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Oregonian Article July 2, 2017

Luke Smith, Anthem Singer and great-grandson of Founding member
Luke Smith, Anthem Singer and great-grandson of Founding member 






The Oregon posted an article featuring our Anthem Singer, Luke Smith who is a voice student and great-grandson of one of St. Paul Rodeo's founders, Carl J. Smith. The article includes a photo album of the show and a video of Luke's performance. Don't miss this recap of July 1st performance.



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Champions crowned, arena records broken - July 4

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RODEO REPEATS AND ARENA RECORDS

Champions crowned, arena records broken at 2017 St. Paul Rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (July 4, 2017) – An Oregon and Oklahoma cowboy teamed up to set a new record in the team roping at the 82nd annual St. Paul Rodeo.

Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. turned in a time of 4.1 seconds to win the first round and set a new arena record. The old record, which was 4.2, was set twice: by Joe Beaver and Tom Bourne in 2001 and Ty Blasingame and Cody Hintz in 2010.

On their second run, they had a time of 5.7 seconds, to win the average, the total on two head: 9.8 seconds.

It’s the second time Crawford has won the St. Paul Rodeo, and it’s special to him. “I grew up right down the road in Canby, and I’ve been coming to this rodeo as long as I can remember,” he said. “I’ve junior rodeod and peewee rodeoed right here.”

He won the rodeo in 2006, and the buckle that year went to his good friend Stub Johnson, who had cancer. Johnson, a resident of St. Helens, Ore., helped with the team roping, running the barrier rope for years. When Johnson passed away, he was buried with the buckle. This one, Crawford gets to keep.

When Crawford and his heeler Joseph Harrison made their victory lap, it was slow and to a roaring crowd, as they soaked up the applause. “I’ve been roping my cowboy toy since I was a little kid, trying to win this rodeo,” Crawford said, beaming. “I’ve been here, pushing steers, watching the big guys, idolizing every one of them. This is a meaningful win. I’ve been dreaming of winning this rodeo since I was in diapers.”

Before this week’s rodeos, the team was ranked in the top twenty in the world standings.

Another arena record was set at this year’s St. Paul Rodeo, this one in the bareback riding.

The reigning world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell scored 89.5 points to win the rodeo, the gold buckle, and a check for $10,892.

He beat the old record of 88 points, set by three different cowboys: Bruce Ford in 1989, Wes Stevenson in 2002, and Steven Dent five years ago.

O’Connell has set the bareback riding world on fire in the last few years, with his mentality of a champion. He won the 2016 PRCA world championship last year and is the number one man in this year’s standings, a little more than $15,000 ahead of bareback rider R.C. Landingham.

It was the third time for O’Connell to match up against the Bridwell Pro Rodeo horse Sacred Nation, and O’Connell has done well on her each time. He won Puyallup last year on the horse, and placed third at last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), in the first round.

“That’s a phenomenal horse,” he said. “Wow. What a day she had today. She’s an amazing animal that lets you completely go at her with everything you’ve got, and she gives it right back. I’m so thankful and so blessed.”

O’Connell works hard at his trade to be excellent at it, both physically and mentally. “In the last couple years, I’ve tried to take complete accountability for my actions on the back of a bucking horse,” he said. “You stop blaming others, you stop blaming horses, you stop blaming judges, and you only blame yourself. And you’re the only person who can fix it. It makes me try to be a champion, and the best version of myself every single day I nod my head.”

When he’s at home, he works out. “I work myself to the dirt when I’m at home,” he said. The 2015 graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., took the advice of his college rodeo coach Ken Mason. “My coach always told me, do the things that others won’t do, so you’re better than them tomorrow. When I’m in the gym and working hard and just want to stop I envision somebody out there working harder than me, and I don’t want anybody to take my gold buckle away from me. I want more.”

He also has some lofty goals. After he won the 2016 world title, it took some time to refocus. “I was really kind of shocked at myself last year. I hit the pinnacle of our sport after seven years of riding bucking horses. I was lost, as far as my drive.” But he was able to set a new goal: six world titles. If he won six, he’d have one more than the two cowboys with the most: Joe Alexander and Bruce Ford, who both won five. “And 2017 (world title) is my next step. I feel like I’m riding as good as I ever have, and I feel like there’s more in the tank.”

This is the second time O’Connell has won the rodeo; he was last year’s champion as well.

Other 2017 St. Paul Rodeo champions include steer wrestler Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. (8.6 seconds on two head), tie-down roper Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas (19.7 seconds on two head), bull rider Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Ida. (90 points), and saddle bronc rider Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. (83 points). Barrel racer Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., with a time of 1743. seconds.

The 83rd annual St. Paul Rodeo is July 3-7, 2018. More information can be found at the rodeo’s website at www.StPaulRodeo.com.

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Cutline: Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. won the 2017 team roping title at the 82ndannual St. Paul Rodeo. They also set an arena record with a time of 4.1 seconds in the first round. Photo by Hoot Creek.

Cutline: Tim O’Connell repeated as the bareback riding champion at the 82nd annual St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo. He won the St. Paul title and the world title last year. Photo by Hoot Creek.

Final results, St. Paul Rodeo, June 30-July 4, 2017

All-Around champion: Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah – tie-down roping and team roping

Bareback Riding – 2017 Champion – Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa

1. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa 89.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Sacred Nation; 2. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore. 87; 3. (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas and Logan Corbett, Las Cruces, N.M. 85.5 each; 5. (tie) Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. and Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 84.5 each; 7. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas 84; 8. Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D. 83.5.

Steer Wrestling

1st go round

1. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alb. 4.0 seconds; 2. (tie) Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev. and John Green, La Grande, Ore. 4.2 each; 4. Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 4.3; 5. (tie) Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., Harley Cole, Calgary, Alb., and Cole Edge, Durant, Okla. 4.4 each; 8. Olin Hannum, Malad, Ida. 4.6.

2nd round

1. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 3.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Gary Gilbert, St. Cloud, Fla. and Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 4.1 each; 4. (tie) Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif., Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., and Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 4.2 each; 7. (tie) KC Jones, Decatur, Texas and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii 4.3 each.

Steer wrestling average – 2017 Champion – Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.

1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 8.6 seconds on 2 head; 2. Matt Reeves, Cross Plaines, Texas 9.0; 3. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alb. 9.2; 4. Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 9.4; 5. Olin Hannum, Malad, Ida. 9.8; 6. (tie) Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. and Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev. 9.9 each; 8. Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, Ore. 10.0.

Bull riding - 2017 Champion – Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho

1. Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Ida. 90 points on Corey and Lange Rodeo’s Moe Betta; 2. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 88; 3. Adam Lucero, Tooele, Utah 87.5; 4. Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, La. 85; 5. Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash. 80.5; 6. Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla. 80; 7. (tie) Brody Yeary, Brock, Texas and Douglas Duncan, Alvin, 79 each; 8. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 77.

Tie Down Roping

1st go round

1. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 8.7 seconds; 2. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas 9.0; 3. (tie) Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas and Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 9.2 each; 5. Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas 9.6; 6. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 9.7; 7. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 9.8; 8. (tie) Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas and Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 10.0 each.

2nd go round

1. (tie) Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb. and Blair Burk, Durant, Okla. 8.1 seconds each; 3. (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas and Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas 8.5 each; 5. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 8.9; 6. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 9.4; 8. 7.Kirk Robinson, Innisfail, Alb. 9.5; 8. (tie) Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas and Brad Goodrich, Hermiston, Ore. 9.6 each.

Average –- 2017 Champion – Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas

1. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 19.7 on 2 head; 2. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 20.1; 3. Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 21.1; 4. Kirk Robinson, Innisfail, 21.7; 5. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 21.8; 6. Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 22.5; 7. (tie) Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. and Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah 22.7 each.

Saddle bronc riding – 2017 Champion –Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.

1. Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 83 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Goliath; 2. (tie) Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev. and Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 82.5 each; 4. (tie) Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alb., Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. and Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 81.5 each; 7. (tie) Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alb. and Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 80 each; 8. (tie) Jake Wright, Milford, Utah and Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 78.5 each.

Team Roping

1st go round

1. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 4.1 seconds; 2. Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. 4.3; 3. Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif./Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ari. 5.1; 4. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas and Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Stephenville, Texas 5.3 each; 6. Ryan Opie, Crane, Ore./Dayton Stafford Prineville, Ore. 5.4; 7. (tie) Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 5.5 each.

2nd go round

1. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah/Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas 4.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Clay Ullery, Two Hills,/Riley Wilson, Cardson, Alb. and Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Junior Nogueira, Presidente Pruta, Brazile 4.6 each; 4. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 4.7; 5. Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 4.8; 6. (tie) Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Tyler Worley, Bluffdale, Texas, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore./Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. and Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C./Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas 4.9 each.

Average –2017 Champions – Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.

1. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 9.8 seconds on 2; 2. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas 10.4; 3. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 11.1; 4. Ryan Opie, Crane, /Dayton Stafford, Prineville, Ore. 11.6; 5. (tie) Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 11.8 each; 7. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 12.3; 8. Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif./Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ariz. 12.9.

Barrel racing – 2017 Champion – Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.

1. Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 17.43 seconds; 2. Morgan Breaux, Tomball, Texas 17.59; 3. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore. 17.65; 4. Megan McLeod-Sprague, Marsing, Ida. 17.75; 5. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas 17.80; 6. (tie) Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. and Callahan Crossley, Hermiston, Ore. 17.86 each; 8. Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla. 17.88; 9. Shea Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 17.91; 10. (tie) Amy Coelho, Echo, Ore. and Samantha Boone, Cheney, Wash. 17.95; 12. Sidney Forrest, Lipan, Texas 17.97.

** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit www.prorodeo.com.

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World Champion Bull Rider takes lead

Sage Steel Kimzey scores 88 on Corey & Langes'  "Knock it Off"
Sage Steel Kimzey scores 88 on Corey & Langes' "Knock it Off"  

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BULL RIDING DREAMS

World champion bull rider takes lead at St. Paul Rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (July 3, 2017) – The “golden boy” of bull riding, the youngest millionaire in the PRCA, swooped into the St. Paul Rodeo and landed on top of the leaderboard.

Sage Kimzey, three-time and current world champion bull rider, scored 88 points on the Corey and Lange Bull Knock It Off to edge out the number two man by a half point.

Adam Lucero turned in a score of 87.5 points on Sunday night, but Kimzey moved him out of the top spot on Monday night.

It wasn’t easy for the Strong City, Okla. cowboy. “It was work the whole time,” Kimzey said. “I never really had a good seat. I lost my bull rope on the first jump, and he got me on the end of my rope, and I just kind of had to hang on.”

It was the second time the 22 year old had ridden the bull. He had Knock it Off at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in the eighth round, when he got bucked off. The bull “has a bunch of tricks,” he said.

Kimzey won $20,000 in a challenge with a bounty bull in Mandan, N.D. on July 1, and also won the rodeo in Mandan. The $20,000 does not count towards the world standings, but he’s working to solidify his ranking in the standings. “Every one of these big rodeos, you just have to make them count. There’s a lot of money to be won, and I want my share of it.”

It’s not been an easy year for the fourth-ranked bull rider in the PRCA world standings, full of “trials and tribulations.” He’s had injuries, the flu, “one thing after another,” he said. “I couldn’t get healthy and get the ball rolling, but now I’m doing good. So it’s all on the way up.”

In the steer wrestling, the fast run of the night also was the fast run of the second round. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, turned in a time of 3.9 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than Gary Gilbert’s and Jason Thomas’ 4.1 from earlier in the rodeo.

The St. Paul rodeo is a bright spot for Reeves. His rodeos the past few weeks haven’t gone well. “It hasn’t been a very good Fourth (of July),” he said. “I’ve broken a lot of barriers, but I haven’t even broken barriers on chances (good steers). I broke barriers because I try too hard. (Tonight) I got out of the barrier and did my job.”

Reeves turns 39 in three days, and the maturity of experience helps him handle slumps. “I’d better be mature,” he laughed. “I’m about to enter the forty and over. My wife might argue that I might not be grown up yet, but I’m more mature.”

He’s aboard a nine-year-old gelding named Roy, who was purchased a year ago. Roy is out of a horse that Reeves used to own, a mare that produced good barrel horses. Past world champion barrel racer Kristie Peterson and her husband Chuck originally owned Roy, and their husband’s daughter trained him and told Reeves about him. Reeves hauled him most of last year, and the horse isn’t finished, but he’s won most of Reeves’ $37,000 earnings for the year. Reeves, who is a six-time WNFR qualifier, is ranked eleventh in the world standings.

Other fast times and high scores during slack and the fourth performance of the St. Paul Rodeo are bareback rider Evan Jayne, Marseille, France (78 points), tie-down roper Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas (19.8 seconds); saddle bronc rider Tucker Hill, Klamath Hills, Ore. (74 points); team ropers Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz. and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas (5.1 seconds) and barrel racer Megan McLeod-Sprague, Marsing, Ida. (17.75 seconds).

Independence Day festivities at the St. Paul Rodeo include two rodeo performances at 1:30 and 7:30 pm, the parade at 10 am, the Great Western Barbecue Cook-off at 11 am (with food available for purchase), the carnival at 11 am, and the Wild West Art Show from 11 am to 11 pm. Tickets are available and can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com and at the ticket office, located on the rodeo grounds.

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Cutline: Three time and current world champion bull rider Sage Kimey takes the lead at the 82nd annual St. Paul Rodeo. He scored 88 points on the Corey and Lange bull Knock It Off. The rodeo wraps up with two performances on July 4, at 1:30 and 7:30 pm.

. Photo by Hoot Creek.

Results from the slack and evening performance, St. Paul Rodeo, July 3, 2017

Bareback Riding

1. Evan Jayne, 78 points on Corey and Lange’s Caraboo Trail; no other qualified rides.

Steer Wrestling

1st round

1. Olin Hannum, Malad, Ida. 4.6 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 5.1; 3. Ryan Grenell, Kennewick, Wash. 14.4; 4. Nik Hamm, Brush Prairie, Wash. 15.3.

2nd round

1. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 3.9 seconds; 2. Olin Hannum, Malad, Ida. 5.2; 3. Miles Switzer, Morro Bay, Calif. 5.3; 4. Nik Hamm, Brush Prairie, Wisc. 14.6.

Average leaders (on two head)

1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 8.6 seconds on 2 head; 2. Matt Reeves, Cross Plaines, Texas 9.0; 3. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alb. 9.2; 4. Olin Hannum, Malad, Ida. 9.8.

Bull riding

1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 88 points on Corey and Lange’s Knock It Off; 2. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 77; no other qualified rides.

Tie Down Roping

1st round

1. Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas 19.8 seconds; no other qualified runs.

2nd go round

1. Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas 10.3 seconds; 2. JC Malone, Plain City, Utah 13.7; 3. Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga. 18.0; no other qualified runs.

Average leaders on two head

1. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 19.7 on 2 head; 2. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 20.1; 3. Kirk Robinson, Innisfail, 21.7; 4. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 21.8.

Saddle bronc riding

1. Tucker Hill, Klamath Falls, Ore. 74 points on Corey and Lange’s Pine Ridge; 2. Charlie Kogianes, Provo, Utah 72; 3. Brady Nicholes, Hoytsville, Utah 69; 4. Max Filippini, Battle Mountain, Nev. 68.

Team Roping

1st round

1. Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. 4.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas and Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Stephenville, Texas 5.3 each; 4. Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla./Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 6.5.

