Local cowboys continue to compete, less than 3 weeks until county fair
August 8, 2018
Coming up this week is another group of NPRA events down in Oregon, with the Grant County Challenge of Champions and the Wheeler County Fair and Rodeo both running Friday and Saturday with good Klickitat County representation.
The Grant County Challenge of Champions Rodeo in John Day kicks off Friday and Saturday with the main performance at 6 p.m. both nights, but doesn’t feature a slack competition.
The Wheeler County Rodeo will start with its main performances at 7 p.m. on the same nights and also will have slack competition Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.
In John Day, about 180 miles southeast of Goldendale, Jared Mesecher is the only competitor from town in the draw, but he will be joined by White Salmon’s Aaron Kreps.
Mesecher will compete in the same event he has at rodeos all season, and is up in the bull riding on Friday night.
Kreps, who seems like he’s been to nearly every NPRA rodeo he’s been able to, is up in his main events in both rodeos this weekend.
He will start out at the Challenge of Champions on Friday and will run in the calf roping first and team roping second with partner John Mendoza from Asotin.
He will pack up and leave early the next morning for Fossil, where he will compete in the same events Saturday night.
Like Kreps, Mesecher also will be competing in back-to-back rodeos in two days this weekend. After competing in John Day Friday, he’s up again in the same event Saturday night in Fossil looking to finish in the money.
The Sieberts, Lane and Logan, along with Goldendale’s Clint Endicott, will join Mesecher and Kreps in Fossil.
Endicott and both Sieberts are all up Friday night in the calf roping, and Logan Siebert also will compete in the team roping with partner Clayton Eggers from Stephenville.
After the rodeos in Fossil and John Day, there is close to a two-week break from NPRA events, but after that, it’s time for the event everyone has been waiting for, the Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo.