The 8 seconds of bucking are what fans came to see, but Shorty Garrett showed the cowboy sometimes comes out on top.
Garrett managed to last 8 seconds on Hot Flash in the saddle bronc riding competition and then seamlessly hop off his ride and land on his feet as the fans roared.
The score of 88 proved to be more than enough – the next closest rider tallied 79 – to take the lead in the saddle bronc riding competition after the first day of the Lynden Professional Rodeo Cowboys’ Association Rodeo on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.
While a cowboy showed up the animals in the saddle bronc, the bulls showed their stiffness in the main-event bull riding. Only three riders managed to last 8 second, the best being Corey Maier, who posted an 85.
Caleb Sanderson recorded a 78 to finish second after the first night and Cain Smith posted a 73.
Bobby Mote, just three riders into the bareback competition, stole the opening event. Riding Hippie Lettuce, Mote posted an 82, as he managed to conquer the first night.
Mote was followed by Grant Denny (78), Ryan Gray (77) and David Peebles (76) in Tuesday’s standings.
Clayton Hass led the steer wrestling competition with a 4-second time, topping second-place Ty Erickson, who got his steer to the ground in 5.1 seconds.
Russell Cardoza dominated the tie-down roping event, recording an 11.5 to lead the event by more than 2 seconds.
The team roping event was the closest event of the night, but Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes’ time of 4 seconds held up over Riley and Brady Minor’s time of 4.4 and Clayton and Chase Hansen’s time of 4.8.
Amber Leigh Moore squeaked out the lead in the girls’ barrel racing event, finishing with a time of 16.13 seconds. Second-place Rachel Stoller recorded a 16.22.
Wednesday, Aug. 19, will see the completion of all events, as performances get underway at 7:30 p.m. again at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.
Reach Joshua Hart at 360-715-2238 or at joshua.hart@ bellinghamherald.com.
Lynden PRCA Rodeo
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Northwest Washington Fairgrounds grandstand