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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 25, 2019 for the 74th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. 2019 commemorates the 13th 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 10th year in a row we are auctioning off a beautiful custom made pair of chaps live during the Thursday night PRCA rodeo. These one of a kind leather chaps will be hand made to your specifications, by Sharp Saddles, in Joseph, Oregon. 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 sixth 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 and to purchase and update new medical equipment to detect breast cancer as early as possible. 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 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. President As the President of the 74th 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 make 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 medium sized in the entire United States. Once again, we start our 6 day festivities and PRCA rodeos with the Bucking Horse Stampede down Main Street in Joseph, on Tuesday, July 23, and end with the Cowboy Church Service and Breakfast on Sunday, July 28, 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 the 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 9 a.m. 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 74th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Celebration.” Sincerely,

Terry Jones

Schedule of Events TUESDAY, JULY 23 1:30 p.m.

Bucking Horse Stampede - Main Street, Joseph

Gates for PRCA Rodeo Performances open at 6 p.m. Pre-Rodeo Entertainment starts at approximatley 6:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Little Backaroo Rodeo - Harley Tucker Arena Rodeo Slack - Arena Pre-rodeo entertainent in the arena PRCA Rodeo - Harley Tucker Memorial Arena Family Fun - Thunder Room

THURSDAY, JULY 25 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 6:45 p.m. Pre-rodeo entertainent in the 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 26 7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 6:45 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 Pre-rodeo entertainent in the arena PRCA Rodeo - Harley Tucker Memorial Arena All Teen Dance - Joseph Community Center Music and Dancing - Thunder Room

SATURDAY, JULY 27 6:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 9:30 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 Pre-rodeo entertainent in the arena 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 28 Cowboy Breakfast Continues at 6 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Cowboy Church Service Harley Tucker Memorial Arena Front Page Picture: PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider, Nick LaDuke, coming out of the chute at the 2018 CJD ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich, CJD PR Photographer







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DIRECTORS DUTIES 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. Officers Starting from back row, left to right: Terry Jones, Harley Tucker, Steve Rogers, John Hillock, Mike Warner, Jeffrey Wecks, Jake Thomspson, Rusty Eschler, Doris Noland, Shelley Marhsall, Diane Witherrite Director #1 - STEVE ROGERS Rodeo C0-Chairman 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 9. Gate & Other Sponsors

Director #2 - TERRY JONES President Term 2019 - 2023 1. Arena 2. Contract Personnel 3. National Sponsors 4. Grand Entry 5. Tuckerettes 6. Awards 7. Insurance 8. Hay/Livestock 9. Little Backaroo Rodeo 10. Announcer 11. Score Board Sponsors

Director #5 - DIANE WITHERRITE Treasurer Term 2016 - 2019 1. Treasurer/Office 2. Court Related 4. Marketing & Advertising 5. Souvenir Booth 6. Annual Party/Xmas Party 7. Parades & Sponsors 8. Past Courts

Director #6 - RUSTY ESCHLER

Secretary Term 2019 - 2023 1. Back Country Bash & Sponsors 2. County Scholarship 3. Cowboy Church Service 4. Alcohol/Whisky (w/Doris Noland) 6. Thunder Room Sponsors 7. Beer Gardens/Thunder Room

Director #3 - JAKE THOMPSON

Term 2019 - 2023 1. Mobil Equipment 2. Chute Gate Signs & Sponsors 3. Arena Signs & Banners 4. Tickets (w/Jeffrey Wecks) 5. Boar's Nest 6. Ranch Rodeo

Director #4 - JEFFREY WECKS Term 2016 - 2019 1. Rodeo Ground Vendors 2. IT Equipment

3. Tickets (w/Jake Thompson) 4. Non Profit Concessions 5. Utilities 6. Spnsor Flags

Director #7 - JOHN HILLOCK Term 2018 - 2021 1. CJD Rodeo Program 2. Indians 3. Teen Dance 4. Sound/Scoreboard Setup 6. Building Construction 7. Added Money Sponors 8. Long Term Planning

All of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Directors are volunteers who spend hundreds of hours in preparation of the festivities. Director #8 - DORIS NOLAND

Secretary Term 2016 - 2019 1. Beer Gardens & Thunder Room 2. Alcohol/Whisky Beer Sponsor 3. TETWP (Tough Enough To Wear Pink) 4. Family Night 5. Coronation 6. Director Hats & Shirts

Director #9 - SHELLEY MARSHALL Term 2016 - 2019 1. Hospitality Room & Sponsors 2. Rental Tables/Chairs 3. Tuesday Night Dinner 4. Queen's Luncheon 5. Specialty Act Sponsor

Director # 10 - HARLEY TUCKER Term 2019 -2023 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. Ground Groomer 3. Grand Marshall 4. Mutton Busting 5. Cowboy Breakfast 6. Event Sponsors

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



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RODEO COMMITTEES CO-RODEO CHAIRMAN...........Steve Rogers THUNDER ROOM..........................Jake Thompson/Randy Eschler ARENA DIRECTOR.......................Terry Jones AWARDS............................................John Bailey BEER CONCESSIONS................Doris Noland, Rusty Eschler CAMP GROUND................................Harley Tucker CHUTE GATES................................Jake Thompson CJD RODEO OFFICE.................Debbie Short CONTRACT ACTS........................Terry Jones CORONATION DINNER................Haley & Dena Miller COWBOY BREAKFAST..............Stacy & Dominic Fregulia, Hurricane Creek Grange EMT CHAIRMAN...........................Steve Rogers EVENTS SPONSORS...................CJD Directors GRAND ENTRY..............................Terry Jones GRAND PARADE...........................Deb Scudder GROUNDS........................................CJD RODEO COMMITTEE HISTORIAN.......................................Darlene Turner HOSPITALITY ROOM.................Shelley Marshall INDIANS.............................................John Hillock JUNIOR PARADE...........................Diane Witherrite



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The 2019 Volunteer of the Year will be announced during the rodeo!

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

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

DIRECTOR #3 ~ Jake Thompson ~ Jake grew up in Enterprise. He attended college in Walla Walla, Washington, after he graduated from High school in Enterprise. After college he returned to Enterprise where he worked at the city of Joseph for seven years. He is now the project manager for Wallowa Lake service district. Jake enjoys hunting and fishing with his wife Chelsi and son Jace and coaching basketball for Joseph Charter School. He has enjoyed volunteering for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo for the last 10 years and is now serving his first year as a director.

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 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. She serves as the Business Development Officer for Community Bank and is married to Mike Witherrite. She has two grown children Dusty and Darcy, and two grandchildren Mitchell and Haden. 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. Eschler duties include overseeing the Thunder Room, the Sunday service, Scholarships, and Back Country Bash. 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 18 years. His daughter Celeste served on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court. Hillock serves on the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation board, was a founding board member of the Enterprise Education Foundation, and was elected as one of three Wallowa County Commissioners in 2018. “Our family does what we can to help the community,” Hillock said.

DIRECTOR #8 ~ DORIS NOLAND ~ Doris has been a resident of Wallowa Co for over 30 years and has been involved with Chief Joseph Days for 20 of them. She is currently serving as the secretary. Her family has always been supportive of the rodeo as well. Doris and her husband have three amazing daughters who all earned the honor of wearing the Queen’s crown for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. She stays busy with the rodeo, her large family and their activities, riding her beautiful horse Mia and working at Double Arrow Vet Clinic as the Practice Manager. She believes each day you have a choice . Choose to make the most of it .

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 camp ground, parking, The Harley Tucker Rodeo Series, and is the representative for CJD at the Columbia River Circuit.

