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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Davenport big winner in Cleveland with strong cow milking performance


Elmer Kinder Photography

Goldendale cowboy Jim Jack Davenport, shown competing in last year's cow milking event at the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo in Glenwood, took home top honors in the same event last weekend at the Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo in Cleveland.

Goldendale cowboy Jim Jack Davenport was the big winner over the weekend in Cleveland, pocketing $1,171.20 for his top finish in the cow milking at the 108th annual Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic and Rodeo.

Davenport and his partner were the only group to record a time in the event which requires a mounted roper and a mugger to work together to rope the cow, squeeze a little milk from the cow into a bottle, and sprint to the judge to prove they've accomplished the task. Teams that finish under 60 seconds qualify.

After none of the six teams in the event Saturday were able to notch a sub 60 second time, Davenport was the lone qualifier out of the four groups competing Sunday, recording a 57.1 time to put him in the money.

Davenport took home the biggest single share from the $21,355.20 total purse over the Saturday and Sunday competition while a couple of other area participants also finished in the money.

Bickleton's Wyatt Hays was one of only two qualifiers in the bareback riding, taking second with 32 points and raking up $364.80 in the process. Dayville's Payton Wright took top honors in the event with his score of 69 bringing in $547.20.

Glenwood's Kate Valdez also was a big winner with her third place finish in the popular barrel racing event. Valdez' time of 18.17 seconds was milliseconds off the leader's time in the event, but still garnered $747.84 for the third place showing. Arlington's Jody Wallen (18 second time for $1,141.44) and Hermiston's Jade Crossley (18.13 second time for $944.64) finished just ahead of Valdez. There were 50 total competitors over both days competing in the barrels including the slack performances.

A pair of Goldendale cowboys finished in the money as heelers in the team roping. The event consists of a header and heeler with both on horseback. The header ropes the horns and turns the bull before the heeler ropes the heels to bring the bull down. The time stops after both rope and stop the bull.

As the heeler, Goldendale's Cody Slater teamed with Yakima's Tyler Hammermeister for a third place finish. The two recorded a time of 7.2 seconds and both took home $460.56.

Finishing just a few spots behind Slater was Lane Siebert, who partnered up with Yakima's Grady Adams for a sixth place finish in 12.3 seconds.

Another Siebert also came away with some cash in another event last weekend. Logan Siebert wrapped up a second place finish in the tie down roping with a 12.7 second time that earned him $576.

The Northwest Professional Rodeo Association continues throughout the summer until the finals in late September. Next up is the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo this weekend in Glenwood. Performances start at 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with slack performances starting 8 a.m. Sunday morning.


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