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By Andrew Christiansen

Fractions of seconds separate winners and losers at County Fair NPRA rodeo


Andrew Christiansen

Chance Stucker tied down his calf in 9.6 seconds. He finished fourth with Wyatt Williams winning in 9.1 seconds for $617.50 more.

The B Bar D bulls were too tough to ride at this year's Klickitat County Fair NPRA Rodeo, leaving $1,500 in the hands of the stock contractor. Two days of rodeo produced a number of very closely contested events where fractions of seconds made hundreds of dollars difference in prize money.

The only easy winner was Austin Foss in the bareback bronc riding. Foss scored a full 10 points more than his closest competitor, Kevin Lusk, to win $598.50. Lusk's second place finish earned him $448.88.

Less than one second separated the top six cowboys in tie down roping. Wyatt Williams was timed at 9.1 seconds. Shane Ericson was pegged at 9.2 and it cost him about $150 for that tenth of a second, with Williams taking home the winner's share at $895.38. Sixth place paid Ty Holly $154.38 for his time of 10 seconds flat.

One of the roughest events, cow milking, featured cows that were the right mixture of rowdy and subdued. It made for a competitive event as those who survived the first 10 seconds were able to milk the cow and get to the finish circle in less than one-minute. Cole Cameron edged Jason Minor with a time of 25.2 seconds to Minor's 28.5 as four people earned paydays, including an unusual lady entry with Charley Thiele coming in fourth in 30.2 seconds.

The total payout for the rodeo was $25,452.25 plus the contractor's take.

Complete results were:

Bareback bronc ($1,496.25): Austin Foss 79, Kevin Lusk 69, Ty Jones 68, Brent Bannon 68.

Saddle bronc ($1,995): Cooper DeWitt 80, Tucker Hill 78, Jake Clark 75, Quincy Crum 74.

Novice bareback bronc ($130): Trevor Pillar 63.

Bull Riding ($1,500) to stock provider – no qualified rides.

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ALL BUSINESS: The horse, Indian Summer, had his game face on, but cowboy, Tucker Hill won the battle and finished second in saddle bronc with this ride.

Tie down roping ($3,087.50): Wyatt Williams 9.1 sec., Shane Ericson 9.2, Cody Craig 9.5, Roger Nonella 9.5, Chance Stucker 9.6, Ty Holly 10.0.

Steer wrestling ($2,303.75) Sam Shelton 4.1 sec., Dalton Massey 4.3, Austin Woods 4.4, Colin Wolfe 5.6, Travis Taruscio 5.8, Jared Parke 5.8.

Cow milking ($1,881) Cole Cameron 25.2 sec., Jason Minor 28.5, Charley Thiele 30.2, Tom Akins 33.2.

Team roping ($8,027.50) Zach Raley and Phoenix Everano 5.3 sec., Jesse Sleeman and Tyler Coen 5.4, Joe Oakes and Mike Agee 6.1, Dillon Holyfield and B. J. Roberts 6.5, J.C. Cabral and Leo Baptiste 6.5, Guy Gregg and Trevor McCoin 6.9.

Breakaway roping ($3,800) Jade Crossley 2.9 sec., Jennifer Frohman 3.4, Amy Woodruff 4.1, Kelsi Eastman 4.7, Darcie Himmelspach 4.9, Shantel McNamee 5.0.

Barrel racing ($2,731.75) Gracie Garthwaite 17.28 sec., Jody Wallen 17.6, Hope Luttrell 17.66, Kristin Brashears 17.77, Bekkie Bowerman 17.78, Karli Scelzi 17.82.


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