The dust has settled from the Goldendale Rodeo, and what a fun-filled weekend it was. There were a lot of locals who were eager to compete in front of the hometown crowd to try to win big. They all did their very best representing the county, but in the end there were six locals who took home a check. Jim Jack Davenport, Mike Thiele, Tayler Bradley, Danny Alires, Jarin Ladiges, and Evan Olinger all heard the crowd cheer after they made their runs that earned them a place in the winner’s circle.
Jim Jack Davenport and Mike Thiele both competed in the same event, cow milking, and were the only two competitors to get a time. In the cow milking, each person calls for their cow, ropes it, and get her slowed down with the help of their mugger. Then they take their glass bottle, milk the cow, and race to the flagger. The flagger inspects the bottle to make sure they have milk; if they do, they get their time. Jim Jack was the fastest with a time of 25.80 seconds and Mike was the second fastest with a time of 27. 40 seconds. For both these cowboys, roping wild cows is something they do all the time when they check on their own cows on the ranch, so this is nothing new to them.
Danny Alires competed in a totally different event. His involved a wild ride on a bucking horse, for what is known as saddle bronc riding. Danny put a saddle on a horse in the bucking chute, attached a rein to a halter on the horse, and then sat in the saddle. He made adjustments to his grip on the rein, bore down, and nodded his head. After the horse was set loose, Danny rode for eight seconds and then got off. The judges gave him a score based on his ride and how well the horse bucked. He ended up with a score of 83, putting him second place in the whole event.
Back to the roping chutes, where yours truly backed into the box to compete in the breakaway roping. This event at Goldendale is always fun because the calves they rope are fresh and have never been roped in a rodeo before. The point of this event is to rope the calf the fastest possible without breaking the barrier. The roper leaves the box, ropes the calf around the neck, and then the rope breaks off the saddle where it was tied on. I ended up being the fastest with a time of 2.7 seconds, winning the event with two other girls who tied with the same time. I always love this rodeo—the fresh calves make for a great roping contest, and I love that my whole family can watch me compete.
Let’s stay at roping chutes and talk about the equally speedy event of team roping. In this event, two ropers will try to catch their steer as fast as possible. The header ropes the horns and turns the steer for the heeler to try and catch both back feet in his loop. Evan Olinger and his partner were able to catch their steer in 5.50 seconds, taking home the second-place check. Evan set a goal at the beginning of the year to win the county saddle. This rodeo counted for the saddle; he says, “I practiced a lot and always had it on my mind.” In the end, this second-place check helped him earn that saddle.
Lastly, we cannot forget about Jarin Ladiges who competed in the steer wrestling. Jarin is not new to this event as he competes in it often all over the Northwest. In the steer wrestling, the competitor calls for his steer, catches him by the horns, and flips him to his side with all four legs sticking out—it can get fast and sometimes wild. Jarin called for his steer, got off his horse, and flipped him quickly. He did break the barrier, making his time 14.80 seconds, but he was still able to get a check from the rodeo.
What a great group of local competitors who were able to get a piece of the pot at the Klickitat County Rodeo! We already can’t wait to watch all the locals compete next year in the 2022 Rodeo.