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Friday Afternoon Performance Sept. 16, 2016

Round-Up wraps up with Saturday's finals


The Pendleton Round-Up, one of America’s premier rodeos, wraps up the 106th staging of the four-day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Pendleton, Oregon. Winners of the events Friday came from California, Alberta, South Dakota, Idaho and New Mexico. On Saturday the championship for each of eight events will be awarded, as well as the title of All Around Champion.

For a listing of every Friday competitor, with scores and times, visit http://www.pendletonroundup.com/p/events/2016-round-up-results/305.

Bareback

In Friday’s bareback event R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, CA, and formerly from Pendleton, Oregon, had the best score, 83.5, to move him to the finals on Saturday, the final day of the four-day rodeo. The 26-year-old competitor has done well in competition this year, winning eight rodeos and nearly $100,000 to take 5th place in the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) world standings.

Placing that high in the standings means he can count on making it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.

“It’s way less pressure on me,” said Landingham Friday. “I’ve done a lot here in the past but for the last few years I’ve been sorta just making the NFR so to come here and just get on and have fun and not have to worry about that, it’s been real nice.”

In fact, Landingham, known for his riding skills more than roping skills, said he signed up to rope at the Round-Up.

“One of my travelin’ partners, another bareback rider, we entered the team roping so we’ve just been hanging out all week and now we’re going to go saddle a horse and rope, or try to rope.”

Speaking of his high scoring experience Friday, Landingham expressed gratitude for a good horse.

“They got really good horses here,” he said. “I got a really good horse, Bambino Vold. I saw him before. I thought he might stall out and not get onto the grass but he barely made it to the grass and then started to cover some ground. My hand was coming out of my rigging the whole time so I was glad when he weakened a little bit.”

Just a point and a half behind Landingham, Tyler Scales, Severance, CO, scored 82 on Tootsie Roll. Scales currently ranks 37 in the PRCA standings. In third was JR Vezain, Cowley, WY, with 81.5. Vezain, 24, and a 5-year veteran of the PRCA, ranks 12th in the PRCA. All three competitors will appear among the 10 finalists on Saturday.

Tie-down roping

Taylor Santos, Creston, CA, with a time of 10.6 seconds, took first place in Friday’s tie-down roping event. Currently ranked 36th in PRCA world standings, Santos will be one of 12 finalists competing for the tie-down title on Saturday. However, neither Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, TX, who finished second to Santos on Friday with 12.7, or Logan Bird, Nanton, AB, in third at 20.5 will return on Saturday.

Santos owns a national championship, winning the 2014 tie-down roping title at the College National Finals Rodeo as a freshman.

Saddle bronc

A six-year veteran of professional rodeo, Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, AB, scored 82 points in the saddle bronc event Friday to take first for the day and qualify to be one of ten cowboys to compete in Saturday’s finals for the saddle bronc title. Butterfield, 32, finished 2015 in 354th place in the professional standings and won only $1,253. But he’s moved up, currently ranked 29 with nearly $40,000 in winnings plus whatever he’ll take home from the Round-up.

Behind Butterfield was a tie for second at 81 points between Ryder Wright, Milford, UT, and Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, AB. At third was Dalton Davis, Holcomb, KS, 79.5. Of these three, Wright and Thurston will be able to return for Saturday’s finals. The Round-Up’s 2015 champ in this event also competed Friday, but Spencer Wright’s 74 was not enough to put him in the finals. Nonetheless, the Wright clan will be well represented with Ryder, Jake and Jesse Wright, all of Milford, competing for the saddle bronc title on Saturday.

Steer wrestling

Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, SD, completed Friday’s steer wrestling event with an exceptional time of 5.8 seconds but it was unfortunately not enough to push him into Saturday’s finals, given his time of 9.2 in the slack event on Tuesday for a total of 15 seconds for two events. The last qualifying time for Saturday was 14 seconds, leaving Melvin one second too far. Like many of the competitors the 24-year-old Melvin comes from a ranching family with extensive sibling and parental rodeo participation, including sister Jessica, former Miss Rodeo South Dakota. Melvin has dropped from 33rd to 34th place in the national standings 2015 to 2016.

