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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 26, 2018 for the 73rd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. 2018 commemorates the 12th 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 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. President As the President of the 73rd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, I would like to welcome everyone 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 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo not only one one of the best rodeos in the Northwest, but also recognized as one of best in the entire United States. Once again we start our six day festivities and PRCA rodeos with the Bucking Horse Stampede down Main Street in Joseph, on Tuesday, July 24, and end with our Cowboy Church Service and Breakfast on Sunday, July 29, at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena. In between are four days of fast action PRCA Rodeo performance featuring the best that the PRCA has to offer. Rodeo slack takes place every afternoon at 2 p.m. Don’t forget that Wednesday night is family night in the Thunder Room. Don’t miss the Junior Parade on Friday and the Grand Parade on Saturday morning, teen dances at the Community Center uptown Joseph as well as adult dancing at the Thunder Room both on Friday and Saturday night. Celebrate a reunion of tradition, pride and friendship with the Nez Perce during traditional Indian dance contests and Friendship Feast at our encampment pavilion east of the rodeo arena 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. 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 73rd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Celebration.” Sincerely,

Terry Jones

Schedule of Events TUESDAY, JULY 24 1:30 p.m.

Bucking Horse Stampede - Main Street, Joseph

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 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 26 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. Adult Dance @ Thunder Room * Wear Pink and support local cancer screenings

FRIDAY, JULY 27 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 28 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 until 3 a.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Cowboy Breakfast Continues at 6 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Cowboy Church Service Harley Tucker Memorial Arena



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DIRECTORS DUTIES 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. Officers Starting from back row, left to right: Harley Tucker, Terry Jones. Mike Warner, Jeffrey Wecks, John Hillock. Terry McArtor, Steve Rogers, Rusty Eschler. Diane Witherrite, Doris Noland, Shelley Marshall.

Director #1 - STEVE ROGERS Term 2018-2021 1. Security 2. EMTs & Ambulance 3. Veterinarians 4. Wild Cow Milking 5. Sanitary 6. Work Party 7. Bucking Horse Stampede 8. Official CJD Poster

Director #2 - TERRY JONES President Term 2015- 2018 1. Arena 2. Contract Acts 3. Rodeo Sponsors 4. Grand Entry 5. Tuckerettes 6. Awards 7. Conduct Meetings

Director #3 - TERRY MCARTOR Rodeo C0-Chairman Term 2015 - 2018 1. National Sponsors 2. Marketing 3. Announcing 4. Long Term Planning 5. Boar's Nest 6. Past Courts 7. Mobile Equipment 8. Insurance



Director #6 - RUSTY ESCHLER

Director # 10 - HARLEY TUCKER

Treasurer Term 2016 - 2019 1. Treasurer/Office 2. Court Related 4. Advertising 5. Souvenir Booth 6. Annual Party/Xmas Party

Secretary Term 2015 - 2018 1. Back Country Bash 2. Parades 3. County Scholarships 4. Cowboy Church Service 5. Alcohol/Whisky 6. Ranch Rodeo 7. Beer Gardens/Thunder Room

Director #7 - JOHN HILLOCK Term 2018-2021 1. CJD Rodeo Program 2. Indians 3. Teen Dance 4. Sponsor Flags 5. Sound/Scoreboard Setup 6. Utilities 7. Building Consturction

Director #4 - JEFFREY WECKS

Term 2016 - 2019 1. Rodeo Ground Vendors 2. Communication Coordinator 3. Tickets 4. Non Profit Concessions

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

Director #8 - DORIS NOLAND

Term 2016 - 2019 1. Beer Gardens & Thunder Room 2. Alcohol/Whisky 3. TETWP (Tough Enough To Wear Pink) 4. Little Buckaroo Rodeo 5. Family Dance 6. Coronation

Term 2016 - 2019 1. Hospitality Room & Sponsors 2. Rental Tables/Chairs 3. Tuesday Night Dinner 4. Queen's Luncheon 5. Mutton Busting

Term 2015 - 2018 1. Parking 2. Stagecoach 3. Circuit Representative 4. Harley Tucker Award 5. Camping 6. Whisky Sponsor

Director #11 - MIKE WARNER Term 2018-2021 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 McArtor THUNDER ROOM..........................Jake Thompson/Randy Eschler ARENA DIRECTOR.......................Terry Jones AWARDS............................................John Bailey BEER CONCESSIONS................Doris Noland, Rusty Eschler CHUTE GATES................................Harold Hartley CJD RODEO OFFICE.................Debbie Short CONTRACT ACTS........................Terry Jones CORONATION DINNER................Haley & Dena Miller 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



The 2018 Volunteer of the Year will be announced during the rodeo!

2004 Betsy Henry 2005 Steve Rogers 2006 John Hillock 2007 Harry Daggett 2008 Jerry Winegar 2009 Hal Morello 2010 Gary & Karen Prout 2011 Terry McArtor 2012 Denny Kehl 2013 Derek Bowker 2014 Jake Thompson 2015 Kathy Warner 2016 n/a 2017 Janie McArtor

NATIONAL SPONSORS........................Terry McArtor PARKING......................................................Harley Tucker PAST COURTS...........................................Judy Holbrook/Janie McArtor PROGRAM ADVERTISING.......................Angelika Ursula Dietrich PROGRAM SALES....................................Debra Warnock PUBLICITY..................................................Stacy Green QUEEN&COURT CHAPERONE........Sara Tippet 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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A Trick Rider's Tale

MADISON MCDONALD By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

Utah and Oregon. As a pre-school age girl McDonald-Thomas said she accompanied her mother to the Wild West shows she organized for the Calgary Stampede.

This year Chief Joseph Days Rodeo presents a specialty act not to be missed – trick rider Madison McDonald-Thomas.

Mesmerized by the trick riders she started taking lessons when she was six and performing at eleven.

In rodeo cowboys ride rough stock at one end of the arena and highly trained roping horses at the other – it’s the middle of the arena where the women of rodeo really shine running barrels, drill team patterns and grand entry run-ins. This year McDonaldThomas brings one more act of horsewoman talent to the Harley Tucker Arena - the thrill and elegance of trick riding. McDonald-Thomas was just finishing six performances at the Ponoka Stampede in Canada when the 24 yearold took a break at a laundromat to talk

“Mom and Dad put more miles on the road taking me to lessons and performances,” McDonald said. “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am.”

about her profession. A native of the Province of Alberta she said her next stop was the Calgary Stampede before heading back to the states for rodeos in

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Meet the 2018 Chief Joseph Days

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 grew up in Joseph and is the fourth generation of a family with deep ties to Wallowa County and to Chief Joseph Days. Having grown up in the rodeo with her parents, Diane was Queen of Chief Joseph Days in 1983. Diane has served as the Chief Joseph Days Junior Parade Chairmen since 1984 and after many years of involvement with Chief Joseph Days, became a Director in 2012. Diane serves as the Business Development Officer for Community Bank, is married to Mike Witherrite and has two grown children Dusty and Darcy and one Grandson Mitchell. Diane and Mike have a “hobby” ranch outside of Joseph and a Logging Company, Mr. Timber Inc.



