Event promoter Daniel Beard is a stock contractor, but he’s a fan of bucking horses first and foremost.

“Saturday was awesome,” he said. “The weather was good. It was fun. I really enjoyed watching Saturday.

“There were some good bucking horses.”

The 12th annual Bares and Broncs had a mix of the usual uniqueness mixed with new twists. The most noticeable difference? Two days of action and significantly more added money. The usual? Well, Kyle Bounds and Wyatt Grant picked up first-place checks again.

Bounds — who won on Friday — picked up the bareback win on Saturday, one year after winning the event in 2018. Grant took a few years to duplicate his performance, winning the saddle bronc pen five years after his first Bares & Broncs buckle.

Bounds got on two horses Saturday and liked his winning draw.

“One of them futurity horses from Nathan Bayes,” he said. “He was just really good, circled back to the chutes. I could tell just by the way the horse felt and the way I was spurring him, just felt awesome.”

Bounds bested fellow Oregon bareback rider Payton Wright for the second night in a row. Wright was one point behind Bounds both nights.

“Wright’s got a good attitude and has talent,” Beard said. “He’s going to be one to watch.”

For Grant, the West Side saddle bronc rider readily complimented his draw.

“G4 was a good draw with a hard set up a few strides from the gate,” he said. “The horse bucked and turned back, making each jump a challenge to find rhythm.”

Beard liked that matchup.

“It was a wild and western ride. It was cowboy style,” he said.

Grant narrowly edged Ryan Verling on Saturday. Verling split Friday’s win with Ellensburg’s Wade Kane.

Both winners have plenty planned for the spring and summer slate of rodeos. Both will compete in circuit pro rodeos as well as amateur associations around the Northwest.

Bounds plans to keep the same schedule as he has in the past with the only change being he’ll try and enter as many last performances of each rodeo as possible.

“Just a few rodeos planned out so far,” he said. “It’s what I do for a living. It’s anything I can, wherever I can.”

Grant echoed the plans.

“My focus is rodeo and I just want to spur bucking horses,” he said. “I’ll take it one rodeo at a time, staying busy here in the Northwest.”

Beard will be just as busy. Beard owns Daniel Beard Rodeos and is also a partner in Summit Pro Rodeos. He has stock scheduled for competition all over the Northwest as well as a handful of states beyond the Northwest.

“We’ll be on the rodeo road for a while,” Beard said.


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