Calder Johnston, Elm Springs, SD, finished second on Friday with a time of 6.9, followed by Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, ID, at 7.4. Tavenner, 26, and a six-year PRCA veteran, moved from 27th place in the national standings last year to 22 so far in 2016.

Team roping

Of Friday’s top three finishing duos in team roping only the second place team of Coleman Proctor, Pryor, OK and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, OK, with a time of 6.5 seconds, will compete in Saturday’s finals. First place finishers Spencer Mitchell, Williams, CA and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, CA, at 6.0 on Friday, failed to rope their steer in their first attempt earlier in the week. Max Kuttler, American Falls, ID and Kyle Lockett, Visalia, CA, had a time of 8.0 seconds Friday to take third.

The best time over two events this week was recorded by the team of Jake Stanley, Hermiston, OR, and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, WA, 12.2 seconds, meaning they’ll be the last team to compete in Saturday’s finals. They’ll attempt to replicate their title winning 2014 performance here, when they had an average time of 6.4 seconds.

Bull riding

Bull riding is hard to accomplish, as shown on Friday when 17 bull riders competed and only four stayed aboard the required eight seconds to earn a score. At the top was Garrett Smith, Rexburg, ID, riding Dam Straight to 86 points, which tied the best performance this year in the Round-Up, by Chase Robbins of Marsing, ID. The two will face off on Saturday. They’ll be joined by 10 other bull riders, including Ednei Caminhas, Denton, TX, who had a re-ride on Friday and made it good with 79.5 points.

The Round-Up’s bull riding title holder from 2015, Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, OK, will also mount a bull for Saturday’s finals, after scoring an 83 in earlier competition.

Garrett Smith, 21, with two years experience in professional rodeo, has already won nine rodeos in 2016, moving him from barely present in the 2015 national standings to #11 this year with nearly $100,000 in prize money. Smith actually made it to the NFR the year he turned pro in 2014, but not as a competitor. He was hazing for his older brother, Wyatt, who appeared in the NFR that year as a steer wrestler. Smith the younger also competes as a steer wrestler when not riding a bull. He won in Oregon earlier this year at the St. Paul Rodeo.

Caminhas, originally from Brazil, has competed for a number of years in the Professional Bull Riders circuit. He was the 2002 PBR world champion.

In third place on Friday was Cody Miller, Parma, ID, with 77.5. He also will compete on Saturday.

Steer roping

Brent Lewis, Pinon, NM, logged a time of 11.5 seconds Friday to take first place for the day in steer roping. He has the best combined time for two appearances in steer roping at this year’s Round-Up so he’ll show up at Saturday’s finals as the last roper to compete in this event.

Of the other two top finishers in steer roping on Friday, Quay Howard, Canyon, TX, with 12.2 seconds and Will McBride, Ogallala, NE, 14.1, only McBride will appear on Saturday together with 11 other steer ropers vying for the 2016 title.

Lewis, 46, and a 25 year PRCA veteran with career winnings of over $1.5 million, won this event at last year’s Round-Up.

Barrel racing

Tanya Robinson, Caldwell, ID, had the fastest time in Friday’s barrel racing event, 30.84 seconds, followed by Cara Dugan, Spanaway, WA 32.05 and Stephenie Brady, Delta, CO 32.39. However, none of these times were fast enough to put them in Saturday’s finals, where the slowest qualifying time this week was 30.48 seconds.

Over the 16 years of barrel racing at the Round-Up no one has won the annual title with a time over 29 seconds. Currently none of the finalists have completed a run under 29 seconds, not surprising since the Round-Up Association this year has slightly enlarged the course, already the longest of any rodeo. Last year’s winner, Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, UT, won with an average time of 28.66 in 2015, more than a second less than her qualifying time this year. But she’ll give it another try on Saturday.