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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past grand marshals 1959 1960 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979


Jay Dobbin Ike Whitely Mark Hatfield Lew Minor Mark Marks Glenn Vernam Oscar Maxwell Keith Wilson AJ Oliver Walter Brennan Ben Weathers A.L. Duckett Charlie Tippett Bill DeGrofft Wick Prout Alva Keeler Bill Hayes Richard Halfmoon George Dawson Dr. Robert Blackburn

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Cub Bagley Carlyle Roundy Floyd Kennedy John Burnside Gene Marr Frank McCully Herb Owens Dallas Williamson Paul Hatch Una & Alfred Makin Gilbert Marlin Verne Russell Mike McFetridge Icel Edgememan Miller Bud & Ruby Zollman Dave & Darlene Turner Bill Williams Ted Grote Kirk & Mary Hays Erma Tippett

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 2017 Jerry Logosz


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as the Grand Marshal for the 73rd CJD Celebration. biggest professional rodeos, Tim Bridwell was added as a partner in 2005, managing the bucking horse program. Growney and Bridwell won the 2008 PRCA Remuda Award, an annual award given by the PRCA honoring the stock contractor with the best all-around bucking horse herd.  Individually Growney served on the PRCA’s stock contractor executive council from 2008-10 and together the firm went on to be again nominated for Stock Contractor of the Year in 2009 and 2010. In 2015, 9 animals were selected to the coveted Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), bareback horse #960 Beaver Fever won 5th for best bareback horse and the firm’s bull Crystal Deal was crowned the PRCA’s Bucking Bull of the Year. 2016 proved as successful as 2015, when 9 more animals were petitioned to appear at the WNFR. Saddle Bronc Horse #902 Capone bested the field in 2016 as one of the top broncs and bareback #960 Beaver Fever returned for her 11th trip to the WNFR. Between the partners are two ranches in the Red Bluff, CA area with over 2,500 acres of owned and leased land which houses annually 50 bucking bulls, 200 bucking horses and 400 calves and steers. In 2017, John Growney and Growney Brothers marked another milestone in its’ storied legacy with the transition of Bridwell and his wife, Haley, taking over the reins of the company.

John Growney who was a rough stock competitor during his college days had a life-long dream of being a rough stock contractor. In 1979 that dream became reality. Growney purchased Rodeo Stock Contractor's Rodeo Company from Bob Cook. Thus, was born Growney Brothers Rodeo Company.

John will continue to be a valued member of the company as he will be able to concentrate more on public relations and enjoy semi-retirement. While the quality of livestock, precision of production and heartfelt attention to all aspects of the rodeo business hasn’t changed, the name has grown. Growney Brothers and Bridwell Pro Rodeo will now carry on the tradition that has been so richly embedded in rodeo history!

The rodeo company became exclusively professional in 1980 after only one year in the amateur ranks. Throughout the 90’s Growney Brothers evolved into one of the best rodeo company’s not only on the West Coast but in the nation.

The future has never been brighter thanks to John Growney and those who have paved the way with their desire, hard work and dedication to Growney Brothers Rodeo Company and now Bridwell Pro Rodeo.

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Bullfighters & Rodeo Clown NATHAN HARP has a passion for the

sport of rodeo. He provides one major function, and that is cowboy protection. It is his job to keep the bull rider out of harm’s way in the rodeo arena and put his life on the line for a fallen cowboy. Nathan Harp’s hometown is Tuttle, Oklahoma but he moved to Stillwater, OK at age twenty-one and recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agri-Business .


After high school he put all of his effort into his career and before long found success in the freestyle bullfights. In 2011 he won the Rex Dunn World Championship Freestyle Bullfights.The Stillwater, Oklahoma resident got his PBR bullfighting card in 2012, but he has been fighting bulls since he was 16.

CHUCK SWISHER is from Dover, Oklahoma, has been fighting bulls for eight years.

Chuck's accomplishements in the rodeo world include... •

2011 Reserve World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter Ada Bullfights

2011 National Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Sale Champion Bullfighter

2012 NTSF Miller Lite Bull Blow Out Protection Bullfight Champion

2012 NTSF Miller Lite Bull Blow Out Protection Bullfight MVP

First Annual Fight For Life Lori Webster Freestyle Bullfight Champion

2013 Dusty Tuckness Invitational Freestyle Bullfight Champion

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A seasoned entertainer with over 18 years of experience under her belt, Madison has had amazing opportunities to perform across Canada, the United

She has been selected as 7X NFR Contract Act and has had the honor of performing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas since the age 18.​ Madison not only spends her time Trick Riding. When she is not on the road she spends her time going down the road as a WPRA Barrel Racer, Team Roping, Training Horses, Teaching Lessons and spending time with all her animals and family! Don't miss the interview with Madison on page 9

BRIDWELL PRO RODEO Stock Contractor For 25 years Growney Brothers had provided the livestock for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Last year Bridwell Pro Rodeo aquired the roughstock business from John Growney (who is still very much involved on a semi-retired status), thus fans will get the same high quality performance they’ve grown to expect at CJD. 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: "In a two hours performance we want the crowd to leave entertained and feel like they got their money's worth"

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In Loving Memory of

DAVE TURNER The Man with "That Smile" A few years after graduating from Joseph High School Turner married Darlene Tucker whose father Harley had started the Chief Joseph Rodeo. Turner soon became a fixture around the Joseph Rodeo Grounds and would remain so for 45 years. His wife, Darlene, said he was on the Chief Joseph Days board of directors for decades. His first “job” with the rodeo was managing tickets, but most of those years he was found inside the arena as a chute boss or the arena director. All told he spent thousands of hours at the rodeo grounds. David Turner Jan. 18, 1940 - May 3, 2018 By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

This spring one of the most dedicated and beloved members of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo community was remembered at a celebration of life at the Joseph Community Center. More than 200 people came to say goodbye and give their respects to Dave Turner who spent much of his life supporting Wallowa County’s signature summer event.

Turner was on the board when the stadium was rebuilt in 1967 and 1968. Used to working in the arena, Darlene Turner said the last few years of his life he felt strange sitting in a stadium seat. The father of three Chief Joseph Days court members Dave and Darlene served as chaperones for many years. In 1991 his daughter Sandy was one of the founders of the drill team The Tuckerettes and Darlene said Dave was there to help.

The owner of an excavation company, Turner missed a rodeo when his skills were needed outside the arena. Darlene Turner said, “In all those years he only missed one performance - when 30 people were stranded by a flash flood up Hurricane Creek.” Much of the memories shared at Turner’s May service reflected the careful work he did, his open-minded management style and the patience and care he took with his most prized possessions – his grandchildren. Darlene Turner said, “When they were little we took them every place with us – when they were around they were with their granddad a lot.” Turner’s six grandchildren have all been involved with the rodeo – granddaughters Paige Bailey and Kylie Willis were Chief Joseph Days Rodeo queens. Bailey went on to serve as a Pendleton Roundup princess and Willis served as both a princess and the first Roundup queen from Wallowa County. Continued on page 26

“He was there almost every night to open gates during practice,” Darlene Turner said. His last job was serving as the teamster for the Chief Joseph Days stagecoach and it was his idea to start a ranch rodeo to fund the rodeo’s scholarships given to one graduate from each of the county’s three high schools.



