Tyler immersed himself into the music. Three months before his 14th birthday, his Grandparents surprised him with a guitar for Christmas, and he never stopped playing. After countless hours working on his craft, and spending years on the road touring across the country with multiple bands in his early twenties, Tyler decided it was time to pursue his career as a solo artist. In the past several months, Tyler has performed along side some of the industries top artists including Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and he spent 4 months on the road opening the 2015-16 "Hell of a Night" tour with Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1, at 9 a.m. and range in price from $40 to $130. To reserve tickets, call 800-45-RODEO (select option 1 for tickets) or visit www.pendletonroundup.com.

2016 PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year

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LAS VEGAS – The Pendleton Round-Up won the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) 2016 Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year Award. Presented during the PRCA’s annual awards banquet at Las Vegas, it marked the second consecutive year the Pendleton Round-Up has been honored with this prestigious award. “It is humbling to receive this acknowledgment from our peers,” said Round-Up President Bill Levy, “its Pendleton volunteers who have earned this award and we are very happy to receive it on their behalf.”

The Pendleton Round-Up began in 1910; establishing its reputation for colorful and unscripted rodeo action which generated an exciting depiction of western lifestyle. Over its 107 year history, the Round-Up has diligently built upon its authentic roots to produce an award winning, world class show.

Inspired by winning the Large Outdoor Rodeo of Year in 2015, the Pendleton Round-Up Board of Directors challenged themselves to make the 2016 edition of the Round-Up even better. Further refinements to the Livestock selection program delivered top animal athletes from the herds of eight separate livestock contractors, which provided a consistent pen of bucking stock giving each contestant an opportunity to win. Adding over $45,000 of prize money boosted the Pendleton rodeo to the fifth highest pay-out in the PRCA, and it remains the biggest four-day rodeo purse in the country. To create a new fan experience the Pendleton Round-Up opened the 1910 Room, a new trackside gourmet meal opportunity featuring Portland celebrity Chef Max Germano; also a new outdoor watering hole called the Loading Chute Bar where contestants can meet friends with an arena view. Contestant family seating was reserved in a premium seating area and each contestant was provided food-script to be traded for any of the great food vendors on the grounds. These initiatives guaranteed the return of top cowboys and cowgirls to Pendleton, competing on top livestock, resulting in four exciting days enjoyed by over 52,000 enthusiastic ticket holders.

The PRCA also acknowledged several Pendleton Round-Up performers as the best of the best in 2016. Announcer Wayne Brooks was awarded the PRCA Announcer of the year. Dusty Tuckness was presented with 2016 Bullfighter of the Year, and entertainer Justin Rumford was named 2016 Clown of the Year. Pendleton native Marty Campbell, who broadcasts the Pendleton Round-Up live for Capps Broadcasting was honored with the PRCA’s Broadcaster of the Year Award. “Our board has invited the best talent available into our arena,” said Publicity Director Randy Thomas, “Our fans really know rodeo and would not appreciate anything less.”

“This was a big night for the City of Pendleton, Round-Up volunteers, fans and friends,” said General Manager Casey Beard, “the Let ‘er Buck brand is alive and well.”

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - A new adventure!

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The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon have partnered with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to make the Hard Rock their official host property during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“We are extremely excited to join with our friends at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to offer our fans a special opportunity to enjoy one of the most exciting properties in Las Vegas while attending the National Finals”, said Round-Up President Bill Levy. “The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the closest property to the Thomas and Mack Arena, is home to the finals of the Bull Fighters Only Tour Championship and offers special before and after viewing parties for the Finals. Like the Round-Up and Happy Canyon, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has a reputation for fun and excitement so we think this is a great partnership.”

To launch the partnership, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is offering a special rate to Round-Up and Happy Canyon fans using the code HRFDPRU.

Sweetening the deal even more, one lucky fan will win a prize package of 2 WNFR tickets and 2 free nights at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. For details, please visit the Pendleton Round-Up Facebook page.

Happy Canyon President JJ Spriet’s comments summed up the spirit of the partnership, “This is opportunity is great for our loyal fans and volunteers to enjoy the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s legendary hospitality and entertainment opportunities while being next door to the WNFR. As a host to the inaugural Bull Fighters Only Tour, we were thrilled with its exciting action. Staying at the Hard Rock offers our fans an opportunity to enjoy even more heart stopping Bull Fighters Only action.”