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. He has been a committee chair or director ever since. Mike 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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as the Grand Marshal for the 74th CJD Celebration. For two years during 1994 and 1995, he took the reins as the rodeo committee president, and in 1996-2000 he worked as a co-rodeo chairman. He also served many years as a rodeo director. Some of the highlights he is proud of include helping CJD to two “Top Five” placings for Small Outdoor Rodeo Of The Year, starting the event sponsorship program which was previously limited to chute sponsors, and receiving the John Justin Standard of the West Award. The boys are now grown. Benson is living in a great group home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

Bill Wells being honored at the 74th Chief Joseph Days Coronation as the 2019 CJD Grand Marshall

Bill Wells, an eastern Oregon native,

attended school in Enterprise, Oregon, and was a graduate of the class of 1973. He was a member of the state basketball and state track championship teams. The year following graduation found Bill in Portland attending school and working as a ball boy for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 1975, Bill married Christy Kiser of Joseph. Sons Benson and Marcus have always been Bill’s pride and joy. A job as a regional sales manager in the window industry allowed Bill a flexible schedule and time to attend the boys many activities and events.

Marcus is a Major in the US Air Force and he and wife Amber are raising three happy little boys; Mason, Waylon, and Braxton. After many years of teaching at Joseph High School, Christy is now retired and busy spoiling the grandkids. One year ago, Bill undertook his most challenging job yet. ln the fall of 2016, he was diagnosed with a lung disease which caused his lungs to deteriorate. He was placed on the transplant list in January, 2018, and in April he received new set of lungs. As Bill continues his recovery and works to regain his strength, he wants to urge everyone to cowboy up and check that box on their driver’s license to become an organ donor. lt really does save lives.

Bill’s tenure with the Chief Joseph Days rodeo began in 1991 when he volunteered to help organize the parking for the rodeos. This job continued for many years.






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2019 Chief Joseph Days RODEO SPONSORS ARENA EQUIPMENT............................................................................................Wallowa County Grain Growers BUCKLE SPONSORS............................................................................................Probert Ranch CJD GRAND PARADE..........................................................................................Swire Coca Cola FAMILY NIGHT MECHANICAL BULL...........................................................Joe & Linda Estes, +L Ranch INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER.....................................................................EONI JUNIOR PARADE....................................................................................................Swire Coca Cola, Mr. Timber, Inc., R&R Drive-In LITTLE BUCKAROO RODEO...........................................................................Sports Corral & Chief Joseph Days Rodeo MINI BULLS...............................................................................................................Deb’s Apparel/Kellermann Logging, & Debbie Surface MUTTON BUSTING...............................................................................................Pacific Power & The Sports Corral SUPPORT EQUIPMENT......................................................................................Enterprise Electric & Rental TICKETS......................................................................................................................Wildhorse Resort & Casino TETWP........................................................................................................................George & Beth Morris TETWP FLAG...........................................................................................................John & Gail Hillock VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD...........................................................John & Gail Hillock WATER SPONSORS..............................................................................................Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Community Bank The Dollar Stretcher, Main Street Motors, 1917 Lumber JIM PROBERT MEMORIAL WILD COW MILKING................................Ed Staub & Sons JIM PROBERT MEMORIAL WILD COW MILKING BUCKLE.............Probert Family Trust

All-Around Award Sponsors ALL-AROUND BUCKLE...............................................................................................G&H Inc. ALL AROUND PENDLETON BLANKET ..............................................................Winn Family

Event winners Pendleton Hat Company, Perk Perkins

Chute Gate Sponsors Tempting Teal * Community Bank * Wallowa Mountain Properties Triple Creek * Moffit Bros. Transportation * Joseph Excavating Wallowa County Grain Growers * 2V Ranch, LLC

Thunder Room Sponsor Swire Coco Cola

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Specialty Act


T he Wild Child

Sponsored by Quail Run Ranch & Roberts Land & Cattle Back by popular demand… Troy Lerwill, the “WildChild”, Rodeo Clown, Bullfighter, and Cool Dude, is one of rodeo’s most honored specialty act performers. He will once again be performing at the 74th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Lerwill brings a little something out of the ordinary to the rodeo arena. Although raised in a rodeo family, Lerwill favored motorcycle racing and was a Utah State motocross champion at the age of 16.

Unable to resist the draw of rodeo, he became a rodeo clown, bullfighter and barrelman in 1994. Then, in 1998, he combined his two interests to create "The Wild Child."

With death-defying motorcycle leaps, wacky antics, thrilling maneuvers, flashy pyrotechnics and a healthy dose of comedy, Lerwill left the Sisters crowds oohing, ahhing, and laughing during his four performances. Even as a motorcyclist, Lerwill didn’t entirely abandon his rodeo roots.

Nicknamed “The Wild Child,” Lerwill has been voted PRCA Comedy Act of the Year six times (2002-03, 2005-08) and Coors Man in the Can twice (2007-08). He was the opening act at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and was the WNFR barrelman three times (2006-08).

BRIDWELL PRO RODEO Stock Contractor Based in Northern California, Bridwell Pro Rodeos was established in 2017 as a full service professional rodeo company providing top quality livestock, production and personnel to rodeos throughout the West Coast and Pacific Northwest. The foundation, however, of Bridwell Pro Rodeos, the bucking horse breeding program, began long before the establishment of the full service company. The bucking horse and breeding program began in 2005 as Bridwell Livestock and continues to this day to produce world class animal athletes. So sit back and enjoy the ride at the 74th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo with Bridwell Pro Rodeos! ©Photography Angelika Ursula Dietrich, CJD PR Photographer

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Meet Haley Miller

A GENUINE COWGIRL MADE OF GRIT AND GRACE something like that.” The following year she chose to plan the entire coronation banquet on her own as her senior project with mentor Cindy Brink, an accomplished wedding and event planner. “Cindy kept me on task, but I did all the legwork,” Miller said. This year the directors decided to move the event to the rodeo grounds, giving Miller a whole new adventure – planning the very first coronation in the Thunder Room. 2017 Chief Joseph Days Queen, Haley Miller, during her run in at home at the 73rd Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

In 2010, I watched my first Joseph Junior Rodeo at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds. Shooting photos next to me was Angelika Dietrich, a photographer with an eye toward rodeos and horse shows. She said, “Keep an eye on Haley Miller. She’s going to be one to watch.” Haley was nine years old and looked like she was born in the saddle. She took many of the first place ribbons that day and I have had my eye on her ever since. At 13 Miller said she started traveling to rodeos around the region and by the time she was 15 she was on the road most weekends, either with school sports or competing in rodeos. At Chief Joseph Days Haley was always horseback during the grand entries and for a few years rode with the Tuckerettes, the rodeo’s own drill team.

The great granddaughter of Icel Edgeman, Chief Joseph Days’ first rodeo queen in 1946, Haley Miller was crowned queen in 2017 as a sophomore in high school. Miller said, “We had a wild year. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it.” Miller said she learned a lot about sales and marketing, dressed in her custom suede riding habit, handing out rack cards and asking strangers to come to her home rodeo in Joseph. “You definitely learn how to talk to people on the spot,” Miller said. As her year on the court wound down she and her mother, Dena Miller, took over the arrangements of the incoming court’s coronation banquet. Held each April, the popular event includes a cocktail party, beef dinner, fashion show, coronation and dance. “The coronation is kind of like the kick off to the rodeo,” Miller said. “The court girls are ambassadors for the rodeo so they definitely need

In May Miller graduated from Joseph High School, armed with enough scholarships to pay for her schooling at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. She said she’s rented a house where she and her rodeo partner have pasture to keep their horses. She’s signed onto the rodeo team, a two-season sport, and in the winter she will play basketball. The past few summers she said she’s trained colts and going to rodeos, but this summer she’s leaning more into earning money competing in barrel racing and break-away roping. “I will pretty much be gone every weekend,” Miller said. “Rodeo is definitely a job, no doubt about it.” Her life is changing rapidly – not only will she be home less this summer and moving to Pendleton in the fall, but her involvement at Chief Joseph Days is changing. The little girl I first saw competing in a junior rodeo at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds almost a decade ago will make her appearance at Chief Joseph Days this year on the back of a barrel horse.






