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Cowboys and Cowgirls from all over the United States will be wearing “PINK” at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena in Joseph, Oregon on Thursday night, July 27, 2017 for the 72nd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. 2017 commemorates the 11h year Chief Joseph Days Rodeo has been involved in the Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP) campaign. Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. along with George & Beth Morris, flag sponsor John & Gail Hillock, and many other supporters are proud to participate in the Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP) Campaign to raise money to support the fight against breast cancer. This disease touches many, many lives each day and continues to trouble all of us as spouses, parents, siblings and friends deal with its presence and destruction.

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While pink is not typically associated with the world of professional rodeo during the Thursday night performance, the cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo clowns, bullfighters, announcers, flag girls and sponsors, will all be decked out in pink to show support. For the 9th year in a row we’ll be auctioning off a beautiful pair of chaps live during the Thursday night PRCA rodeo. These one of a kind leather chaps are hand made by Ray Wilson of Wilson Saddlery. There will be raffles and TETWP merchandise for sale during the rodeo. We will also be asking for donations for the TETWP program. For the fifth year, we will have a “Miles For Mammograms Walk”. It will begin at the rodeo grounds on Thursday morning at 9:00. All proceeds will be donated to Wallowa Memorial Hospital to help provide free mammograms to the women of Wallowa County. If you are unable to attend our event and would like to make a donation, please send a check to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc., P.O. Box 13, Joseph, Oregon 97846, with TETWP in the memo. We continue to strive to make this a huge success! We look forward to our annual TETWP event and hope everyone who attends our Rodeo will help to turn the arena PINK on Thursday night! Come on out and join our Rodeo family in PINK. If you missed it this year, plan on attending this worthwhile cause next year!

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Meet your 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. President As the President of the 72nd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, I would like to welcome all to a week of some of the best western action in the West. I am Terry Jones, one of eleven hard working directors who makes Chief Joseph Days happen. Each year the directors organize over 300 volunteers to make our event one of the best, not only in the Northwest, but also recognized as one of best in the entire U.S. Once again we have a busy week of events starting with the Bucking Horse Stampede down Main Street in Joseph, on Tuesday, July 25, and ending with our Cowboy Church Service and Breakfast on Sunday, July 30, at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena. In between are four days of PRCA Rodeo action featuring the best that the PRCA has to offer. Rodeo slack takes place every afternoon at 2 p.m. Don’t miss the parades on Friday and Saturday morning, adult dancing at the Thunder Room on Friday and Saturday night with breakfast served each morning; Friday and Saturday’s evening teen dances at the Community Center uptown Joseph, the Nez Perce dancing and Friendship Feast at our new encampment pavilion on Saturday. If you are still looking for more action sign up for our Annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Walk on Thursday morning, the Golf Tournament on Friday morning, or come to the Little Buckaroos Rodeo Wednesday morning at the rodeo arena. Don’t forget that Wednesday night is family night in the Thunder Room. New for this year is our beer tasting on Thursday night featuring a large variety of beers to sample. If all of the action wears you out, we invite you to enjoy Wallowa County’s western hospitality featuring pristine landscapes and wonderful people. So, enjoy yourself, “Feel the Thunder”, and once again “Welcome to the 72nd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Celebration.” Sincerely,

Terry Jones

Schedule of Events TUESDAY, JULY 25 1:30 p.m.

Bucking Horse Stampede - Main Street

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Little Backaroo Rodeo - Harley Tucker Arena Rodeo Slack - Arena PRCA Rodeo - Harley Tucker Memorial Arena Family Fun - Thunder Room

THURSDAY, JULY 27 9:00 a.m. Tough Enough to Wear Pink Walk 10:00 a.m. Vendors off Main Street 2:00 p.m. Rodeo Slack - Arena 7:00 p.m. PRCA Rodeo - Harley Tucker Memorial Arena Tough Enough to Wear Pink* Barrel Racing Slack after the Rodeo 9:00 p.m. Event - Thunder Room * Wear Pink and support local cancer screenings

FRIDAY, JULY 28 7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament - Alpine Meadows Golf Course Chief Joseph Junior Parade - Main Street Slack - Arena PRCA Rodeo - Harley Tucker Memorial Arena All Teen Dance - Joseph Community Center Music and Dancing - Thunder Room

SATURDAY, JULY 29 6:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.

Shrine Breakfast begins Grand Parade - Main Street Nez Perce Friendship Feast Encampment Pavilion Slack - Arena Traditional Indian Dance Contest Encampment Pavilion PRCA Rodeo - Harley Tucker Memorial Arena All Teen Dance - Joseph Community Center Music and Dancing at Thunder Room Cowboy Breakfast - Rodeo Grounds All Night Long

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DIRECTORS DUTIES 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. Officers Back row, left to right: John Hillock, Mike Warner, Terry McArtor, Terry Jones, Steve Rogers, Harley Tucker, Jeffrey Wecks, Rusty Eschler. Front row, left to right: Shelley Marshall, Diane Witherrite, Doris Noland.

Director #1 - STEVE ROGERS Rodeo Co-Chairman Term 2014 - 2017 1. Security 2. EMTs & Ambulance 3. Veterinarians 4. Wild Cow Milking 5. Sanitary 6. Work Party

Director #2 - TERRY JONES Rodeo C0-Chairman Term 2015- 2018 1. Arena 2. Contract Acts 3. Rodeo Sponsors 4. Grand Entry 5. Tuckerettes 6. Ranch Saddle Bronc

Director #3 - TERRY MCARTOR Term 2015 - 2018 1. National Sponsors 2. Marketing 3. Announcing 4. Long Term Planning 5. Boar's Nest 6. Past Courts 7. Little Backaroo Rodeo 8. Vehicle Maintenance

Director #5 - DIANE WITHERRITE Treasurer Term 2016 - 2019 1. Treasurer/Office 2. Court Related 4. Advertising 5. Souvenir Booth

Director #6 - RUSTY ESCHLER Secretary Term 2015 - 2018 1. Queen's Luncheon 2. Parades 3. County Scholarships 4. Cowboy Church Service 5. Thunder Room/Alcohol

Director #7 - JOHN HILLOCK Term 2014- 2017 1. Programs 2. Indians 3. Teen Dance 4. Sponsor Flags 5. Sound/Scoreboard Setup 6. Utilities

Director #8 - DORIS NOLAND

Director #4 - JEFFREY WECKS Term 2016 - 2019 1. Bucking Horse Stampede 2. Award/Insurance 3. Camping 4. All Parking 5. Public Relations 6. Tickets 7. Non Profit Concessions

President Term 2016 - 2019 1. Beer Gardens/Alcohol 2. Coronation 3. TETWP (Tough Enough To Wear Pink) 4. Conduct Meetings 5. Family Dance 6. Oversee assingments

All of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Directors are volunteers who spend hundreds of hours in preparation of the festivities.

Director #9 - SHELLEY MARSHALL Term 2016 - 2019 1. Hospitality Room & Sponsors 2. Rental Tables/Chairs 3. Posters 4. Tuesday Night Dinner 5. Mutton Busting

Director # 10 - HARLEY TUCKER Term 2015 - 2018 1. Rodeo Room 2. Stagecoach 3. Ranch Rodeo 4. Rodeo Vendors 5. Whisky Sponsors 6. Beer Gardens/Alcohol

Director #11 - MIKE WARNER Term 2014- 2017 1. Water 2. Groomer 3. Grounds 4. Animal Welfare 5. Hay /Livestock 6. Cowboy Breakfast 7. Grand Marshall

Read more about Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Directors on pages 10 & 11.



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RODEO COMMITTEES CO-RODEO CHAIRMAN...........Steve Rogers/Terry Jones THUNDER ROOM..........................Jake Thompson/Randy Eschler ARENA DIRECTOR.......................Terry Jones AWARDS............................................John Bailey BEER CONCESSIONS................Doris Noland, Rusty Eschler and Harley Tucker CHUTE GATES................................Harold Hartley CJD RODEO OFFICE.................Debbie Short CONTRACT ACTS........................Terry Jones CORONATION DINNER................Sara Tippet/Darcy Witherrite COWBOY BREAKFAST..............Doris Noland/Mike Warner EMT CHAIRMAN...........................Steve Rogers EVENTS SPONSORS...................Terry McArtor GRAND ENTRY..............................Janie McArtor GRAND PARADE...........................Deb Scudder GROUNDS........................................CJD RODEO COMMITTEE HISTORIAN.......................................Darlene Turner HOSPITALITY ROOM.................Shelley Marshall INDIANS.............................................John Hillock JUNIOR PARADE...........................Diane Witherrite



MARKETING...............................................Terry McArtor NATIONAL SPONSORS........................Terry McArtor PARKING......................................................Pearl Sturm PAST COURTS...........................................Judy Holbrook/Janie McArtor PROGRAM ADVERTISING.......................Angelika U. Dietrich PROGRAM SALES....................................Debra Warnock PUBLICITY..................................................Stacy Green QUEEN&COURT CHAPERONE........Brinda Stanley QUEENS LUNCHEON...........................Gail Hillock & Celeste Bauck RODEO CONCESSIONS .....................Alyssa Werst RODEO GROUND SECURITY............Steve Rogers SOUVENIR BOOTH.................................Ashley Spaur STAGE COACH.........................................Gary Prout TETWP..........................................................Doris Noland TUCKERETTES..........................................Teah Jones TUESDAY NIGHT DINNER......................... Jill Huffman/Debra Warnock WATER CHAIRMAN................................Mike Warner WESTERN CHURCH SERVICE..........Tony Yost UPTOWN CONCESSIONS .................sponsored by Joseph Chamber of Commerce

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Lerwill said he grew up with horses and roped a little with his dad, but trading lines with the rodeo announcer and jumping into barrels to distract wayward bulls became his career path.

Troy Lerwill, aka Wild Child, may put on a big foam cowboy hat, makeup and baggy overalls to go to work as a rodeo clown, but he said he isn’t much different in his real life than the clown performing in the arena. “There is an act involved, but for the most part I just talk about things that I think will make people laugh,” Lerwill said. Early June is a busy time in the life of a professional rodeo performer. I caught up with him on a 10-hour drive from a rodeo in Louisiana to one in Texas. Lerwill said he lives simply, one of the reasons he’s lived mostly out of a truck and trailer for 20 years.

Rodeo is HUGE in Utah – many of the cowboys who compete at Chief Joseph Days and many of the kids who ride the mini bulls hail from there, so I asked Lerwill why he thought so. He still calls Payson, Utah home, but he said, “Home is wherever I am at the time you talk to me.” Since the beginning of the year Lerwill said he’s only been home a few days and will be on the road zigzagging from rodeo to rodeo until he returns to Utah in July for the Spanish Forks Rodeo just

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIRECTOR #1 ~ STEVE ROGERS ~ Steve grew up in La Grande and came to Wallowa County in 1995 to serve as a deputy sheriff. He said he was drafted right away to volunteer at the rodeo and was asked to oversee the downtown street vendors. When his sheriff, Fred Steen, was the rodeo chairman, Rogers became a director. Rogers has taken his turn as chairman, as well. In 2012, Rogers was elected sheriff and is running unopposed in the upcoming general election. During Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Rogers works with the veterinarians, medical staff and security.

