With low 80-degree weather last weekend that ushers in the wonderful next three-plus months of rodeo, and it’s even better that plenty of it takes place in the Pacific Northwest. So much money available for the next few months.

Our locals along the professional circuit didn’t generate any life-altering money last week, but paychecks make the trip worth it … and keep the momentum going.

The biggest winners were the Minor brothers, as Riley and Brady checked off a few more Canadian rodeos from their list toward qualifying for the Canadian Finals Rodeo this fall. Checking off is one thing, making money is another. They placed in two Alberta rodeos — Craigmyle and Grande Prairie — to earn $1,977.

Closer to home, three Kittitas Valley locals — Jason Minor, Jordan Tye and Wade Kane — all earned circuit money in Central Point, Ore. Jason Minor earned exactly a grand in tie-down and added another $204 heeling for Tye. Kane was right behind Minor in tie-down for $786. Down south in California, Jake Pratt placed in Santa Maria for 398 tie-down dollars.

The Tye/Minor combo picked up a small check at Tonasket’s ProWest Rodeo over the weekend as well. Minor then earned tie-down money too. Tonasket’s breakaway was dominated by Ellensburg. Former Valley resident Bailey Patterson picked up the win with a 2.05-second run, followed by current Eburg residents Kaycie Teague (2.29), Annie Minor (2.45) and Teaka Dahlstrom (2.88).

We’ve got plenty going on this weekend in the Columbia River Circuit and beyond. The big one is Sisters, Ore., and it’s $150,000 payday (plus another $15,000 for its Xtreme Bulls stop). However, there are a handful of good one-headers that are worth the drive. Union. Ore., (which is another $15,000 XBulls stop) and Eagle, Idaho, within our circuit will pay an event winner roughly $1,300 to $2,500. Beyond our circuit borders, Livermore, Calif., and Marwayne, AB, are one-headers which will catch the attention of cowboys and cowgirls looking for a bit more.

Shall we head to Casper, Wyoming? Well, four CWU Rodeo athletes are heading that way later this week. It’s the annual College National Finals Rodeo beginning Sunday. The Wildcats have three team ropers and a tie-down roper heading to Wyoming. With so many different regions of college rodeo, the regular season slate is wiped clean and national champions are crowned based on three long go’s and a short round of competition. Trey Recanzone is CWU’s No. 1 nationally ranked tie-down roper. Wade Bruemmer and Lewis and Clark State College’s Dillon Bahem are the nation’s eighth-ranked team ropers. CWU’s Riley Eres and Chance Gleave are both in team roping’s top 20.

Each contestant is guaranteed three go-rounds and the top 12 after three rounds make it to Saturday night’s short round. Having never been to the CNFR, I’m going off past contestants’ recollection, but I’m told the indoor arena is packed and loud for the short round finale, which leads to a great environment. Recanzone was there last year, so he’ll have that experience going for him.

We’ll connect with the CWU contingent later this week.

Jon Guddat covers rodeo — from the kids to the kids at heart — with a weekly rodeo column in the Daily Record. Contact Jon with story ideas at jonguddat@yahoo.com.


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