In Loving Memory of DAVE TURNER - The Man "With That Smile" continued

Dave Turner at the reins at the 2010 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Grand Parade. Continued from page 25

Turner’s grandsons Lane Bailey, Derek Kolbaba and Skyler Willis all got help from their grandfather learning to ride calves and later bulls and grandson Kolton Kolbaba has sung the National Anthem ahead of Chief Joseph Days rodeo performances. Outside of the world of rodeo Darlene Turner said she and Dave attended most all of the grandchildren’s home sporting events and travled to Walla Walla to see Derek play football or Kolton perform in a musical or theatrical production. “That’s what makes it so great - what

Dave Turner with grand daughter Kylie Shaffer and wife Darlene at the Pendleton Roupup


we shared with the kids,” Darlene Turner said. At Christmas when the grandchildren were young Dave and Darlene would help the kids perform a play before the mad dash to open presents. Darlene Turner said, “It was so they got to think more about giving something than getting.” The love for Dave Turner from the Wallowa County community was evident at his service and not just from his daughters, grandchildren and

Dave working on his cat in the summer of 2016

the scores of people with whom he worked – but the diverse members of the community in attendance. Tony Yost, a long time friend of Turner’s, was asked to lead the memorial. Yost shared memories and those in attendance to share as well, but Darlene Turner said she asked him to limit the number of people who spoke. “We would have loved to hear more stories, but we had cautioned Tony not to allow too many,” Darlene Turner said. “Dave always said, ‘Leave them wanting more,’ so we tried to keep in tune with that.” •

Dave on horseback during the 1995 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Grand Parade


8 SECONDS OF GUTS AND GLORY with Derek Kolbaba

By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

Many little boy dreams big – to play professional baseball, run for president or hunt grizzly bears in Alaska. For Derek Kolbaba riding bulls for a living was all he ever wanted to do. The son of a bull rider and great grandson of Harley Tucker, stock contractor and founder of the Chief Joseph Day Rodeo, Kolbaba had the rodeo influence in his life from a young age and the support he needed to make his dream a reality. “As a kid, being at rodeos riding horses, I always wanted to be a professional bull rider. Dad was a bull rider in the 90s. He helped me learn the basics of bull riding fundamentals,” Kolbaba said. Whether learning fundamentals on a barrel or riding calves provided by his grandparents, Kolbaba said he had a lot of opportunity to hone his sport and compete in junior rodeos. He and his cousins even convinced their grandfather Dave Turner to build them some bucking chutes. Kolbaba said, “Back when I first started and was kinda getting really into it I kept bugging him to build a bucking chute and get some stock. Before long he had one built. Even though

we were right there.” he had worked all day in construction, we’d buck steers. It was dang Even though bull riding is an individsure nice having all that. He always ual sport, Kolbaba said it’s really man did what he could to help us.” versus beast and the cowboys are used to supporting each other. Driving across the Oregon desert Kolbaba reflected on his road to “That’s a cool thing about the sport professional bull riding from those that a lot of people don’t realize - at early days riding steers in his grandthe end of the day our match up is parents’ arena. against the bull. If you are worried about how everyone else is going to “There were a lot of steps to getting do you aren’t going to do very well. to be a professional - a lot of bumps It’s a judged sport so the only thing and bruises and figuring it all out,” you have control is riding your bull,” Kolbaba said. “Now here I am now Kolbaba said. getting to live the dream and make a living at it.” Bull riding is a young man’s sport, but at 22 Kolbaba is a bit of a vetPart of that dream is driving himeran having ridden competitively self to rodeos all over the West in a since he was 15. Last November he Dodge pickup, part of his sponsorwas ranked first going into the PBR ship package. In a week’s time he national finals, but didn’t show as rode in Prineville, drove east 900 miles to Red Lodge, Mont. then on to well as he expected and came out second at the end. Two months later North Dakota, back to West Jordan, Utah then on to Eugene and St. Paul. he was dealt another tough blow – torn ligaments in one knee. Before hitting the PRCA circuit Kolbaba said, “A bull stepped on me Kolbaba qualified to represent the in Little Rock Arkansas and I guess I U.S. at the Global Cup held in Sydney, Australia. Kolbaba said, “It was pretty cool – a heck of an experience. I never thought I’d go to Australia and ride bulls.” Six cowboys from five countries, U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, competed as teams. Kolbaba said, “The cool thing about the event is usually bull riding is about you, so it was kind of special to have that team camaDerek Kolbaba, 2nd in the BFTS world rankings in July 2017, raderie. Every time a at home at the 72nd CJD riding toward another big win in the USA rider was going, bull riding event. Photography ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich. Continued on page 52



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Tim Marshall

is never a time Dad is alone under his little tent castle nor without a cold beer. Hell, he even has an assistant, decides to that just like him never has actually take over the spoken the word “volunteer”, never hospitality tent asked for an assistant. But Larry has (still a tent) – so been right there to help every year you guessed it – for more than ten years and they Dad was now a have a great friendship going! part of that, too. So, for the last 28 years there has That year he been my Dad – never in the lime saddled horses, light as he hates that – but he has drove, cooked always loyally been right there to for the parents lend a helping hand, hand out a cold while in the beer, or hand out a perfectly cooked meantime meal never wanting recognition but driving back mostly just to keep Mom happy, LOL! and forth to his But he also enjoys putting a smile job. He had in people’s faces with a beautiful cooked every year for the entire Nez prepared meal, and boy are we Perce Riders 4-H Club at the Union thankful for that"! Stock Show and other 4-H events throughout for both Heather and me. So, it was only natural (Mom thought Congratulations to so) that he would go ahead and cook Tim Marshall from in the hospitality tent. Now mind you at the time hospitality at most rodeos included sandwiches and canned drinks. Well, since they didn’t have anything else going, why not cook at the rodeo as well? And – lets add a “bar” which in the beginning Dad was the bartender, too, and I must say caused a few hangovers to the people!

The recipient of the 2018 Justin Boot Award, Tim Marshall, is best told by his daughter Abby's own words from a speech at the 73rd Chief Joseph Days Coronation: "Mom volunteered in 1990 to decorate and run the coronation dinner and dance; therefore, so did Dad. Every spring between 1990 to 1998 Mom would have Dad cut boards, cardboard, trees, sagebrush and whatever harebrained decoration they came up with. Dad was also the gofer, bartender and cleanup crew. Then in 1998, never mind that was the years that I was on the court and [they] still did coronation, Mom

So since 1998, for what has now developed into being the MONTH of July, there is Dad always with the grill fired up and a cold beer. Since then the hospitality “tent” has evolved into a structure equipped with a separate area for the BBQ away from the commotion and people in general. On rare occasions an unknowing, new volunteer makes the mistake of coming to the [off limits] BBQ area to ask “when is the meat ready”. That only happens once. “The meat is ready when its ready” and always to perfection! Now in Dad’s mind I am sure the segregated BBQ area was to be marked off like a crime scene “Do not enter”. But it’s the opposite: There

everyone at Chief Joseph Days Rodeo! Tim has indeed a special passion for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

About the Justin Boot Award: 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.