DIRECTOR #2 ~ TERRY JONES ~ Terry has lived most of his life in Lostine. He attended Eastern Oregon University after graduating from Wallowa High School. After college he joined the family business, Jones Excavating, with his father, Larry. His daughter Teah was on the Chief Joseph Days Court in 1991; Terry been an active rodeo committee member ever since, and a director since 2008. Each winter Jones handles the contracts for the barrel man, bull fighters and specialty act and sets up the corporate sponsorships at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Back home he is in charge of the Harley Tucker Arena during Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

DIRECTOR #3 ~ TERRY MCARTOR ~ Terry has been with Chief Joseph Days for the past ten years as director of marketing. His main focus is working with sponsors and bringing new ones on board. He has served as rodeo co-chairman and was president for three years. McArtor graduated from Wallowa High School and attended Eastern Oregon University and Blue Mountain Community College. After school he went to work for Oregon Department of Transportation as a highway engineer. Now retired, he and his wife Janie run what he calls a “poor man’s small farm” near Lostine.

DIRECTOR #4 ~ JEFFREY WECKS ~ Jeffrey met his wife, Vixen Radford-Wecks, at one of the Chief Joseph Days sister rodeos, the St. Paul Rodeo. When he and Vixen married he moved from Troutdale to Wallowa County. Together they run a horse ranch outside of Joseph. Wecks works as an electrician for Enterprise Electric and is the volunteer fire chief for Joseph and Wallowa Lake. In 2012 Wecks became a Chief Joseph Days director and is in charge of ticket sales for the rodeo. He said, he got a taste of the rodeo circuit lifestyle “chasing” his step-daughter, Destiny Barney, around the state when she was the 2015 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon.

DIRECTOR #5 ~ DIANE WITHERRITE ~ Diane who grew up in Joseph is the fourth generation of a family with deep ties to Wallowa County and to Chief Joseph Days. Having grown up in rodeo with her parents, Diane was Queen of Chief Joseph Days in 1983. Her mother Nancy was on the Court in 1962, CJD Treasure for 14 years and is still involved to this day. Her father Keith was a Rodeo Director for 27 years before he passed away in 2008. Diane has served as the CJD Junior Parade Chairmen since 1984 and after many years of involvement with Chief Joseph Days, she stepped up to the Board of Directors in 2012. Diane serves as the Business Development Officer for Community Bank, is married to Mike Witherrite, has two grown children Dusty and Darcy and most recently became a DiMa.



DIRECTOR #6 ~ RUSTY ESCHLER ~ Rusty moved to Wallowa County from Springfield after the family had visited Joseph on vacation for many years. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1979, attended Mt. Hood Community College and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Columbia Gorge. He moved back to Wallowa County in 1999, but his involvement with the rodeo started in 1995 when his mother was the rodeo committee’s secretary. Today, Eschler serves that role. Eschler duties include overseeing the Thunder Room, the Queen’s Lunch, the parade and the Sunday service. He said during Chief Joseph Days his son Randall, daughter Robin and wife Rene’ all volunteer during the rodeo events. DIRECTOR #7 ~ JOHN HILLOCK ~ John moved to Wallowa County with his family when he was 15 because his father wanted to live in the mountains. After attending Lane Community College he joined his father in business at Enterprise Electric. He started helping out at the rodeo with maintenance and electrical work in 1976 and has been a director at least 15 years. His daughter Celeste served on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court. This summer Hillock oversaw the construction of a new dance arbor for the Nez Perce where the powwow and friendship feast are held. Hillock serves on the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation board and was a founding board member of the Enterprise Education Foundation. “Our family does what we can to help the community,” Hillock said.

DIRECTOR #8 ~ DORIS NOLAND ~ I've been involved with the rodeo for almost 20 years. My husband Scott has been a great support system for me through it all. We have three beautiful, accomplished daughters who all earned the honor of wearing the Queens crown for our rodeo. They have blessed us with seven amazing grandkids. I keep myself busy with the rodeo, enjoying our family and their activities ,riding my beautiful horse Mia, and working part time at Double Arrow Veterinary clinic. I believe life is a gift and you should enjoy each and every day you are given.

DIRECTOR #9 ~ SHELLEY MARSHALL ~ Shelly moved to Wallowa County in 1976. Two years later she married Tim Marshall. Tim and Shelly have two daughters, Abby and Heather who kept the family busy with school activities, horse 4-H, FFA, and Chief Joseph Days. Both girls served on the rodeo court and are still involved in the rodeo each summer. For nine years Marshall helped organize the court coronation dinner, but in recent years she and Tim are best known for their smoky meats and homemade rolls served in the Hospitality Room. Shelly has been a director since 1998.

DIRECTOR #10 ~ HARLEY TUCKER ~ As a grandson of the rodeo’s founder, Harley grew up at the rodeo grounds. He said his first job was picking up beer cups and rocks underneath the grandstands When he was 6 he handed out the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Award and by the time he was 12 he was opening gates and taking flanks off horses in the bucking chutes. He catered the coronation dinner for many years with his father and sister. Today he is in charge of the beer gardens. At the Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo he can be found pouring drinks and flipping burgers in the Thunder Room.

DIRECTOR #11 ~ MIKE WARNER ~ Mike and his family moved to the Wallowa valley in 1993 as the postmaster of the Joseph post office. In 1994 he volunteered to help with Chief Joseph Days. Since then he has been a committee chair, or director ever since. He served as chamber president in 1997, and 1998. His boys grew up working at the rodeo grounds during the Summer, and his wife Kathy volunteers also.




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The amounts of friends he made with the Rodeo and throughout the entire community was amazing. Many youth learned the real definition of work under his employment. A tid bit to share as a side note: Along the way, Jerry was invited to a real live elk hunt on horseback down to the Hells Canyon by another volunteer, Keith Waters. His rodeo friends assured him it was quite safe and the horse they had selected for him was, oh so gentle and had been the mount for many novices before him. They did warn him if he got lost or away from the group he would need to have provisions and be prepared for the wilderness. Close your eyes….. Imagine in your mind, who could possibly be chosen as Grand Marshall of the famous Chief Joseph Days Rodeo in Joseph OR for the year 2017? Could possibly be the most unlikely candidate in some eyes? This person, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, a city boy, had never been to a rodeo or even rode a real live horse!That is not until he chose Joseph, Oregon, as his own. He soon learned that in Joseph, the center of all functions was the famous Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, its reputation, its activities, and the excitement stirred when each July rolled around was overwhelming. Knowing that all the success of any endeavor depended on the total, undying support of the community, he became a devoted volunteer, advocate, buckle sponsor, and mentor to the extensive organization. Over the years, the Rodeo has changed with many positives and new concepts, but traditions have endured, thanks to those community leaders. Jerry, always the problem solver, sometimes the peacemaker, and forever the go to man, was elected president of the Chief Joseph Rodeo in 1990 and 1991. He served in many spots, first as volunteer, committee chairman, director, then as president. All a total of 28 years in community service in many capacities. Jerry worked many Cowboy Breakfasts, and countless hours as needed. He was pretty talented at finding “VOLUNTEERS” to hold the honor of serving their home town and home grown community.


He was ready!! Lots of warm clothes, water, matches, and pockets full of provisions along with his trusty knife and rifle. The horse, obviously very aware of having a greenhorn on his back, decided to take off for parts unknown. Jerry bailed off, noting that this was not by choice, thus landing on his backside on to the cold hard ground. Jerry shared that he went home from this trip empty handed of an elk, but with a memorable souvenir – a tattoo of a pull-tab from the can of a Vienna sausages implanted on his butt.

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2000 Eleanor Hatch 2001 Fermore & Pricilla Craig 2002 Keith & Nancy Waters 2003 John & Ida Hillock 2004 Lee & Carol Lee Perkins 2005 Jim Probert 2006 Horace & Andrea Axtell 2007 Lowell Lewis 2008 Terry and Judi Holbrook 2009 Larry & Shirley Snook 2010 Bob & Cherryl Zacharias 2011 Ron & Debbie Kellermann 2012 Helen & George Gabriel 2013 Jerry Winegar 2014 James Yost 2015 Judy Bothum 2016 Char Williams



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Sponsored by Quail Run Ranch & Roberts Land & Cattle Troy Lerwill, one of rodeo’s most honored specialty act performers will be performing at the 72nd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.


Lerwill brings a little something out of the ordinary to the rodeo arena. Although raised in a rodeo family, Lerwill favored motorcycle racing and was a Utah State motocross champion at the age of 16.

Lerwill didn't entirely abandon his rodeo roots. Unable to resist the draw of rodeo, he became a rodeo clown, bullfighter and barrelman in 1994. Then, in 1998, he combined his two interests to create The Wild Child. 2015 CJD Performance ~ Picture courtesy Angelika U. Dietrich

Nicknamed “The Wild Child,” Lerwill has been voted PRCA Comedy Act of the Year six times (2002-03, 2005-08) and Coors Man in the Can twice (2007-08). He was the opening act at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and was the WNFR barrelman three times (2006-08). Don't miss "Up Close and Personal" Interview with The Wild Child on page 9

BRIDWELL PRO RODEO Stock Contractor For 25 years Growney Brothers has provided the livestock for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Despite recent transfer of ownership and a new name, Bridwell Pro Rodeos, fans will get the same high quality performance they’ve grown to expect. For most of his adult life Tim Bridwell worked with John Growney, a familiar name and face at Chief Joseph Days and many of the other premier rodeos in the Northwest. A former bull rider, Bridwell grew up in the high desert of Northern California, a hotbed of cattle ranching and rodeo. He said he got his start in junior rodeo competition at the urging of his friend Rondo O’Connor from Lake County, Oregon. Read the complete story on page 35 & 36. Coming for your entertainment during the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday rodeo performances are the...

Casperson Miniature Rodeo Bulls! They are the perfect size to prepare young bull riders by learning the proper foundation and techniques before advancing to the BIG BULLS. But their size doesn’t tell it all...

These bulls don’t know they are short…


They’ve got ATTITUDE!!!!!


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Queen Haley Miller When life gives you lemons ask "is that all you've got?" Are You Ready to Feel The Thunder? Hello Rodeo Fans I am Haley Miller your 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Queen. I’m a 16-year old junior at Joseph Charter School. My parents are Cory and Dena Miller. I have 3 younger brothers Hadley, Harley and Hanley. We live on 80 acres outside of Enterprise, where we raise horses and cows. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my Great Grandma, Icel Edgeman 1st Queen of Chief Joseph Days in 1946, Grandma Debbie Nobles Gilbert Queen in 1976, and Mom Dena Rynearson Miller Princess in 1996. As we travel the northwest representing the rodeo I love, I will be riding numerous horses consisting of Pepperoni, Maverick, Whiz, Topper, Stitches and Octane. I have held numerous class and club officer positions throughout high school, while also being on the National Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society. My hobbies include basketball, track, FCCLA, High school rodeo, and FFA at school. Outside of school I enjoy helping my family move cows, and train horses, roping, barrel racing, gardening, cooking and being a Chief Joseph Days Tuckerette. An accomplishment I’m proud of is being a two time 1A Oregon State Champion in the 1500 meter, 800 meter, and 4x400 relay team for track. I am proud to be on a two time state champion team. My future plans are to go to college to earn a degree in agriculture while pursuing my love of rodeo and running track. I love the sport of rodeo and the family feeling you get. I look up to many rodeo contestants for their hard work, passion and love of the sport that I am honored to promote. It is a honor to promote my home town rodeo, Chief

Joseph Days this year while representing our piece of heaven in the northwest corner of Oregon. I look forward to a great summer with Princesses Caitlin Robb and Maddi Tracy-Mallory. Thank you to the 72nd Chief Joseph Days directors and my parents for a great year. Get ready to “Feel the Thunder”! ~

Haley Miller

Princess Maddie T racy-Mallory Hello rodeo fans! Welcome to the 72nd annual Chief Joseph Days rodeo and beautiful Wallowa County! My name is Maddi TracyMallory. I am a 17 year old senior at Joseph Charter School. I am the daughter of Clay and Jill Mallory of Wallowa. I have one older sister Marli, who was a Princess on the 70th annual Chief Joseph Days rodeo court. I also have two younger brothers, Zane and Owen, who haven't held a title yet (sorry guys, I couldn't help myself). I am fortunate that my roots run deep in Wallowa County and have grown up surrounded by a large extended family. In my spare time I enjoy riding my horses, exploring back roads, going on adventures with friends and spending time with my family. I am an active member of FFA, where I have served as a past Greenhand President and I am currently our Chapter Secretary. I am a past Wallowa County Fair Court member. Last year I was a princess on the Elgin Stampede Rodeo Court, and I also ride with the Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Drill Team. I am also an active member of the Wallowa County 4H program where I show horses and a member of the Wallowa County 4H Horse Classics Team. One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2016 to represent Oregon in the National 4H Hippology Contest (the scientific study of horses), where our Wallowa County team placed 8th in the entire nation.