* The Facebook page contest is open to all of our loyal followers & friends! To enter follow this link to our Facebook page contest, https://www.facebook.com/pendletonroundup/photos/p...

Tell us why you want to go to WNFR & stay at Hard Rock use our #leterbuck & #hardrockhotellv be sure to like our page post & share with your friends.

ProRodeo Sports News!

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2016 Big 4

NEWS FROM THE BIG 4

The Rodeos of

Kennewick, WA – Horse Heaven Round-Up

Walla Walla, WA – Walla Walla Frontier Days

Lewiston, ID – Lewiston Roundup

Pendleton, OR – Pendleton Round-Up

For more information: Randy Thomas, Publicity Director, Pendleton Round-Up (541) 379-6776

Stevi Hillman has won the coveted Big 4 Best in the Northwest award as a result of competing at Kennewick, Washington’s Horse Heaven Round-Up, Walla Walla, Washington’s Walla Walla Frontier Days, the Lewiston Roundup in Lewiston, Idaho and the Pendleton Round-Up in Pendleton, Oregon.

The Best in the Northwest award is given to the contestant accumulates the most points while competing in all of the Big 4 rodeos. Hillman of Weatherford, Texas placed high enough in the barrel racing competition at Kennewick, Walla Walla, Lewiston and Pendleton to earn enough points to win the custom made saddle designed especially for the award by Stoney Saddlery of Hermiston, Oregon. The placings at the Big 4 rodeos also helped Hillman on her way into the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s top standings as a qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The saddle along with other prizes will be awarded to Hillman at the Big 4 Reception held this November during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The Big 4 Rodeo Association was established in 1948 and remains as one of the oldest rodeo associations of its type in professional rodeo today. The Big 4 rodeos occur in consecutive weeks starting with Kennewick’s Horse Heaven Round-Up in late August and finishing with Pendleton in mid-September.

For more information about all of the Big 4 rodeos please visit their websites at:

http://www.bentonfranklinfair.com/p/about/227http://www.lewistonroundup.comhttp://wallawallafairgrounds.com/the~rodeo/ http://www.pendletonroundup.com

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Pendleton Round-Up Introduces The 1910 Room, an Exclusive Foodie Experience

Pendleton, Ore. – The Pendleton Round-Up, Oregon’s oldest and largest outdoor rodeo, announces the addition of upscale food venues during this year’s event September 14-17, including The 1910 Room and the The Stock Tank. Guests of The 1910 Room can watch rodeo events in luxurious comfort and style while enjoying gourmet food, decadent desserts and top-notch service. Meanwhile, patrons of the Stocktank, open to all rodeo-goers, can belly up to the barrel-racing excitement, enjoying libations just feet from the third and final barrel.

Chef Max Germano of Portland will prepare a classic, western-inspired menu available to The 1910 Room package ticket holders. He says dishes such as grilled pork chops smothered in blackberry and Pendleton Whiskey BBQ sauce and s’mores with a red wine chocolate sauce will provide an elevated foodie experience for discerning fans. “For example, the S’mores are a twist on an old favorite, featuring house-made graham cracker with a dark chocolate and chili torte, brûléed fresh marshmallow and a chocolate wine sauce,” Germano says.

Guests of The 1910 Room also can enjoy a variety of Tillamookies from Tillamook Creamery’s ice cream parlor, as well as fresh root beer on tap from Rogue Ales & Spirits.

Fans can choose from several packages providing access to The 1910 Room depending on need and length of stay. From individual tickets to private suites, options exist for solo fans, families, couples and corporate groups.

1910 Room Packages

A top destination for cowboys and urbanites alike, the iconic rodeo attracts thousands of visitors to Eastern Oregon each September. “Brimming with bucking bronco shows and our famous Westward Ho! Parade, Pendleton Round-Up brings the Old West to life,” says Bill Levy, president of Pendleton Round-Up. “With The 1910 Room, our fans can experience the same thrilling events with the added benefits of VIP comfort and an elevated menu showcasing the bounty of Oregon.”

The Loading Chute-

Rodeo-goers also will have access to The Stock Tank at the east end of the arena. Situated under the scoreboard, in front of the third and final barrel, the The Stock Tank offers guests an exciting, front-row seat to the barrel racing events. Open to the general public, this is the best spot in the house to watch the barrel racers dash for home in the famous “Green Mile” course.