Top picture: Tim Marshall surrounded by his daughters Heather and Abby. Bottom picture: Tim Marshall with his wife Shelly.



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Get ready to “FEEL THE THUNDER”! Hello there rodeo fans, I am Deidre Schreiber the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Queen. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you all to the 73rd Chief Joseph Days Rodeo! I am a 17 year old senior at Enterprise High School. My parents (and biggest fans) are Charlie and Debi Warnock as well as my three brothers Clancy, Cole and Devin. We split our time between our house in Enterprise and commercial cattle ranch in Imnaha where we raise horses, cattle and even the occasional goat. (Sorry Charlie!) I have loved agriculture and everything associated with it for as long as I can remember. I joined our local 4-H program as soon as I was able to. This is my 8th year as a member. My most notable achievements in 4-H have been placing 8th in the nation with my Hippology team in Kentucky, serving as a delegate and youth advisor at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, and working closely with the Farm Service Agency in Washington D.C. I am also active in the FFA, serving as chapter president and district president. FFA has given me numerous

Rodeo Court opportunities to practice my skills in communications, sales, agricultural mechanics, livestock evaluation and so much more! I am beyond thankful for the lessons and experiences these organizations have provided me and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them. I have held multiple class and ASB offices and am a member of both the National Honors Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. After Graduation I plan to attend Oregon State to acquire a degree in Agricultural Education and become a high school ag teacher. I am a past Wallowa County 4-H court member and was a princess at the Elgin Stampede last year. Both of these experiences have prepared me to achieve this dream! I am sharing this crazy wild fun adventure with my 16 year old grey mare “Auctioned Grey Sage “, or just Sage for short. She has carried me through just about every equestrian activity there is from jumping and dressage to dragging calves to the fire at brandings and running barrels. She is truly a heart horse and I couldn’t ask for a more giving partner. My involvement with Chief Joseph Days started before I could walk helping pick up garbage under the stands the morning after every performance, cooking for the tuesday night sponsor dinner, selling rodeo programs, riding in the serpentine, helping at the ranch rodeo, sweeping the thunder room, serving drinks at the family dance and participating in the parades. I have always looked up to the gorgeous girls with friendly smiles and fast horses that have represented Chief Joseph Days and am truly honored to have become one! I was at my first Chief Joseph Days when I was only three weeks old and haven’t missed a performance since! I am excited to travel around the northwest and represent our little slice of heaven here in God’s country. I am looking forward to continuing this fun adventure with Princess Rylee Goller! To all of the sponsors, volunteers, directors, parents, contestants, fans and our incredible community, this wouldn’t be possible without you! Kick up your boots, grab your snacks and get ready to FEEL THE THUNDER! ~

Deidre Schreiber

Photos by Charity Ketscher Photography



This is my 18th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo that I have experienced! The only Chief Joseph Days Rodeo I have missed since I have been alive was the year I was born. When I was little I thought that the rodeo was my birthday party! I thought is was all for me and I loved it! On my third birthday Erin Voss who was a princess at the time, put me on the front of her horse and we ride around the arena. I knew right then and there that I had to be a part of something that amazing! As I got older I realized that the rodeo actually wasn’t put in just for me, but it still seemed like the best birthday present ever! When I turned five I met my best friend. Her name is Mustang Sally, a Shetland Pony. The next year I rode her in the Junior parade with a sarape that read “Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020”. I was such a dreamer! School has also been very important to me. I am currently tied for first place in my place with a 4.0 GPA. This will be my second year serving as Student Body Treasure. I am very involved in FFA. This year I will serve as the Vice President.

Princess Rylee Goller Hello Rodeo Fans! Welcome to the 73rd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo! I am Rylee Goller, the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Princess. Starting this fall I will be a senior at Wallowa High School. When I wrote this I was 17 years old, but I will have the honor of having my 18th birthday in the rodeo arena Wednesday night! I have a big family! My parents are Curtis and Patty Goller and Linda and Joe Estes. I have three sisters, Randi, Bobbi, and Megan. I also have five brothers, Beau, Kris, Eshom, Dalton, and Ryder. I am the second youngest! I am the first of my immediate family to be on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court, but I’ve had other family that inspired me to become a part of this amazing experience. In 1966 my great aunt Janine Freels Caudle served as a princess. Keith Waters was my great uncle. He was very involved in the rodeo and I’m proud that he was my uncle and I get the chance to be involved in something he was so passionate about. His wife and my great aunt Nancy Wilson Waters was a princess in 1961. Their daughter Diane Waters Witherrite was the Queen in 1983. Dawnette Waters was a princess in 1991.

Throughout FFA I have shown many lambs. This year I will be showing a steer at our county fair. I also hold officer positions in Rotary Interact, NHS, and Class government. I am involved in Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, and Cheerleading. During my Junior year I was captain of the volleyball team and Co-Captain of both basketball and cheerleading. After graduating I plan on going to college to study pre med. Topper is the name of the beautiful gelding that will be by my side at every rodeo. I was searching for the right horse to go on this adventure with me and then I found him. We got him from the Miller family. He had been there and done that. I am so thankful that they were willing to give him up. Their family has done a lot for me through this whole experience and I am grateful to have had their help. I’m am very honored to have had the opportunity to be on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court. It’s a once in a lifetime chance. I am thankful that my family has supported me during this endeavor. I would like to thank them and everyone else who has supported me along the way. Thank you to all of the directors and everyone who works hard all year to put this amazing event on.

~Rylee Goller



Princess Rylee Goller Princess Rylee Goller

Queen Deidre Schreiber

1998 Court

CJD Sterling Silver Bracelets.................Don Mallory Silversmith CJD Sterling Earrings.................................... Gave & Cammie Hale CJD Royalty Pins.......................................... Darlene & Dave Turner, .................................................................................Mike & Kathy Warner Chaps......................................................... Ray Wilson, Cheryl Kooch, ........................................................................Borgerding Constructions Suede Embroidery & Embellishments...Mad Mary & Company Hand painted Gloves.......................................Barry & Jerry Qualle CJD Garment Bags...............1991 CJD Chaparones Terry & Judi .....................Holbrook, Princess Dawnette Waters & Teah Jones Boots & Wardrobe Discounts.............................The Sports Corral Working Coats............................................ Mike & Diane Witherrite Spur Straps & Silver.......................................... Ray Wilson Saddlery Parade Flowers.............................................Enterprise Flower Shop ............................................................................ CJD Rodeo Committee Pink Water Buckets..............................................................Linda Estes Yeti Mugs................................................. Debbie & Charlie Warnock Scrapbooks............................................................. John & Gail Hillock Spurs & Etiquette Dinner......................................... Judy L. Bothum Montana Silver Watches........................... ..Dan & Lori Butterfield, .......................................................................... Mark & Anna Butterfield Wardrobe Discounts................. Wallowa County Grain Growers Hat Cans............................... Del & Brinda Stanley, Diane Daggett, ........................................................................................ Debbie Schudder Working Outfits............................................................... Court Parents Make-up & Make-overs............................................Tamarah Duncan .................................................................................. Mary Kay Cosmetics Splint Boots, Bell Boots, Halters... Cory & Dena Miller &family Purses........................................................................2018 Court Parents Boot Bags...........................................................Dusty and Sara Tippet Working Earrings................................................Del & Brinda Stanley Complimentary Adjustments.......................... Alpine Chiropractic Hat Shaping.............................................................................John Bailey Riding Technique.........................................Dena Miller, Teah Jones, ............................................................................... Dave & Marianne Yost