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I have loved horses and rodeo for as long as I can remember. My first horse was a trusty stick horse, "Ruby," named for her bright red stick. I logged many hours on that trusty old horse. She was a wild bronc, a barrel racer and we even won the Kentucky Derby a time or two. Ruby remains in the corner of my bedroom as a reminder of where I started and how far I have come as a horsewoman. Most of my favorite memories and most notable accomplishments are a result of my love for horses and the lessons they have afforded me, whether it is gathering cattle with my family, exploring the back country of the Eagle Caps, working through a tough training problem or feeling the wind on my face as we do a run in; it all goes back to my love and respect for horses. It is an honor to represent our corner of Oregon as a Princess for the 72nd annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. The sport of rodeo represents the very best part of our western experience and is rich in tradition, heritage, faith and patriotism. My partner this year is my 14 year red roan AQHA mare, BL Reedin Bout Doc, or "Riata" for short. I was fortunate to buy her from a family friend three years ago and we have forged a bond that I can't explain. She is a once in a lifetime, true all around horse who can go through a parade and run-in on Saturday, move cows on Sunday and teach a child confidence on Monday. She never fails to give me 100% and I trust her with my life. I would like to thank my parents, grandparents, great grandma and siblings for all their hard work, encouragement, dedication and sacrifices they have made, so I could fulfill my lifelong commitment of representing Chief Joseph Days. It really takes a whole families commitment to make this dream a reality. I would also like to thank our community for all their support in purchasing tickets, our local businesses for their Chief Joseph Days sponsorships, and the Directors and numerous community volunteers who work year round to make sure everything is ready when the first chute swings open the last week in July. Once again, thank you for joining us for one of our counties oldest traditions. Make sure your cinch is tight because we are getting ready to FEEL THE THUNDER and make some memories at the 72nd annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo!

Princess Caitlin Robb Hello rodeo fans! As one of your 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Princesses, I would like to officially welcome you to the 72nd annual Chief Joseph Days rodeo! I am the 18 year old daughter of Bill and Sherry Robb of Wallowa. I have three brothers, Justin, Wesley and Joseph. I am a graduate of Wallowa High School and plan on attending Treasure Valley Community College in the fall, while striving to be a Veterinary Technician, and earning a degree in horse production. Ever since I was five years old I have LOVED horses. Everything about them. When I turned eight, I started my weekly riding lessons at a barn not even a mile from my house in Lostine! Those lessons turned into daily bike rides to help clean stalls and feed horses in the evening. I joined Pony Club and began riding a horse named “Danser,” a sassy sorrel appendix quarter horse mare. Our personalities fit to a T. Danser soon needed to teach another little girl how to ride, so I sadly had to pass her down. Soon my parents found a Thoroughbred mare named Lulu. I showed her in 4-H for my first two years. We soon realized she had chronic arthritis and I could no longer ride her. I was eleven years old when I received my forever riding partner “Es Docs Cool Lynx,” AKA Zeus. He is an eleven year old seal brown quarter horse gelding. We both share the passion of jumping and SPEED. Over the years, we have shown all over Oregon in 4-H, Pony Club and have had the honor of showing at the Oregon State Fair for 5 years. In 2013 I won a medallion in Dressage. Two years later, in 2015, I won a medallion in our favorite competition, show jumping! Serving as an ambassador for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo has given me a chance to promote our “Top 10 must see rodeo of 2016,” while advancing my horsemanship and speaking abilities.


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Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Welcomes BRIDWELL PRO RODEO to Joseph by Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo JOSEPH – For 25 years Growney Brothers has provided the livestock for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Despite recent transfer of ownership and a new name, Bridwell Pro Rodeos, fans will get the same high quality performance they’ve grown to expect. For most of his adult life Tim Bridwell worked with John Growney, a familiar name and face at Chief Joseph Days and many of the other premier rodeos in the Northwest. A former bull rider, Bridwell grew up in the high desert of Northern California, a hotbed of cattle ranching and rodeo. He said he got his start in junior rodeo competition at the urging of his friend Rondo O’Connor from Lake County, Oregon.

Bridwell said he competed in junior rodeos, for Fall River High School in McArthur, Cali. When he rode bulls as a professional he often rode on Growney Brothers stock. Eventually, his bull riding injuries convinced him to go home to Red Bluff and work for Growney Brothers. “Rodeo gets in your blood,” Bridwell said. “Every contestant, when they quit riding, wants to stay a part of it and make a living.” Bridwell said he stared working his way into the company in 2000 and in 2005 he bought the bucking horses side of the business. “John was getting to the point that he didn’t want to invest the time into the horses so I was able to purchase them and lease them back to the company,” Bridwell said.

TIM & HALEY BRIDWELL He focused on building up and improving the bucking horse herd, taking it to a new level. Within a few years he said he had as many bucking horses at the National Final Rodeo as any other stock contractor. Meanwhile the gregarious Growney



Stock Contractor BRIDWELL PRO RODEO focused on the relationship he’d developed with rodeo committees around the West. “For 40 years he’s been the guy that held it all together – connecting the dots,” Bridwell said. Often the business/friendship line is blurred in rodeo and both Growney and Bridwell have become close friends with families like the Baileys of Joseph and McKillups of St. Paul. In early June they were both in attendance as Paige Bailey, a great-granddaughter of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo founder Harley Tucker and Cody McKillup were married in Wallowa County. The relationship the company has with Wallowa County has also benefited the bucking horses that graze on high country grass at the Lostine River Ranch during the weeks before Chief Joseph Days. Keeping the livestock healthy and competitive is job one, for Bridwell. In general, he said rodeo committees have started expecting more and more from their stock contractors. The celebration of the round up was once the focal point of a rodeo and the stock was secondary, but times have changed. “Now days these contestants look at themselves as professional athletes and want a good chance to win,” Bridwell. “Rodeo committees are really conscientious and want the stock up to snuff for the contestants to compete well.” The cowboys aren’t the only athletes. Rough stock, like racehorses, must have good nutrition, health care and ample pasture to run. Bucking horses, Bridwell said, are good at exercising themselves. “They are in a herd, not a stall situation, so just gathering and sorting them is usually enough exercise, but if they are bored they will run and chase and buck,” Bridwell said. Rest, he said, is as important as nutrition, exercise and vet care. Bridwell said, “You want to keep the “fresh” on them by not bucking them all the time - they need rest to be in grade “A” condition.” Over time Bridwell took on more and more responsibility and slowly continued to invest in the company as Growney looked to retirement. This year he took over the reins from Growney, following the well-worn path he made in the rodeo world. Bridwell said, “We picked up where he left off. It’s been a nice, gradual transition.” Not only did he inherit the relationships Growney built over the years, but a good crew. “Through this transition our


company got really tight knit. Something I’m really proud of is everyone rides for the “brand”, whether its feeding hay, driving trucks or setting up merchandise tents everybody is always helping and we all have each other’s backs.” Fans used to seeing Growney at their local rodeos shouldn’t worry – he hasn’t completely left the fold. While Bridwell Pro Rodeo owns its own bulls and bucking horses, Growney has kept a hand in the business by leasing steers to the company for bull dogging and team roping. Bridwell acknowledges how important relationships are in rodeo and the hand that Growney had in building up a reputation. Bridwell said, “When you walk away from talking to John you fell better about yourself; he is always uplifting.” So far, all of Growney Brothers’ contract have been transferred to Bridwell Pro Rodeo – a sure sign of the trust and respect the company has earned. Bridwell said, “It’s a tough business, but I expect a lot out of myself and the quality of the stock. In a 2 ½ hour performance we want the crowd to leave entertained and feel like they go their money’s worth.”


PAST CHAMPIONS All Around Champion

1946 Results Not Available 1947 Larry Daniels 1948 Eddy Akridge 1949 Eddy Akridge 1950 Ross Dollarhide 1951 Ross Dollarhide 1952 Ross Dollarhide 1953 Larry Daniels 1954 Cotton Rosser 1955-56 Results Not Available 1957 Daryl Hobdey 1958 Bill Linderman 1959 Jack Carson 1960 Bob Swaim 1961 None Selected 1962-64 Results Not Available 1965 Jim Steen 1966-67 Results Not Available 1968 Woody Bell 1969 Brad Bolta 1970 Results Not Available 1971 Frankie Santos 1972 Clyde Longfellow 1973 Ken Fazier 1974 Jim Steen 1975 Joe Bronkhorst 1976 Butch Knowles 1977 Buz Peth 1978 Dick Kelly 1979 Joe Bronchorst 1980 Dee Pickett 1981 Bill Nelson 1982 Dee Pickett 1983 Sam Kayser 1984 Ron Currin Jr. 1985 Sam Kayser 1986 Mike Fuller 1987 Shane Crossley 1988 Mike Beers 1989 Mike Beers 1990 Mike Beers 1991 Tony Currin 1992 Mike Beers 1993 John Alps 1994 Results Not Available 1995 Mike Beers 1996 David Motes 1997 Jason Eiguren 1998 Brad Culpepper 1999 Jason Stewart 2000 Tony Currin 2001 Ross Coleman 2002 Cash Myers 2003 Shane Erickson 2004 Kyle Lockett 2005 Rob Black 2006 Brian Hill 2007 Sam Willis 2008 BJ Campbell 2009 Jason Stewart 2010 Trevor Knowles 2011 Russell Cardoza 2012 Shane Erickson 2013 Shane Erickson 2014 Roger Nonella 2015 Joe Bartlett 2016 Jason Minor

Bareback Champions 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954

Sunny Robinson Ike Thompson Eddy Akridge Eddy Akridge Eddy Akridge Bill Harvey Bob Swaim Jack Carson Don Boag