Packages for The 1910 Room and passes to the Stock Tank Saloon will be available for purchase by phone on Monday, June 13. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Corissa Schuening at 541-276-2553 ext. 416.

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Pendleton Round-Up / Banner Bank Master Card

Pendleton Round-Up Credit Card to Help Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Fans of the Pendleton Round-Up now have a new way to show their support for the world famous rodeo while helping injured contestants through the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund by carrying a Round-Up credit card issued by Banner Bank. Featuring the iconic “Let’er Buck” bucking horse logo, the card will provide funds to the Round-Up and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund for each card issued as well as each time the card is used. In addition to supporting the Round-Up and injured cowboys and cowgirls, the card provides a wide array of benefits to card holders.

Expressing Banner Bank’s support for this exciting project, Dianne Larsen, Senior Vice President for Marketing said, “We are delighted to partner with the historic Pendleton Round-Up to bring a new credit card option to Round-Up fans. We’re especially pleased that the Round-Up is donating 50% of their proceeds from card revenue to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which provides financial support to injured professional rodeo athletes and their families. With western roots dating back to 1890, Banner Bank is an active member of the communities in which we operate and we’re proud to collaborate with the Round-Up to provide a highly competitive credit card to rodeo fans.”

Hall of Fame pitcher and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund Board of Directors member Nolan Ryan voiced his support for the project saying, “Thanks to groups like the Pendleton Round-Up and their generous contributions, the JCCF is able to help cowboys and cowgirls when injuries happen. Knowing there is help available can take away the anxiety of meeting day to day expenses, so the focus is on getting healthy and pursuing their professional rodeo goals.”

Card holders will be able to show their support for the Pendleton Round-Up every time they use their card to Let’er Buy. To learn more about the card and the many benefits it provides including:

No Annual Fee

TruRewards program for air travel, merchandise and even Round-Up tickets

Discounts on purchases at the Pendleton Round-Up gift shop or the online store at www.leterbuck.com

Discounts on Wednesday and Thursday Round-Up tickets

Advanced notice of special Round-Up events

Opportunities for Pendleton Round-Up VIP programs

To help introduce the card to rodeo fans, the Pendleton Round-Up, Justin Boots and Western Crossings are sponsoring a “Let’er Buy” contest featuring two premium rodeo tickets, a pair of Justin Boots, a bottle of Let’er Buck vintage cologne and other exciting prizes. To learn more about the Let’er Buy contest, visit pendletonroundup.com or justinboots.com.

Pendleton Round-Up President Bill Quesenberry summed up the program when he observed, “The new credit card builds on our collaboration with Banner Bank to let Round-Up fans show their support while helping a great cause, the Justin Cowboy Crisis fund. Working with community partners like Banner Bank and Justin Boots in innovative ways allows the Pendleton Round-Up to remain one of world’s greatest rodeos while helping our contestant cowboys and cowgirls. We hope all of our fans will check out the new credit card and Let’er Buy.”