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


Princess Quinn Casaray Queen Brooke Follett Princess Abby Marshall

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,

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~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 1947 Queen Wanda Bassett Blanche Lermeny Helen Vigne Jackie Walker 1948 Queen Mildred Hayes Betty Jackson Dolores Perrin (Indian Princesses) Leah Conner Loretta Pinkham 1949 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 1962 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 Queen Vixen Radford Nicole Jones Vikki Roundy 1991 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 1996 Queen Amber Follett Amber Locke Dena Rynearson 1997 Queen Dena Beach Aleena Holum Cammie Kuppinger 1998 Queen Brooke Follett Quinn Casaray Abby Marshall 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

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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)

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in the early 2000’s. Several years ago Turner handed the reins over to Prout.

when I go through my checklist I can remember what do,” Max Prout said.

Now in its 73rd year the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo is an indelible northeast Oregon tradition. For most of those years a red 19th century stagecoach with bright, yellow wheels has been a big part of that tradition.

“Dave and Darlene Turner owned the trailer, horses and stagecoach and Chief Joseph Days bought it from them,” Prout said.

Even putting on the harnesses requires team work as Max and Gary together lift them onto the backs of the horses.

This year the horse team of Sadie and Skeeter and their handlers will appear at eleven parades throughout the Northwest promoting Wallowa County’s biggest summertime event.

Six years ago Chief Joseph Days bought a new team of horses that live on a farm with stagecoach team members Lynnea and Stan. Gary Prout said Lynea is the horse expert and cares for their nutrition and medical needs.

Built in Concord, New Hampshire Wallowa County founding father Frank McCully bought the stagecoach in1886 and ran a stage line from Elgin to Joseph until 1908 when the Joseph Branch Railroad was completed between the two towns. McCully likely kept the coach in use on a stage line from Joseph to Imnaha for several years after the railroad was built.

Sadie and Skeeter are draft horses and their jobs are to gently pull a stagecoach and to look pretty. Their coats and long tails were well brushed before the CJD program photo shoot on Stan and Lynea’s farm, but as Sadie especially likes to roll in the dirt, Gary Prout carefully washed the white star on her face with a large sponge to get her photo ready.

In 1966, the year Karen Prout, a member of the stagecoach team, was crowned Chief Joseph Days Rodeo queen the coach was restored and became a permanent fixture at rodeo events and parades.

As the stagecoach rolled out of its custom trailer Max Prout explained each member of the team had specific duties preparing the horses and coach for a ride.

Gary Prout started helping handle the team and stagecoach with Dave Turner

“I don’t know all the names of the parts of the harnesses and bridles, so I numbered each step – that way

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Gary Prout carrying the seemingly endless amount of leather tack that is paramount for a safe hitch up. Photography by ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich.



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horses to the coach to be attached to the tongue. When all of the steps have been completed on the checklist and the stagecoach is ready to roll, Max said Karen does a final look over the gear to make sure nothing was missed. “You can get a much better look at everything from up there,” Max Prout said. Karen Prout said each year the stagecoach is lovingly maintained from the wheels and tires to the tongue that attaches the coach to the horse team. This painstaking attention to detail has the 132-year old vehicle running smoothly and in mint condition. What delight it brings when the stagecoach rolls into Wallowa Lake State Park during the week of the rodeo. Gary Prout said, “How can someone come all the way to the south end of the lake and not know a rodeo is going on? So we take the stagecoach to the park and draw quite a crowd!” Look for the Chief Joseph Days stagecoach at the Bucking Horse Stampede on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Joseph, the grand parade on Saturday and at the rodeo Friday and Saturday nights. Lead picture (Pg.39) left to right: Lynnea and Stan Stanhope, Gary and Karen Prout, Max Prout. Top picture left to right: Sadie, Gary Prout, Stan Stanhope and Skeeter. Bottom picture left to right: Gary Prout, Max Prout, and Stan Stahope. Photography by ©Angelika U. Dietrich.



The tales of a Trick rider I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” McDonald Thomas said. She was accepted at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and attended the school for a few years until she could no longer juggle her profession and still show up to class. She eventually chose to focus on her work, but Stephenville remains home base. “Stephenville is cowboy capital,” McDonald Thomas said. “A ton of us PRCA contract acts are within 30 minutes of each other. It’s the big rodeo community that makes me feel at home when I go back down there.” Despite the incredible distance, McDonald’s ties to Canada are strong. She said her mother serves as her secretary and helps design her costumes. “Last year my parents came to watch me in Great Falls and ended up staying for all five

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days. My Dad helped in the arena every performance. I told him, I knew you’d miss it eventually’,” McDonald Thomas said.


In recent years her husband, Keegan Thomas, is her main support in the

When she isn’t performing, McDonald Thomas said she spends a lot of time teaching. “Teaching helps me stay sharp and strong because I am always having to go over the basics. I can get burned out on teaching - performing is what it’s all about.”

“He does a lot of stuff in the arena for us - he’s our second set of eyes,” McDonald Thomas said.

A consummate horsewoman, McDonald Thomas said in her limited spare time she races barrels at PRCA rodeos. Check out McDonald Thomas during each of night of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Video of her performances are on her website www.magicmotions. com or find her on Facebook at Madison McDonald-Trick Riding.



A reunion of tradition, pride, and friendship NEZ PERCE ENCAMPMENT PAVILION

Every year in July, the Nez Perce Homeland becomes a place of reunion for descendants of the original inhabitants of Wal’waama, also known as Wallowa Country. Tamkaliks which is now in its 28th year takes place the weekend before Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. At Tamkaliks, participants enjoy three days of dancing and drumming, culminating in a walasit service and Friendship feast when descendants, locals, and visitors attend together. The following weekend, the Nez Perce gather in Joseph to share once again their culture and traditions with locals and visitors alike during Chief Joseph Days at the Encampment Pavilion east of the rodeo arena with Traditional Indian Dance Contests. Each dance session begins with a Grand Entry, a procession of dancers. The Flag Bearers lead the procession carrying the Eagle Staff, American Flag, The Canadian Flag, and frequently, the MIA-POW


Flag. Being a Flag Bearer is an honor usually given to a veteran, a respected traditional dancer, or a traditional elder. Everyone is asked to stand during the Grand Entry and men should remove their head coverings unless it has an eagle feather. After all the dancers are in the Arbor, a flag song is sung to honor the Eagle Staff and flags. Then a respected person, usually an elder, offers a prayer. This is followed by a victory song during which the Eagle Staff and flags are placed in their stands.