1955 Bill Boag 1959 Stewart Guthrie 1956 Buddy Peak 1960 Neil Beamer 1957 Allen Houston 1961 Dr. Art Fulerson 1958 Buck Boyce 1962 Clark Maddox 1959 Daryl Hobdey 1963 Les Kamm 1960 Bob Swaim 1964 Tom Bergevin 1961 Sammy Flynn 1965 Jerry Anderson 1962 Sonny Tureman 1966-67 Results Not Available 1963 Jim Roeser 1968 Bob Johnson 1964 Jim Lightfoot 1969 Brad Bolta, Ben Finley 1965 Bob Swaim 1970 Tom Bergevin 1966-67 Results Not Available 1971 G.L. Longgood 1968 Daryl Brown 1972 G.L. Longgood, Bob 1969 Gaylord Moran Johnson, 1970 Buzz Seely Tooter Waites 1971 Buzz Seely 1973 Gene Hassler 1972 Buzz Seely 1974 Jay Greenwood 1973 Buzz Seely 1975 Sam Kayser 1974 Royce Smith 1976 Danny Torricellas 1975 Benny Ruda 1977 Brent Palmer 1976 Joe Ruda 1978 Sam Kayser 1977 Russell McCall 1979 Joe Talbot 1978 Mike Jones, Russell 1980 Dee Pickett McCall 1981 Dave Cannon 1979 Ron Parrish 1982 Phil Urback 1980 Russell McCall 1983 Sam Kayser, Kyle 1981 Steve Coleman Robinson 1982 Benny Ruda 1984 Ron Currin Jr. 1983 Joe Ruda, Shane Law 1985 Dale Smith 1984 Tony Stevenson 1986 Dee Pickett 1985 Paul Reinke 1987 Shane Crossley 1986 Tony Stevenson 1988 Dee Pickett 1987 Jed McKinley 1989 Mike Beers 1988 Rocky Steagall 1990 Cody Hassler 1989 Dave Sherod 1991 Nate Kayser 1990 Rocky Steagall 1992 John Sloan 1991 Tony Hecksher 1993 John Alps 1992 Matt Weishoff, Richie 1994 Tony Currin Hamilton 1995 Brad Goodrich 1993 Lee Rice 1996 Shane Slack 1994 Clint Corey 1997 Jason Eiguren 1995 Jason Jackson, Clay 1998 Jesse Sheffield, Jason Kirkham Stewart 1996 Jason Jackson 1999 Jeff Coelho 1997 Shane Call 2000 Cash Meyers 1998 Clint Corey 2001 Matt Shiowaza 1999 Scott Drennan 2002 Blair Burk 2000 Cody Jesse 2003 Shane Erickson 2001 Jason Havens 2004 Shane Erickson 2002 Bobby Mote 2005 Ty Sturza 2003 Cody Jesse 2006 Jay Don Greenwood 2004 Ryan Gray 2007 Shane Slack 2005 Bobby Mote 2008 Jason Minor 2006 Jason Havens 2009 Ryan Fornstrom 2007 Mitch Rickman 2010 Josh Peek 2008 Bobby Mote 2011 Landon McClaugherty 2009 R.C. Landingham 2012 Shane Erickson 2010 Jason Havens, Will Lowe 2013 (tie) Bradley Bynum 2011 Ryan Gray Chase Williams 2012 Steven Dent 2014 Blair Burke 2013 George Gillespie IV 2015 Michael Pederson 2014 George Gillespie IV 2016 J.C. Malone 2015 Grant Denny 2016 Richmond Champion, & Saddle Bronc Champions Zack Brown (tied) 1946 Jack Davis 1947 Cecil Bedford Tie Down Roping Champions 1948 Eddy Akridge 1949 Eddy Akridge 1946 David Wolf 1950 Eddy Akridge 1947 Pud Adair 1951 Ross Dollarhide 1948 Red Whatley 1952 Numa McCoin 1949 Red Whatley 1953 Cliff Gunderson 1950 Ross Dollarhide 1954 Chuck Sheppard 1951 Pat Smith 1955 Paul Templeton 1952 Les Kamm 1956 Les Johnson 1953 Pud Adiar 1957 Cecil Swaggart 1954 Cotton Rosser 1958 Jack Carson, Bud Sharp 1955 Clark Maddox 1959 Norman Goree 1956 Hugh Posey 1960 Don Wilson 1957 Daryl Hobdey 1961 Jim Roeser 1958 Wayne McMeans

1962 Jim Roeser 1963 Ronnie Raymond 1964 Shirly Bothum 1965 Jim Steen 1966-67 Results Not Available 1968 Ross Loney 1969 Dennis Colson 1970 Jim Steen 1971 Don Farnmer 1972 Clyde Longfellow 1973 Everett Jones 1974 Clyde Longfellow 1975 Clyde Longfellow 1976 Butch Knowles 1977 Bob Koch 1978 Butch Knowles 1979 Pat Fuller 1980 Bill Nelson 1981 David Bothum 1982 Jim Bothum 1983 David Bothum 1984 Clyde Longfellow, Con Williams 1985 Jim Brown, Glynn Montero 1986 Earl Hammond 1987 Rocky Steagall 1988 Wade Lofthouse 1989 Dusty Crary, Rocky Steagall 1990 Wayne Smith, Gary Alger 1991 Darrell Schneider 1992 Darrell Schneider, Jimmy Mitchell 1993 Kenny Black 1994 Results Not Available 1995 Chance Dixon, Toby Adams 1996 Dan Mortenson, Blake Swaggert 1997 Gary Alger 1998 Joe Slagowski 1999 Johnny Hammack 2000 Rance Bray 2001 Craig Latham 2002 JC Selvester 2003 Shawn Morehead 2004 Ira Slagowski 2005 Matt Marvel 2006 Cody Wright, Shawn Morehead 2007 Cody Wright 2008 Roy Johnson 2009 Frank McKay 2010 Scott Miller 2011 Chance Millin 2012 Levi Bunch 2013 Joseph Harper 2014 Ben Londo 2015 Ryan MacKenzie 2016 Cody DeMoss

Steer Wrestling Champions 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962


Results Not Available Larry Fraizer Merrill Hansen Larry Daniels Ross Dollarhide Ross Dollarhide Ike Fernandez Claude Morris Cotton Rosser Bill Sylvester Ted Reed Les Kamm Les Kamm Les Kamm Don Posey Don Posey Chuck John


PAST CHAMPIONS 1963 Don Posey 1964 Buford Kinnison 1965 Les Kamm 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970

1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Results Not Available JP Roan Jack Roddy Mike Ring Don Churchwell, Jim Goforth Frankie Santos G.L. Longgood Bob Marshall Buz Peth Darrel Sewell Carl Mansfield Sam Kayser Dick Kelly Joe Bronkhorst Larry Melroth Buz Peth Pat Nogle Clay West J.P. Roan Jim Powers Mike Fuller Jeff Finley Mike Currin Charlie Pattison Tony Currin Tony Currin Tony Currin Tony Currin Curtis Been Danny Torricellas Curtis Been Brad Gleason Shawn Mikelson Michael Stevens Steve Currin Brad Gleason Tony Currin Sean Mulligan KC Jones Shawn Greenfield Michael Reger Sean Santucci Beau Franzen B.J. Campbell Trevor Knowles Nik Hamm Travis Taruscio Andy Weldon Blake Knowles Travis Carnine Dakota Eldridge

Bull Riding Champions 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955

Results Not Available Larry Daniels Walt Sullins Larry Daniels J.T. Tacker Don Boag Don Boag Larry Daniels Dwight Maddox Dwight Maddox, Jack Carson 1956 Jack Carson 1957 Otto Underwood 1958 Jack Carson 1959 Jack Carson 1960 Otto Underwood 1961 Jack Carson 1962 Bob A. Robinson 1963 Joel Sublett 1964 Jack Carson 1965 Jim Steen 1966-67 Results Not Available 1968 Ed Miller


1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Milton Leslie Warren Ryss Jim Steen Jim Steen Larry Condon A.J. Swaim Guy Barth A.J. Swaim Martin Haptonstall Butch Knowles Bill Stanton Del Machau Pat Staves John Davis Monty Van Komen Dave Best Grant Summers Joe Hodges Mark McClure Rocky Steagall Dan Wolfe Johnny Wilson Dusty Arzino Richard Staplman Bryan Barker Barry Angiano Troy Dunn Gene Palmer Ross Coleman Dom Nagler Kagan Sirett Buddy Gulden Ross Coleman Russ Sanders, Haydn Reece Kyle Joslin Ryan Howard Zeb Lanham Zack Bright Corey Maier, Joe Meling Colby Reilly Josh Daries Chad Everett Denton Kasey Love Dylan Vick Joe Meling Derek Kolbaba, Cody Miller Shawn Proctor Derek Kolbaba

Barrel Racing Champions 1961 Barbara Curcio 1962 Results Not Available 1963 Katherine Anderson 1964 Roxy Curtis 1965 Sandy Curcio 1966-68 Results Not Available 1969 Renee Cook 1970 Sandy Curcio 1971 Results Not Available 1972 Patti McCoin 1973 Patti Lievense 1974 Kathy Fletcher 1975 Joyce Bloxham 1976 Jan Harrell 1977 Julie Rugg 1978 Patti McCoin 1979 Julie Doering 1980 Julie Doering 1981 Michelle LaRue 1982 Julie Doering 1983 Shawna Wright 1984 Kelli Fletcher 1985 Joyce Bloxham 1986 Julie Williams 1987 Julie Williams 1988 Maureen Crossley, Norma Kelly, Kelli Fletcher

1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Joan Eckman Tina Davies Dee Dee Schumacher Kelly Currin Kelly Currin Randy Britt Kim McCrae, Randy Britt Josey Bronkhorst Renee Gossett Jill Johnson Katie McCoin Sherrylynn Adams Maureen Crossley Carol Barr Kelly Kaminski Brittany Pozzi Barbara West Brenda Davis Gilla Lieuallen Linzie Walker Barbara West Brenda Mays Danna Stovner Pamela Capper Tami Semas Tammy Semas Rachel Stoller Callahan Crossley

Team Roping Champions 1969

Dick Williams, Pete Peterson 1970 Vern Lowman, Everett Lowman 1971 Mike Maiden, Gene Maiden 1972 Bill Ward, Les Kamm 1973 Bob Weaver, Curly Krisher 1974 Steve Wallace, Ken McCrae 1975 Joe Bronkhorst, Pat Fuller 1976 George Desbrisay, Bob Burrel 1977 Gary Hemsted, Jake Stephens 1978 Dick Kelly, Not Available 1979 Tom Flenniken, Tommy Flenniken 1980 Jerold Camarillo, Julio Moreno 1981 Allen Bach, Jack Barnes 1982 Mike Beers, Dee Pickett 1983 Rickey Green, Julio Moreno 1984 Jake Stephens, Dusty Youren 1985 Rusty Wright, Lee Woodbury 1986 Cliff Davis, Joe Barlett 1987 Shane Crossley, Pat Minor 1988 Monty Joe Petska, Paul Petska 1989 Troy Frazier, Wade Jess 1990 Mike Beers, Doyle Gellerman 1991 K.C. Jones, Mark Simmon 1992 Kory Mytty, Shane Schwenke 1993 Denton Payne, Y.D. Yates 1994 Brye Sayer, Kyon Sayer 1995 D. Motes, Mike Beers 1996 Guy Gregg, Dave Inman 1997 Dee Pickett, Brent Lockett 1998 Mike Fuller, Shain Sproul 1999 Kyle Lockett, Jason Stewart 2000 Wade Wheatley, Kyle Lockett 2001 David Motes,Ryan Motes 2002 Richard Eiguren, BJ Campbell

2003 (tie) Ty Bowman, Dave Inman 2003 (tie) Shane Erickson, Will Schmidt 2004 Jared Cox, Trevor McCoin 2005 Bobby Alexander, Shane Crossley 2006 Matt Funk, Bucky Campbell 2007 Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2008 Matt Funk, Bucky Campbell 2009 Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2010 Luke Brown,Martin Lucero, Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2011 Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2012 Brandon Beers, Cully Stafford 2013 Brandon Beers, Jim Ross Cooper 2014 T.J. MaCauley, Cole Sherwood 2015 Jake Barnes Jr. Nogueira 2016 Cole Sherwood, Steve Sherwood

