Eleven cowboys riding bareback on fierce broncos came and went, some with more success than others. But in rodeo, cowboys only get one ride and that means one ride can shake up the scoreboard.
Steven Peebles, the last bareback rider to compete, held on to Eldorado for 8 seconds to post an 85 on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. It was enough to topple Bobby Mote’s score of 82 from Tuesday night and Brian Bain’s Wednesday 82.
The opening event proved to be the setup to an exciting final night of the the Lynden Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo, which avoided the rain that came last year and instead received two days of perfect weather.
If Tuesday night was tough for the bull riders — only three cowboys lasted 8 seconds — Wednesday was near impossible.
Only one of eight riders went the distance, as bulls named Chop Saw, Rocky, Hell No, Super Fly, Crowns Legend, Pretty Boy and Juicy Fruit prevailed.
The honor of being the only rider to accomplish the 8-second feat went to the second-to-last rider of the night, Dustin Bowen, who made the time on Hall Pass for a score of 75.
It wasn’t enough, though, to upend Corey Maier’s 85 from Tuesday, although he received plenty of support from the crowd.
In saddle bronc riding, Shorty Garrett’s crazy 88 on Tuesday night was enough to stay atop the standings. Ryan Mackenzie, on Flip Side, and Steven Dent, on Under Dog, both posted 83 on Wednesday to tie for second.
Clayton Hass’ 4-second time in the steer wrestling event from the first night held up for the victory, as Blaine Jones came closest to surpassing the mark with his 4.3 on Wednesday night. Luke Branquinho did post a 4.0 and received grand applause for his efforts but broke the barrier before the steer and received a 10-second penalty.
In the tie down roping event, Jake Pratt took home the win, albeit with a little drama. Pratt roped the calf and tied its hooves in 8 seconds, but the calf must stay tied for 6 seconds once the cowboy gets back on his horse. As time ticked down, the calf started to kick and shake but the rope was tied well enough and Pratt got the win.
The calves got their time in the spotlight, though, in the team roping competition, as only two teams were able to record a time. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton posted a 4.4 and Bryce Palmer and Monty Joe Petska scored a 7.8, meaning Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes’ time of 4.0 from Tuesday held up.
Only five-hundreths of a second separated the girls’ barrel racing event, as Samantha Boone’s 16.0 Wednesday edged out Kathy Grimes’ 16.05.
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