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Westward Ho! It was Parade Day at the Round-Up! The United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard proudly displayed Old Glory! Bob Click Photo

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Bareback



No. Contestant Hometown Stock# Stock Horse Score
68 Casey Breuer Mandan, ND 973 BH Indian Summer 76
561 Mike Solberg Sunnynook, AB 403 BH Pinball Girl 78
14 Teddy Athan Livermore, CA L-124 CA Loganberry 71
144 Grant Denny Minden, NV X-2 CA Xrated Dancer 69
69 Ty Breuer Mandan, ND O25 KR Feather Fluffer 76
409 Justin Miller Billings, MT P-65 CA Princess Warrior 78
522 Joel Schlegel Burns, CO T-25 CA Turkish Whiskey 71.5
521 Jerad Schlegel Burns, CO 41 OB River Reflection 0
518 Tyler Scales Severance, CO T-19 CA Tootsie Roll 82
376 Wyatt Maines Maple Creek, SK O16 BH Jokin' Around 73.5
336 R.C. Landingham Hat Creek, CA 827 KR Bambino Vold 83.5
15 Tanner Aus Granite Falls, MN 819 KR Joker Poker 74.5
303 Ty Jones New Meadows, ID P38 KR Pilsey Power 60
34 Dantan Bertsch Eastend, SK J-9 OB JAY BAR NINE 79
430 Tyler Nelson Victor, ID 110 KR Free Sample NTO
634 JR Vezain Cowley, WY Z35 OB Dallas Steams Sexy Buck 81.5
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Tie Down Roping



No. Contestant Hometown Time
635 Blaine Vick Dublin, TX NTO
275 Quay Howard Canyon, TX NTO
273 Seth Hopper Stanfield, OR NT
468 Jim Powers Wapato, WA NT
41 Logan Bird Nanton, AB 20.5
530 Morgan Seemann Oroville, WA NT
298 Jayce Johnson Hempstead, TX 12.7
525 Clay Schricker Adrian, OR NT
515 Taylor Santos Creston, CA 10.6
470 Jake Pratt Ellensburg, WA NT
356 Kyle Lockett Visalia, CA 24.7
434 Roger Nonella Redmond, OR NT
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Saddle Bronc



No. Contestant Hometown Stock# Stock Horse Score
138 Dalton Davis Holcomb, KS 103 KR Cheeto Burrito 79.5
614 Zeke Thurston Big Valley, AB 511 KR Vanilla Twist 81
668 Ryder Wright Milford, UT 580 JD Chucky 81
664 Cody Wright Milford, UT W-1 CA Weekend Departure 78.5
527 Cole Scott Okotoks, AB S-91 CA Shoshone Mountain NS
264 Tucker Hill Merrill, OR X-12 CA Xile Hills NS
252 Joe Harper Paradise Valley, NV X-77 CA Xemplary Bubbles NS
149 Cooper DeWitt Rio Rico, AZ U-8 CA Uvid Bubbles 76
33 Justin Berg Camrose, AB 748 BH Iron Maiden NTO
341 Tyrel Larsen Inglis, MB X-17 CA Xulted Cherry 75
669 Spencer Wright Milford, UT W-80 CA Warped Logic 74
680 Dawson Jandreau Kennebec, SD 627 KR Fraid Knot 77
206 Shorty Garrett Dupree, SD 649 JD Rounder 64
170 Cole Elshere Faith, SD 705 KR Wiggle Worm NS
88 Luke Butterfield CANADA, 848 BH Professional Lunatic 82
558 Tyrell J Smith Great Falls, MT 915 BH Charlotte's Rocket 76.5
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SteerWrestling



No. Contestant Hometown Time
325 Blake Knowles Heppner, OR 8.2
23 Michael Bates Jr. Mexican Springs, NM NT
72 B.J. Brown Whitlash, MT 19.1
244 Riley Hamilton Thatcher, ID NT
600 Dirk Tavenner Rigby, ID 7.4
239 Sage Haegen Kennewick, WA NT
300 Calder Johnston Elm Springs, SD 6.9
402 Jace Melvin Fort Pierre, SD 5.8
245 Nik Hamm Battle Ground, WA NTO
134 Tony Currin Dayton, WA 11.3
496 Ryan Robinson Caldwell, ID NT
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Team Roping



Header Heeler Time
93 Tygh Campbell Athena, OR - 593 Keith Swan Vinita, OK NT
72 B.J. Brown Whitlash, MT - 76 Jack Brown Whitlash, MT NT
472 Coleman Proctor Pryor, OK - 512 Billie Jack Saebens Nowata, OK 6.5
37 Ivan Bigsby Pendleton, OR - 38 Rawley Bigsby Joseph, OR NT
395 Chris McKoen Merrill, OR - 153 Jason Duby Klamath Falls, OR 20.4
334 Max Kuttler American Falls, ID - 356 Kyle Lockett Visalia, CA 8
445 Bryce Palmer Milton-Freewater, OR - 461 Monty Joe Petska Turlock, CA 8.1
417 Spencer Mitchell Williams, CA - 140 Justin Davis Cottonwood, CA 6
26 Brandon Beers Powell Butte, OR - 27 Mike Beers Kamloops, BC NT
480 Bryan Reay Adrian, OR - 250 Chase Hansen Homedale, ID 13.3
144 Grant Denny Minden, NV - 336 R.C. Landingham Hat Creek, CA NTO
31 Dale A Benevides Touchet, WA - 387 Buck McCay Eugene, OR NT
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Leaderboard Change! Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho scored 86 points on a bull called Dam Straight to tie for first going into the final round. Bob Click Photo
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Bull Riding



No. Contestant Hometown Stock# Stock BULL Score
407 Cody Miller Parma, ID 302 JD Hot Rod 77.5
291 Colten Jesse Konawa, OK 222 KR Dance Lessons 68
397 Jeston Mead Ashland, KS 657 FD Rocky NS
362 Adam William Lucero Tooele, UT 203 FD Tequila NS
567 Jordan Wacey Spears Redding, CA O8 CH Radio Active NS
166 Brennon Eldred Sulphur, OK 58 FD Pretty Boy NS
557 Tyler Smith Fruita, CO 95 CH Chucky NS
0 Will Centoni Hollister, CA 312 FD NS
550 Garrett Smith Rexburg, ID 337 FD Dam Straight 86
58 Tanner Bradley Goldendale, WA 203 CH O Zone NS
211 Xavier Gilbert Prineville, OR 412 CH NS
374 Ardie Maier Timber Lake, SD 4XL SA Trigger NS
101 Riker Carter Stone, ID -94 BH Amos Moses NS
684 Cole Wagner Valier, MT OO4 JD Cyrus NS
604 Cody Teel Kountze, TX 124 JD Morty NTO
90 Ednei Caminhas Denton, TX O BR Hot Potato 79.5
0 Remi Wildeman Las Vegas, NV 503 BH White As NS
39 Tim Bingham Honeyville, UT 164 BH White Clay NS
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SteerRoping



NO. Contestant Hometown Time
74 Fred Brown Colbert, WA NTO
275 Quay Howard Canyon, TX 12.2
617 Paul David Tierney Oral, SD NT
635 Blaine Vick Dublin, TX NTO
508 Ky Rosenberg Pendleton, OR 16.5
93 Tygh Campbell Athena, OR 17.8
564 Tom Sorey Pendleton, OR NT
349 Brent Lewis Pinon, NM 11.5
385 Will McBride Ogallala, NE 14.1
356 Kyle Lockett Visalia, CA NT
27 Mike Beers Kamloops, BC NT
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Barrel Racing



No. Contestant Hometown Time
408 Dina Miller Rifle, CO 33.16
60 Stephenie Brady Delta, CO 32.39
629 Andrea Urista Loveland, CO 33.12
497 Tanya Robinson Caldwell, ID 30.84
532 Leslie Shannon Prineville, OR 32.61
526 Kylee Schwartz Stanwood, WA 41.97
157 Cara Dugan Spanaway, WA 32.05
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