Nine teams competed at the 5th Annual Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo, Saturday, June 30, at the Harley Tucker Memorial Rodeo Grounds in Joseph under perfect weather conditions.
Team roping, team penning, team branding and steer ribbon roping were on the list for the team competition. The bronc riding event finished off the evening with an open jackpot competition.
The Yost family who showed up with two teams, the Yost Ranch and Yost Quarter Horse team, was in fine form that Saturday evening with both teams finishing in the top two spots.
The Yost Ranch team, comprised of Megan Yost, Jerry Cobb, and Jim Hite, took first at the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Grounds with 130 points. The team won three of the four team events.
The Yost Quarter Horses team, with Dave and Anna Yost and Odo Grandi took second with 100 points.
Skid Row Cattle Co. came in third with 81 points with team members Tyson McLaughlin, Jimmy VanBelle, and Colin Cunningham.
Tied for fourth were the Marr Flat Cattle Co., Todd and Adele Nash and Buck Matthews, and the Circle P Ranch, Lowell and Trevor Lewis and John Harris, with 31 points a piece.
For the first time this year, the ranch saddle bronc riding did not count toward team points, but was an open jack pot event. Three of the five participants riding came from the teams, two were independent riders all in hopes of a full eight second ride.
George Kohlhepp, won first place with a 74 point ride; Chris Patrick was second with 68, and Randy Baremore came in third with 64 points.
The stick horse race for the Peewee cowboys and cowgirls also entertained the big crowd during the event.
The rodeo weekend started with a trail ride on the east moraine of Wallowa Lake followed by dinner and auction at the Thunder Room Friday night. Saturday afternoon participants rode through Joseph to the rodeo grounds for the start of the team events.
The Ranch Rodeo that is leading up to the 67th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo has been a successful scholarship fundraiser for the last four years. This annual event not only raises money to award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Wallowa County, it gets everyone in the spirit for Chief Joseph Days, July 25 through 28.
Past Team Winners
2011 ~ Flying 6S Ranch
2010 ~ Baremore Ranch
2009 ~ Marr Flatt Cattle
2008 ~ Mark Dawson Land & Cattle
Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo Committee wants to thank the sponsors of the 5th Annual Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo
sponsored by Hold on Tight
sponsored by Zacharias Logging
sponsored by Coppin Ranch and Currie Laundromat & Carwash
sponsored by Brink Ranches and Wallowa Resources
Doug Tippett, Joseph Excavating,
Sterling Bank, Milligan Motors,
Chuck Wagon Sisters and Char Williams
First Place Team Buckles
2nd Place Team ~ three lunches
sponsored by Cheyenne Cafe
3rd Place Team – three lunches
sponsored by Mad Mary’s
Top Hand Award – a set of spurs
sponsored by Krebs Livestock
Best Cowgirl Award
$100 Gift Certificate
sponsored by Simply Sandy’s
First Place Sheep Rider ~ Buckle
sponsored by The Sports Corral
2nd & 3rd Place Sheep Rider Gift
sponsored by Cannon Ranches
Stick Horse Race
sponsored by Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo Committee
Cattle provided by Marr Flat Cattle Co.
Broncs provided by Taylor Kerns
Sheep provided by Wentz family
Thank you to
Judges Dave Turner, Jim Mackin and Jim Fields
Rodeo Announcer Tony Yost
National Anthem ~ Kolton Kolbaba
Silent & Live Auction Sponsors
Bronson Log Homes, Circle P Ranch, Eastern Oregon Fence & Feed, Enterprise Electric, Southfork Ready Mix, Stangel’s Buffalo, Jim Probert, Wallowa County Grain Growers, Joe’s Place, Wallowa Lake Tramway, Wallowa Lake Marina & Eagle Cap Pack Station, Alder Slope Nursery, Imnaha Motel, Imnaha Store & Tavern, Enterprise, Animal Hospital, The Range Rider, Charity Ketscher, Long Horn Espresso and Chief Joseph Days.
Dinner was donated by Outlaw Restaurant
Meat at Dinner prepared by Sherrie Currie