There are many different dance categories each with its individual meaning and interpretation. Following is an abridged description of various Native dances that are demostrated during the festivities.

While the dancers are competing with one another during the dance contests, they are also in contest with the drummers and singers. Judges look for dancers to reflect their own personal style as well as their ability to carry on traditions that go with specific songs or dances. The dancers will be evaluated for footwork, rhythm, agility, and demeanor. Dancers follow directions from the Whipman & Whipwoman.


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Eagle Feather Pick Up Eagles and eagle feathers are revered by many tribes of this continent because of the bird’s characteristics, abilities and closeness to the Creator. The feather symbolizes a fallen warrior. The Circle Dance - A dance of friendship where everyone can join in. The circle of dancers moves to the left in the clockwise direction and three circle dance songs will be sung in succession. Men & Boys Traditional - Dancers typically wear a breechcloth, moccasins, feather bustle, a porcupine and deer hair roach with a spreader in the middle made of bone, rawhide or leather in which roach feathers are mounted. Men’s Fast & Fancy – Extremely colorful beadwork,

elaborate feather bustles, ribbons, scarves, horsehair tips, angora bands, sheep bells, a roach headdress and dance sticks all punctuate the most spectacular display of dance stunts and movements in this very fast paced contest that began in the 1950’s. Women & Girls Traditional - Dances feature Plateau Women’s dresses that may be made of buckskin, wool, velvet, or dresses are adorned with dentalia, cowry, or abalone shells, elk teeth, ribbon, seed and bugle beads as well as fringe on the sleeves and hem. Hand woven hats, headbands or beaded hair ornaments with feathers may be worn. In this category, two songs are typically sung in contests so that the females demonstrate both a slow and graceful straight Continued on page 46

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style war dance and a circle dance. Women’s Jingle Dress – In 1920, after a medicine man’s granddaughter became ill, his spirit guides told him in a dream to make her a dress that would please the ear and have her dance in it to heal her. The dress is decorated with rolled up snuff can lids or baking powder lids hanging from ribbon. There are two styles of jingle dance – a slide step and straight.


Women & Girls Traditional – In this category, two songs are typically sung in contests so that the females demonstrate both a slow and graceful straight style war dance and a circle dance. Grass Dance – Wearing lots of fringe (representing tall blades of prairie grass), a porcupine and deer hair roach and no bustle, this dance was popularized by Northern Plains peoples where tall prairie grasses needed to be flattened for encamp-

ments or gatherings. Moves show how they would gracefully bend, fold, and weave greases to an even surface, and dancers’ ribbons and yarn sway as grasses would. Source: www.wallowanezperce.org/tamkaliks/ For more information on Nez Perce culture and tradition and how to get involved please visit the Nez Perce website at www.wallowanezperce.org. Photography by ©Angelika Ursula


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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 2017 Jordan Ketscher

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1950 Eddy Akridge 1949 Red Whatley 1951 Bill Harvey 1950 Ross Dollarhide 1952 Bob Swaim 1951 Pat Smith 1953 Jack Carson 1952 Les Kamm 1954 Don Boag 1953 Pud Adiar 1955 Bill Boag 1954 Cotton Rosser 1956 Buddy Peak 1955 Clark Maddox 1957 Allen Houston 1956 Hugh Posey 1958 Buck Boyce 1957 Daryl Hobdey 1959 Daryl Hobdey 1958 Wayne McMeans 1960 Bob Swaim 1959 Stewart Guthrie 1961 Sammy Flynn 1960 Neil Beamer 1962 Sonny Tureman 1961 Dr. Art Fulerson 1963 Jim Roeser 1962 Clark Maddox 1964 Jim Lightfoot 1963 Les Kamm 1965 Bob Swaim 1964 Tom Bergevin 1966-67 Results Not Available 1965 Jerry Anderson 1968 Daryl Brown 1966-67 Results Not Available 1969 Gaylord Moran 1968 Bob Johnson 1970 Buzz Seely 1969 Brad Bolta, Ben Finley 1971 Buzz Seely 1970 Tom Bergevin 1972 Buzz Seely 1971 G.L. Longgood 1973 Buzz Seely 1972 G.L. Longgood, Bob 1974 Royce Smith Johnson, 1975 Benny Ruda Tooter Waites 1976 Joe Ruda 1973 Gene Hassler 1977 Russell McCall 1974 Jay Greenwood 1978 Mike Jones, Russell 1975 Sam Kayser McCall 1976 Danny Torricellas 1979 Ron Parrish 1977 Brent Palmer 1980 Russell McCall 1978 Sam Kayser 1981 Steve Coleman 1979 Joe Talbot 1982 Benny Ruda 1980 Dee Pickett 1983 Joe Ruda, Shane Law 1981 Dave Cannon 1984 Tony Stevenson 1982 Phil Urback 1985 Paul Reinke 1983 Sam Kayser, Kyle 1986 Tony Stevenson Robinson 1987 Jed McKinley 1984 Ron Currin Jr. 1988 Rocky Steagall 1985 Dale Smith 1989 Dave Sherod 1986 Dee Pickett 1990 Rocky Steagall 1987 Shane Crossley 1991 Tony Hecksher 1988 Dee Pickett 1992 Matt Weishoff, Richie 1989 Mike Beers Hamilton 1990 Cody Hassler 1993 Lee Rice 1991 Nate Kayser 1994 Clint Corey 1992 John Sloan 1995 Jason Jackson, Clay 1993 John Alps Kirkham 1994 Tony Currin 1996 Jason Jackson 1995 Brad Goodrich 1997 Shane Call 1996 Shane Slack 1998 Clint Corey 1997 Jason Eiguren 1999 Scott Drennan 1998 Jesse Sheffield, Jason 2000 Cody Jesse Stewart 2001 Jason Havens 1999 Jeff Coelho 2002 Bobby Mote 2000 Cash Meyers 2003 Cody Jesse 2001 Matt Shiowaza 2004 Ryan Gray 2002 Blair Burk 2005 Bobby Mote 2003 Shane Erickson 2006 Jason Havens 2004 Shane Erickson 2007 Mitch Rickman 2005 Ty Sturza 2008 Bobby Mote 2006 Jay Don Greenwood 2009 R.C. Landingham 2007 Shane Slack 2010 Jason Havens, Will Lowe 2008 Jason Minor 2011 Ryan Gray 2009 Ryan Fornstrom 2012 Steven Dent 2010 Josh Peek 2013 George Gillespie IV 2011 Landon McClaugherty 2014 George Gillespie IV 2012 Shane Erickson 2015 Grant Denny 2013 (tie) Bradley Bynum 2016 Richmond Champion, & Chase Williams Zack Brown (tied) 2014 Blair Burke 2017 Mason Clements 2015 Michael Pederson 2016 J.C. Malone Tie Down Roping Champions 2017 Jordan Ketscher 1946 David Wolf 1947 Pud Adair 1948 Red Whatley