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2015 Achievements

THE PENDLETON ROUND-UP WINS LARGE OUTDOOR RODEO OF THE YEAR AND REMUDA AWARD
Leading industry and national awards affirm Pendleton Round Up’s leadership in U.S. Rodeo
PENDLETON, Ore. (December 18, 2016) Last night, the Pendleton Round-Up celebrated winning top national Rodeo awards, including the Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year buckle, Remuda trophy and other awards won at this year’s National Finals Rodeo, as well as the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Happy Canyon Pageant. Joining the Pendleton Round-Up board at the event were State Senator Bill Hansell, State Representative Greg Barreto, Umatilla County Commissioners George Murdock, Larry Givens and Bill Elfering and Pendleton Mayor Phil Houk.
“We have always considered ourselves a ‘cowboys rodeo’ so winning the Rodeo of the Year award is a great honor,” commented incoming Pendleton Round-Up President Bill Levy. “But the award reflects not only the performers but the overall guest experience, and the credit for that goes to our all-volunteer board and the hundreds of Pendleton residents that volunteer to make the whole event stand out from all others in the country.”
Levy also expressed his congratulations to other members of the Pendleton Round-Up team: Bullfighter of the Year Dusty Tuckness; Coors Man in the Can and Clown of the Year Justin Rumford; and Pick-Up Man of the Year Matt Twitchell.
“Winning both these prestigious awards in the same year is a tribute to the dedication and hard work that makes Pendleton Round-Up a world class rodeo and one of Oregon’s premier community events,” said Governor Kate Brown. “The Pendleton Round-Up’s awards symbolize what happens when a community works together to achieve a lofty goal. The citizens of the city of Pendleton and Umatilla County, and the members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, can all take pride in this outstanding accomplishment.”
“As anyone who has ever attended the Pendleton Round-Up can attest to, these awards are well deserved,” said Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. “The Pendleton Round-Up is truly a one of a kind event and one of Oregon’s many cultural treasures.”
The Remuda Award is presented to the rodeo voted by the cowboys as having the most consistent and even bucking stock. Directors Randy Bracher and Dave O’Neill worked closely with seven of the PRCA’s top stock contractors: the Calgary Stampede, Sankey Pro Rodeos, Burch Rodeo Company, Four Star Rodeo, Flying Diamond Rodeo and Outlaw Buckers to bring their very best bucking horses and bulls to the Pendleton Round-Up.
“The Pendleton Round-Up is the greatest rodeo in the world. I want to join you in thanking all of your hard working volunteers who embody the can do spirit of Eastern Oregon and continue the Round-Up’s traditions and values,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Walden. “The City of Pendleton and Umatilla County can be justly proud for being home to this legendary community event.”
In addition to the awards, the special event also kicked off the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Happy Canyon Company, which produces the Happy Canyon Pageant. The pageant is a show depicting the settling of the American West, beginning with a portrayal of the Native American way of life prior to the arrival of the white man, continuing with the arrival of Lewis and Clark, followed by the prairie schooners of the pioneers of the Oregon Trail and concluding with a reenactment of a frontier town's rollicking main street mishaps.
The Pageant is a time honored and favorite feature of the Round-Up, and its 100th anniversary is a testament to the timeless story it tells as well as the quality of performers.

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New President and four new directors elected to the board

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The Pendleton Round-Up Association has installed four new Directors to the Official Board of this 105 year old iconic Oregon event and Bill Levy will be President of the Association. The new directors join a sixteen member board with wide-ranging separate assignments encompassing responsibilities from publicity to hay and barns.

New director Tiah DeGrofft will be the 2016 Sponsors Director. She has a notable history of organizing and promoting sporting events, including working with Oregon Sports Authority, Peter Jacobsen Productions, as well as former owner, Vice President of Client Relations for Eident Sports Marketing in Providence, Rhode Island. She is currently employed as Community Relations Administrator for Wildhorse Foundation, Pendleton, Oregon. DeGrofft has extensive involvement in the Round-Up, including Grand Entry rides in 1999 as Round-Up Princess, and 2001 as Round-Up Queen. She has painted, cleaned stock pens, driven shuttles, and saddled-up countless horses for their “victory lap” by Round-Up Champions. In 2015 she served as President of the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. “Being born and raised in Pendleton, I have a vested interest,” DeGrofft stated. “The betterment of the Pendleton Round-Up is vital to our community’s success.”

Rob Burnside will serve as the 2016 Programs and Ushers Director. Burnside is employed as the Fire Chief for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where he previously has served as Vice Chairman of the Tribal Board of Trustees. He has been an active lifetime community volunteer, currently serving on the boards of the Rollin Schimmel Memorial Wrestling Foundation, the Happy Canyon Foundation (Vice President), and the Washington Cutting Horse Association Board. His Round-Up participation began at the age of five months old, when he was carried into the arena to dance in regalia. Since that time he has moved cattle, water and fed livestock, untied calves and steers for slack, been a dignitary tour guide, installed arena signage, and served eight years as a Happy Canyon Director. “I believe in honoring the history and culture of the old west.” said Burnside, “and Round-Up honors both the Indian and Cowboy way of life. It brings thousands of people to our town and is both a portrayal of our regional history and source of revenue for our community.”

Dr. Bradley Adams joins the Round-Up Board as the 2016 Room 17/Medical Director. Dr. Adams’ joined the Eastern Oregon Orthopedic Surgery & Fracture Clinic in 2001. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedics, and Orthopedic Trauma Association. He has worked fifteen years on the Pendleton Round-Up’s medical team, assisting both competitors and patrons. He looks forward to strengthening the relationship between the rodeo and community health care providers. “I think Round-Up has evolved from a local get-together in the fall, to a major sporting event that is critical to many of our town’s businesses,” stated Adams. “It provides a sense of identity for Pendleton.”

Tim Bennett, of Walla Walla, Washington, will take over as the 2016 Security Director. Bennett is employed as the Public Communications Officer for the Walla Walla Police Department. His career has provided many community service opportunities, including DARE officer, serving as a board member of the Walla Walla Crime Watch, Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (Executive Board), and the local SWAT Team’s Crisis Negotiations Unit. “I still consider Pendleton my home,” reflected Bennett, “although I moved away to start my career.” His Round-Up connection is a long one, including working the Arena Fence Crew for 35 years, beginning at age fifteen alongside his father. For the last three years he has volunteered to assist with Round-Up’s Security. He has also covered night shifts as a Umatilla County Reserve Deputy for twenty-five years. “It will be an honor to serve the Round-Up Board,” said Bennett. “The tourism dollars brought in to my hometown are vitally important to the community that raised me.”

Pendleton Round-Up Directors may serve two four-year terms. This year retiring Pendleton Round-Up Directors include Troy LeGore (Room 17/Medical), Tygh Campbell (Competitive Events), John Trumbo (Security), and ten-year Round-Up Board veteran and 2015 Association President, Bill Quesenberry.

2016 PENDLETON ROUND-UP ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Bill Levy Association President

Dave O’Neill Arena / VP of Association

Rob Collins Indian Director and Secretary

Nick Sirovatka Office Director and Treasurer

Carl Culham Competitive Events

Doug Doyle Hay and Barns

Randy Thomas Publicity

Randy Leonard Parades

Mike Ledbetter Let ‘er Buck! Room

Randy Bracher Livestock

Jayne Clarke Queen and Court

Bob Roselle Grounds

Karl Farber Concessions

Tiah DeGrofft Sponsors

Rob Burnside Programs and Ushers

Brad Adams Room 17/Medical

Tim Bennett Security

Chinook and Bryson at NFR in Las Vegas
Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon will be well represented at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo next month. On Saturday, December 5, Chinook and Bryson Bronson will present the flag of the United States of America during the opening of the famed annual rodeo in Las Vegas.
“It’s quite an honor to have Chinook and Bryson represent our events in Las Vegas at the WNFR.” said Pendleton Round-Up President, Bill Quesenberry. “They are instantly recognizable to people in Pendleton as the representatives of our two fantastic events. Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon are lucky to have them.”
Happy Canyon President Jason Hill was excited as well. “What a wonderful kick-off to Happy Canyon’s 100th Anniversary.” said Hill. “Chinook and Bryson have performed so well at PBR and Happy Canyon over the years, it’s nice to see them, and our two events, garner national recognition.” Hill went on to say.
This isn’t the first time Chinook and Bronson have presented the colors in Las Vegas. In April the pair, along with Chinook’s owner, Rusty Black made the trek to Nevada to present the flag at the Longines FEI World Cup. According to Hill the success the two experienced there helped pave the way to the WNFR. “We had representatives from Las Vegas Events here during Round-Up week.” said Hill. “That was kind of a final try-out for Chinook and Bryson.”
Chinook and Bronson did not disappoint. In a bid to help highlight the pair, Bronson wore his regalia while carrying the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation flag during Friday’s Pendleton Round-Up Grand Entry while LVE representatives were in attendance.
“Chinook and Bryson did a fantastic job during Round-Up week this year.” said Pendleton Round-Up Publicity Director Carl Culham. “We believe they are excellent representatives of our traditions here in Pendleton.”
Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon will also have a presence at the Cowboy Christmas event running simultaneously with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. For the past two years, in usual partnership, the organizations along with Travel Pendleton have set-up a booth at the Las Vegas convention Center in what Las Vegas Events terms as Rodeo Way. “The Rodeo Way booth is a great way to let people know about Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon.” Culham said. “This will be the second year we have shared our version of Western Tradition with rodeo fans from all over the country and a perfect lead in to Happy Canyon’s 100th year.”
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be telecast on CBS Sports Network. Check your local listings for channel information. The rodeo runs from December 3 to December 12. The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Rodeo Way booth is Number 110 for those heading to Las Vegas. Admission to the Cowboy Christmas event is free.
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Cougars Roar at Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Offer Special Alumni Discounts to Round-Up and Happy Canyon