2018 at CJD...In front: Matt Twitchell at work during the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Mitch Coleman, who has been right by his side for many years was laid up that year due to an inury. Riding beside Matt in 2018 is David McMichael. Pickup riders play an important role in assisting rodeo riders and increasing the safety of competitors and horses alike. By Katy Nesbitt and Haley J. Bridwell for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

The 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo pickup men Matt Twitchell and Mitch Coleman are familiar faces at the Harley Tucker Arena – two men skilled at handling livestock inside and outside the arena. Hailing from the great rodeo state of Utah, Twitchell was the recipient of the inaugural “Pick up Man of the Year” award at the National Finals Rodeo in 2015.The accomplished cowboy said he started riding colts and roping at the age of 14 under the tutelage of pickup man Virgil Neves. “Virgil taught how to make money

and work hard without having a real job,” Twitchell said. Lewis Field, another professional pickup man and rodeo coach at nearby Utah Valley University, encouraged Twitchell to attend college on a rodeo scholarship. A year into his college career as a bareback, saddle bronc and bull rider, he said he had his first opportunity to work “picking up.” Twitchell said, “Lewis had gotten hurt in a snowmobile accident and was unable to work as a pickup man during our rodeo practices at school, so he asked me if I would

try it. I really think he just could see that my ability as a pickman was going to go farther than my rough stock riding.” Twitchell started traveling with Lewis Field and Bob Marriott on long drives across the West to rodeos where he was doing driving and chores. Every now and then he would get to fill in as a pickup man. “Sometimes I would go with Bob just so he would have someone to talk too,” Twitchell said. “We may start out in Nephi, Utah and I would drive clear to LA.” Eventually he gathered a handful of



The 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo pickup men Matt Twitchell and Mitch Coleman are familiar faces at the Harley Tucker Arena – two men skilled at handling livestock inside and outside the arena. Hailing from the great rodeo state of Utah, Twitchell was the recipient of the inaugural “Pick up Man of the Year” award at the National Finals Rodeo in 2015.The accomplished cowboy said he started riding colts and roping at the age of 14 under the tutelage of pickup man Virgil Neves. “Virgil taught how to make money and work hard without having a real job,” Twitchell said. Lewis Field, another professional pickup man and rodeo coach at nearby Utah Valley University, encouraged Twitchell to attend college on a rodeo scholarship. A year into his college career as a bareback, saddle bronc and bull rider, he said he had his first opportunity to work “picking up.” Twitchell said, “Lewis had gotten hurt in a snowmobile accident and was unable to work as a pickup man during our rodeo practices at school, so he asked me if I would try it. I really think he just could see that my ability as a pickman was going to go farther than my rough stock riding.”

Twitchell started traveling with Lewis Field and Bob Marriott on long drives across the West to rodeos where he was doing driving and chores. Every now and then he would get to fill in as a pickup man. “Sometimes I would go with Bob just so he would have someone to talk too,” Twitchell said. “We may start out in Nephi, Utah and I would drive clear to LA.” Eventually he gathered a handful of his own jobs. In order to get steady work Twitchell said he courted the infamous Cody Night Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming. during their summer series. “At one point I worked 84 performances in a row in Cody. After that, there always seemed to be a pickup man jobs available,” Twitchell said. To supplement his rodeo work, Twitchell worked as a cowhand. “Ranching on the desert not only kept my cowboy skills sharp, but also kept my horses in shape. It was good to get a break. Sorting cows and riding pastures refreshed both my horses and I mentally. If you ain’t a good cowboy, you ain’t a good pickup man.” After getting his teeth knocked out while preparing to ship cattle to market, Twitchell got a call from Evelyn Kirby, a stock contractor. She needed him to work a Utah rodeo the next night. He

was back in business and his reputation preceded him to the next job. In 2010 Tim Bridwell of Growney Brother’s Rodeo Company hired him site unseen. Just three years later Twitchell had his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo showing in 2013. “I do this (job) because I like it, not for the awards I could win or the money I make.” Molalla, Ore. cowboy Mitch Coleman helps runs his family’s ranch in the Willamette Valley when he’s not working as a pickup man on the rodeo circuit. Like Twitchell, Coleman was a competitor before he became a pickup man, riding every event except bareback in high school and at Weatherford College in Texas. “I didn’t ride bareback because it would beat the piss out of me. It’s hard on your body and I couldn’t do other events,” Coleman said. Hanging out at the St. Paul Rodeo and Canby rodeos as a kid, Coleman said he met stock contractor John Growney who let him rope bulls starting at the age of 10. Picking up lead from there. “I picked up my first guy at St. Paul in bronc riding when I was twelve years old. I’m 33 and I’ve been picking up ever since,” Coleman said.

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Mitch Coleman, one of the finest in the business, at work during the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Pickup men photography page 27,28, 63, ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich



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Rodeo Court selected as Grand Marshals of CJD parade in 2010. Grandma Pam, was CJD princess in 1963 and I also have cousins from both sides of my family who earned the honor of serving as Chief Joseph Days Court Royalty, both as princesses and queen. I enjoy horseback riding, barrel racing, grooming, showing and basically anything that has to do with a horse or horse activity. Other hobbies and interests include playing basketball, volleyball, hunting, fishing, camping and most other outdoor sports. This fall I am entering my senior year at Joseph Charter School where I am a member of the National Honor Society. I am active in FFA and have served as FFA Greenhand VP and judged livestock at the state level. In High school I play for the Joseph Eagles volleyball and basketball sports teams, which have competed in and placed at state playoffs for the past two years. I have enjoyed 4-H for many years and represented Wallowa County as a 4-H court member in 2017. I was a state qualifier for 4-H horse judging and riding for the past two years and have competed in 4-H horsemanship for the past 8 years. Following graduation my plans include attending college to study Agriculture and becoming a veterinary technician.

Get ready to “FEEL THE THUNDER�! Hello there rodeo fans, I am Rylee Wilcox, the 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Queen. I am a fifth generation Wallowa County cowgirl. I live in Joseph, Oregon, with my mother, Jill, and brother, Brad Wilcox. My dad, Tim, stepmother, Tonja and stepbrothers, Jared and Conner all live in Lewiston, Idaho. My maternal grandmother, Judy Kinsley, and great grandparents, Bob and Cherryl Zacharias all live in Joseph, as well. My paternal grandparents, Chuck and Pam Wilcox live in Hermiston, Oregon, and great grandfather, Bill Preece who is retired resides in Arizona. I always wear a guitar pick in my hat band and crown in memory and to honor my grandpa, musician Henry Kinsley, who passed away last year due to cancer related issues.My family are no strangers to Chief Joseph Days as volunteers, participants and royalty. My Great grandparents, Bob and Cherryl, served as court chaperones for three years and were honored to be

It has always been my dream since I was little child to become Chief Joseph Days Queen. I was the little girl who hurried behind the chutes every year during the rodeos to get a ride and a picture with a cowgirl who had a crown on her hat. It is my desire to offer other little cowgirls this goal and to encourage them to follow their dreams. They do come true! I am proud represent the 74th Chief Joseph Days Court as the queen. I am grateful for the support of everyone who attend the festivities and the generous folks who have supported me throughout this journey. Please take a moment to honor our veterans and remember those who have or have had struggles with cancer. These two groups of people are very dear to my heart. Feel the Thunder! ~

Rylee Wilcox

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when I was a little girl and wanted to be like them; to inspire and lift up little girls to show them that they could also become a Chief Joseph Days Rodeo member. I am so proud to represent my amazing PRCA hometown rodeo and the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Committee. I also could not be prouder to live in such a supportive and amazing community, that includes my incredible family and friends who have helped me throughout. This fall I will be a senior at Enterprise High School. My hobbies include hunting, softball, riding my horse Fred, and my colt Texas, being on the drill team for Mountain High Broncs and Bulls and spending time with my family and friends. My current GPA throughout high school has been a steady 3.73. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I have lettered in Varsity Softball and I am also a scholar athlete.