2nd round

1. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas 5.1 seconds; 2. Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla./Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 6.6; 3. Bryce Plamer, Milton-Freewater, Ore./Bo Patzke, Klamath Falls, Ore. 20.1; no other qualified runs.

Average leaders on two head

1. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas 10.4 seconds on 2 head; 2. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 11.1 seconds on 2 head; 3. Ryan Opie, Crane, /Dayton Stafford, Prineville, Ore. 11.6; 4. (tie) Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas 11.8 each.

Barrel racing

1. Megan McLeod-Sprague, Marsing, Ida. 17.75 seconds; 2. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 17.86; 3. Amy Coelho, Echo, Ore. 17.95; 4. Jordan Minor, Hermiston, Ore. 18.19.

** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com.

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Utah cowboy takes the lead in bull riding


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ON THE BIG STAGE

Utah cowboy takes the lead in the bull riding at the St. Paul Rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (July 2, 2017) – Adam Lucero might have made the biggest ride of his life in St. Paul, Oregon.

The Tooele, Utah cowboy scored 87.5 points in the third performance of the St. Paul Rodeo to take the lead in the bull riding.

He’s in his second year of pro rodeo competition, having finished his rookie year in 2016 in the top fifty in the world.

And St. Paul is the biggest stage he’s been on, counting a first place finish at the Days of ’76 Rodeo in Deadwood, S.D. last year.

He rode the Corey and Lange bull Short Bus, and the ride has turned his fortunes. After getting bucked off in Greeley, Colo., at the Xtreme Bulls and the rodeo in Cody, Wyo. in the last three days, it’s time for things to change.

“The start of the Fourth (rodeo run) hasn’t been any good,” he said. “It’s really been rough, but I got it turned around tonight.”

Lucero follows in his granddad’s footsteps. Leonard Sudilla, his mom’s dad, was a bull rider and had a bucking string in Monticello, N.M., and Lucero knew his grandpa would be proud of him. He sent a group video to him and family members right away. “He’ll be excited,” Lucero said of his grandpa.

He and traveling partner Kyle Balls, who bucked off his bull tonight, will head towards Tooele tonight. They will compete in West Jordan and Oakley, Utah Monday and Tuesday.

Lucero knows his score may not hold; there are about thirty more bull riders to compete. But it should win him a check. “It worked out good.” No other bull riders tonight made a qualified ride; there are four qualified rides so far.

Other fast times and high scores from the July 2 slack and performance at the St. Paul Rodeo are bareback rider Grant Denny, Minden, Nev. (75.5 points), steer wrestler Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. (4.2 seconds), tie-down roper Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas (10.4 seconds); saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. and Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas (81.5); team ropers Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil (4.6 seconds) and barrel racer Shea Durfey, Weatherford, Texas (17.91).

The fourth of six performances of the 82nd annual St. Paul Rodeo continues tomorrow, July 3, at 7:30 pm. The carnival opens at 11 am, the Wild West Art Show at 3 pm, the Tack Room Saloon at 4 pm, and fireworks following the rodeo. Tickets are available and can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com and at the ticket office, located on the rodeo grounds.

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Cutline: Oregon steer wrestler Blake Knowles was the fast time of the night in the steer wrestling with a 4.2 second run. The St. Paul Rodeo continues July 3-4 and explodes the population of the city from 425 to 50,000. Photo by Hoot Creek.

Results from the slack and evening performance, St. Paul Rodeo, July 2, 2017

Bareback Riding

1. Grant Denny, Minden, Nev. 75.5 points on Corey and Lange’s Just Because; 2. Hunter Carter, Athens, Texas 69; no other qualified rides.

Steer Wrestling

1st round

1. Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, Ore. 5.0 seconds; 2. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 5.7; 3. Greg Schaffeld, Joseph, Ore. 6.0; no other qualified runs.

2nd round

1. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 4.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Andy Weldon, Greenleaf, Ida. and Brandon Mackenzie, Jordan Valley, Ore. 4.6 each; 4. Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, Ore. 5.0.

Average leaders (on two head)

1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 8.6 seconds on 2 head; 2. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alb. 9.2; 3. Blake Knowles, Heppner Ore. 9.9; 4.Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, Ore. 10.0.

Bull riding

1. Adam William Lucero, Tooele, Utah 87.5 points on Corey and Lange’s Short Bus; no other qualified rides.

Tie Down Roping

1st round

1. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 9.7 seconds; 2. Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 11.0; 3. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 12.8; 4. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore. 13.6.

2nd go round

1. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 10.4; 2. Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 11.9; 3. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 14.3; 4. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore. 18.9.

Average leaders on two head

1. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 19.7 on 2 head; 2. Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 20.1; 3. Kirk Robinson, Innisfail, 21.7; 4. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 21.8.

Saddle bronc riding

1. (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 81.5 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Boogers Pet and Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, 81.5 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Mud Hook; 3. Hardy Braden, Welch, 78.5; 4. Will Smith, Marshall, Mo. 77.

Team Roping

1st round

1. Calgary Smith, Adams, Ore./Brent Falon, Yakima, Wash. 7.7 seconds; 2. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore./Trevor McCoin, Terrebonne, Ore. 10.7; 3. Colton Campbell, Klamath Falls, Ore./Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 12.0; no other qualified runs.

2nd round

1. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil 4.6 seconds; 2. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore./Trevor McCoin, Terrebonne, Ore. 5.3; 3. Colton Campbell, Klamath Falls, Ore./Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 10.2; 4. Brandon Webb, Carrizo Springs, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla. 14.6.

Average leaders on two head

1. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 11.1 seconds on 2 head; 2. Ryan Opie, Crane, /Dayton Stafford, Prineville, Ore. 11.6; 3. (tie) Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas 11.8 each.

Barrel racing

1. Shea Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 17.91 seconds; 2. Colleen Kingsury, Powell Butte, Ore. 18.07; 3. Tillar Murray, Ft Worth, Texas 18.14; 4. Viki Friedrich, Salkum, Wash. 18.17.

** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com.

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FAST DRIVING TO RODEO

Joe Harper on Bridwell's Blue Black Splash
Joe Harper on Bridwell's Blue Black Splash 

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Hurried drive ends in successful bronc ride at St. Paul Rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (July 1, 2017) – A fast drive from Molalla, Ore. and a bad ankle didn’t stop Joe Harper from taking the lead in the saddle bronc riding after the second night of competition at the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo.

The Paradise Valley, Nev. cowboy scored 82.5 points on the Bridwell Pro Rodeo horse Blue Back Splash to move into first place at the rodeo.

Harper and his traveling partners, fellow saddle bronc riders Wyatt Hurst and Josh Davison, had to hustle to get from Molalla, where they rode tonight, to St. Paul, in time for their event.

The two Oregon rodeos, who are less than 30 miles apart, work together to make it possible for cowboys to compete at both on the same evening, staggering their events so cowboys can ride at one and then head to the other.

But tonight Harper and his buddies were running late, arriving just as their event started, and driving fast to get there. How fast? Harper wouldn’t say. “I can’t say that on record. I don’t want to incriminate myself,” he laughed.

He was delighted with his ride on Blue Back Splash. “I’d heard a little about that horse. I know she’s a young horse that’s been really good for Tim (Bridwell.) I was sure tickled about how she bucked, and everything just felt good. It’s been a good day.”

Harper is riding with a bad left ankle, after tearing ligaments in it last week while riding a young colt. But it’s going to have to wait to be fixed. He credited the Justin SportsMedicine team with helping keep it working. “The Justin SportsMedicine team has really taken care of it,” he said. “They understand we’re not going to slow down or quit, so they give us good treatment.”

