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By Eileen Potter
Arlington Saddle Club 

Arlington Rodeo 70th anniversary coming up


April 19, 2017

Eileen Potter

RODEO QUEEN: 2017 Arlington Saddle Club Queen Annika Rietmann.

The Arlington Jackpot Rodeo kicks off its 70th year April 29 and 30 at Arlington, Oregon. Events will begin Saturday, April 29, with the parade through downtown Arlington at 10:00 a.m. and the Queen's luncheon immediately following the parade at the United Methodist Church Hall, 150 Hemlock St. Rodeo action begins at 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. A cowboy breakfast will be served on Sunday at the Masonic Hall from 7–10:00 a.m. The Club is also hosting past rodeo royalty for a reunion in honor of the 70th year.

Arena action will feature the traditional rodeo events, including bull riding and ranch bronc riding. There will be added money each day, except for specialty events. The specialty events will be mutton bustin', junior and pee wee barrel racing, steer riding and a calf scramble. The 15th annual Kevin Johnson Memorial buckle will be awarded to the All-Around cowboy or cowgirl. The cook shack will be serving food both days. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. A two-day pass is available for $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under.

Reigning as the Arlington Saddle Club Queen this year is 16-year-old Annika Rietmann of Condon, Oregon. She is the daughter of Ajax ranchers Tom Rietmann and Katie Cook. Queen Annika is a junior at Condon High School, where she is active in varsity volleyball and basketball, earning honors as a member of the first team all-league for two years in volleyball and awarded first team all-league in basketball last year and second team all-league this year. She is an Emergency Medical Responder for the South Gilliam County Ambulance and plans to further her medical field as either a nurse or physician's assistant at a university after high school.

In her spare time she enjoys helping her dad on the ranch, working with children and spending time with her friends. Annika will be riding her six-year-old registered quarter horse, Cash, for her official appearances as she represents the Arlington Saddle Club at their events throughout Oregon and Washington. She would like to extend an invitation to join her for an action-packed weekend at the 70th Annual Arlington Rodeo.

The Arlington Saddle Club slate of officers are President, Ron Wilson; Vice-President, Jim Rucker; Secretary, Jodie Gentry; Treasurer, Sarah Rucker and Queen Advisor, Eileen Potter.

For additional information on the Arlington Jackpot Rodeo call 541-980-1593 or 541-980-7108. For royalty related information call 541-384-6251.


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