LYNDEN - Eight bull riders took their turn atop some of the finest bulls on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit. All eight failed to record a qualifying score.
Bulls like Cowboy Cut, Jordan's Jacket and Two Dogs made quick work of the men who tried to shine under the lights of the Eighth Annual PRCA Lynden Rodeo Saturday evening, Aug. 25, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.
In the end, it was Dakota Black's score of 79 from Friday night that won the bull riding event. Black's winning ride came on the back of Two Dogs. Zeb Lanham scored a 76 - a mark strong enough for a second-place finish and a $2,176.48 check due to the lack of qualifying rides. Black made out with $2,555 in earnings.
Bull riding may not have lived up to last year's event, when Laine Baze followed Shane Proctor's 85 with an electric ride of 89 points, but plenty of cowboys and cowgirls turned in memorable performances in other competitions.
Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, had an outstanding showing on championship Saturday. After he won the tie-down roping with a time of 6.9, which was 1.6 seconds better than second-place finisher Clint Cooper, Brazile partnered with Patrick Smith to take second in team roping.
The duo recorded a time of 4.8 seconds, earning a second-place check. The team of Clay Tryan and Travis Graves narrowly edged Brazile and Smith, posting a mark of 4.7 seconds to win $1,966.50 in rodeo money.
One night after Sue Smith set a new Lynden Rodeo arena record with a 15.26-second run in barrel racing, Brenda Mays topped her time less than 12 hours later.
The 43-year-old cowgirl from Terrebonne, Ore. raced her way to a 15.15 mark during Saturday morning's slack competition, claiming a $1,390.51 check. Emily Eford also beat Lynden's arena record previous to Friday night's competition. She finished second with a time of 15.25 seconds.
Arguably the most exciting performance Saturday happened early in the night. After four time PRCA world champion Bobby Mote earned a first-place 85 in bareback riding, Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla. scored a 91 atop one of the top horses in rodeo - Make Up Face.
"That horse is probably going to win the horse of the year," said McDaniel as he shared high-fives and received congratulatory messages from other cowboys just outside the bucking chutes. "When I heard about the draw, I just knew I had to do my part."
McDaniel's 91 set a new arena record.
Other winners were Dakota W. Eldridge and Blake Knowles, who both posted a 3.9 in steer wrestling, and Louie Brunson and Heith Allan DeMoss. The two tied for first in saddle bronc riding with scores of 82.
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