Princess Bethany Anderson Hello Rodeo Fans! Welcome to the 74th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo! I am Bethany Anderson, one of the 74th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Princess. I was born and raised in Wallowa County, living 17ish miles north of Enterprise on Elk Mountain Road. My family consists of my parents, Zane and Jessica Anderson, along with my older sister Ella, and my younger sister Eva. I have my wonderful grandparents, Charlie & Lucinda Olsen & Roy Anderson. Last year I lost my Grandma Sue Anderson to breast/bone cancer. I have many cousins and second cousins and family from as close as one or two miles down the road to the other side of the world who I love and who have supported me since I was tiny. There are so many reasons why I wanted to be a member of the CJD Court. I have grown up watching Chief Joseph Days Rodeo like so many of us “kids from Wallowa county”.

I have been very active in my FFA Chapter where I am currently the chapter Secretary. I have received my chapter and state FFA degree and I am a part of our Advanced FFA Judging team that has been placing very well in local and regional competitions. I have been blessed that former CJD Rodeo Queen Anna Rinehart who along with her wonderful parents Joe and Karen, have allowed me to ride their beautiful bay gelding,” Drifter” at many of the events representing Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Drifter is not only a beautiful horse, but he is also smart and fast! My boy “Fred”, will be with me when Drifter is busy otherwise. Fred is a 17.2 hand Paint gelding that my grandpa Charlie raised from our family herd and I love him. I am so fortunate to ride two beautiful horses in this awesome adventure representing Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. My plan after High school is to attend Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology in Boise, Idaho, in the fall of 2020, where I will get my license to work as a beautician. Now… Chief Joseph Days Rodeo fans, Wallowa County, my family and friends… let’s enjoy this incredible annual event “Always the last week in July” and “FEEL THE THUNDER” at the 74th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo!!!

~Bethany Anderson

I have competed in local junior rodeos and the 4-H program to get ready for this opportunity of a lifetime. I looked up to so many of the past court members



who loves the thrill of rodeos. Before trying out for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court, I primarily rode horses to work cattle as a ranch hand. For the past two years I’ve worked at the Wallowa Lake Pack Station during the summer where I guided trail rides into the Eagle Cap mountains and met countless wonderful people from all walks of life. Through the hot summer days at Wallowa Lake, I rode my trusty horse Bob. Bob has been my equine partner for about five years. He is an 11-year-old Quarter horse gelding who loves running in arenas and seeing new faces. Bob is also my partner during Chief Joseph Days events.

Princess Katelynn Diggins Howdy Rodeo Fans! Welcome to the 74th Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo! I am princess Katelynn Diggins and a “Class of 2019” graduate from Enterprise High School. I’m the only child of my wonderful parents Pam and TL Diggins. I was born in Hollywood, Florida, then lived a few different places including a little town called Durkee that was pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. Then my family moved to Lostine, Oregon, where I have lived since the sixth grade. I’ve been around horses all of my life starting while my dad was in the horse transportation business, traveling all across the United States shipping prestigious horses from state-to-state. Growing up, I was never the type of girl who wanted to wear makeup. I would rather have mud on my face, working hard, and being outdoors. While most girls enjoy shopping, I would rather spend my spare time on country roads with the windows down and the radio cranked up. Peter 3:3-4 says: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight." This verse is a great representation of who I truly am. I am a passionate first-generation rodeo court member

My involvement with livestock started in Kindergarten when I showed pigs and rabbits in the PeeWee classes at the Baker County Fair in Halfway, Oregon. In the fourth grade I convinced my parents to let me take a steer to the fair and the next year I acquired my first registered Black Angus heifer. One of my favorite memories of showing occurred in Halfway where I won a free A.I. from ABS that I could use on any cow in the future. This was a huge confidence booster for me to become a part of the agriculture world and I have continued to expand my herd of Registered Angus cattle. I was very involved in 4-H and FFA growing up. I served four years as an FFA officer during high school and I was able to encourage other kids to become a part of the program. I also competed in many FFA contests throughout the district and region. My future plans include entering a trade school to obtain a welding certificate. As my senior project I built a flatbed for my Toyota pickup complete with lights and cool American flags on the headache rack. While there are not a lot of women in welding, that doesn’t slow me down one bit. I am bound and determined to become a high performance technical welder and begin a new and challenging job in that field. I am so excited for the rodeo season ahead of us with my fellow Chief Joseph Days Court members, making wonderful memories that will last a lifetime! I am also looking forward to learn more about the world of rodeo and to meet the many people behind the scenes. A big shout out and "Thank You" to the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Directors and to many volunteers who help make it all happen. I would also like to thank my parents for always supporting me, my close friends for always having my back, and of course my horse and trusted partner for always keeping me safe in the arena. I hope you’re ready to “FEEL THE THUNDER” at the 74th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo !

~K atelynn Diggins



Princess Katelynn Diggins

Princess Bethan Anderson

Qyeen Rylee Wilcox

2019 C hief Joseph Days Rodeo

Boot Bags............................................................... Dusty & Sara Tippet Breast Collars....................Ken & Lela Kunkle and Hubert Murrill Committee Jackets.................................. Mike & Diane Witherrite Complimentary Adjustments.......................... Alpine Chiropractic Dress Belts.......................... Greg's Glass, Greg & Sarah Schaffeld Dress Boots.................................................... Tempting Teal Boutique Earrings (working)..............................................Del & Brinda Stanley Etiquette Dinner...................................... Teah Jones & Sara Tippet Fuel for horse travel........................................ Bill & Dianna Duncan Garment Bags.......1991 CJD Chaperones Terry & Judi Holbrook w/ Princess Dawnette Waters & Teah Jones Hair...........................................................................................Shelly Steen Hand Painted Gloves.......................................Barry & Jerry Qualle Hat Cans.......................... .....Del & Brinda Stanley, Diane Daggett, and Debbie Scudder Hat Shaping.............................................................................. Todd Nash Horse Sheets...................................................... Chuck & Pam Wilcox Horse water Buckets..................................................Norton Welding Jewelry Bags.....................................................................Lucinda Olsen Make-up Consultant........Tamara Duncan/Mary Kay Cosmetics Parade Flowers..................................Enterprise Flower Shop/CJD Purses......................................... Zacharias Logging (Bob & Cherryl) Riding Technique........................................ Kylie Shaffer, Teah Jones Royalty Pins....................... Darlene Turner, Mike & Kathy Warner, John and Cindy Bailey Saddle Blanket Carrying Bags........ Bales Mobile Mix Concrete Scrapbooks............................................................. John & Gail Hillock Splint boots/bell boots/Halters................. Bill & Dianna Duncan in memory of Nicole Duncan Winn Spur Straps & Silver.......................................... Ray Wilson Saddlery Spurs...................................................................................... Judy Bothum Sterling Silver Bracelets............................Don Mallory Silversmith Sterling Silver Earrings..................................Gabe & Cammie Hale Suede Embroidery & Embellishment.... Mad Mary & Company Sunglasses.........Wallowa Lake Vacation Rentals (Chad & Cindi Aschenbrenner) TETWP Shirts........................................................ Alpine Chiropractic Wardrobe Discounts................. Wallowa County Grain Growers Watches.......... Dan & Lori Butterfield, Mark & Anna Butterfield Work Boots and Wardrobe Discounts............The Sports Corral Working Outfit................................................................. Court parents