Steer Roping Champions 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Joe Talbot George Ganoung Joe Talbott Paul Rice, Jr. Joe Talbott Joe Talbott Danny Zuniga Tod Casebolt Mike Beers Berk Davis Jason Evans Randy Warnock Guy Allen Jim Ward Cash Myers Tom Sorey Jack Purchase Dave Inman Joe Bartlett Joe Bartlett Joe Bartlett Jason Stewart Howdy McGinn Landon McClaugherty Buck Weinrich Trey Wallace Joe Bartlett J. Tom Fisher Corey Ross

Ranch Saddle Bronc 2012 2013 2014 2015

George Kohlhepp J.D. Brock Hunter Blazer Konnyr Marek

Wild Cow Milking

1981 Jim Probert 1982-83 Results Not Available 1984 Jim Probert 1985 Jim Probert 1987 Ted Freels, Chuck Anderson 1988 John Van Belle 1990 Results Not Available 1992 Dave Yost, John Clymo 1993 Dave Yost 1994 Dan Probert, Dan Warnock 1997 Dan Probert, Dan Warnock 1998 Justin Nedrow, Ted Freels

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He is commemorated in dozens of ways. His likeness is everywhere, it seems, and his name is ubiquitous. A town is named after him, as is a hotel, a rodeo and a mountain. Thousands of faces and names have faded into the past, but his endures, and will continue to endure as long as Americans care to remember the sufferings of Indians. His Nez Perce name was Hinmuttoo-yah-lat-kekeht, which, when translated into English, meant “Thunder Rolling In the Mountains.” He was born in 1840, probably in the Wallowa Valley. He grew up to become a chief. In his manhood, he came to be known (to white men, at least) as Young Joseph. White men had been coming to the Valley of the Winding Waters since about 1834. These first ones were explorers, trappers, missionaries. They represented only a trickle; but the trickle grew, became a stream; and in the end, the stream grew into a madlyrushing river, flooding its own banks and destroying all things that had been. In 1855, Young Joseph’s father, the man known to white men as Old Joseph, entered into a treaty with Isaac Stevens, governor of Washington. Old Joseph and a number of other chiefs gave to the white man some of the land they

had always called their own; but they made sure that the Wallowa Valley was left to them. It would never be given away or sold to The Hairy Man From the East. The treaty of 1855, the first ever signed by White men and Nez Perce, was quickly broken. Annuities promised by the government either arrived late or never arrived at all. The Nez Perce were justifiably upset. In 1863, the government decided to negotiate yet another treaty. Old Joseph attended the negotiations, but when he discovered the white men wanted possession of his valley, he refused to sign. Others, however, did sign, and the government laid claim to the sacred land. The treaty caused a split among the Nez Perce. And on all horizons, war clouds, black and angry, were gathering. Young Joseph grew up in the cold shadows of those clouds, and when his father died, leadership became his burden. He had been taught that to honor the treaty of 1863 would be to dishonor the memory of his father; he vowed to keep the Wallowa for his own people. The first white settlers appeared in the Valley of the Winding Waters in 1871. They had been living in the Grande Ronde Valley

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” ~ Chief Joseph and were in search of more and better rangeland. They looked things over, left, and returned with others. Homesteads began to dot the land; tensions between the two races grew. The clouds were getting darker all the time. Young Joseph was not a war chief. He was a statesman and an orator, and according to record, he counseled his people to keep peace with the newly arrived settlers. His wisdom held for five years, from 1871 to 1876. But in the summer of ‘76, the dark clouds rumbled and first blood was spilled. The first episode involved a pair of white settlers and a Nez Perce brave named Wil-lot-yah. The settlers, Finley and McNall by name, came upon a Nez Perce camp and searched it, believing they might find some horses that



had been stolen. A scuffle ensued and Finley shot Wil-lot-yah. Joseph and his band sought justice, found none. The two men were tried for the killing and acquitted. Animosities on both sides grew; more incidents occurred, and finally the government took a hand. A commission set up to study the problems in the Wallowa Valley recommended that the region be cleared of Nez Perce, by force, if necessary. Young Joseph undoubtedly saw there was no holding back the flood. In May, 1877 he did what he vowed he would never do; he led his people away from the Wallowa, toward Idaho, and the Lapwai Reservation, which was to be their new home. But the young men were bitter. Along the way, three of them broke off from the band and in rage killed four white settlers. The storm that had been brewing for so many years broke. Joseph knew the white man would seek retribution, and so determined to lead his band to Canada. He took over 800 of his people in that direction, pursued by General O.O. Howard, the famed one-armed Indian fighter. Howard ran the Nez Perce into the ground, finally, up in Montana. Joseph surrendered his band at a place called Bear Paw Mountain some 50 miles from the Canadian border, in October, 1877.


CHIEF JOSEPH AND FAMILY, c. 1880 Description by museum: This photograph is historically significant and has great human interest as well. It may be the only extant copy in existence of F. M. Sargent's cabinet card of Nez Perce Chief Joseph and his family in Leavenworth where they were exiled from 1877 to 1885.

The Nez Perce were put on reservations in Oklahoma, Idaho, and Washington. Joseph died at Colville Reservation in Washington in 1904. And today, he is wellremembered. His picture hangs in the bank, the post office, the general store, the restaurant and the barbershop. He’s the man who said: “The earth is the mother of all people,

and all people should have equal rights upon it.” He’s the man who said: “Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose. Let me be free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.”



2018 C hief Joseph Days Rodeo

CJD Sterling Silver Bracelets.................Don Mallory Silversmith CJD Sterling Silver Earrings........................Gabe & Cammie Hale CJD Royalty Pins.......................................... Darlene & Dave Turner, Mike & Kathy Warner CJD Chaps.......................... Ray & Sharon Wilson, Cheryl Kooch, Borgerding Construction CJD Breast Collars.............................................. Ken & Lela Kunkle, Hubert & Molly Murrill Suede Embroidery & Embellishments...Mad Mary & Company Hand Painted Gloves.......................................Barry & Jerry Qualle CJD Garment Bags........................1991 CJD Queen Jill Yost Hite, Princess Dawnette Waters Stewart, Princess Teah Jones, Chaperones Terry & Judi Holbrook Work Boots & Wardrobe Discounts.................The Sports Corral Working Coats............................................ Mike & Diane Witherrite Spur Straps & Silver.......................................... Ray Wilson Saddlery Parade Flowers.............................................Enterprise Flower Shop and CJD Rodeo Committee Scrapbooks............................................................. John & Gail Hillock Spurs and Etiquette Dinner..................................... Judy L. Bothum Montana Silver Watches............................. Dan & Lori Butterfield, and Mark & Anna Butterfield Bling Bling Sunglasses.................................................. Simply Sandy’s Wardrobe Discounts................. Wallowa County Grain Growers Hat Cans.............................................................. Del & Brinda Stanley, Diana Daggett, Debbie Scudder Working Outfit................................................................. Court Parents Make-up & Make-overs.....Tamarah Duncan/Mary Kay Cosmetics Splint and Bell Boots.....................Cory & Dena Miller and family Working Earrings................................................Del & Brinda Stanley Leather Embossed Halters...............................Dan Shonelle Pryse Noseband..................................................... Lane & Cheyenne Bailey Horse Fly Shees.............................................. Tim & Debbie Gilbert, Donnie Rynerson Family, Tammy Sundin Polo Wraps..................................................... Josh & Krystal Erickson Grooming Bags..............................................Grant & Donna Morgan Purses.................................................................Char Bracher & Family Stirrups..............................................................................Roberts Family Boot Bags................................................................... Clay & Jill Mallory Jewelry Cases.............................................................The Robb Family Saddle Blanket Bags............................................... Bales Mobile Mix Complimentary Adjustments.......................... Alpine Chiropractic

Chief Joseph Days Court

Queen Megan Yost

Princesses Shay Lyn Massey and Amber Shear


Chief Joseph Days Court

Queen Tonja Pheaster Princesses Kim Rudger and Roberta Garnett

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Committee sponsors the following: •

Scholarships.............$1,000 to Queen, $500 to princesses

Horse Trailer, Traveling Van, Offical Wardrobe, & Princess Crowns, Court Buckles,

CJD Headstalls, CJD Serapes, CJD Saddle Blankets, Pendleton Wool Coats.

A special “Thank You” goes to: Suede Seamstress, Denise Kuppinger Wool Coat Seamstress, Karleen Gomes Suede Embroidery Flying W Designs ~ Rene Wilbur

~Serving on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court provides young women an excellent opportunity to improve poise and self assurance as they attend various community events, activities, parades, and rodeo appearances throughout the year. The experience of being on the CJD court will be an ever bonding tie to your community, CJD, PRCA, and the sport of rodeo not to mention the value of the friendships and connections you will form throughout the year. ~



1946 Queen Icel Edgeman Mina Drake Carmen Turnbow

1996 Queen Amber Follett Amber Locke Dena Rynearson


Queen Wanda Bassett Blanche Lermeny Helen Vigne Jackie Walker

1997 Queen Dena Beach Aleena Holum Cammie Kuppinger


Queen Mildred Hayes Betty Jackson Dolores Perrin (Indian Princesses) Leah Conner Loretta Pinkham


Queen Beverly Oliver Ruby Mallon Marian Mawhin Diane Snodderly

1950 Queen Jackie McFetridge Rhetha Kirkpatrick Cora Lee McCrea Nola Murrill (Indian Princesses) Sara Jane Kash Amy Tilden 1951 Queen Marcia VanArsdale Anna Mae Foster Vela Jean Gibson Laura McKay Pat Murphy June Walker 1952 Queen Barbara Rounsavell Barbara Barland Pat Murphy Beverly Turner 1953 Queen Amy Tilden Joye Birtchel Carolyn (Sis) Hackbarth 1954 Queen Becky Manes Judy Lewis Sharron Thompson 1955 Queen Pat Wilson Glenda Allen Susie Bird 1956 Queen Sharon Arnhart Sharon Gridley Sherry Gridley 1957

Queen Grace Colpits Judy Carmon Betty Horner Suzanne Lozier Clestine Williamson

1958 Queen Janice Dougherty Judy Begley Judy Stockdale 1959 Queen Darlene Tucker Pat Emmons Karron Howerton 1960 Queen Ella Mae Marks Susie Briggs Sandi Maxwell 1961 Queen Katherine Stein Evelyn Oveson Nancy Wilson


1998 Queen Brooke Follett Quinn Casaray Abby Marshall


Queen Diane Turner Judy Bailey Lennie Hering Jo Anne Jordan Linda McCrae

1963 Queen Orla Mae Teel Treava Cowan Pam Preece 1964 Queen Elaina Perez Pat Jo Brennan Julie Wilson 1965 Queen Sharon Dougherty Kitty Loftus Sharon Sorweide 1966 Queen Karen Quinn Janine Freels Susan Grady 1967 Queen Sue Benson Donna Tippett Darlene VanArsdale 1968 Queen Rhonda Kiser Joslyn Freels Sue Parks 1969 Queen Audrey Hammack Linda Lathrop Jane Noland 1970 Queen Patti Quinn Christy Barklow Rita Poulso 1971

