Last weekend was the first of three straight weekends of amateur rodeo finals in the Northwest. Salem, Ore., was the host of the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Finals a few days ago, this weekend’s ProWest Finals are in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and the following weekend will see cowboys and cowgirls head to Homedale, Idaho, for the Idaho Cowboys Association finale.

Ellensburg’s Kaycie Teague won the season-ending All-Around Cowgirl buckle and saddle for her work on the year. Teague didn’t have the finals she wanted, placing out of the money in both rounds and the average in both breakaway and barrel racing, but she built a solid cushion with her performances throughout the year to earn the title. Teague also finished third in barrel racing on the season.

On the flip side, Ellensburg’s Jason Minor won the cow milking buckle for the season, including sweeping the first and second rounds, as well as the average (for $1,200 total) in last weekend’s finals in Salem. Minor was also a factor all year in tie-down roping, finishing third in the standings overall. He placed in the second round and average at the finals for another $1,617.

Jordan Tye — a CWU grad who also team ropes with Minor — finished second on the season. He opened last weekend’s finals by winning the first round of tie-down roping. He finished out of the money in the second round, but his consistency on the weekend netted him third in the average for a $1,613 weekend.

Ellensburg breakaway ropers Bailey Patterson and Jordan Minor placed in both the first and second rounds and the average over the weekend. Patterson — now living in Pendleton, Ore., — picked up $1,975 in breakaway to finish second in the average and sixth on the season. Jordan Minor earned $1,039 to place third in the average and fourth on the season.

Ellensburg bareback rider Kevin Lusk finished fourth in both round as well as the average to earn $740 on the weekend.

Team ropers Riley and Brady Minor — sixth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings and on their way to their 10th National Finals Rodeo together — were also a factor in the NPRA’s finals. The duo placed second in the first round for $1,164. The brothers finished in the top seven on the season.

Fellow Ellensburg roper Kass Kayser earned fourth-place money in the first round of the finals for $270. He finished sixth on the season in tie-down.

Ellensburg roughstock riders Wade Kane and Cody Loomis didn’t earn money in the finals, but they did place in the year-end standings for their respective events. Kane was 11th in saddle bronc riding and Loomis finished eighth.

ProWest finals loom

This weekend’s ProWest Rodeo Finals will feature many of the same names as Teague and Jordan Minor are 1-2 in the All-Around. The two are also first (Teague) and 17th (Minor) in barrels. Tye and Jason Minor are second-third in the All-Around behind Shane Erickson (who also won the NPRA’s All-Around crown). Tye (second, header) and Jason Minor (third, heeler) will together battle for supremacy in that event as well.

Ellensburg will be represented well in tie-down roping at the ProWest Finals. Tye (second), Kayser (third), Jason Minor (sixth), Tate Teague (eighth) and Kyle Sloan (10th) are all competing.

The same can be said in breakaway as Jordan Minor (first), Patterson (third), Annie Minor (seventh), Kaycie Teague (10th) and Josey Shannon (12th) are all in the mix.

Kane has a $900 lead in the season saddle bronc standings over second-place Austin Krogh out of Newport and just a shade less than a $1,000 advantage over Redmond, Oregon’s Hayden Hall.

Tony Martinez is 11th in steer wrestling as the bulldogger has $1,027 earned on the season.

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