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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 Milton Leslie 1970 Warren Ryss 1971 Jim Steen 1972 Jim Steen 1973 Larry Condon 1974 A.J. Swaim 1975 Guy Barth 1976 A.J. Swaim 1977 Martin Haptonstall 1978 Butch Knowles 1979 Bill Stanton 1980 Del Machau 1981 Pat Staves 1982 John Davis 1983 Monty Van Komen 1984 Dave Best 1985 Grant Summers 1986 Joe Hodges 1987 Mark McClure 1988 Rocky Steagall 1989 Dan Wolfe 1990 Johnny Wilson 1991 Dusty Arzino 1992 Richard Staplman 1993 Bryan Barker 1994 Barry Angiano 1995 Troy Dunn 1996 Gene Palmer 1997 Ross Coleman 1998 Dom Nagler 1999 Kagan Sirett 2000 Buddy Gulden 2001 Ross Coleman 2002 Russ Sanders, Haydn Reece 2003 Kyle Joslin 2004 Ryan Howard 2005 Zeb Lanham 2006 Zack Bright 2007 Corey Maier, Joe Meling 2008 Colby Reilly 2009 Josh Daries 2010 Chad Everett Denton 2011 Kasey Love 2012 Dylan Vick 2013 Joe Meling 2014 Derek Kolbaba,

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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.”



Derek Kolbaba - 8 Seconds of Guts, Glory & Courage put my foot where he wanted to put his so it tore my ACL.” For the time being Kolbaba said he put off having surgery and going through a six-month recovery. Instead, he said he did physical therapy for a couple months to rehabilitate his knee and had to learn how to ride with a brace. “It took a little bit to get some confidence back in my knee and ride with a brace – but now I am riding like I know how and like I should,” Kolbaba said. At just 5’9, 140 pounds Kolbaba doesn’t have a classic bull rider body type, but in bull riding he said it’s all about the headspace. Kolbaba said, “One thing about bull riding, its 90 percent is in your head. You can talk yourself into it or out of it. Some guys stay really focused to get their motor running while other

guys are always joking around. I do a little better when I joke around and stay calm, cool and collected because once you sit down on the back of a bull and start bumping everything just clicks.” If the sport is 90 percent mental, it’s close to 100 percent unpredictable. Kolbaba said, “ Nobody’s mastered it or there would be a guy who rides every one they get on. Sometimes you are on, and sometimes, like the next day, you could get thrown off a milk cow. You don’t want it to happen at world finals where you want everything to go right, but you always got to keep striving and not let a streak of bad ones get you, because in bull riding, and rodeo in general, the next ride can start your winning streak. “You have to have the mental ability to get back on when you’ve been bucked off five times in a row or gone for a month and damn near

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broke. You got to put all that behind you to keep going forward and get the next one rode. If there is any doubt in your mind the bull will get the best of you, but you have to ride whatever they run underneath of you.” Kolbaba played football growing up, but said getting on the back of an 1,800 pound bull for a living is different than other sports because – of the 1,800 pound bull. “It’s not exactly the same thing every time,” Kolbaba said. “You can draw a bull that spins to the left every time, get on him, and he jumps out there and goes to the right. They tell you to ride jump for jump – make the bull make the move then you make your move to counter it. It’s a dance and he is damn sure leading.”

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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.

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,

With the 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 $10,000.00 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. Previous 3-time winners are Butch Knowles of Heppner, earning $5,100.00, Rocky Steagall of Irrigon, took home $3,100.00, 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 1986

Buzz Peth Bow, WA Buzz Seely Roosevelt, WA Jim Steen Joseph, OR Buzz Seely Roosevelt, WA Clyde Longfellow Kendric, ID Doug Brown Silverton, OR Butch Knowles Pendleton, OR Bob Koch Aurora, OR Butch Knowles Pendleton, OR Clay Finley Mt. Vernon, OR Bill Nelson Baker City, OR Bill Nelson Baker City, OR Butch Knowles Heppner, OR Joe Ruda Baker City, OR Johnny Sloan Ellensburg, WA Dave Cannon Echo, OR Rocky Steagall Irrigon, OR

1987 Jed McKinley Moscow, ID 1988 Dave Cannon Echo, OR 1989 Rocky Steagall Irrigon, OR 1990 Rocky Steagall Irrigon, OR 1991 Mike Fuller Clarkston, WA 1992 Mike Hammer Kennewick, WA 1993 Jason Jackson 1994 Sean Culver Grandview, WA 1995 Greg Oules Chelan, WA 1996 Tony Currin Dayton, WA 1997 Toby Adams Red Bluff, CA 1998 Brad Goodrich Hermiston, OR 1999 Shawn Greenfield Pasco, WA 2000 Jeff Coelho Long Creek, OR 2001 Brad Gleason Touchet, WA 2002 Tony Currin Dayton, WA 2003 Cindy Woods Newberg, OR

2004 Kayle Gray Goldendale, WA 2005 Trevor Knowles Mt Vernon, OR 2006 Ben Londo Milton-Freewater, OR 2007 Brad Goodrich Hermiston, OR 2008 Brad Goodrich Hermiston, OR 2009 Shane Crossley Hermiston, OR Jason Stewart Royal City, WA 2010 Shawn Morehead Bruneau, ID 2011 Russell Cordova Terrebonne, OR 2012 Pamela Capper Cheney, WA 2013 George Gillespie, IVPlacerville, CA 2014 Max Fillipini Battle Mtn, NV 2015 Ryan MacKenzie Homedale, ID 2016 Ryan Opie Crane, OR 2017 Jesse Brown Baker City, OR



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THE HISTORY OF CHIEF JOSEPH DAYS 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!

Harley Tucker 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. 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.” A contest was held to name the celebration, with Lucille Grandy’s entry of “Chief Joseph Days” being the winner. Frank McCully, whose father and uncle were pioneer merchants and bankers at Joseph, researched all previous weather reports to determine the time of year

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. 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 1999. In 2017 it earned the award of "Mid Size Rodeo or the Year" by the PRCA Columbia River ProRodeo Circuit. Maintenance and remodeling projects continue, with thousands of dollars spent each year upgrading the facility. This just could not be done without the 300 plus 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. More land was purchased in 2003 for further expansion, and the story goes on!



OPEN 10:30 a.m. - Closing 7 DAYS PER WEEK



1988 Court


Princess Mary Ann Blankinship Queen Tammy Daggett Princess Shelly Ann Tippett

A Courtesy Shuttle “The Drunk Bus” will be offering rides home on Friday and Saturday Nights after the rodeo during the Adult Dances. Sponsored by Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc.