The 25 year old cowboy has had a good couple weeks, winning checks at rodeos in Thermopolis, Wyo., Meridian, Idaho, and Prineville, Ore., and rodeo life is good. “I was fighting equipment and injuries, but everything’s starting to come together. I’ve always had fun (riding broncs) but everything’s starting to click, and I’m on top of the world right now.”

He knows his score probably won’t win the rodeo. “I’m not super-confident it will hold for the win, but I’m fairly confident it will hold for a check which is exactly what I like. If I do win, that’s great. God’s blessed me a lot these last couple weeks, and I think it’ll continue.”

Other high scores and fast times from today’s competition at the St. Paul Rodeo are bareback rider Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas (84 points), steer wrestler Gary Gilbert, St. Cloud, Fla. (4.1 seconds in the second round), tie-down roper Blair Burk, Durant, Okla. (8.1 seconds in the second round), team ropers Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas (4.2 seconds in the second round), and barrel racer Morgan Breaux, Tomball, Texas (17.59 seconds.). No bull rider made a qualified ride.

Tomorrow’s rodeo is at 7:30 pm, with performances following on July 3-4, at 7:30 pm each night and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Tickets are still available and range in price from $18 to $30 and are available online at StPaulRodeo.com and at the ticket office at the rodeo grounds. For more information, visit the rodeo’s website or call the rodeo office at 800-237-5920.

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Results from the slack and evening performance, St. Paul Rodeo, July 1, 2017

Bareback Riding

1. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas 84 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Mary; 2. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah 83; 3. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 77.5; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling

1st round leaders:

1. Tanner Millan, Chochrane, Alb. 4.0 seconds; 2. John Green, La Grande, Ore. 4.2; 3. (tie) Harley Joseph Cole, Calgary, Alb. and Cole Edge, Durant, Okla. 4.4 each.

2nd round leaders;

1. Gary Gilbert, St. Cloud, Fla. 4.1 seconds; 2. Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 4.9; 3. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alb. 5.2; 4. Travis Taruscio, Stanfield, Ore. 5.5.

Average leaders (on two head)

1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 8.6 seconds on 2 head; 2. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alb. 9.2; 3. Ringo Robinson, Caldwell, Ida. 11.2; 4. Gary Gilbert, St. Cloud, Fla. 11.3.

Bull riding

No qualified rides.

Tie-down roping

1st round

1. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas 9.0 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 9.8; 3. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 10.0; 4. Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas 10.2.

2nd round

1. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla. 8.1 seconds; 2. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 8.9; 3. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 9.4; 4. Brad Goodrich, Hermiston, Ore. 9.6.

Average leaders on two head

1. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla. 19.4 seconds on 2 head; 2. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 19.7; 3. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 20.4; 4. Kirk Robinson, Innisfail, 21.7.

Saddle bronc riding

1. Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev. 82.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Blue Back Splash; 2. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 78.5; 3. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas and CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 76 each.

Team roping

1st round

1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas 5.8 seconds; 2. Jack Fischer, Ellensburg, Wash./Ryan Stewart, Royal City, Wash. 5.9; 3. Dale Benevides, Naalehu, Hawaii, Buck McCay, Eugene, Ore 6.1; 4. McKennan Buckner, Powell Butte, Ore./Bill Justus, Haines, Ore. 6.2.

2nd round

1. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah/Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas 4.2 seconds; 2. Clay Ullery, Two Hills, Alb./Riley Wilson, Cardston, Alb. 4.6; 3. Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore./Nano Garza, Las Cruces, N.M. 7.1; 4. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas/Jason Duby, Klamath Fals, Ore. 9.7.

Average leaders on two head

1. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 11.1 seconds on 2 head; 2. Ryan Opie, Crane, /Dayton Stafford, Prineville, Ore. 11.6; 3. Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas 11.8 each.

Barrel racing

1. Morgan Breaux, Tomball, Texas 17.59 seconds; 2. Berna Haberman, Ellensburg, Wash. 18.05; 3. Mary Shae Hays, Hermiston, Ore. 18.18; 4. Kim Smith, Touchet, Wash. 18.20.

Cutline: Joe Harper rides the Bridwell Pro Rodeo horse Blue Back Splash for 82.5 points and the lead in the saddle bronc riding at the 82nd annual St. Paul Rodeo. The rodeo continues July 2-4. Photo by Hoot Creek.

** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com.

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GOOD STEERS, GOOD HORSE, GOOD STEER WRESTLING

Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL leads pack of 82 steer wrestlers
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL leads pack of 82 steer wrestlers 

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Alabama cowboy leads in the bull dogging after first night of St. Paul Rodeo competition

St. Paul, Ore. (June 30, 2017) – After the first night of the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo, an Alabama man is in the lead in the steer wrestling.

Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., had a combined time of 8.6 seconds on two runs, 4.4 in the first round and 4.2 in the second, to lead the pack of 82 steer wrestlers.

The two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2014-2015) took advantage of a good situation. “I drew two really good steers today, that’s all I can say,” he said. “I scored good and made good runs with good opportunities. That’s the most important thing you have to do, especially this busy time of year.”

The horse Irwin rides was a big part of his success. He and fellow steer wrestler Tyler Pearson bought the twelve-year-old sorrel gelding in March of 2016, in an unusual way: sight unseen. “He was a hard horse to buy,” Irwin said. “Not that we didn’t want him, but we didn’t see him before we bought him.” Scooter the horse was purchased from North Dakota cowboy Jason Reiss. “We’d heard about him from a few people, but he hadn’t been seen much. He had a pretty decent little price tag on him, but we’re really glad we did.”

Irwin, as well as Pearson, and two other steer wrestlers: Hunter Cure and Tyler Waguespack rode Scooter in St. Paul, and Robertson is in second place at the pro rodeo in Airdrie, Alberta riding Scooter. “I feel like he’s changed my winning expectations a lot,” Irwin said.

Over the Fourth of July rodeo run, also called Cowboy Christmas for the number of high-paying rodeos during the week before and after the holiday, Irwin will travel with Pearson, his usual traveling partner as well as Blaine Jones and Errol Flain. They left St. Paul, headed for rodeos in Livingston and Red Lodge, Mont., and Cody Wyoming, all on July 1. As of Friday afternoon, Irwin was qualifying for the short round in Ponoka, where he’ll compete, while the rest of the truck heads to Oakley City, Utah. Irwin will fly to Prescott, Ariz. on July 4, where he’ll compete there, as well as Window Rock, Ariz.. Then it’s Vernal, Utah on the seventh, Estes Park, Colo. on the eighth, then on the eleventh he’ll head to the Calgary Stampede. His wife Randa and five month old son Tripp will join him on the trip to Canada. Irwin keeps a picture of his smiling son on his cell phone. Tripp, the couple’s first child, has made a difference in his rodeo. “I never thought I could love something that much. He makes me try hard. Every time I made a bad run, I used to throw my sucker in the dirt. But now I look at the picture on my phone, and I think, what does it matter?”

Irwin realizes there are five more rodeo performances in St. Paul, and a lot more steer wrestling, but his lead is good. “This St. Paul thing sure would be good,” he said. He’s ranked in the top 35 in the PRCA world standings, and a check from St. Paul would boost his earnings.

In the bull riding, three of nine bull riders made qualified rides, and Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., came out on top.

The 22 year old cowboy rode the bull named Mortimer and owned by Big Stone, Moreno and Growney Rodeo Co. for 85 points to take the lead at the rodeo.

It was the third time he’s been on the bull in the last ten months, and all three times, he’s made the eight second buzzer. “It’s nice getting on one you’ve already rode, and a good (bull) at that, at a rodeo like this,” Eldred said. He scored 87 points on the bull at a PBR event in Las Vegas in May, and 84.5 at an Xtreme Bulls event in Ellensburg, Wash. last September.

This is Eldred’s fourth trip to St. Paul; he was co-champion two years ago.

Eldred’s traveling partner, Douglas Duncan, scored 79 at the rodeo, and it’s an energy builder for them. “It fires the rig up and makes us want to ride that much more, especially when you see the first guy stay on. You don’t want to be the one in the rig who’s falling behind.”

“This is the start of our Fourth (of July) run, and hopefully we can finish how we started.”

Other high scores and fast times from today’s competition at the St. Paul Rodeo are bareback rider JR Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. (82 points), tie-down ropers Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas and Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas (8.5 seconds each in the second round), saddle bronc rider Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alb.(81.5 points), team ropers Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn. and Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. (4.8 seconds in the second round), and barrel racer Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore. (17.65 seconds).

Tomorrow’s rodeo is at 7:30 pm, with performances following on July 2-4, at 7:30 pm each night and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Tickets are still available and range in price from $18 to $30 and are available online at StPaulRodeo.com and at the ticket office at the rodeo grounds. For more information, visit the rodeo’s website or call the rodeo office at 800-237-5920.

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Results from the slack and evening performance, St. Paul Rodeo, June 30, 2017

Bareback Riding

1. JR Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 82 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Bubbles; 2.Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 80.5; 3.(tie) Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D. and Wyatt Maines, Maple Creek, Sask. 78 each.

Steer wrestling

1st round leaders:

1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 4.4 seconds; 2. Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas 4.8; 3. Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 5.0; 4. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 5.4;

2nd round leaders;

1. Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 4.1; 2. (tie) Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. and Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif. 4.2 each; 4. Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah and Ringo Robinson, Caldwell, Ida. 5.4 each.

Average leaders (on two head)

1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 8.6 seconds on 2 head; 2. Ringo Robinson, Caldwell, Ida. 11.2; 3. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 12.3; 4. Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 19.6,

Bull riding

1 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 85 points on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney’s Mortimer; 2. (tie) Douglas Duncan, Alvin, Texas and Brody Yeary, Brock, Texas; 79 each; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping

1st round leaders:

1. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 8.7 seconds; 2. (tie) Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas and Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 9.2 each; 4. Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 10.0.

2nd round leaders:

1. (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas and Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas 8.5 seconds each; 3. Kirk Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah 9.5; 4. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 11.0.

Average leaders on two head

1. Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas 19.7 on two head; 2. Kirk Robinson, Innisfail, 21.7; 3. Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 22.5; 4. Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 22.7.

Saddle bronc riding

1. Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alb. 81.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubels; 2. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 80; 3. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 77; 4. Zeke Thurson, Big Valley, Alb. and Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, B.C. 73 each.

Team roping

1st round leaders

1. Ryan Opie, Crane, /Dayton Stafford, Prineville, Ore. 5.4; 2. (tie) Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 5.5 each; 4. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 6.1.

2nd round leaders

1. Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 4.8; 2. (tie) Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Tyler Worley, Bluffdale, Texas and Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C./Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas 4.9 each; 4. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 5.0.

Average leaders on two head

1. Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Ida./Taylor Duby, Homedale, Ida. 11.1 seconds on 2 head; 2. Ryan Opie, Crane, /Dayton Stafford, Prineville, Ore. 11.6; 3. Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alb./Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alb. and Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas 11.8 each.

Barrel racing

1. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore. 17.65 seconds; 2. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas 17.80; 3. Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla. 17.88; 4. Samantha Boone, Cheney, Wash. 17.95 seconds.

Cutline: Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. leads the steer wrestling average, the fastest time on two runs, after the first day of competition at the St. Paul Rodeo. Photo by Hoot Creek.

** All results are unofficial. For more information, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com.

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Fourth of July Fun

Begin the Fourth of July with a Parade at 10:00 am
Begin the Fourth of July with a Parade at 10:00 am 

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Family day, parade, barbecue, rodeo, and more at St. Paul Rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (June 30, 2017) – There’s nothing more American on the Fourth of July than a parade, good eats, a carnival, a rodeo, and fireworks. And St. Paul, Oregon has all of them.

The matinee performance of the St. Paul Rodeo on July 4 is Family Day at the rodeo. Tickets are discounted $2 for the 1:30 pm performance, and families can make a day out of it. The annual parade begins at 10 am on Main Street, St. Paul, and after that, families can congregate at the St. Paul Rodeo for good food, kids’ activities, and the rodeo.

This year, Family Day activities have moved from the main arena to the warm-up arena, located directly south of the grandstand, in the grassy area. The move allows participants to enjoy activities longer; in past years, activities have been cut short because of the need to prepare the arena for the 1:30 pm show.

Free wagon rides and pony rides and autographs from the St. Paul Rodeo queen and princesses highlight Family Day, which runs from 11:30-1 pm.

Families can also eat at the Main Stage Tent, during the Great Western Barbecue Cook-off. The cook-off will serve plates of barbecue (choose either pork loin or tri-tip), Reser’s potato salad and a roll for $12. Beverages are sold separately.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for families, said Cindy Schonholtz, general manager of the St. Paul Rodeo. “It’s a great family day. You can start with the parade, then go to the barbecue cook-off, get free pony rides and wagon rides, go to the carnival, and then to the rodeo.” The carnival opens at 11 am on July 4 and runs till 11 pm.

The final rodeo performance is at 7:30 pm on July 4; each night of the St. Paul Rodeo, June 30-July 4, has fireworks as the grand finale.

The St. Paul Rodeo kicks off June 30, and runs through July 4 with performances each night at 7:30 pm and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. The carnival, Wild West Art Show, and the Tack Room Saloon are just a few of the activities for fans. Rodeo tickets are available online and at the gate. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com or call 800.237.5920.

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Cutline: Family Day at the St. Paul Rodeo on July 4 includes a parade, free pony and wagon rides, the Great Western Barbecue Cook-off, and a $2 discount on matinee rodeo tickets. Photo by Hoot Creek.

Schedule of events, St. Paul Rodeo

June 29

5 pm – Hall of Fame Barbecue, Quick Draw and Auction benefitting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (Main Stage Tent)

June 30

8 am –Timed event slack (open to the public)

4 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – music by Bill Coleman and David Higginbotham

4 pm – Carnival opens

5 pm -Tack Room Saloon opens

7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, first performance –fireworks following the rodeo

July 1

8 am –Timed event slack (open to the public)

11 am – Carnival opens

2:30 pm -Tack Room Saloon opens – live music “The Menace”

3 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – live music by Bill Coleman and Dave Higginbotham

7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, second performance –fireworks following the rodeo

July 2

11 am – Carnival opens

3 pm – Timed event slack (open to the public)

4 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – Cowboy poet Tom Swearingen with Andy Bales on the guitar

4 pm –Tack Room Saloon opens – Celebrity Bartender Night

7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, third performance –fireworks following the rodeo

July 3

11 am – Carnival opens

3 pm – Wild West Art Show opens – live entertainment: Cowboy Poet Tom Swearingen with Andy Bales on the Guitar.

3 pm – Timed event slack (open to the public)

3 pm – The Fan (1080 AM) Live broadcast (Main Stage Tent)

4 pm – Tack Room Saloon opens – 99.5 The Wolf bartendsrs

7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, fourth performance –fireworks following the rodeo

July 4

10 am – Fourth of July parade

11 am – Carnival opens

11 am – Great Western Barbecue Cook-off (Main Stage Tent)

11 am – Wild West Art Show opens

11:30 am – Family Day Kids activities (Warm-up Arena)

12 noon –Tack Room Saloon opens

1:30 pm -St. Paul Rodeo, fifth performance

7:30 pm – St. Paul Rodeo, sixth and final performance –fireworks following the rodeo

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Great-grandson of founding member of St. Paul Rodeo to sing

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

Great-grandson of founding member of St. Paul Rodeo to sing national anthem at rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (June 26, 2017) – They’re keeping it in the family at the St. Paul Rodeo.

The Smith family have been an integral part of the St. Paul Rodeo, beginning with the founders, among whom three of the eight were Smiths: Carl Smith, Maurice Smith, and Willie Smith, all brothers.

The Smith name is still found amongst St. Paul Rodeo people: Bill Smith (grandson of founder Willie Smith), Dave Smith, Kevin Smith, all cousins, are on the board of directors, and Smiths have peppered the volunteer and committee list since the rodeo began in 1935. Now a Smith is singing the national anthem at the rodeo.

Luke Smith, who grew up in Salem, is the great-grandson of founder Carl Smith. He is the son of Leslie Smith, granddaughter of Carl.

Luke, 23 years old, is a student at Portland State University majoring in vocal performance. His uncle Scott Smith had told his relatives that Luke could sing, so they encouraged him to audition for the national anthem at the St. Paul Rodeo. He did, and he will be singing the anthem prior to the rodeos on June 30 and the evening of July 4.

The St. Paul Rodeo isn’t the first event he has sung the anthem for. He has sung for high school sporting events, and for the opening meeting of the Oregon House of Representatives in 2017.

Even though the Smith family is steeped in rodeo tradition, Luke has never been to the St. Paul Rodeo. There will be a “dense array of firsts,” he said, and he is excited for them. It will be the first time for him to sing the anthem for such a large crowd, the first time to attend a rodeo, and the first time he’s worn a cowboy hat. He’ll buy a hat, as it’s fitting for the St. Paul Rodeo. It’ll be a sort of a homecoming, and Luke looks forward to it. “It’s an honor for me to be so warmly welcomed.”

The St. Paul Rodeo runs June 30-July 4 and starts each night at 7:30 pm with a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Fireworks follow each night of the rodeo. Rodeo tickets, which range in price from $16 to $24, can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.

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Cutline: Luke Smith, great-grandson of one of the founders of the St. Paul Rodeo, will sing the national anthem at the St. Paul Rodeo two of its six performances. The Salem, Ore. man is studying vocal performance at Portland State University.

Cutline: Carl Smith was one of eight founders of the St. Paul Rodeo in 1935. His great-grandson, Luke Smith, will sing the anthem at the St. Paul Rodeo for two of its six performances.



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St. Paul Rodeo announces HALL OF FAME inductees

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FAMOUS BULL TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

St. Paul, Ore. (June 19, 2017) – He’s the first of his type to be inducted into the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo Hall of Fame, and in his prime, he brought fear and intimidation to the hearts of his opponents.

Red Rock, one of the most famous bulls in rodeo history, leads the class of 2017 as they will be inducted into the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame on June 29. The bull was born in 1976 and raised near Burns, Ore. As a two-year-old, the red tiger-striped brindle Brahma-Hereford cross was purchased by Mert Hunking. He gained a reputation for bucking off all of his riders, and word got out that this bull was special.

In 1984, Don Kish and John Growney bought the bull, sight unseen, for $10,000, which was an unheard of amount of money for a bull at that time, Growney said. They took him to PRCA rodeos, where his unridden streak continued. When they purchased him, Kish realized he had gotten on the bull at a rodeo in Silver Lake, Oregon, where he had been bucked off. Not only did he have a 100% buck-off rate during competition, but he was incredibly smart. It seemed Red Rock could sense what the rider was about to do, and would turn the opposite way, which resulted in throwing the rider off. Kish said it was like Red Rock knew which hand the bull rider was riding with. “He knew what hand a guy was using,” Kish said. “He always bucked away from their hand.” And when he bucked a cowboy off, he bucked them off so hard they were disoriented and had to be shown which direction the chutes were.

Red Rock was gentle, Kish said. He was bottle-raised after being orphaned, and “dog gentle. You could pet him, you could walk up to him in the corral and jump on him. We’ve got pictures of little kids riding him.” And after he bucked a rider off, he wouldn’t go after them, but would head for the out gate.

Red Rock is best known for the matchups with the famous bull rider Lane Frost. The matchups were publicized up and down the West Coast, and out of seven of them, Frost covered Red Rock four times. The sixth match was at the St. Paul Rodeo on July 4, 1988, where Red Rock bucked off Frost, tying the matchup at three to three.

Red Rock was retired from pro rodeo competition in 1987 at the age of eleven, an unusually long time for a bucking bull to work. After 309 official buck-offs and no cowboy making the eight second buzzer on him, (his matchup with Lane was for publicity only, not official competition) he was the 1987 World Champion Bucking Bull. He was brought out of retirement the next year for the Lane Frost match-ups. Kish still marvels at the complexity of Red Rock’s ability. Not only was he strong, but he was smart and fast. “He defied everything,” he said. “He was a very unique animal.” The bull died in 1994.

Other inductees into the Hall of Fame include riding event cowboy Joe Ruda, one of the most prominent bareback riders in the Columbia River Circuit, who won the circuit title five times in the 1980s. He won the St. Paul Rodeo in 1981 and in 1983.

Frank and Rita Foltz, of Woodburn, Ore., will be inducted into the Hall in the category of general membership. Active members of the St. Paul Rodeo Association since the mid 1980s, they were involved first in ushering and selling tickets, and have been on the queen and court committee, and helped with the grounds, hospitality, art show, and special events.

Shirley Ernst joins the Hall in the category of rodeo notables. The St. Paul woman’s father Maurice Smith, was one of the rodeo’s founders, and she was rodeo princess in 1943 and queen in 1944. She and her husband Jim had a hamburger stand at the rodeo in the late 60s and 70s, and their stand became the parish’s chicken barbecue stand that is still used today. She and Jim chaired the chicken barbecue stand for ten years.

In the timed event category, steer wrestler Trevor Knowles will be inducted. The Mt. Vernon, Ore. man has qualified for thirteen consecutive Wrangler National Finals Rodeos, and has won countless steer wrestling and all-around titles on the west coast, including rodeos in Red Bluff, Redding and Salinas, Calif., Ellensburg, Walla Walla and Omak, Washington, and Hermiston, Sisters, Canby, and Central Point, Ore.

The St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame induction will be held June 29 at the rodeo grounds, beginning at 5 pm. A barbecue steak dinner is served, with libations and socializing prior to the meal. Artists will be on hand for a “quick draw”, and an auction benefitting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund is held following the meal. Tickets are $32 and must be purchased prior to the event; they cannot be purchased at the door. Tickets are on sale at StPaulRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website or call 503.633.2011.

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Cutline: The bull Red Rock will be the first animal inducted into the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame. The bull was born and raised in the Sisters, Ore. area and bucked off Lane Frost in 1988 at the St. Paul Rodeo during match #6 of seven match-ups. Photo by Linda Lee Rosser.

Cutline: Bareback rider Joe Ruda won five Columbia River Circuit championships and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 29.

Cutline: Frank and Rita Foltz of Woodburn have been dedicated members of the St. Paul Rodeo Association, assisting on a variety of committees since the 1980s.

Cutline: Shirley (Smith) Ernst was a princess on the St. Paul Rodeo Court in 1943 and queen the next year. The St. Paul woman is a 2017 inductee into the rodeo’s Hall of Fame.

Cutline: Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, Ore., is a steer wrestler who has won titles up and down the west coast. He has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo thirteen consecutive years, and he will be inducted into the St. Paul Rodeo’s Hall of Fame this year.


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COWGIRLS TO ENTERTAIN AT ST PAUL RODEO

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Riata Ranch performers bring mini-wild west show

St. Paul, Ore. (June 15, 2017) – When the St. Paul Rodeo kicks off next month, the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls from Three Rivers, Calif. will be on hand to entertain.

The five women: executive director/general manager Jennifer Nicholson, Sarah Thompson, Bec Circosta, Spencer Rose, and Bailey Gable, will perform a mini wild-west show for fans during each performance of the rodeo.

Their fast-paced routine is glitzy and glamourous, and involves everything western: from the graceful yet dangerous art of trick riding (think gymnastics on horseback), to liberty horse work (training a horse to work on command, with no bridle, halter or bit), to trick roping (doing fancy tricks with ropes, like Will Rogers did) and whip cracking. There’s never a dull moment when the Riata cowgirls take the stage during the rodeo!

The Riata Ranch girls strive to keep their show high quality. “It’s a complete entertainment package,” Nicholson said. “There’s lots of energy and action to keep everybody entertained.”

The Riata Ranch, located near Sequoia National Park in central California, is a place where young people can learn horsemanship skills. They can come with no experience and learn the basics, or they can be experienced horse people who want to advance to the art of trick riding. Nicholson, a former trick rider herself, gives riding and trick riding lessons but emphasizes that the skills learned at Riata Ranch are more than horse skills. “The idea is to grow life skills, practice leadership, mentorship, education, community service and horsemanship.” The horses are a vehicle she uses to grow her students’ character.

Students come from across the world to attend classes at Riata Ranch, and usually stay for up to five years. They may travel home for several months at a time, but they usually return to Riata.

The five women who will perform in St. Paul come from a variety of places. Two of them: Thompson and Circosta are from Australia; Gable is from Colorado and Rose is a Californian.

The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls have been entertaining rodeo fans since 1976, and they’ve been in front of some big audiences. They were selected to perform for Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee in 2012, and six times they’ve been chosen to entertain at rodeo’s world championship, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. They have worked rodeos across the nation and from coast to coast.

Their unusual name, “Cowboy Girls,” stems from the 1972 John Wayne movie, The Cowboys, in which a group of young boys steps up and becomes responsible in helping him trail cattle. Tom Maier (1928-2002), the founder of the Riata Ranch, wanted his students to have that sense of philosophy. Nicholson, who is a product of the Riata Ranch, shares that same philosophy with her students. “The moment you step on the property (at Riata Ranch), you take immediate responsibility for your participation in the program.”

The Riata Ranch Girls will entertain during each performance of the St. Paul Rodeo June 30-July 4. The rodeo starts each night at 7:30 pm with a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Fireworks follow each night of the rodeo. Rodeo tickets can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website.

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Cutline: The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls will entertain during each performance of the St. Paul Rodeo June 30-July 4. The cowgirls put on a min-wild west show, complete with the glitz and glamour of trick riding and trick roping and excellent horsemanship.

Cutline: A Riata Ranch cowgirl carries the American flag into a rodeo arena. The cowgirls will be on hand at the St. Paul Rodeo, entertaining fans.



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St.Paul Rodeo provides fundraising opportunities

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BUCKS AT THE RODEO

St.Paul Rodeo provides opportunities for fundraising

St. Paul, Ore. (June 12, 2017) – The “bucks” at the St. Paul Rodeo are more than just the horses and bulls in the arena.

They’re the dollars that are raised by the rodeo and given back in dozens of ways, through the various organizations that provide food, drink and parking to rodeo-goers.

Three groups: the St. Paul Parish, the St. Paul High School Booster Club, and the St. Paul Jaycees, all provide services to the 50,000 fans who enjoy the St. Paul Rodeo June 30-July 4, and through their work, provide funding for their groups.

The Parish serves barbecue chicken to rodeo fans, cooking 6,500 chickens with their secret recipe, said Laurie Nicklous, a volunteer with the St. Paul Parish Chicken Barbecue stand. The barbecue chicken is a highlight for many rodeo-goers, Nicklous said. “People come from all around, and sometimes just because of the chicken. They really look forward to it.”

The St. Paul Parochial Elementary School benefits from funds raised, and funds also go to activities for the parish. The barbecue chicken sales are the group’s major fundraiser for the year.

The high school booster club is responsible for concession stands in the grandstand and for parking cars, and over the five days of rodeo, more than 150 people will volunteer their time. Each sport: football, boys basketball, girls basketball, cross country, track, softball and baseball, take their turns at helping park cars, and the students can be found alongside their parents and other volunteers in selling cotton candy, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, pop, candy, and the famous St. Paul rodeo strawberry shortcake in the concessions stands under the grandstand.

It’s the only fundraiser the booster club holds, said Kathy Wilmes, a volunteer with the club, and it’s more convenient to work the five days of rodeo instead of holding lots of car washes and cake walks. Money raised goes towards athletics at the school: uniforms, equipment, upgrades, and just recently, new bleachers in the existing gym, to replace bleachers that were there when the school was built in the 1950’s.

Volunteering with the parish and booster club is good for the kids who do it, says both Nicklous and Wilmes. In the chicken stand, they graduate to bigger jobs as they get older. “First you’re serving pop or buttering bread or mixing coleslaw,” Nicklous said. “And pretty soon you’re the guy who serves the chicken. Our kids learn a great work ethic, and sometimes they’re working alongside their grandma or grandpa.”

Wilmes, whose daughters, ages 30, 28, 26 and 21, are no longer in high school, continues to volunteer with the booster club, and when it’s rodeo time, she’s right there, along with nearly everyone else in St. Paul, working at the rodeo. “There’s nothing worse to me than being home during the rodeo,” she laughed. “I can’t stand it. I have to be up there (at the rodeo grounds.) I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way, either.”

The St. Paul Jaycees are responsible for the “bull pen” – the beer garden area of the rodeo. Between 500 and 600 people make their way through the bull pen during each day of the celebration, and with only thirty Jaycees, each member recruits family and friends to help. As with the parish and the booster club, no one is paid; everyone is volunteer, and all of the funds the Jaycees raise go back to the community. They donate to sports teams, several school functions, and recently, donated $2,500 to a family in need of a handicap accessible vehicle.

The real winners of the St. Paul Rodeo are the youth of the town, said Nicklous. With most of the funds raised by the parish, the booster club and the Jaycees going to youth athletics, the school, and families in need, “the biggest benefactor is all of our kids,” she said. Organizations beyond the community of St. Paul also benefit.

The St. Paul Rodeo kicks off June 30, and runs through July 4 with performances each night at 7:30 pm and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Fireworks follow each night of rodeo; the carnival, Wild West Art Show, and the Tack Room Saloon are just a few of the activities for fans. Rodeo tickets are available online and at the gate. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com or call 800.237.5920.

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Cutline: The famous barbecue chicken at the St. Paul Rodeo is a fundraiser for the St. Paul Parish. Chicken sales are the group’s major fundraiser for the year. Photo by Hoot Creek.

Cutline: The St. Paul High School Booster Club mans the concessions stands at the St. Paul Rodeo and uses funds raised to help support junior high and high school sports activities. Photo by Hoot Creek.



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ST. PAUL RODEO AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

Two high school graduates to benefit from rodeo

St. Paul, Ore. (June 8, 2017) – Two St. Paul, Oregon youth have been awarded scholarships courtesy of the St. Paul Rodeo.

Elizabeth Brentano and Sarah Schibel, both graduating seniors from St. Paul High School, have been given $4,000 scholarships for their college education.

Brentano, the daughter of Pete and Wendy Brentano, was involved in FFA and FBLA, Virtue First and was a member of the National Honor Society. She served as an officer in FFA and FBLA for three years, and played volleyball, basketball and softball for all four years of her high school career.

Her parents are members of the St. Paul Rodeo Association, and she has been helping with the rodeo for as long as she can remember, starting with the St. Paul Parish chicken barbecue stand in fourth grade and continuing with the Booster Club’s concession stand sales. As a high school athlete, she also helped park cars and enjoyed visiting with the rodeo fans as they pulled into the gates.

