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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Ellensburg's Jason Minor a big winner, Taylor Bradley and Cooper Mills also in money at Klickitat County Rodeo


August 29, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Centerville's Curtis Kayser was one of the first up in the tie down roping Saturday afternoon.

Veteran Ellensburg cowboy Jason Minor was the big winner over the weekend at the Klickitat County Rodeo, finishing in the money in a pair of events, including the top time in the cow milking, which sent him back to the Burg with a big chunk of change.

Minor, who competed in three events during the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event's opening day on Saturday, also added a third place mark in the team roping to go along with his No. 1 finish in the cow milking.

As the only qualifier in the cow milking event out of around 20 competitors, Minor didn't have anyone else to share the purse with, leaving him with a big check to take home. Actually, he pocketed $1,746 for his cow milking finish and added $410.80 to his total weekend earnings for his third place spot in the team roping.

This hasn't been the only rodeo Minor has dominated at this summer. He's earned more money this season in the cow milking than any other cowboy, and also sits in third in the team roping and fourth in the tie down roping in terms of money earned in each event. He's also second this summer in the NPRA's All-Around List with 579 points, trailing only Shane Erickson, from Terrebonne. In Goldendale, Erickson finished first in the tie down roping and first in the team roping.

Minor, in the cow milking event which was heavy on Klickitat County cowboys, was the only one to rope the cow around the neck, squeeze some milk out into a bottle, and run it over to the judge all in less than a minute.

Minor had a good overall showing, but Goldendale's Taylor Bradley and Centerville's Cooper Mills also were impressive in front of their hometown fans. Both finished in the money in an event, along with Ellensburg's Cody Loomis, a 2008 Bickleton High School graduate.

Bradley ended up fifth in the breakaway roping with a 3.2 second time which gave her $190.12 out of the total purse of $23,192.70.

Mills was the last qualifier in the tie down roping which he finished in 10.6 seconds, earning $124.89 for the event.

Loomis came in third in the bull riding, getting a score of 63 from the judges. He took home $383.15 for the finish.

Tygh Valley

Running Friday and Saturday, the NPRA sanctioned event at the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo featured some local participants who competed one day in Tygh Valley and the other day in Goldendale.

Although there were a handful of Klickitat County residents who competed in both rodeos, Goldendale's Logan Siebert was the only local cowboy who finished among the leaders in any event.

Siebert, along with his brother Lane, were joined by Goldendale's Jared Mesecher and Hank Thompson and White Salmon's Aaron Kreps as cowboys who competed in both rodeos over the weekend.

Logan left Oregon with a fourth place finish in the tie down roping event, finishing as the final qualifier while taking home $168 along the way. His 11.8 second time trailed third-place finisher Brett Hale by just .1 seconds.

Up next

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale's Hank Thompson works to get the calf tied during his run in the tie down roping on Saturday.

There are two more NPRA events before the finals, which runs Sept. 21 and 22 at the Crook County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena in Prineville, Oregon.

Next up is the second event that will be taking place in Roy, which is about 20 miles south of Tacoma. The Roy Pioneer Rodeo kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and continues the same time Sunday. There also is breakaway and team roping slack performances at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Jim Jack Davenport is up in the cow milking on Saturday as the only competitor from Goldendale. White Salmon's Jarin Ladiges also will be in Roy, competing in the cow milking on Sunday.

After the Roy Pioneer Rodeo this weekend, the last NPRA event aside from the finals will run Sept. 8 and 9 in Burns, Oregon, which is about 200 miles south of Pendleton.


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