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Fair rodeo nets $19,435 for winners


September 13, 2018 | View PDF

Reece Jones

Bullrider Reece Jones, the last competitor for the Palouse Empire Rodeo, wrapped up the three-day run with this launch Sunday. Jake Davis of McCleary, who stayed aboard a spinning bull named Peanuts, Sunday, won the bull riding event and collected $618.

Moses Lake's Jacob Stacey posted wins in two events, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling, at the Sunday session of the Palouse Empire Rodeo at the fair. Stacey led winnings in both of those events in the Pro-West rodeo standings as of Monday.

Stacey's wins Sunday capped a three-day event which brought in 198 competitors and totaled $17,550 in total purse payout.

Special events in the Sunday event included a 9/11 tribute at the start of the session and an appearance by Katherine Merck of Spokane, Miss Rodeo America for 2016. She participated in royalty events, rode in the rodeo entry and also helped the arena crew during Sunday's edition of the rodeo.

She and Lucy Ward, winner of the local title last year, presented the Miss Palouse Empire Rodeo tiara to Morgan Myers, a University of Idaho student from Stanwood. Myers also won the horsemanship part of the rodeo royalty competition.

Jazmine Curtis, a Finley High School student who resides in Rosalia during the summer, earned the rodeo royalty sportsmanship award.

Layton/McMillan rodeo provided the stock for the Colfax event.

Stacey Sunday scored a 74 in saddle bronc riding aboard Chief Nine Pipes. He finished three points ahead of Austin Krough of Newport on a bronc named Square Dance.

Caleb Nichols, number three in the Pro-West standings, posted a 70 here Sunday.

Stacey also topped the steer wrestling with a time of 5.62 seconds to bump the 5.83 posted by Ty Sherman of Kennewick in the Saturday night edition of the rodeo.

In the Pro-West earnings, Stacey has rolled up $6,031 in saddle bronc riding and $6,634 in steer wrestling to lead both events by more than $1,000 over the number-two competitor. Those winnings were compiled in entries for 12 rodeo events.

Seth Shelton of Pasco scored a 77 and won $748 riding on Witness Protection in bareback. He was the lone wrangler to compete in the ride.

Rodeo results:

Bareback: 1. Shelton, 77.

Barrel racing: 1. Italy Sheehan, Shoshone, 17.28; 2. Sam Boone, Cheney, 17.33; 3. Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, 17.37; 4. Teri Bangart, Olympia, 17.44; 5. Jordan Minor, Hermiston, 27.46; 6. Jolene Hoburg, Kennewick, 17.52.

Jessica Lyle rounds the second barrel during the Sunday session of the rodeo.

Breakaway roping: 1. Jade Crossley, Hermiston, 2.69; 2. Bailey Minor, Pendleton, 2.93; 3. Jennifer Casey, Mesak, 3.17; 4. Kiley Streeter, Palisades, 3.41; 5. Mary Ann Knapp, Buena, 3.52, 6. Jessica Shaples, Soap Lake, 3.59.

Saddle Broncs: 1. Stacey 74; 2. Krogh 71; 3. Caleb Nichols, Priest River, 70.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Stacey 5.62; 2. Sherman 5.83; 3. Jared Parke, Gooding, 56.82; 4. Hayden Fullerton, Dayton, 7.12.

Team Roping: 1. Jhett and Brett Hale, 5.59; 2. Tyler Smith and Andy Carlson, 5.75; 3. Bob Thompson and Tom Nelson, 5.77; 4. Lane Karney and Jordan Ketscher, 5.83; 5. Kelsey Felton and Paul Dunn, 6.51; 6. Dillon Holyfield and BJ Roberts, 6.99.

Tie Down Roping: 1. Bo Pickett, Caldwell, 8.21; 2. Brady Brower, Eagle, 89; 3. Kyle Sloan, Ellensburg, 9.25; 4. Preston Peterson, Hermiston, 10.25; 5. Seth Hooper, Hermiston, 10.39; 6. Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, 10.89.


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