South of the Palouse’s rolling hills lies the Eastern Oregon
town of Pendleton; home to the world famous Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Night Show. With its iconic bucking horse and cowboy logo and cries of “Let’er Buck”, the 105 year old rodeo draws over 70,000 fans from around the world each year during the second full week of September. When the sun goes down and the arena grows dark, fans descend on the Happy Canyon Night Show for an evening of fun featuring Native American culture, western history and good old fashion music and humor served up by a cast of hundreds of volunteers. Entering its ninety-ninth year, Happy Canyon is the oldest community pageant in America.
Visitors to Pendleton during Round-Up week also enjoy events like the Westward Ho Parade, America’s longest non-motorized parade; the storied “Let’er Buck Room”, concerts featuring top country-western stars; two nights of professional bull riding; Native American beauty pageants and dancing; BBQs and free downtown shows. Throw in great shopping and restaurants and Round-Up and Happy Canyon are an unforgettable experience.
While the Round-Up and Happy Canyon are well known, what isn’t common knowledge is the key role of Washington State University Alumni in making the events an enduring success. Over the years, Cougars have served with distinction on the Boards of Directors of the Round-Up and Happy Canyon.
Among notable Round-Up Cougars is the late Mike Hopper, Class of 73. Mike’s service on the Round-Up Board culminated with selection as the Association’s President from 1996 to 1998. While at Pullman, Mike and his wife Diana were star members of the WSU rodeo team and captained the men’s and women’s squads. Following graduation, they ranched together near Stanfield, Oregon, running the Double M Ranch and Top Cut Feed feedlot. Mike also competed in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as a steer wrestler and was active in the Future Farmers of America program. The Round-Up’s Mike Hopper Memorial Steer Wrestling Buckle is presented in his memory each year as is the Mike Hopper Scholarship to the outstanding FFA member in Umatilla County.
The Hansell family has a long history of service to WSU, the Round-Up and Happy Canyon. Kenzie Hansell, a fourth generation volunteer, currently serves as a Happy Canyon Director. A member of the class of 2004, he played football for the Cougars including the 2001 Sun Bowl, 2003 Rose Bowl and the 2003 Holiday Bowl teams. In keeping with long-standing family tradition, Kenzie was a member of Sigma Chi. After graduation, Kenzie and his wife Emily, class of 2004, returned to Athena, Oregon to run the family farming business along with brothers TJ and Luke, who also played football for WAZZU and volunteered at the Round-Up. In addition to serving as a Director for the Happy Canyon Night Show, Kenzie is active in coaching youth sports programs and involved in local farming organizations.
Kenzie inherited his love for the Round-Up and Happy Canyon from his late father, Ty. A 1969 graduate, he anchored the Cougar’s line as a standout offensive lineman. In addition to serving as a Round-Up Director, Ty developed a very successful farming operation centered on Hermiston, Oregon. A forward thinking community and industry leader, Ty was instrumental in launching the award winning Farmers Ending Hunger program, created by former WSU faculty member Fred Ziari, and was appointed to the Oregon Water Resources Board by three Governors.
Kenzie’s grandfather, Dr. William H. Hansell, a WSU veterinary program graduate, served as the Round-Up and Happy Canyon veterinarian from 1948 to 1968. Dr. Hansell ended his long service to the Round-Up so he could have his time in September free to watch son Ty play for his beloved Cougars.
The tradition of Cougar football players being part of the Round-Up includes Bob Ewen, Class of 1970. A star running back at Pullman, Bob held the record for the team’s longest punt and signed with the Dallas Cowboys following his time in Crimson and Grey. Ewen was a member of Sigma Nu during his days on campus. Bob latter enjoyed a career with the Oregon State Police; holding several important assignments before retiring as a Captain. His involvement with the Round-Up began when Ty Hansell invited Bob to Round-Up Ewen, enjoyed the experience so much he became a volunteer and ultimately was asked to become a Director.
Mike Thorne, Class of 62, is another distinguished Round-Up Cougar. Mike was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. After graduating, Mike, and his wife Jill who also attended WSU, returned to Oregon where he served for many years as the state senator representing Northeast Oregon. He also held important leadership positions as the Executive Director of the Port of Portland and Director of the Washington State Ferry System. Currently, Mike runs the family farming and ranching operations near Pendleton while serving on several foundations and boards, including the Oregon State University Board of Trustees. During his tenure as a Round-Up Director, Mike helped lead efforts to celebrate the Round-Up’s 100th Anniversary including the construction of the Centennial West Grandstand. Completing the Thorne family’s WSU Round-Up connection, daughter Katy, currently the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Director, was the Queen of the Round-Up.
1971 graduate Casey Beard serves as the Round-Up and Happy Canyon’s first General Manager. While at WSU, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and the Butch Men. Commissioned through the WSU ROTC program, Casey and his wife Anne, who attended WSU, spent 20 years in the Army. During his career, Beard held important command and staff positions, served as an exchange officer with the British Army, attended the Navy War College and participated in Desert Storm. Retiring from the Army, Beard returned to the Northwest to manage the family rodeo business providing bucking horses and bulls for the Northwest’s top rodeos, including the Round-Up. Casey served on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors. After selling the family rodeo company, the Round-Up and Happy Canyon hired him as their first General Manager.
One of the unique features making the Round-Up and Happy Canyon so special is the contribution of thousands of volunteers who collectively donate over 60,000 hours of their time each year to insure that the events are successful. Representative of these civic minded supporters is Anne (French) Livingston, Class of 1988. Anne was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Rally Squad during her days at Pullman. In addition to serving as the Director of Student Recruiting, Marketing and Leadership at Blue Mountain Community College, Anne has held several key volunteer assignments at the Round-Up. Carrying on the Cougar connection, daughters Justine and Julia, both volunteers in their own right, will enroll in WSU’s 2016 freshman class.
Completing the WSU connection to the Round-Up and Happy Canyon is champion cowboy Tom Sorey, who attended WSU in the 1900s. Always a top contender, Tom won the Steer Roping title in 1999. Tom’s daughter, Emily Jayne, a Princess on the current Round-Up Court, plans to attend WSU.
To recognize the special association between WSU and the Round-Up and Happy Canyon, Cougar alumni can enjoy a special discount on tickets for the Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 performances as well as special offers on Round-Up and Happy Canyon merchandise available at the Round-Up’s online store. Please visit their web site www.pendletonroundup.com and enter code gocougs15 or call (541) 276-2553 to purchase tickets and merchandise. Come on down to Pendleton this September to join your fellow Cougars and help them “Let’er Buck”.