This fall, Brentano will attend Oregon State University and major in animal science. Her goal is to earn a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Sarah Schibel, the daughter of Tom and Susan Schibel, was the second recipient of a St. Paul Rodeo scholarship. In high school, she was active in musical theater for MCO Productions and the C.S. Lewis Academy, both in Newberg, and sang the national anthem at sporting events, including state championship football games and the St. Paul Rodeo. She was a member of the FFA, FBLA, Virtue First, the National Honor Society, and served as assistant director for high school choir when the teacher was absent.

At the rodeo, Schibel helped serve beverages and coleslaw at the Parish’s chicken barbecue stand, and assisted with the Booster Club’s concessions stands. She has volunteered with the rodeo since she was eight years old.

This fall, she will attend the University of Portland and major in computer science with a minor in music and theater. She hopes to someday work in the field of animated movies and special effects.

Each year, the St. Paul Rodeo Association awards two scholarships: one to a graduating senior from St. Paul High School, and one to the child of a St. Paul Rodeo Association member.

This year’s St. Paul Rodeo is June 30-July 4, with performances nightly at 7:30 pm and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website.

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Cutline: Elizabeth Brentano is one of two recipients of a college scholarship, courtesy of the St. Paul Rodeo. The St. Paul youth has volunteered with the rodeo for the past ten years.

Cutline: Sarah Schibel received a scholarship from the St. Paul Rodeo. The St. Paul (Ore.) High School graduate will attend the University of Portland this fall.




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Trail ride kicks off St. Paul Rodeo season

2016 Trail Ride<br /> Greg Meagher photo

Kicking Off Rodeo Season

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KICKING OFF RODEO SEASON

Annual Trail Ride signals the beginning of St. Paul Rodeo festivities

St. Paul, Ore. (May 25, 2017) – On June 4, several hundred St. Paulians and area residents will saddle up for some fun

They’ll make a seven mile ride to kick off the season for the St. Paul Rodeo.

Before they do the trail ride, they’ll fuel up with a hearty breakfast: pancakes, locally smoked sausage, and Oregon-grown berries.

The annual trail ride is June 4, and for nearly all of his five-plus decades, Dave Smith has been part of it.

Smith, who grew up and lives in St. Paul, was on horseback when he was a kid, riding his blue roan horse named Blue. And when it was trail ride time, he and his buddies joined in on the jaunt.

When he got into his early twenties, the rodeo committee put him to work, helping prepare the trail for the riders. He took over official Trail Ride duties about twenty-five years ago, making sure any downed trees are out of the way, mowing, and making the decision if the trail should be shortened. If the Willamette River is higher than normal, the trail goes from its usual ten mile length to seven miles. Most horses don’t have a problem crossing the river, Smith said, but if one balks, it backs up traffic. “It’s a narrow road, with timber on both sides, so if one won’t go over the river, it stops the ride.”

The breakfast runs from 7-10 am on June 4, and not all breakfast-eaters take part in the trail ride. The trail ride starts at 10 am and a free lunch is served to the participants after it. Smith, who loves riding, says his favorite part of the day is breakfast and lunch.

But the camaraderie among riders is also special, which Smith likes. “You see the same people year after year. It’s a good time.”

The trail ride got its start when the horses and cattle were brought from a local farmer, Willy Smith, and driven to town by horseback. Willy was Dave Smith’s great-uncle.

A youth rodeo is held on June 3-4 from 10 am to 1 pm. The trail ride is free; breakfast is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit the rodeo’s website at www.StPaulRodeo.comor call the office at 800.237.5920.

The St. Paul Rodeo runs June 30-July 4, with performances nightly at 7:30 pm and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Tickets are on sale for the rodeo through the website.

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Cutline: St. Paul Rodeo trail riders head down the road during the 2016 Trail Ride. Dave Smith (third from the left) has been ridden in it nearly every year since he was a kid. This year’s trail ride is June 4. Photo courtesy Greg Meagher.



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Bull rider Jordan Spears rides a bull at the 2016 St. Paul Rodeo. <br />Photo by Kent Soule.

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Bull rider Jordan Spears rides a bull at the 2016 St. Paul Rodeo.
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TICKETS ON SALE FOR ST. PAUL RODEO

The Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July rodeo provides fun activities for everyone

St. Paul, Ore. (May 18, 2017) – Tickets are on sale for the Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July rodeo, the St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, Oregon.

The rodeo, in its 82nd year, is a tradition for thousands of rodeo fans and families, drawing upwards of 50,000 people over its five-day run, June 30-July 4. The rodeo starts each night at 7:30 pm, with a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4.

There’s more than just rodeo for fans. The Great Western Barbecue Cook-off will take place on July 4, with sample plates available for sale; the Wild West Art Show runs all five days, and good food, including barbecue chicken and homemade strawberry shortcake with locally grown berries is available. Following each night of rodeo, fireworks kick off after the action, and the Tack Room Saloon is open for fans 21 years and older to quench their thirst!

Family Day activities on July 4 have changed to accommodate more kids, said Cindy Schonholtz, general manager of the St. Paul Rodeo. Activities have moved to the warm-up arena in the parking lot to allow for more time for pony rides. “This will allow our fans who come to the parade (at 10 am) to participate in the many Family Day activities we have for them.”

One thing that hasn’t changed is the tradition of the St. Paul Rodeo. “There simply isn’t a better place to spend with your family on the Fourth of July than the St. Paul Rodeo,” said Schonholtz. “The rodeo is steeped in history and tradition. Fans enjoy the patriotism of Old Glory in the grand entry, the running of the bucking horses through the arena, the fireworks every night, and the arbor vitae trees in the arena! Our fans come for the rodeo and leave having gotten so much more!”

Tickets for the St. Paul Rodeo range in price from $16 to $32 plus fees, and can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com, at the ticket office in St. Paul, and at the gate. For more information, visit the website or call 800-237-5920.

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Cutline: Bull rider Jordan Spears rides a bull at the 2016 St. Paul Rodeo. Tickets are on sale for the rodeo, which runs June 30-July 4. Photo by Kent Soule.



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ST. PAUL RODEO HIRES GENERAL MANAGER

Colorado woman, former PRCA employee takes the position


St. Paul, Ore. (February 3, 2017) – The St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo is pleased to announce the hiring of its first general manager.

Cindy Schonholtz will assume the duties of general manager on May 1 at the rodeo, which is billed as the Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July Rodeo. Schonholtz comes to Oregon from Colorado, where she worked at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association as the Animal Welfare and Membership Development Coordinator. While at the PRCA, she created the Industry Outreach Department and served as director of that department. She currently serves as president and CEO of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which helps injured rodeo athletes and their families with financial assistance while the athlete is injured and cannot work or rodeo.

The St. Paul Rodeo Board of Directors was excited to announce the hiring of Schonholtz, said board president Wally Pohlschneider. “For several years, the board has contemplated the hiring of a full time general manager,” Pohlschneider said. As the St. Paul Rodeo has grown to be the eleventh-biggest regular season PRCA rodeo, “virtually every rodeo of our size maintains full- time staff positions.”

“We were not willing to compromise the quality of our organization or rodeo by hiring someone who did not meet our St. Paul standards and add value to our organization,” Pohlschneider said.

Schonholtz looks forward to coming to St. Paul. “I am so excited to contribute what I can to the already amazing rodeo and surrounding events. The great tradition of the St. Paul Rodeo needs to be preserved while also continuing to pursue ways to keep the next generation interested. It is truly the people who brought me to this opportunity, and I am so excited to work with them.”

This year’s St. Paul Rodeo is June 30-July 4, with performances nightly at 7:30 pm and at 1 pm matinee on July 4. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at StPaulRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website.

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Cutline: Cindy Schonholtz has been hired by the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo to serve as its first general manager. The Colorado woman has worked for the past nineteen years with the PRCA. Photo by Nic Ford.

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