Princess Jill Bales Queen Chantay Jett Princess Tammi Zollman


Get Ready for the 12th Annual CHIEF JOSEPH DAYS

...always the last week in June at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena

About a month before Chief Joseph Days Rodeo we celebrate our annual CJD Ranch Rodeo to kick off the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days! This additional rodeo event started back in 2008 when a group of CJD rodeo members got together and came up with a fundraiser idea to boost the funds for scholarships that Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. awards to three local high school seniors. The event is also an opportunity for local working cowboys and cowgirls to show off their talents and for spectators to get an up close and personal insight into the life of working cattle ranchers. The fun begins with a trail ride from the Harley Tucker Memroial Rodeo grounds to the top of the east Moraine. Evening activities include a wonderful dinner, live & silent auctions, and raffles. During the dinner Chief Joseph Days introduce the current year’s CJD Rodeo, Inc. scholarship recipients from each of the three local high schools. It continues to be a great success! See this year's scholarship recipients on page 7.

Mark your calendar for 2019 Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo ~ always the last weekend in June ~

Team branding and saddle bronc riding at the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo. Photography by Angelika U. Dietrich.



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Continued from page 37

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

PAST CHAMPIONS Team Roping continued 2017 Tanner Patzke

Quade Patzke

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 2017

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 Jim Locke

Continued from Page 47

Ranch Saddle Bronc 2012 2013 2014 2015

George Kohlhepp J.D. Brock Hunter Blazer Konnyr Marek

Wild Cow Milking

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 2017 Queen Haley Miller Maddi Tracy-Mallory Caitlin Robb

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 1999 Brent Black, J.D. Nobles 2000 Dick Rosenburg, Ted Freels 2001 Dave Yost, Matt McDowell 2003 Dave Yost, Clint Steen 2004 Cody Barrymore, Steven Skillings 2005 Ted Freels, J.D. Nobles 2006 Collin Cunningham, Jerod Osborn 2007 Cody Baremore, Randy Burgess 2008 Buck Matthews 2009 Collin Cunningham, Chad Nash 2010 Fred Steen 2011 Results Not Available 2012 Dave Yost, Adam Saxton 2013 Dave Yost, Adam Sexton 2014 Dave Yost, Adam Sexton 2015 Todd Nash/Ethan Lowe

Wildest Ride Champions 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

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

Businessmen’s Calf Tying 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982

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

Wild Horse Race Champions

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

Ladies Bareback Champions 1983 Diane Lambert 1984 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 Swaggart, Todd McKay, Gary Alger, Terry Carson



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 Teah Jones, Dena Rynearson Miller, Haley Miller, Celeste Hillock Bauck, Emma Hite, Lauren Makin.

The Tuckerettes at the 72nd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Photography ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich

Special Act "Maddie McDonald" has the honor of carrying the American Flag while Destiny Barney holds 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

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. “It makes it so worthwhile to see the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they have,” Scudder said. “They are no longer different.”

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. Three years ago Deb Scudder 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. 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 . “I figured, there had to be a way to do it on my own,” Scudder said.

The Little Buckaroo Rodeo is becoming a favorite event for its local participants with children and adults returning the next year. Mule driven wagon rides are back by popular demand this year along with favorite events from years past - stick horse barrel racing, calf dummy roping and “bull riding” and much more... A barbeque open to the public will follow the Little Backarros Rodeo at the Harley Tucker Rodeo Grounds.

DON'T MISS THE LITTLE BACKAROO RODEO Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Harley Tucker Rodeo Arena


2 0 1 8 C H I E F J O S E P H D AY S R O D E O

Don’t miss the Parades!

Join us for the 73rd Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Parades in Joseph starting out Friday morning with the CJD Junior Parade followed by the Grand Parade on Saturday!

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 73rd Annual Grand Parade is “Strolling thru the Mountain View”. 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.

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Stage Coach coming down Main Street with 2017 Grand Marshal Jerry Logosz and Gary Prout at the reins during the CJD Grand Parade.

This 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!

Teen Dance F r i day & Sat ur day at 9 PM at t h e J o s e ph C o m mun i t y Ce n t e r wi t h DJ Jam es Pr es to n

On Friday morning The CJD Junior Parade has been a big crowd pleaser for many years, when more than a hundred youngsters - from infants to teens - dressed up in all kinds of costumes to entertain CJD crowds. The CJD Junior Parade registration/lineup starts at the Indian Lodge Motel at 9:00 a.m. and heads north down Main Street at 10 a.m. 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 and a playhouse donated by Wallowa Mountain Properties in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Every participant in the Junior Parade receive a free ice cream cone from R & R Drive-In.

Don't miss wonderful children & teens dressed up in amazing customes at the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Junior Parade. 2017 parade photography ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich.




73 years of Chief Joseph Days 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 rodeo office in Joseph on Main Street for these items and much more!

Past Joseph C hamber & CJD Presidents 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964


Frank McCully Homer Hayes Cub Begley Wilbur Reece Chet Collinsworth Carlyle Roundy Wick Prout Wilbur Reece Monty Witty Verne Russell Tom Keene Ted Grote Ted Grote Vern Hays Henry Hatch Henry Hatch Bill DeGrofft Paul Hatch Paul Hatch

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983

Murph Blankenship Paul Hatch Paul Hatch Paul Hatch Roy Carter Jim Cheatam Jim Cheatam Roy Carter Roy Carter Bob Hall Wally Eichler Hank Hatch Darlene Turner Herb Owens Butch Tucker Ron Schenk Ron Schenk Herb Owens Gary McBurney

1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

Darlene Turner Darlene Turner Darlene Turner Ron Makin Keith Waters John Bailey Jerry Logosz Jerry Logosz Dave Yost Dave Yost Bill Wells Bill Wells Jerry Logosz Mike Warner Mike Warner Bill Hopkins Bill Hopkins Tony Yost Fred Steen

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Fred Steen Steve Rogers Steve Rogers Steve Rogers Doris Noland Doris Noland

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Presidents 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Steve Rogers Steve Rogers Steve Rogers Steve Rogers Terry McArtor Terry McArtor Terry McArtor Doris Noland Terry Jones Terry Jones


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 PRCA performances eight 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.

2017 CJD Mutton Busting ~ Photography ©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.

Map showing the flight of the Nez Perce and key battle sites. More about the Nez Perce pages 44-46 & 50,51





Please come back next year July 23•24•25•26•27•28, 2019 We hope you have an enjoyable week at

CHIEF JOSEPH DAYS! Mark your calendar now for next year, always the last week in July!

Until we meet again to celebrate four action packed PRCA rodeos and six days of western entertainment, stay connected with us online for the latest Chief Joseph Days News, Royal Court Updates, Picture Galleries and much more...

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Meet Sheryl Parson

2018 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 was born in Salinas, California, but as an Army dependent she moved frequently. 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 creativity.

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. 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. In addition, she sculpts folk art and fine

art pieces using gourds and driftwood, plus mixed media abstracts. 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. 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 72nd and now for the 73rd 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/.

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Celebrating 73 Years of Western Heritage & Small Town Hospitality 25 posters are signed by the artist and are available for $25 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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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

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2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program  

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

2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program  

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