2015 Volunteer of the Year

The Pendleton Round-Up Board of Directors is please to recognize Rick Rohde as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year.

Rick, an 11 year volunteer, was chosen not only for his efforts related to making the Pendleton Round-Up all that it can be, but for his true volunteer spirit that extends beyond the Round-Up grounds and makes Pendleton community the best it can be.

Rick’s efforts for the Pendleton Round-Up include being a member of the concessions crew that makes sure spectators have nice cold refreshments (beer!) the entire week of Round-Up. Not that he has spare time in this commitment, but he also is a member of the Pendleton Round-Up shuttle crew assisting where needed in ensuring the program works like clockwork providing rides to the thousands of visitors that use the shuttles to move around Pendleton during Round-Up week.

Rick’s work extends beyond Round-Up week where he volunteers his time during our Fourth of July PBR and barrel race by being on hand for the two busy days of July 3 and 4 helping out everywhere he can. Add to this his personal mission of doing his part all year around where you can find Rick walking Pendleton trash bag in hand picking up litter where ever he finds it.

Rick is proud of Pendleton and the Pendleton Round-Up and you can tell it by his personal dedication to not only his specific volunteer duties but the time he dedicates outside of Round-Up to make sure Pendleton shines to all that visit. This year presented the prime example after a stint of snow and ice left the street frontage side walk from our famous bucking horse statute to Dairy Queen covered with gravel. Broom in hand one day, Rick hand swept the entire length of the sidewalk, as by his words, “that gravel just looked terrible”.

Congratulations Rick we could not do it without you and the other hundreds of volunteers that make us the World Famous Pendleton Round-Up!

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2015 Westward Ho! Parade Grand Marshall

Pendleton Cowboy Mounted Band
In 1910 after the first Pendleton Round Up, R.W. Fletcher came up with the idea of a horse mounted band. Its first public appearance was leading the Westward Ho! Parade in 1911. That band continued until 1938. Mr. Fletcher and his family also traveled, and advertised the Pendleton Round Up and Happy Canyon, with the Fletcher Family Jazz Band. He also developed and acted as several characters for the Happy Canyon Night Pageant and produced and led the Happy Canyon Hick Band. That band and those characters are still portrayed in Happy Canyon today, some of them by members of his family.