Queen Mavis O'Rourke Vickie Hawkins Patsy Olds Madalynne Rogers

1972 Queen Joni Birkmaier Christy Kiser Sherrie Storoe 1973

Queen Karin Johnson Sue Hadley Dottie Scott Billie Warnock

1974 Queen Kristi Johnson Janet Josi Pam Wilson 1975 Queen Jill Searles Tammy Brennan Jackie Nash 1976 Queen Debbie Nobles Debbie Kerr Barbie Poulson 1977 Queen Debbie Kiesecker Sandi Isley Laura Jarvis 1978 Queen Tammy Daggett Mary Ann Blankinship Shelly Tippett

1979 Queen Marianne Kiser Tonya Crouser Diana Daggett 1980 Queen Cindy Turner Wendy McDaniel Velda Murrill 1981 Queen Jeannie Daggett Johna Burns Stacy Stewart 1982 Queen Candi Turner Ami Hardin Susan Uppiano 1983 Queen Diane Waters Suzie Toothman Mindi West 1984 Queen June Gorbett Rose Clarneau Deanna Reimers 1985 Queen Beth Foley Brenda Smith Lois Ward 1986

Honorary Court Kerri Tucker Sherri Tucker Sandi Turner

1987 Queen Tonja Pheaster Roberta Garnett Kim Rudger 1988 Queen Chantay Jett Jill Bales Tammi Zollman 1989 Queen Heather Williamson Shana De Vault Jill Stillson 1990 1991

Queen Vixen Radford Nicole Jones Vikki Roundy Queen Jill Yost Teah Jones Dawnette Waters

1992 Queen Jessica Olsen Jodi Bacon Kristal Botts 1993 Queen Katy Bothum Erica Black Shelly Stillson 1994 Queen Josi Botts Carrie Snyder Shannon Vernam 1995 Queen Erica Gilliland Bridget Brown Katie Lewis

1999 Queen Linzi Strohm Kjer Ames Jessica Baynes 2000 Queen Shilo Zacharias Jessi Bacon Tara Shirley 2001 Queen Keely Hopkins Hannah Bobbitt Lea Ganos 2002 Queen Heather Marshall Jessy Kassahn Natalie Soares 2003 Queen Anna Yost Celeste Hillock Joy Kuppinger Erin Voss 2004 Queen Chelcee Noland Kallie Hadden Casey Montgomery 2005 Queen Tricia Kunkle Julie Butterfield Madeline Smith 2006 Queen Tessa Kuppinger Sara Freels Olivia Soares 2007 Queen Megan Yost Shay Lyn Massey Amber Shear 2008 Queen Paige Bailey Shelby Harshman Shelby Tienhaara 2009 Queen Sarah Butterfield Sierra Hopkins Meagan McKenzie 2010 Queen Alex McCadden Emily Howerton Jesse Kohlhepp 2011 Queen Silje Christoffersen Brooke Greenshields 2012 Queen Kylie Willis Emily Ketscher 2013 Queen Sarah Kunkle Bailey Dutcher Shai Allen 2014 Queen Anna Rinehart Cheyenne Knight Cheyenne Hall 2015 Queen Addie Kilgore Jesse-Ellen Woodhead Marli Tracy-Mallory 2016 Queen Lauren Makin Sarah Aschenbrenner Taylor Grote


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Twins Sharon & Sherry Gridley (1956) Sherri & Kerri Tucker (1986)

Sisters Beverly (1952) & Diane (1962) Turner Janice (1958) & Sharon (1965) Dougherty Nancy (1961) & Julie (1964) Wilson Pat Jo (1963) & Tammy (1975) Brennan Karen (1966) & Pattie (1970) Quinn Janine (1966) & Joslyn (1968) Freels Rhonda (1968), Christy (1972) & Marianne (1979) Kiser Rita (1970) & Barbie (1976) Poulson Karin (1973) & Kristi (1974) Johnson Cindy (1980), Candi (1982) & Sandi (1986) Turner Diane (1983) & Dawnette (1991) Waters Jill (1989 ) & Shelly (1993) Stillson Jodi (1992) & Jessi (2000) Bacon Kristal (1992) & Josi (1994) Botts Amber (1996) & Brooke (1998) Follett and Chelcee (2004) Noland Cammie (1997), Joy (2003) & Tessa (2006) Kuppinger Abby (1998) & Heather (2002) Marshall Natalie (2002) & Olivia (2006) Soares Anna (2003) & Megan (2007) Yost Julie (2005) & Sarah (2009) Butterfield Tricia (2005) & Sarah (2013) Kunkle

Mothers & Daughters Janice Dougherty (1958) & Johna Burns (1981) Judy Stockdale (1958) & Katy Bothum (1993) Darlene Tucker (1959) and Cindy (1980), Candi (1982) & Sandi Turner (1986) Nancy Wilson (1961) and Diane (1983) & Dawnette Waters (1991) Pat Jo Brennan (1964) & Rose Clarneau (1984) Rhonda Kiser (1968) & Tara Shirley (2000) Linda Lathrop (1969) and Kristal (1992) & Josi Botts (1994) Joni Birkmaier (1972) & Linzi Strohm (1999) Debbie Nobles (1976) & Dena Rynearson (1996) Marianne Kiser (1979 and Anna (2003) & Megan Yost (2007) Cindy Turner (1980) & Paige Bailey (2008) Candi Turner (1982) & Kylie Willis (2012) Sherri Kilgore (1986) & Addie Kilgore (2015) Dena Rynearson (1996) & Haley Miller (2017)



Joseph.................... 31 Enterprise........... 24 Wallowa................. 12 Lostine.....................1 Imnaha.......................1 Lapawi......................1 Troy.............................1

Grandmothers & Granddaughters Mina Drake (1946) & Quinn Casaray (1998) Dolores Perren (1948) & Dena Beach (1997) Beverly Turner (1952) & Amber Locke (1996) Carolyn Hackbarth (1953) & Linzi Strohm (1999) Judy Lewis (1954) & Shay Lyn Massey (2007) Helen Vigne (1947), Keely Hopkins (2001) & Sierra Hopkins (2009) Darlene Tucker (1959), Paige Bailey (2008) & Kylie Willis (2012) Ruby Mallon-Zollmann (1949), Jesse-Ellen Woodhead (2015) Debbie Nobles (1976) & Haley Miller (2017)

Grandmothers, Daughters & Granddaughters Darlene Tucker (1959), Cindy Turner Bailey (1980) & Paige Bailey (2008) Darlene Tucker (1959), Candi Turner Willis (1982) & Kylie Willis (2012) Debbie Nobles (1976), Dena Rynearson Miller (1996), Haley Miller (2017)

Great-Grandmothers, Grandmothers Daughters & Granddauthers Icel Edgman Miller (1946), Debi Nobles Gilbert (1976), Dena Rynearson Miller (1996), and Haley Miller (2017)


This award is named in honor of the late Harley Tucker, who was a rodeo producer and stock contractor from Joseph who helped found Chief Joseph Days in 1946. He also provided stock for all four of the rodeos that sponsor this series. From the beginning, 46 years ago, it was in hopes of attracting more contestants to the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, the St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, the Elgin Stampede in Elgin and Chief Joseph Days in Joseph. The contestants must enter all 4 rodeos and the one with the most points earned will be announced at the final performance of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. With the new sponsors, Farm Supply from Enterprise, plus the grandchildren of the late Harley Tucker and the 4 rodeos adding additional monies, the award has doubled and the winner of the series will receive a check for $3,000.00 and a silver belt buckle. In addition to that, there is an accumulative fund, which is at $5,000.00 and goes up a $1,000.00 each year to the contestant winning the award 3 times. Tony Currin of Dayton, WA is the only competitor still competing with two legs on the award. . revious 3-time winners are Butch Knowles of Heppner, earning $5,100.00, Rocky Steagall of Irrigon, took home $3,100.00, P and Brad Goodrich of Hermiston, winning $10,500.00.

Harley Tucker Rodeo Series includes the following rodeos: Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, Union, OR

Elgin Stampede, Elgin, OR

St. Paul Rodeo, St. Paul, OR

Chief Joseph Days, Joseph, OR

HARLEY TUCKER RODEO SERIES AWARD PAST WINNERS 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985

Buzz Peth Buzz Seely Jim Steen Buzz Seely Clyde Longfellow Doug Brown Butch Knowles Bob Koch Butch Knowles Clay Finley Bill Nelson Bill Nelson Butch Knowles Joe Ruda Johnny Sloan Dave Cannon

Bow, WA Roosevelt, WA Joseph, OR Roosevelt, WA Kendric, ID Silverton, OR Pendleton, OR Aurora, OR Pendleton, OR Mt. Vernon, OR Baker, OR Baker, OR Heppner, OR Baker, OR Ellensburg, WA Echo, OR

1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

Rocky Steagall Jed McKinley Dave Cannon Rocky Steagall Rocky Steagall Mike Fuller Mike Hammer Jason Jackson Sean Culver Greg Oules Tony Currin Toby Adams Brad Goodrich Shawn Greenfield Jeff Coelho Brad Gleason

Irrigon, OR Moscow, ID Echo, OR Irrigon, OR Irrigon, OR Clarkston, WA Kennewick, WA Grandview, WA Chelan, WA Dayton, WA Red Bluff, CA Hermiston, OR Pasco, WA Long Creek, OR Touchet, WA

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Tony Currin Cindy Woods Kayle Gray Trevor Knowles Ben Londo Brad Goodrich Brad Goodrich Shane Crossley Jason Stewart Shawn Morehead Russell Cordova Pamela Capper George Gillespie, IV Max Fillipini Ryan MacKenzie Ryan Opie


Dayton, WA Newberg, OR Goldendale, WA Mt Vernon, OR Milton-Freewater, OR Hermiston, OR Hermiston, OR Hermiston, OR Royal City, WA Bruneau, ID Terrebonne, OR Cheney, WA Placerville, CA Battle Mountain, NV Homedale, ID Crane, OR


THE HISTORY OF CHIEF JOSEPH DAYS The first Chief Joseph Days came to be by a group of people in Joseph who wanted a celebration. They contacted Harley Tucker, a local rancher, who owned rodeo stock, and Ben Peal, whose family owned land on the glacial moraine bordering Wallowa Lake where the first rodeo was staged on Sunday, July 28, 1946. A rodeo arena was built by volunteers and the stock was driven from nearby ranches. Attendees arrived by foot, on horseback, or by cars which overheated on the steep hillside, causing a major traffic problem.

previous weather reports to determine the time of year when the least rain fell. That helped decide when to have the celebration! The next year the rodeo committee decided to hold the celebration in Joseph. Land for a stadium was donated to the City of Joseph for this purpose by Roy and Emily Daggett and some deeded to the Chamber of Commerce by Bill and Jean Warnock. Roy and others donated heavy equipment to prepare the grounds. Miller Mills sawed the lumber. Wilbur Reece, chairman of the committee acquired 16 kegs of black market nails. The Wallowa County Grain Growers donated 1500’ of cable, and a group of men donated numerous hours of labor putting it together at a cost of about $14,000. Only one “little” (major) problem popped up in the entire complex project. The night before the rodeo they discovered they had put all the chute gates on backwards. The last gate was put on correctly as the sun came up on the opening day of the rodeo! Many people credit the early success of Chief Joseph Days to the presence of movie actor and part-time resident Walter Brennan. Walter promoted the celebration by arranging newsreel footage, airplane tours to northwest cites, and appearing in the parades, sometimes as leader of the “Chesnimnus National Band.” The arena was dedicated as the “Harley Tucker Memorial Arena” in 1960. In 1967 and 1968, the Chamber of Commerce went heavily into debt and constructed a new covered grandstand, bleacher seats and bucking chutes on the same location.

