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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Many local residents competing in four rodeos over week


After a weekend without an event, the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association returns with four performances this week, including three taking place over the Fourth of July holiday.

Each of the rodeos taking place this week in Vale, Yoncalla, and La Pine (all in Oregon) as well as Vancouver will have plenty of representation from Goldendale, Centerville, and the rest of Klickitat County.

The Vale Fourth of July Rodeo and the 47th annual Vancouver Rodeo kick off Wednesday and run through Saturday with large fields of competitors, while the Yoncalla Rodeo started Tuesday and finishes Wednesday. The week of rodeos finishes up with The Greatest Little Rodeo in Oregon, the La Pine Rodeo, on Saturday and Sunday in the town about 30 miles south of Bend with a population just under 2,000 people.


The Yoncalla Rodeo started Tuesday morning with the slack at 8 a.m. Slack competitors are those who weren’t able to get into the main performance before the spots filled up.

Tuesday morning, Goldendale’s Hank Thompson competed in the slack calf roping. Thompson has competed in the calf roping a handful of times already this rodeo season, including in Cleveland and Glenwood.

The performance in Yoncalla started at 1 p.m. with a couple more area ranchers competing. Goldendale’s Jared Mesecher was up in the bull riding Tuesday afternoon and was joined by Centerville’s Cooper Mills, who competed in the calf roping.

The slack continues Wednesday morning at 8, with Centerville’s Curtis Kayser competing in both the calf roping and team roping with partner Lance Mills. After the slack, Glenwood’s Kate Valdez is up in both the barrel racing and breakaway while White Salmon’s Aaron Kreps gets a go in the calf roping, cow milking, and team roping with Asotin’s John Mendoza.


Starting Tuesday and finishing Saturday, the Vale Rodeo’s field is packed with competitors.

It began Tuesday night at 6 with the slack, and the performance follows each of the next four days at 8 p.m.

Wednesday night, Goldendale’s Tanner Bradley is up in the bull riding before a handful of county competitors are set to go.

On Thursday, Ellensburg’s Lexie Cameron, Goldendale’s Taylor Bradley, and Centerville’s Cassie Kayser all will ride in the breakaway roping, Kreps will go in the calf roping and again later that night in the team roping with Mendoza.

Mesecher will compete Friday night in the bull riding and Curtis Kayser will go in the calf roping.


The Vancouver Rodeo main performance also runs Wednesday through Saturday with more familiar faces competing.

Starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the main performance features Goldendale’s Carly and Courtney Tatro in the breakaway along with Lexie Cameron, and Mesecher in the bull riding.

It continues Thursday at 7 p.m. with Valdez in the barrel racing and breakaway and Tanner Bradley in the bull riding. Thompson, along with Logan and Lane Siebert, all will run in the calf roping Wednesday, while Logan also will compete in the team roping with Stephenville’s Clayton Eggers.

The slack in Vancouver runs all day Friday starting at 9 a.m. Taylor Bradley, Cassie Kayser, Randee Slater, and Charley Thiele are set to compete in the slack breakaway, Kane and Mike Thiele will go in the cow milking and also combine in the team roping, and Cody Slater will be the last man up in the team roping with partner Tyler Hammermeister.

Kreps will go in each the calf roping, cow milking, and team roping in the rodeo’s final day Saturday.

La Pine

The Greatest Little Rodeo in Oregon starts with the performance Saturday evening and continues with the slack Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

Valdez will once again compete in two events, the barrel racing and breakaway on Saturday, while Mesecher will go again in the bull riding, Thompson in the calf roping, and Kreps in the calf and team roping.

In the slack Sunday morning, Cassie Kayser will go in the breakaway along with Taylor Bradley.

See next week’s Sentinel for results from the four rodeos.


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