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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lots of local representation in upcoming NPRA rodeos


There will be a good local turnout at this weekend’s Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo in Longview with competitors from Goldendale, Centerville, and Bickleton attending.

Running from Thursday through Saturday in Longview, about 50 miles up the Columbia River from Portland, a handful of high school rodeo club members are set to compete after recently returning from the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The rodeo kicks off Thursday night at 7 p.m. with Military Appreciation Night and continues at 7 p.m. each night thereafter. Friday night will be Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night and the queen coronation will take place Saturday night.

Goldendale’s Jared Mesecher will be first up for local participants and will compete in the bull riding with four other competitors on Friday night. Also running Friday is Bickleton’s Danny Alires in the saddle bronc.

Recently back from high school nationals in Wyoming, Centerville’s Cassie and Curtis Kayser both will run in the slack starting Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with Cassie in the barrel racing and breakaway while Curtis competes in the calf roping along with White Salmon’s Aaron Kreps. Kreps also will be in the slack team roping event.

When the main performance rolls around later Saturday night, a few more Goldendale residents will be up in the arena.

Lane and Logan Siebert both will go in the calf roping and both will go in the team roping on separate teams. Lane will pair with Yakima’s Grady Adams, his team roping partner all high school rodeo season, and Logan will partner with Stephenville’s Clayton Eggers.

Justin Slater also recently returned from nationals in Wyoming and is up in a pair of events Saturday night. First off, he will be the lone competitor Saturday night in the novice bronc, and will return to the arena later that night to go in the team roping along with Goldendale’s Neal Slater.

2008 Bickleton High School graduate Cody Loomis will run in the bull riding Saturday night as well.

Long Beach

After competing in Longview, all those who will continue heading west for another Northwest Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event, this one along the coach in Long Beach sponsored by the Peninsula Saddle Club. The performance runs Saturday and Sunday and starts at 1 p.m. each day with the slack starting 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Starting Saturday, Cassie Kayser again will compete in the barrel racing and breakaway with Curtis in the calf roping. Younger sister Corynn will also be competing and is set to go in the breakaway roping.

Mesecher and Loomis will go in the bull riding and Alires in the saddle bronc to round out the local participants on Saturday.

In the slack Sunday morning, Kreps will go in the calf roping while also competing in the team roping with partner John Mendoza.

Sunday afternoon, Justin Slater will go in the novice bronc and again in the team roping with Neal Slater. Lane and Logan Siebert will compete in the calf roping and again in the team roping with the same partners as in Longview. Loomis also will compete in the bull riding again.


The third NPRA sanctioned rodeo of the week is in Madras, Oregon, with many of the same competitors as the previous ones in Longview and Long Beach.

The Jefferson County Rodeo runs Friday and Saturday in Madras, about 90 miles south of The Dalles, with the performance starting at 7 p.m. each night and the slack running Friday night at 9 after the main performance.

On Friday, Lane and Logan Siebert are slated to go in the calf roping and team roping (same partners as before) along with Justin Slater in the novice bronc and team roping with Neal.

Taylor Bradley (breakaway roping) and Aaron Kreps (calf roping and team roping) are up in the slack Friday night.

Saturday night, Goldendale’s Hank and Tana Thompson (calf roping and breakaway respectively) along with Clint Endicott (calf roping) to close out the rodeo.

Coming up

After this week’s rodeos, the next NPRA sanctioned event will be held in Corvallis, Oregon, on Aug. 2-3.

Also next week is the High Desert Stampede Professional Rodeo in Redmond, Oregon, from Aug. 1-4 followed by the Klamath Falls Great NorthWest Pro Rodeo on Aug. 3-4.


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