Harley Tucker Other events held at this time were the dedication of the new Joseph Municipal Airport, an air show, cowboy breakfast, parade, horse show and sale, and a “man hunt” with a $100 prize. Organizations selected candidates for a court and sold tickets for votes. The candidates were Icel Edgeman, Carmen Turnbow and Mina Drake, with Icel Edgeman crowned as “Princess Josephine.”


Chief Joseph Days has grown into one of the best rodeos in the Northwest. In fact, it was chosen as one of the five best small outdoor rodeos by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1997 and again in 1999.

A contest was held to name the celebration, with Lucille Grandy’s entry of “Chief Joseph Days” being the winner.

Maintenance and remodeling projects continue, with thousands of dollars spent each year upgrading the facility. This just could not be done without the 300 volunteers who put in a tremendous amount of time and energy toward these endeavors. Many of the present volunteers are descendants of the originators of the rodeo and former court members and their families.

Frank McCully, whose father and uncle were pioneer merchants and bankers at Joseph, researched all

More land was purchased in 2003 for further expansion, and the story goes on!


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and CJD Rodeo Committee




Teah Jones

The recipient of the 2017 Justin Boot Award, Teah Jones, began her involvement with Chief Joseph Days Rodeo as a princess in 1991. In 1993 she was asked to join The Tuckerettes and has been a member and later a leader since that time. In 1997 Teah tried a new exiting venture. To the dismay of her parents she became Miss Rodeo Oregon and spent one year crisscrossing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the rest of the United States. Throughout that time Chief Joseph Days Rodeo was the recipient of countless contacts made from her ambassadorship for Chief Joseph Days and Wallowa County. Her reign was completed in Las Vegas where she became second runner up in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Considering herself to be a horsewoman, Teah was surprised and humbled when in 2010 her mentor Judy Bothum, requested she take over the reins of clothing stylist for the rodeo court. Though rewarding, countless hours are spent coordinating the outfits and tack to make the Chief Joseph Rodeo Court outstanding each year.

2015 CJD ~ Picture courtesy Angelika U. Dietrich

Each year, the Justin Boot Award is given to only 100 PRCA rodeos throughout the United States. It is designed to recognize those committee personnel and volunteers who not only support our western lifestyle, but go above and beyond their individual contribution to the spirit of rodeo.

Like most of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo’s volunteers Teah wears may hats and can be found sprucing up the rodeo grounds, baking cookies, riding in parades, providing horse mounts during the rodeo or for parades, and most importantly, for the continued success of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, she spends many hours encouraging and sharing her expertise with young ladies seeking to be a court member. Congratulations to Teah Jones, who has indeed a special passion for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

Support Chief Joseph Days! Chief Joseph Days Rodeo & Celebration depends on countless volunteers and financial support from major corporations to local businesses & individuals. Here’s how YOU can contribute: Sponsor an Event, Gate, Chute, or Specialty Act! All levels of sponsorship appreciated!

Thank You for your Service!


For more information, call Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc.



Meet Silversmith D O N


He also learned to braid rawhide into reins, hobbles and ropes as a kid, but it wasn’t until he was in his 50s before he started engraving bits and spurs at the urging of his cousin, Larry Bacon.

By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo The Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court coronation in April is part dinner party, part style show. Each year I look forward to seeing the girls’ wardrobe for the coming rodeo season including one-ofa-kind Pendleton wool coats, custommade vests and chaps and signature Chief Joseph Days court jewelry made by Don Mallory of Flora. A couple years ago, during Mule Days at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds, I visited with Don and Sandy Mallory at their booth. Silver jewelry, bits and spurs twinkled in the September afternoon sunlight. I mentioned how much I liked the rodeo court’s earrings with the profile of Chief Joseph. Sandy showed me a pair Don makes that is mirror images of the ones worn by the court. The following summer during the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Sandy hunted me down to deliver the earrings I ordered in person. They are definitely the envy when I wear them out! Don Mallory grew up in Troy in the middle of the 20th century when the country was as rugged and remote as when his great grandfather homesteaded in 1890. He helped run the family’s ranch land along the Grande Ronde River while attending school in Troy and Anatone, Wash. As a kid he said he learned to play the fiddle and piano and most winter weekends were spent visiting friends and family and playing music.

Mallory said in the 1990s Bacon went to a bit and spur engraving school in Nampa, Idaho. When he returned from the class he had an engraved bit and spurs to show off and began making them on his own, teaching Mallory the craft. “He pretty much got me going,” Mallory said. In time they were asked to put their craft to work for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Sandy Mallory said, “They used to do all of the event spurs together.” Bacon still engraves the all-around spurs for Chief Joseph Days and Mallory has been making earrings and bracelets for the court since 2001. In 2011 Mallory’s work got him invited to a show in Sheridan, Wyo. Sandy said she had to talk Don into going.

“The first one he did was a copper bit, and it’s mine,” Sandy said. Another photo depicts engraving on a rifle while another shows a bit he restored that was damaged in a fire. Mallory said when he started out he went to a lot of shows. Today, he primarily sells directly to his customers and attends one or two shows a year including Hells Canyon Mule Days. In his shop he showed me some screws he was engraving for a Clarkston woman’s saddle as he worked a “wriggler” – a tool that looks like a wood worker’s awl with a round wooden handle and a short, beveled blade around the perimeter of a large screw. Once the circumference was designed he turned on his pneumatic engraver to create floral designs on the middle of the screw’s head. while listening to one of his CDs from a large collection of old time country music. As Don worked, Sandy set the table for lunch. Outside the promise of summer was in the blue bird’s song and the wildflowers’ spray of color was bursting through the bunch grass. In just a few weeks the jangle of spurs, bits and bracelets engraved in this shop off a country home kitchen in Flora will ring through the Harley Tucker Rodeo arena in Joseph.

“I told him if you don’t go, you’ll kick yourself!” Don, Sandy, her sister and brotherin-law traveled together to the show, attended by the some of the top bit and spur makers in the world. Without email or a website, word of mouth has always been Mallory’s marketing strategy and keeps him busy. He said a chance meeting at his nephew’s wedding in Redmond secured an order for a pair of spurs for one of his most famous clients, Lan LaJeunesse, the 2000 world champion bareback rider. Leafing through a photo album of his work, Sandy stopped at a picture of Don’s first engraving work.



PAST CHAMPIONS Wild Cow Milking continued... 1999 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Brent Black, J.D. Nobles Dick Rosenburg, Ted Freels Dave Yost, Matt McDowell Dave Yost, Clint Steen Cody Barrymore, Steven Skillings Ted Freels, J.D. Nobles Collin Cunningham, Jerod Osborn Cody Baremore, Randy Burgess Buck Matthews Collin Cunningham, Chad Nash Fred Steen Results Not Available Dave Yost, Adam Saxton Dave Yost, Adam Sexton Dave Yost, Adam Sexton Todd Nash/Ethan Lowe

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Wildest Ride Champions 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Businessmen’s Calf Tying 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982

Wild Horse Race Champions

Jason Diedrich Chancey Hamilton Jimmy Popham Jeb Knox Ben Londo Gary Alger Frank McKay

1983 Ed Ely, Bill Agin 1984 Dick Agin 1985 Jason Smith, Anson Begay 1986 Edison/Yazee

Ladies Bareback Champions 1983 1984

Eagle Cap Chalet Turner Irrigation & Excavating Steens Shell Mike’s Cowboy Shop Jan’s Apparel Isles’ Antiques

Diane Lambert Faith Taylor

Matched Bronc 1990 1991 1992 1994

Columbia River Circuit Team Team Two: Rocky Steagall, Wade Leslie Glynn Montero, Shawn Henry Columbia River Circuit Team Team One: Blake Swaggar, Todd McKay, Gary Alger, Terry Carson



2008............... Bobby Mote.................. 87

2008.. Matt Funk & Bucky Campbell.... 4.4



2010...............Clint Cooper................ 8.0


1968................ Jack Roddy.................. 3.8 2001.............. Brad Gleason................ 3.8 2007..............Blake Knowles............... 3.8 2010............... Dane Hanna................. 3.8


2000................. Guy Allen................... 9.8


1986.............. Julie Williams............ 16.99


1992.......... Richard Stapleman............. 90 2001..............Ross Coleman................ 90

1998.............. Joe Slagowski................. 85

Get Ready for the 11th Annual

It’s a hometown ranch style rodeo for local cowboys and cowgirls to come together to compete as teams against neighbors and friends. The fun begins with a trail ride from the rodeo grounds to the top of the east Moraine. The evening includes a wonderful dinner, cowboy poetry, live & silent auctions, and raffles.

About a month before Chief Joseph Days we have our annual Ranch Rodeo to kick off the Countdown to CJD! It all started in 2008 when a group of rodeo members got together and came up with a fund raiser idea to pay for scholarships that the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. give to three local high school seniors.


During the dinner we introduce the current year’s CJD Rodeo, Inc. recipients from each of the three local high schools. It continues to be a great success! Mark your calendar for 2018 Annual Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo ~ always the last weekend in June ~


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Built in 1898, this home speaks of turn of the century elegance. Remodeled in 2016 to provide modern amenities for five available rooms. The majestic Wallowa and Seven Devils Mountains loom all around. You will find a unique experience awaiting you any season you choose to visit.

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The Tuckerettes The Chief Joseph Days flag carriers are known as the Tuckerettes. The name first originated after the honorable Harley Tucker, who helped found Chief Joseph Days in 1946. The Tuckerettes have been opening each rodeo performance for the past 24 years with a bang of speed and energy. This year the riders include past Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court members Elsa Steen, Teah Jones, Dena Miller, Celeste Hillock Bauck, Lauren Makin, and Taylor Grote.

2015 Tuckerette Performance ~ Picture courtesy Angelika U. Dietrich

Past CJD Court Princess Sara Freels Tippet (2006) has the honor of carrying the American Flag while Emma Hite share the position of carefully leading the visiting royalty through the traditional serpentine. Sit back and enjoy while these fine riders exhibit for your enjoyment, intense reining maneuvers at high speeds and precise synchronization.

CJD's Little Buckaroos Rodeo By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days The Little Buckaroo Rodeo, a recent addition to the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo event line up, is gaining momentum and popularity throughout northeastern Oregon. Two years ago Deb Scudder, a recent transplant to Wallowa County from the Walla Walla area, asked the Chief Joseph Rodeo board if she could sponsor a rodeo for children with special needs. The first year four contestants went home with belt buckles, T-shirts, bandanas and lariats. One year later Scudder opened up the rodeo to developmentally disabled kids and adults from all over the region and 20 contestants signed up. For many years Scudder worked with developmentally disabled children in the public schools of southeastern Washington. In the 1980s she helped start the first Walla Walla Special Olympics team. Within less than a year of moving to Wallowa County she asked the rodeo board if they would allow her to host a rodeo geared for the disabled. Modeled on similar rodeos – one held in Pendleton for disabled children 12 and under and a traveling troupe that puts on the Little Rascal Rodeo, Scudder wanted to design her own event that was open to adults as well as children and to keep the cost reasonable. “I figured, there had to be a way to do it on my own,” Scudder said.