1979 Queen Marianne Kizer and Princesses Tonya Krouser & Diane Daggett

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Committee sponsors the following: •

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

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

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

A special “Thank You” goes to: Suede Seamstress, Denise Kuppinger Wool Coat Seamstress, Karleen Gomes Suede Embroidery Flying W Designs ~ Rene Wilbur ~Serving on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court provides young women an excellent opportunity to improve poise and self assurance as they attend various community events, activities, parades, and rodeo appearances throughout the year. The experience of being on the CJD court will be an ever bonding tie to your community, CJD, PRCA, and the sport of rodeo not to mention the value of the friendships and connections you will form throughout the year. ~




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

Joseph.................... 31 Enterprise........... 25


Imnaha.......................1 Lapawi......................1

Wallowa................. 12 Lostine.....................1 Troy.............................1

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) & Anna Yost (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) Jessica Olson (1992), Bethany Anderson (2019)

Grandmothers & Granddaughters Mina Drake (1946) & Quinn Casaray (1998) Dolores Perren (1948) & Dena Beach (1997) Beverly Turner (1952) & Amber Locke (1996) Carolyn Hackbarth (1953) & Linzi Strohm (1999) Judy Lewis (1954) & Shay Lyn Massey (2007) Helen Vigne (1947), Keely Hopkins (2001) & Sierra Hopkins (2009) Darlene Tucker (1959), Paige Bailey (2008) & Kylie Willis (2012) Ruby Mallon-Zollmann (1949), Jesse-Ellen Woodhead (2015) Debbie Nobles (1976) & Haley Miller (2017) Pam Preece (1963) & Rylee Wilcox (2019)

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

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



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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The Hospitality Room the room is lined with tables and chairs, allowing just enough space for a bar and two bartenders. “At least 15 people come in to help each day,” Marshall said. Two or three people come in to cook and serve breakfast starting at 7 a.m. One team of volunteers bake the desserts at home while others come in to make salads and plate the cakes and cookies. Still more come to serve dinner. Shelley Marshall said, “And some of those who help me also serve beer or take tickets.”

By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo draws crowds from all over the world to watch four action packed PRCA rodeos at the foot of a 9,000foot mountain named Mount Joseph. The crowds come for the excitement and the beauty, but they return for the hospitality. Advocating that hospitality is job number one for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court as they travel the Northwest promoting Wallowa County’s premier event. Back home during the last week in July, rodeo contestants and their families, sponsors and many visiting committee members get the true, down home treatment at the Hospitality Room run by CJD director Shelley Marshall and her incredibly talented husband Tim. On a Sunday in May under skies threating to rain, Tim and Larry Bellamy fire up charcoal on a Traeger barbecue behind the

Hospitality Room to cater a private event as Shelley goes over its history. “Al Slinker started the Hospitality Room in the mid-90s serving sandwiches and booze to sponsors during the rodeo under an old Safeway tent,” Shelley Marshall said. The Marshalls, parents of two previous rodeo court members, got into the rodeo hospitality business in 1999 when they prepared the court coronation dinner. From there the couple took on an open-sided, metal pole barn and turned it into the heart of the Joseph Rodeo Grounds. “Tim and I stuck it out and in 2020 it will be our 20th year,” Marshall said. The Hospitality Room’s galley style kitchen runs along one wall of the steel building. Most of the rest of

From this makeshift kitchen hundreds are fed during the rodeo each summer and at other events throughout the year. While Shelley Marshall tells the story of the Hospitality Room, Tim Marshall pulls out great triangles of beef from their marinade bath and slaps them on a Traeger barbecue for a sheriff’s dinner in the Thunder Room. Tim’s cooking is well loved among the rodeo crowd. Shelley Marshall said, “When we first started I felt bad that Tim was outside cooking by himself, so I’d go out to visit with him and there would be women sitting out there drinking beer and watching him!” “They were learning how to barbecue!” Tim Marshall explained. When they started out, Shelley Marshall said they made tacos and spaghetti, but the fare got “fancier” over the years. Each night Tim barbecues ham or chicken, pork ribs or tri tip while Shelley oversees preparation of the sides, rolls and desserts. Volunteers serve beer during dinner and until 10 p.m. after the rodeo, out come the biscuits

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In Loving Memory of

DAN AKLEY Chute Boss by heart and soul

By Katy Nesbitt for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

One of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo’s long time chute bosses, Dan Ackley died last year, leaving a hole in the hearts of his Wallowa County friends. The former steer wrestler from Meridian, Idaho, who placed at the National Finals Rodeo in 1977, 78 and 79, turned to running chutes at rodeos around the Northwest in his retirement. For nearly 15 years Ackley organized the timed events at the Harley Tucker Arena, and like so many of the contractors who work the rodeo, he and his wife Judy became close friends with many of the locals. “Joseph is like my second home.“ Judy Ackley said,

who recently moved from Prineville, Ore. to Rainier, Wash. A former barrel racer, Judy Ackley said she was the rodeo secretary for Chief Joseph from 1986 to 2004. “I did every rodeo up here – Pendleton, Ellensburg, St. Paul – and Dan went on to be chute boss at most of them,” Judy Ackley said. At the Pendleton Round-Up, Dan Ackley ran the bucking chutes, she said. When he wasn’t working rodeo chutes, Dan Ackley turned a hobby making nick knacks into a successful home furnishings business he sold by word-of-mouth and at craft fairs. Long before he came to work the chutes at Chief Joseph Days, Dan Ackley was well known among the rodeo crowd. Barrie Qualle, a longtime rodeo volunteer, said he first met Dan Ackley in Oakdale, California. “He was working a timed event wearing a buckskin shirt with fringe on it,” Qualle said. “He was one of the tougher guys. There was no ‘Back Down’ in Dan. He was the perfect guy for running the chute – no one was going to give him any grief. If he made a call it would stick, when he was judging the rodeo.” While he may have been tough, he was also de-

Dan Akley at work as the chute boss at Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, with his "No Back Down" attitude always having an impeccable eye for setup, animal welfare and competitor safety.



scribed as a guy everybody liked. “Dan was always in a great mood - always glad to see you, but you better not piss him off, that would be my take on Dan,” Qualle said. Fred Steen said he worked with Dan Ackley at Chief Joseph Days on and off for 20 years, but he first met him when they were both steer wrestling. “He hazed for me back in the 80s,” Steen said. “He was just a really good guy – if you needed something, he’d be there to help you.” As chute boss, Steen remembered Ackley as highly skilled at keeping the cowboys and livestock moving right along. “He was always positive and upbeat and willing to do whatever it took to make rodeo better - and he had a good rapport with the contestants,” Steen said. A timed event volunteer for decades, Steen said he is stepping in to Ackley’s role this year as chute boss. “Dan will be greatly missed,” Steen said.

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THE HISTORY OF CHIEF JOSEPH DAYS The next year the rodeo committee decided to hold the celebration in Joseph. Land for a stadium was donated to the City of Joseph for this purpose by Roy and Emily Daggett and some deeded to the Chamber of Commerce by Bill and Jean Warnock. Roy and others donated heavy equipment to prepare the grounds. Miller Mills sawed the lumber. Wilbur Reece, chairman of the committee acquired 16 kegs of black market nails. The Wallowa County Grain Growers donated 1500’ of cable, and a group of men donated numerous hours of labor putting it together at a cost of about $14,000. Only one “little” (major) problem popped up in the entire complex project. The night before the rodeo they discovered they had put all the chute gates on backwards. The last gate was put on correctly as the sun came up on the opening day of the rodeo! Many people credit the early success of Chief Joseph Days to the presence of movie actor and part-time resident Walter Brennan. Walter promoted the celebration by arranging newsreel footage, airplane tours to northwest cites, and appearing in the parades, sometimes as leader of the “Chesnimnus National Band.”

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 when the least rain fell. That helped decide when to have the celebration!

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 as we speak, with thousands of dollars spent each year upgrading the facility. More land was purchased in 2003 for further expansion. A permanent souvenier booth adjecent to the the Thunder Room and new bathrooms were added in 2018. None of this 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. And the story continues....



Livestock Show in Union, the St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, the Elgin Stampede in Elgin and Chief Joseph Days in Joseph. The contestants must enter all 4 rodeos and the one with the most points earned will be announced at the final performance of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

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

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 $11,000.00 and goes up a $1,000.00 each year to the contestant winning the award 3 times. 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 2018 Roger Nonella K-Falls, OR


PAST CHAMPIONS All Around Champion

1946 Results Not Available 1947 Larry Daniels 1948 Eddy Akridge 1949 Eddy Akridge 1950 Ross Dollarhide 1951 Ross Dollarhide 1952 Ross Dollarhide 1953 Larry Daniels 1954 Cotton Rosser 1955-56 Results Not Available 1957 Daryl Hobdey 1958 Bill Linderman 1959 Jack Carson 1960 Bob Swaim 1961 None Selected 1962-64 Results Not Available 1965 Jim Steen 1966-67 Results Not Available 1968 Woody Bell 1969 Brad Bolta 1970 Results Not Available 1971 Frankie Santos 1972 Clyde Longfellow 1973 Ken Fazier 1974 Jim Steen 1975 Joe Bronkhorst 1976 Butch Knowles 1977 Buz Peth 1978 Dick Kelly 1979 Joe Bronchorst 1980 Dee Pickett 1981 Bill Nelson 1982 Dee Pickett 1983 Sam Kayser 1984 Ron Currin Jr. 1985 Sam Kayser 1986 Mike Fuller 1987 Shane Crossley 1988 Mike Beers 1989 Mike Beers 1990 Mike Beers 1991 Tony Currin 1992 Mike Beers 1993 John Alps 1994 Results Not Available 1995 Mike Beers 1996 David Motes 1997 Jason Eiguren 1998 Brad Culpepper 1999 Jason Stewart 2000 Tony Currin 2001 Ross Coleman 2002 Cash Myers 2003 Shane Erickson 2004 Kyle Lockett 2005 Rob Black 2006 Brian Hill 2007 Sam Willis 2008 BJ Campbell 2009 Jason Stewart 2010 Trevor Knowles 2011 Russell Cardoza 2012 Shane Erickson 2013 Shane Erickson 2014 Roger Nonella 2015 Joe Bartlett 2016 Jason Minor 2017 Jordan Ketscher 2018 Caleb McMillan

Bareback Champions 1946 1947 1948 1949

Sunny Robinson Ike Thompson Eddy Akridge Eddy Akridge

1950 Eddy Akridge 1948 Red Whatley 1951 Bill Harvey 1949 Red Whatley 1952 Bob Swaim 1950 Ross Dollarhide 1953 Jack Carson 1951 Pat Smith 1954 Don Boag 1952 Les Kamm 1955 Bill Boag 1953 Pud Adiar 1956 Buddy Peak 1954 Cotton Rosser 1957 Allen Houston 1955 Clark Maddox 1958 Buck Boyce 1956 Hugh Posey 1959 Daryl Hobdey 1957 Daryl Hobdey 1960 Bob Swaim 1958 Wayne McMeans 1961 Sammy Flynn 1959 Stewart Guthrie 1962 Sonny Tureman 1960 Neil Beamer 1963 Jim Roeser 1961 Dr. Art Fulerson 1964 Jim Lightfoot 1962 Clark Maddox 1965 Bob Swaim 1963 Les Kamm 1966-67 Results Not Available 1964 Tom Bergevin 1968 Daryl Brown 1965 Jerry Anderson 1969 Gaylord Moran 1966-67 Results Not Available 1970 Buzz Seely 1968 Bob Johnson 1971 Buzz Seely 1969 Brad Bolta, Ben Finley 1972 Buzz Seely 1970 Tom Bergevin 1973 Buzz Seely 1971 G.L. Longgood 1974 Royce Smith 1972 G.L. Longgood, Bob 1975 Benny Ruda Johnson, 1976 Joe Ruda Tooter Waites 1977 Russell McCall 1973 Gene Hassler 1978 Mike Jones, 1974 Jay Greenwood Russell McCall 1975 Sam Kayser 1979 Ron Parrish 1976 Danny Torricellas 1980 Russell McCall 1977 Brent Palmer 1981 Steve Coleman 1978 Sam Kayser 1982 Benny Ruda 1979 Joe Talbot 1983 Joe Ruda, Shane Law 1980 Dee Pickett 1984 Tony Stevenson 1981 Dave Cannon 1985 Paul Reinke 1982 Phil Urback 1986 Tony Stevenson 1983 Sam Kayser, Kyle 1987 Jed McKinley Robinson 1988 Rocky Steagall 1984 Ron Currin Jr. 1989 Dave Sherod 1985 Dale Smith 1990 Rocky Steagall 1986 Dee Pickett 1991 Tony Hecksher 1987 Shane Crossley 1992 Matt Weishoff, Richie 1988 Dee Pickett Hamilton 1989 Mike Beers 1993 Lee Rice 1990 Cody Hassler 1994 Clint Corey 1991 Nate Kayser 1995 Jason Jackson, Clay 1992 John Sloan Kirkham 1993 John Alps 1996 Jason Jackson 1994 Tony Currin 1997 Shane Call 1995 Brad Goodrich 1998 Clint Corey 1996 Shane Slack 1999 Scott Drennan 1997 Jason Eiguren 2000 Cody Jesse 1998 Jesse Sheffield, Jason 2001 Jason Havens Stewart 2002 Bobby Mote 1999 Jeff Coelho 2003 Cody Jesse 2000 Cash Meyers 2004 Ryan Gray 2001 Matt Shiowaza 2005 Bobby Mote 2002 Blair Burk 2006 Jason Havens 2003 Shane Erickson 2007 Mitch Rickman 2004 Shane Erickson 2008 Bobby Mote 2005 Ty Sturza 2009 R.C. Landingham 2006 Jay Don Greenwood 2010 Jason Havens, Will Lowe 2007 Shane Slack 2011 Ryan Gray 2008 Jason Minor 2012 Steven Dent 2009 Ryan Fornstrom 2013 George Gillespie IV 2010 Josh Peek 2014 George Gillespie IV 2011 Landon McClaugherty 2015 Grant Denny 2012 Shane Erickson 2016 Richmond Champion, & 2013 (tie) Bradley Bynum Zack Brown (tied) Chase Williams 2017 Mason Clements 2014 Blair Burke 2018 Clayton Biglow 2015 Michael Pederson 2016 J.C. Malone Tie Down Roping Champions 2017 Jordan Ketscher 2018 Ty Harris 1946 David Wolf 1947 Pud Adair

