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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Rough riding for cowboys in Cleveland


Elmer Kinder

MILK IN A MINUTE: Cole Cameron rushes the bottle of milk to the official during Sunday's Alder Creek Pioneer Rodeo in Cleveland. Cameron finished on top in the event as the only cowboy to finish under a minute at 43.7 seconds.

It was a tough day for all the cowboys and cowgirls during Washington's oldest rodeo over the weekend in Cleveland.

Competitors at the 107th annual Alder Creek Pioneer Northwest Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event on Saturday and Sunday afternoons dealt with a rowdy and restless crop of stock that made life difficult over the events throughout the weekend.

Animals at the Pioneer Rodeo were taken straight from the range and most hadn't been rode or tangled with in a rodeo setting like many of the other rodeos in the area.

Many riders took hard hits and falls from the boisterous bulls and one rider was bucked off into the fence that surrounded the stadium only to get up and shake it off like a champ.

With all the riders that failed to record times or scores, the pot was that much sweeter for the cowboys and girls that were able to finish at the top of the standings in the respective events.

Only one cowboy finished with a qualifying score or time in two events, taking home large chunks of money from the $18,539.25 total purse.

Three competitors earned over $900 from top finishes in their respective events as 39 of the 205 total participants took home checks ranging from $95 to over $1,000.

Mabton's Cheyenne Allen was the big winner over the weekend, drawing $1,026.24 after a top finish in the barrel racing at 17.82 seconds.

Local cowboy Cole Cameron was the lone qualifier in the cow milking at 43.7 seconds, having needing to finish in under one minute to be in the running for money. The Centerville native has been a strong competitor in the milking event in the past, and took home $931 from the top finish on Sunday.

Toledo's Jace Catlin also took home a big chunk of change and was the only one to qualify in bull riding. His score of 81 in the event earned him $950.

Cameron's sister, Lexie, was also able to place (fifth) in the breakaway roping and pocketed $177.89 after tying with Buena's Mary Ann Gibson with a 3.0 score.

Elmer Kinder

LEAP OF FAITH: A rider makes a move to take down the animal during the steer wrestling event at Washington's oldest rodeo.

White Salmon's Jarin Ladiges was quick in the steer wrestling, bringing the animal down in 8.2 seconds, nearly three times as fast as Wenatchee's Colin Wolfe, who was second in 22.4 seconds. Ladiges received $755.25 for the finish.

Some local ranchers also were able to group together and finish on top of one of the locally sponsored events. Eric Hess, Tyler Jensen and Jason Tolman teamed up to pace the field in the Merchant Cow Milking Contest sponsored by P.J. Mercer Ranch, The Hen's Nest. Bluebird Inn and Powers Ranch.

The rodeo also thanked Matt Murfeld and the boy scouts for the construction of the new flag pole and the Klickitat PUD, Lenny Shotwell, Tom Mortensen, John Jensen and Jim Carter for the installation of the pole.


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