The current Pendleton Cowboy Mounted Band was formed in 1985 by Judge Richard Courson and local band director Robert (Bob) Herbig to reprise the original Pendleton Round Up Mounted Band of 1911. 1985 was the 75 th anniversary of the Pendleton Round Up and the band was to be an historical re-enactment that was to last for one year. Twenty musicians, many of them students of Mr. Herbig, were gathered from Oregon and Washington to learn the Sousa and other Marches that were mandatory parade fare. Outriders then brought horses to the round up grounds to get acquainted with their new riders and the instruments. Some horses never adapted. A few musicians didn’t either although a large majority of the current membership has been playing on horses for twenty or more years.

The one year commitment has elongated into 30 years. The all-volunteer band has played at rodeos, fairs and parades in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada. The band members come from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. They wear no prescribed uniform but dress “western individual”; appropriate for this diverse bunch from three states. Most members play instruments in the band but there are also flag bearers, ground help, and the critical outriders who retrieve wind – driven music sheets or dropped drum sticks or help control a nervous or fast paced horse.

One of the songs the Mounted Band plays is “Meet Me at the Round Up”, the theme of the Centennial year. It was written in 1924 for the Pendleton Round Up by Portlander Emil Berggren for a vocalist with piano accompaniment and arranged for band by Chris Thomas of Pendleton. It was adapted for this Band by Randy Morgan, the current music director. You can see the cover page from the original music on some of the flags carried with the band.

The current Leadership includes Greg Dennis, livestock and transportation director. Mr. Dennis joined the band in 1988 to help his mother, a band member who had been injured one week before the first show. In addition to showing concern for his mother he demonstrated a working knowledge of horses and equipment and a very good work ethic. He was adopted as an outrider. While his responsibilities for the band increased he also became active in the Happy Canyon Night Pageant. He is a guard at EOCI and an EMT. He is a medic and tank mechanic in the Oregon National Guard, Fox Company.

The Music director is Randy Morgan. Mr. Morgan is a band and choral director, math teacher and athletic director at Enterprise HS. He is a long time member of the Elks Lodge and has worked in leadership roles in the organization throughout Eastern Oregon. He plays trumpet with the Inland Northwest Symphony and the Wallowa Valley Symphony and is associate conductor with each. He has adapted numerous songs for the Mounted Band which he joined the band in 1987. The Parade Director since 2002 is Dr. John Groupe. He is a retired veterinarian whose services the band has used. He is a knowledgeable and entertaining trail guide He is also a published author with two well written and detailed books. One about most of the horse packing trails in eastern Oregon and another on his observations of living in this wonderful part of the world.
The Organizing Director since 2001 is Dr. Gary Zimmerman, a Pendleton Chiropractor who is active in the College Community Theatre and the Pendleton men’s chorus. He is a former vice president of the Oregon Chiropractic Association, President of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and president of the Umatilla County Fair. He has been a cast member of the Happy Canyon Night Pageant for over 40 years and now leads the Hick Band for which he has written and arranged music. He plays clarinet or saxophone in the Mounted Band.
As is consistent with all of the volunteers that help put on the Pendleton Round Up, in all of its aspects. The entire band has devoted countless hours of volunteerism and miles traveled. It is made up and sustained by a core group of dedicated hard working band members, outriders, barn and support help.
Jeff Zimmerman, trombone player, said back in 1985 when the current band was formed for the 75 th anniversary of the Pendleton Round Up, we were all hoping it would have a unique and festive impact on the audiences. We had no idea that it would have so much personal influence on the individuals involved. Through their involvement with the Cowboy Mounted Band, some of our members have become comfortable around horses and others have built confidence in their horsemanship skills. Lifelong friendships between musicians and wranglers have been developed through these past 29 years of practicing, traveling, and caring for livestock and cleaning barns. Many of the musicians that hadn’t played with a group since school days were enticed to start playing again in order to ride with this fun loving, close knit, one-of-a kind band of merry makers. The band is enthusiastically accepted wherever it performs. Every fair and rodeo in the country has a queen and court, but when the Cowboy Mounted Band rides down the street blaring out a recognizable march, people immediately think of The Pendleton Round Up! Let’er Buck, in time with the music.
On this, their 30th anniversary, we congratulate and thank the entire unit for their service to, and representation of the Pendleton Round Up and the community as a whole.
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