Saddle Bronc Champions

1946 Jack Davis 1947 Cecil Bedford 1948 Eddy Akridge 1949 Eddy Akridge 1950 Eddy Akridge 1951 Ross Dollarhide 1952 Numa McCoin 1953 Cliff Gunderson 1954 Chuck Sheppard 1955 Paul Templeton 1956 Les Johnson 1957 Cecil Swaggart 1958 Jack Carson, Bud Sharp 1959 Norman Goree 1960 Don Wilson 1961 Jim Roeser 1962 Jim Roeser 1963 Ronnie Raymond 1964 Shirly Bothum 1965 Jim Steen 1966-67 Results Not Available 1968 Ross Loney 1969 Dennis Colson 1970 Jim Steen 1971 Don Farnmer 1972 Clyde Longfellow 1973 Everett Jones 1974 Clyde Longfellow 1975 Clyde Longfellow 1976 Butch Knowles 1977 Bob Koch 1978 Butch Knowles 1979 Pat Fuller 1980 Bill Nelson 1981 David Bothum 1982 Jim Bothum 1983 David Bothum 1984 Clyde Longfellow, Con Williams 1985 Jim Brown, Glynn Montero 1986 Earl Hammond 1987 Rocky Steagall 1988 Wade Lofthouse 1989 Dusty Crary, Rocky Steagall 1990 Wayne Smith, Gary Alger 1991 Darrell Schneider 1992 Darrell Schneider, Jimmy Mitchell 1993 Kenny Black 1994 Results Not Available 1995 Chance Dixon, Toby Adams 1996 Dan Mortenson, Blake Swaggert 1997 Gary Alger 1998 Joe Slagowski 1999 Johnny Hammack 2000 Rance Bray 2001 Craig Latham 2002 JC Selvester 2003 Shawn Morehead 2004 Ira Slagowski 2005 Matt Marvel 2006 Cody Wright, Shawn Morehead 2007 Cody Wright 2008 Roy Johnson 2009 Frank McKay 2010 Scott Miller 2011 Chance Millin 2012 Levi Bunch 2013 Joseph Harper 2014 Ben Londo



PAST CHAMPIONS 2015 2016 2017 2018

Ryan MacKenzie Cody DeMoss Johnny Espeland Alex Wright

Steer Wrestling Champions 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970

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


Results Not Available Larry Fraizer Merrill Hansen Larry Daniels Ross Dollarhide Ross Dollarhide Ike Fernandez Claude Morris Cotton Rosser Bill Sylvester Ted Reed Les Kamm Les Kamm Les Kamm Don Posey Don Posey Chuck John Don Posey Buford Kinnison Les Kamm Results Not Available JP Roan Jack Roddy Mike Ring Don Churchwell, Jim Goforth Frankie Santos G.L. Longgood Bob Marshall Buz Peth Darrel Sewell Carl Mansfield Sam Kayser Dick Kelly Joe Bronkhorst Larry Melroth Buz Peth Pat Nogle Clay West J.P. Roan Jim Powers Mike Fuller Jeff Finley Mike Currin Charlie Pattison Tony Currin Tony Currin Tony Currin Tony Currin Curtis Been Danny Torricellas Curtis Been Brad Gleason Shawn Mikelson Michael Stevens Steve Currin Brad Gleason Tony Currin Sean Mulligan KC Jones Shawn Greenfield Michael Reger Sean Santucci Beau Franzen B.J. Campbell Trevor Knowles Nik Hamm Travis Taruscio Andy Weldon

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Blake Knowles Travis Carnine Dakota Eldridge Trevor Knowles Levi Rudd

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

Results Not Available Larry Daniels Walt Sullins Larry Daniels J.T. Tacker Don Boag Don Boag Larry Daniels Dwight Maddox Dwight Maddox, Jack Carson 1956 Jack Carson 1957 Otto Underwood 1958 Jack Carson 1959 Jack Carson 1960 Otto Underwood 1961 Jack Carson 1962 Bob A. Robinson 1963 Joel Sublett 1964 Jack Carson 1965 Jim Steen 1966-67 Results Not Available 1968 Ed Miller 1969 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 2014 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Joe Meling Derek Kolbaba, Cody Miller (tied) Shawn Proctor Derek Kolbaba Derek Kolbaba Colby Demo

Barrel Racing Champions

1961 Barbara Curcio 1962 Results Not Available 1963 Katherine Anderson 1964 Roxy Curtis 1965 Sandy Curcio 1966-68 Results Not Available 1969 Renee Cook 1970 Sandy Curcio 1971 Results Not Available 1972 Patti McCoin 1973 Patti Lievense 1974 Kathy Fletcher 1975 Joyce Bloxham 1976 Jan Harrell 1977 Julie Rugg 1978 Patti McCoin 1979 Julie Doering 1980 Julie Doering 1981 Michelle LaRue 1982 Julie Doering 1983 Shawna Wright 1984 Kelli Fletcher 1985 Joyce Bloxham 1986 Julie Williams 1987 Julie Williams 1988 Maureen Crossley, Norma Kelly, Kelli Fletcher 1989 Joan Eckman 1990 Tina Davies 1991 Dee Dee Schumacher 1992 Kelly Currin 1993 Kelly Currin 1994 Randy Britt 1995 Kim McCrae, Randy Britt 1996 Josey Bronkhorst 1997 Renee Gossett 1998 Jill Johnson 1999 Katie McCoin 2000 Sherrylynn Adams 2001 Maureen Crossley 2002 Carol Barr 2003 Kelly Kaminski 2004 Brittany Pozzi 2005 Barbara West 2006 Brenda Davis 2007 Gilla Lieuallen 2008 Linzie Walker 2009 Barbara West 2010 Brenda Mays 2011 Danna Stovner 2012 Pamela Capper 2013 Tami Semas 2014 Tammy Semas 2015 Rachel Stoller 2016 Callahan Crossley 2017 Teri Bangart 2018 Jordan Minor

Team Roping Champions 1969

Dick Williams, Pete Peterson 1970 Vern Lowman, Everett Lowman 1971 Mike Maiden, Gene Maiden

1972 1973

Bill Ward, Les Kamm Bob Weaver, Curly Krisher

1974 1975 1976

Steve Wallace, Ken McCrae Joe Bronkhorst, Pat Fuller George Desbrisay, Bob Burrel 1977 Gary Hemsted, Jake Stephens 1978 Dick Kelly, Not Available 1979 Tom Flenniken, Tommy Flenniken 1980 Jerold Camarillo, Julio Moreno 1981 Allen Bach, Jack Barnes 1982 Mike Beers, Dee Pickett 1983 Rickey Green, Julio Moreno 1984 Jake Stephens, Dusty Youren 1985 Rusty Wright, Lee Woodbury 1986 Cliff Davis, Joe Barlett 1987 Shane Crossley, Pat Minor 1988 Monty Joe Petska, Paul Petska 1989 Troy Frazier, Wade Jess 1990 Mike Beers, Doyle Gellerman 1991 K.C. Jones, Mark Simmon 1992 Kory Mytty, Shane Schwenke 1993 Denton Payne, Y.D. Yates 1994 Brye Sayer, Kyon Sayer 1995 D. Motes, Mike Beers 1996 Guy Gregg, Dave Inman 1997 Dee Pickett, Brent Lockett 1998 Mike Fuller, Shain Sproul 1999 Kyle Lockett, Jason Stewart 2000 Wade Wheatley, Kyle Lockett 2001 David Motes,Ryan Motes 2002 Richard Eiguren, BJ Campbell 2003 (tie) Ty Bowman, Dave Inman 2003 (tie) Shane Erickson, Will Schmidt 2004 Jared Cox, Trevor McCoin 2005 Bobby Alexander, Shane Crossley 2006 Matt Funk, Bucky Campbell 2007 Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2008 Matt Funk, Bucky Campbell 2009 Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2010 Luke Brown,Martin Lucero, Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2011 Brady Minor, Riley Minor 2012 Brandon Beers, Cully Stafford 2013 Brandon Beers, Jim Ross Cooper 2014 T.J. MaCauley, Cole Sherwood