After limiting entrants to children, Scudder said the second years she opened up the rodeo to disabled adults. “There are a lot of people in our county and the outlying counties that are not children and they want to do things. So what if they are 30 years old?” Scudder said. She said one young man who competed last year cried when he got his belt buckle. “It makes it so worthwhile to see the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they have,” Scudder said. “They are no longer different.” The Little Buckaroo Rodeo is becoming a favorite event for its local participants. Scudder said she ran into twin girls who have competed the last two years in Joseph recently. Scudder said, “They ran over and hugged me and asked, ‘Are we going to rodeo this summer?’” The rodeo board, local businesses and families are showing their support. This year Scudder said the rodeo will feature new events on the back of hoppy horses – inflatable, rubber bouncy balls – complete with a toy horse’s head. Contestants will ride them coming out of the bucking chutes at the

Harley Tucker Arena, run them around barrels and compete in races. Mule driven wagon rides are also new this year along with favorite events from years past - stick horse barrel racing, calf dummy roping and “bull riding”. Scudder said she’s been overwhelmed with the community’s support with a list of sponsors including the Sports Corral, Stubborn Mule, Wallowa Mountain Properties, Safeway, Mt. Joseph Foods, Debbie and Chuck Short, and the Arquette family. “I’m very impressed that everyone is willing to help out, Scudder said.

DON'T MISS THE LITTLE BACKAROO RODEO Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Harley Tucker Rodeo Arena



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Don’t miss the Parades!

The Chief Joseph Days Junior Parade is a big crowd pleaser on Friday morning, when over a hundred youngsters - from infants to teens - don all kinds of costumes to entertain CJD crowds. The Jr. Parade starts at the Indian Lodge Motel and heads north down Main St. The top three places win cash prizes, ranging from $5 to $15, while the grand prize entry will win a basketball hoop donated by Coca Cola Distributing. All the kids in the parade receive a free ice cream cone from R & R Drive-In. On Saturday morning at 10:00 you’ll find thousands of spectators crowding the sidewalks of Joseph to watch close to 100 entries in the Chief Joseph Days Grand Parade! This year's theme for the 72nd Annual Grand Parade is “Cowboy Boots and Country Roots.” You won’t want to miss this colorful parade including Native Americans, the grand marshals, our royalty court and visiting courts, community entries, lots of horses, and more. The big parade always attracts the largest concentration of people in one place at one time during the celebration. Make sure you don’t park your vehicle on the parade route down Main St. or it will be towed away!

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Mutton Busting!

Sponsored by Sports Corral & Pacific Power Mutton Busting has grown to be one of the most popular and entertaining extra attractions offered at Chief Joseph Days. On Wednesday and Thursday nights during Chief Joseph Days six contestants, ages eight years and younger and less than 60 lbs., will attempt to last six seconds on a sheep that’s as unpredictable as a bull. Sheep are released from a chute, just like a bull riding competition, and take the rider towards the other side of the arena.

2016 CJD Mutton Busting ~ Picture courtesy Angelika U. Dietrich

It’s tough to hold on! Like the cowboy bucking events, time and score count, but all the contestants receive prizes from the sponsors. These young riders excite the crowd, and everyone cheers them on. 

Our Sports Corral Sponsor will provide each 1st place winner with a Montana Silversmith Belt Buckle & a Wrangler Jeans Gift Certificate. Sponsor Pacific Power has donated each 2nd place winner a $75.00 savings bond, each 3rd place winner a $50.00 savings bond and t-shirts to all contestants. Anything goes, and usually does, as these boys and girls cling to the sheep as hard and as long as they can - hoping to hear the 6 second whistle.



In Memory of

Dallas Gene Williamson

Dallas Gene Williamson was born in Jim Town, Oregon, on January 30, 1929. His brother Wayne, who preceded him in death, was his lifelong friend and companion. Dallas father died when he was 15 years old. He graduated in 1947 from Lostine High school in a class of five. Dallas enlisted in the United States Army on January 1951. He was stationed in Japan and saw combat during Korea. He used to laugh about the time a bomb landed in the foxhole beside him and unbelievably it was a dud. He transported the bomb to headquarters and asked what he should do with it. They all hit the floor. Dallas married the love of his life, Charlene Clair Jensen, why by the way was voted best figure in her graduating class, on January 5, 1950. They raised three children, Laurel Jo Estes, Carma Lea Sarrett, and Gene Beck



Williamson. Dallas and Charlene were married for 63 years, cut short when Charlene passed away in 2013 . Dallas and Charlene lived in Joseph until 1977 in a house Dallas built a room at a time. He was active as a volunteer fireman and American Legion. His love of horses permeated every aspect of Dallas’ life, but it was especially apparent through his involvement with Chief Joseph Days. Just out of High school, Dallas dug post holes for the first rodeo on the Wallowa Lake Moraine in 1947. He was was elected to the board of directors in 1967 where he served until 1970. He served on the Rodeo Board from 1970 until 1981, and as the Arena Director between 1973 and 1981. Dave Turner joined him as

co-arena director in 1977 where they worked as a team until 1981. continued on page 59

Map showing the flight of the Nez Perce and key battle sites. More about the Nez Perce on page 39 & 40



Celebrate the 72nd year of CJD Rodeo by purchasing one of our great souvenirs from the souvenir booth!

We have a wonderful selection of T-shirts, hats, hoodies, vests, and much more!

Plus Assorted Fun Novelties! Visit one of our souvenir booths at the rodeo or our downtown Joseph on Main Street for these items and much more!

Past Joseph C hamber Presidents



Frank McCully


Murph Blankenship


Darlene Turner

2003 Fred Steen


Homer Hayes


Paul Hatch


Darlene Turner

2004 Steve Rogers


Cub Begley


Paul Hatch


Darlene Turner


Wilbur Reece


Paul Hatch


Ron Makin


Chet Collinsworth


Roy Carter


Keith Waters


Carlyle Roundy

1970 Jim Cheatam


John Bailey

2007 Doris Noland


Wick Prout


Jim Cheatam


Jerry Logosz

2008 Doris Noland


Wilbur Reece


Roy Carter


Jerry Logosz

2009 Steve Rogers


Monty Witty


Roy Carter


Dave Yost


Verne Russell


Bob Hall


Dave Yost


Tom Keene


Wally Eichler


Bill Wells


Ted Grote


Hank Hatch


Bill Wells


Ted Grote


Darlene Turner


Jerry Logosz


Steve Rogers


Vern Hays


Herb Owens


Mike Warner


Steve Rogers


Henry Hatch


Butch Tucker


Mike Warner


Henry Hatch


Ron Schenk


Bill Hopkins


Terry McArtor


Bill DeGrofft


Ron Schenk

2000 Bill Hopkins


Terry McArtor


Paul Hatch


Herb Owens

2001 Tony Yost


Terry McArtor


Paul Hatch


Gary McBurney

2002 Fred Steen


Doris Noland

2005 Steve Rogers 2006 Steve Rogers


Steve Rogers

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Presidents


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known among the Chief Joseph Rodeo Days directors as a “free spirit”. “This is my purpose in life, to make people laugh and forget about what they think is important,” Lerwill said. He said he started out wanting to be a bullfighter, but he became the comic, performing in front of thousands of people night after night. He said he has developed his act over time, complete with trick motorcycle riding, leaving plenty of room for spontaneity. “It really has to do with finding your inner sense of happiness and your inner sense of humor,” Lerwill said. “Once you do that the natural spirit within you that comes out that makes people laugh.” Instead of riding broncs or bulls, Lerwill said his mount has always been a wheeled vehicle, either motorized or humanpowered. He got on the back of a bike at the age of three and now everywhere he travels he said he has his motorcycle, a road bicycle and a mountain bike. Lerwill is in high demand in the world of rodeo, appearing seven consecutive years at the Ft. Worth Stock Show and has been part of the opening act at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas six years. This year he said he didn’t book as many rodeos as he did in 2016, taking 35 days this winter to ride his bike 1,400 miles around Louisiana and Florida. For more than a month he said he slept in a hammock or his

tent wherever he could find a place to pitch them, sometimes in a state park or a campground for the luxury of a shower or to do laundry. Gregarious by nature, he mentioned meeting people along his journey. “It’s fun to travel around and meet different people,” Lerwill said. “I think when you come into contact with someone it’s always for a reason.” This year, despite booking a lighter rodeo season, he said by the first of June he was on a non-stop, three-month long run and had already done a dozen or so rodeos. This year will be his fourth at Chief Joseph Days, a place he said he returns to for the scenic beauty and the people. Perhaps one of the reasons the rodeo directors consider Lerwill a free spirit stems from a walk he took into the Eagle Cap Mountains last year with Bullfighter Chuck Swisher. “We went hiking before the rodeo early in the morning. We got going and we had so much fun by the time we got back we’d gone 18 miles and those guys were freaking out because it was 3 p.m., but that’s life,” Lerwill said. “You got to have fun. That’s what why we are here.” He said he just turned 50 and is in the best shape of his life, and not just physically. “I found my balance within myself,” Lerwill said. “We all have to find it in ourselves or we fall off the vine dying – and not when we are ripe.”

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Meet Sheryl Parson

2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Collector Poster Artist Their dream was to have an art and teaching venue in Wallowa County. Sheryl’s Mom wasn’t able to see that dream through, but Sheryl pushed forward; hence, the name of her studio is Mother’s Dream Artworks. An old photo, shopping for fresh fruit, a country drive, the changing of the seasons, all are inspiration for Sheryl Parsons’s art. Sheryl is a self-taught artist and she has won several awards for her sculpting and painting. She was also a featured artist at the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City.

Sheryl was born in Salinas, California, but as an Army dependent she moved frequently.

She taught art at West Wendover Elementary, as well as Harris Elementary in Tooele, Utah. Her medium of choice is acrylics, but Sheryl is accomplished in pastels as well.

She spent six years in Wallowa County as a child, and one of her favorite memories was being on the Girl Scout float in the Chief Joseph Days parade in 1969. Sheryl was fortunate that her mother instilled in her a love of of creativity.

In addition, she sculpts folk art and fine and

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Sheryl and her husband bought a home in Joseph in 2005 and are thrilled to be living here full time. Sheryl is a member of the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts committee. She was honored to be asked to create the poster for the 35th annual Chief Joseph Days rodeo. You can find her work at Missy’s Uptown Art in Joseph, Oregon, or online at http://mothersdreamartworks.blogspot. com/.

Dallas Gene Williamson continued from page 55

In those days the arena director was responsible for getting everything done at the grounds before rodeo week. They worked for weeks every night after work and on weekends to make that happen.

The growth of his business, Union-Wallowa Diary, eventually forced Dallas and Charlene to relocate to La Grande for a while. They returned to Wallowa County in 1992 and put a house on a rocky patch of land handed down to him by his step-father, Robert Wright.

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Sheryl is a freelance graphic designer creating banners and templates for blogs, and designing posters and programs for such events as the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, weddings, and more.

It was Dallas who suggested in 1977 to pay the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court girls a commission for selling tickets. Dallas was Chief Joseph Days' Grand Marshall in 1987.

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art pieces using gourds and driftwood, plus mixed media abstracts.


The rocks that currently give Joseph its artistic charm came from “the ranch.” Dallas truly began to live the dream finding extra work and enjoyment as a “cowboy hand” for 16 years. Eventually ill health necessitated a move back to La Grade where Dallas and Charlene settled just a few blocks from their daughter and son-in-law, Carma and Chuck Sarrett. Dallas died on February 13, 2016.



Celebrating 72 Years of Western Heritage & Small Town Hospitality 25 posters are signed by the artist and are available for $50 each. Unsigned posters are $15 each and available for purchase from the souvenir booth and at our Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Office location at 401 N Main Street in Joseph.

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2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program  

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2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program  

64 full color pages that includes exclusive editorial content, historical information, lists of champions, stunning Chief Joseph Days Court...