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By Andrew Christiansen

Big weekend for cowgirls and cowboys as rodeos pay out nearly $50,000


Andrew Christiansen

FIRE IN HIS EYE: Moxee cowboy Danny Alires doesn't make it to the buzzer as a fiery eyed bronc decides to unload the cowboy during the Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo.

Last weekend was one of those Fathers' Day weekends when the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo at Glenwood and the Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo at Cleveland fell on the same weekend. Horse trailers were flowing the 66 miles between Cleveland and Glenwood on Sunday morning as cowboys and cowgirls took advantage of the close proximity to compete in two rodeos.

There were 281 entries and a total payout of $22,099.20 in the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association event at Cleveland and $27,296.40 paid out to 279 entries at Glenwood.

Local awards at the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo went to Katilyn Masden, of Glenwood, winner of Shawna Roberson buckle for junior barrels and Terry Arnold, Outstanding Member of Rodeo Association. Arnold is the association's secretary-treasurer.

There were some big money winners at the rodeos, 11 cowboys and cowgirls went home with more than $1,000 in their pockets. The big winner was Whitney Kelly, who ran barrels at Cleveland for $1,054.32 and was second at Glenwood for another $988.80. Three other barrel racers had excellent weekends with Shane Falon winning $1,778.88 for winning at Glenwood and finishing fourth at Cleveland; Rose Miller, winner of $1,534.80 for her second and fourth place finishes, and Harley Byram, who was third in Glenwood and fifth at Cleveland for a $1,344.72 weekend.

Andrew Christiansen

Charlie Barker, a sharp dressed, familiar face on the NPRA circuit won the saddle bronc event at Glenwood and was second with this ride, Sunday at the Alder Creek rodeo.

Then there was Jason Minor, the only man out of 19 entries who was able to milk a cow in the alloted 60 seconds at Glenwood. Minor took home the winner's share of $1,832.40, a stunning $210,084/hour for the 31.4 second effort. Of course, it was in a sometimes brutal event, one reason he was the only one to complete the task, and he surely gave a good share to his mugger, the guy doing the real hard labor of reeling in the cow and bringing her to a halt so that Minor could milk her. His hourly payoff just edged Kelly who had times of 17.83 and 17.85, translating into a mere $206,144/hour.

Leading the way among others who had good paydays was Charlie Barker who earned $1,539.36. Barker won the steer wrestling at Cleveland and the saddle bronc riding at Glenwood. He was runner-up in saddle bronc at Cleveland. Team ropers also did well with Bryce Palmer and Jake Minor splitting $2,797.92 for the two events and Jake Stanley and Bucky Campbell winning $2,197.92.

The only event that didn't pay off was bull riding at Cleveland. Whereas four men had full rides at Glenwood, none of the 24 entered made it to the buzzer at Cleveland, leaving the money on the table for the stock contractor, Gold Buckle Rodeo Company, out of Roosevelt.


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