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HINMUT-TOO-YAH-LAT-KEKEHT Young Chief Joseph - Last of the big Chiefs

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 we honor factual history and remember the suffering of Indians. Their name for themselves is Nimíipuu (pronounced [nimipu]), meaning, "The People", in their native language. In fact, Nez Percé is an exonym that was given by French Canadian fur traders who visited the area regularly in the late 18th century. It's literally meaning is "pierced nose"; an erroneous identification as nose piercing was never practiced by the tribe. Chief Joseph's Nimíipuu name was Hinmut-too-yahlat-kekeht, which, when translated into English, means “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 as "Young Joseph." White men had been coming to the Valley of the Winding Waters since about 1834. These first ones were explorers, trappers and missionaries. They represented only a trickle; but the trickle grew, became a stream; and in the end, the stream grew into a madly-rushing river, flooding its own banks and destroying all things that had been. In 1855, Hinmut-too-yah-lat-kekeht'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 some of the land they had always called their own to the white man, 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

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” ~ Chief Joseph 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 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 white men and Nez Percé 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 1876, 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, but 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 Wallowas 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. The fighting lasted for six days. When it was over, 275 people were dead, 150 Nez Perce and 125 U.S. Soldiers. Following his surrender, Chief Joseph and his people were escorted, first to Kansas, and then to what is presentday Oklahoma. Joseph spent the next several years pleading his people's


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.

case, even meeting with President Rutherford Hayes in 1879. At the end his people were put on reservations in Oklahoma, Idaho, and Washington.

picture is displayed in businesses, the post office, restaurants, vacation rentals, and many other places to honor a man who wanted nothing but peace for his people.

Finally, in 1885, Joseph and others were allowed to return to the Pacific Northwest, but it was far from a perfect solution. So many of his people had already perished, either from war or disease, and their new home was still miles from their true homeland in the Wallowa Valley.

He’s the man who said: “The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”

Chief Joseph did not live to see again the land he had known as a child and young warrior. He died in exile at the age of 64, on September 21, 1904, and was buried in the Colville Indian Cemetery on the Colville Reservation in the state of Washington.

“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.”

Today he is well remembered throughout Wallowa County. His


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 29th 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, including 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.



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 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 encampments 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 Dietrich


Map showing the flight of the Nez Perce and key battle sites.





CAMPAIGN FOR THE MORAINE Securing one of North America’s most iconic landscapes while serving as a model for sustainable community forestry and range management

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

connection to the moraine is long and deep. Back in the 40’s, after World War II had ended, local cowboys and cowgirls wanted to a create a celebration. They contacted Harley Tucker who owned rodeo stock and Ben Peal, whose family owned land on the glacial moraine bordering Wallowa Lake. Hence, not too long after, the first Chief Joseph Days Rodeo was staged on Sunday, July 29, 1946. The following year the rodeo was moved to Joseph due to the steep hillside and difficult access conditions. Nonetheless, 74 years later the connection to this phenomenal creation of nature has remained as profound as in 1946 for the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Committee and its many friends. Thanks to the enlightened stewardship of many generations of landowners, the East Moraine has remained largely undeveloped and looks today much like it did a hundred years ago. However, without action, the East Moraine is at threat of residential development – which would permanently mar what is considered a “text-book perfect”

example of a glacial moraine. Hence, in 2011 a “Moraines Partnership” was formed. A publicprivate coalition, the Partnership is made up of the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners, Wallowa Resources, Wallowa Land Trust and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The goals of the Partnership are to provide public access respectful of the landscape and its scenic beauty, protect open space for wildlife, recreation, and natural resources; and, maintain sustainable working landscapes of farms, forests and rangeland to contribute to the local economy and rural ways of life. After almost a decade of negotiations, the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership has successfully entered into a binding agreement to purchase 1,791 acres from the East Moraine’s largest landowner, the Ronald C. Yanke Family Trust. Encompassing approximately 60% of this iconic ice-age landscape, the Partnership has one year to raise $6.6 million to complete the transaction. To date we have already raised almost $3.7 million, more than fifty percent of the funds needed.

With this acquisition, a significant portion of the Wallowa Lake Moraines will become publically owned – serving as a model for sustainable forest and rangeland stewardship while protecting critical habitat and providing opportunities for recreation and community access. Once acquired, the property will be owned and managed by Wallowa County.

Located just outside the town of Joseph, Oregon and at the base of the Wallowa Mountain Range, the Wallowa Lake Moraines are among the most classic and complete examples of Pleistocene moraines found in North America, offering unparalleled education on glacial history and climate change. Often referred to as "textbook perfect," these moraines are featured in geology textbooks across the United States.



According to Nez Perce Tribe Chairman Anthony Johnson, “The Tribe has a particularly extraordinary interest in the protection of the aesthetic and natural beauty of Wallowa Lake and its environs because of the cultural, historical and religious importance of Wallowa Lake to the Tribe and its people. It is no over statement to say that Wallowa Lake and its surrounding moraines, as an integrated whole, are a sacred place for Nez Perce people.” This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a natural wonder, one of the

most spectacular glacial landforms in the United States.


In order to fulfill this vision, the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership needs to secure $6,556,555 no later than January 29, 2020 to acquire the Ronald C. Yanke Family Trust's East Moraine property. For more information on how you can help and become an eternal part in securing this marvelous and unparalleled glacial landforms visit www.morainecampaign.org.

Wallowa County residents are proud of their community, their culture and their rural agricultural heritage. The stunning beauty of this corner of northeast Oregon is one that has inspired photographers, hikers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. Each year we see a greater influx of visitors and new residents. As Wallowa County increasingly becomes a “must see” destination, we have a unique opportunity to plan strategically for the future and ensure that we don’t destroy the very things that make this place so desirable to live, work and play: the wildlife, the open spaces, the farms and ranches and the rural lifestyle.

1989 Queen Heather Williamson and Princesses Shawna Devault & Jill Stilson

Without action, the East Moraine will likely be transformed forever by development. Under current zoning, up to 15 homes could be built on the East Moraine, including three on the iconic crest. Hence, the goal is to permanently extinguish the ability to develop the East Moraine property and will steward it for the benefit of the community, protecting unique plants and wildlife, providing recreational opportunities and supporting the economy through forestry and grazing.

In Loving Memory of


1947 - 2018

Check out our new Souvenir Booth adjacent to the Thunder Room for the newest CJD Gear, T-Shirts, Hats, Hoodies, Vests, Jewelry, and so much more!!! 56

Larry Bellamy was 71 years old when he arrived at the gates of heaven on June 6, 2018. He was a member of the Washington County Rodeo Board for 15 years and volunteered for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo for 17 years.

He will be greatly missed!!!


Get Ready for the 13th 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 2020 Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo ~ always the last weekend in June ~

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



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1999 Queen Linzi Strohm Princesses Kjer Ames & Jessica Baynes


2009 Queen Sarah Butterfield and Princesses Sierra Hopkins & Meagan McKenzie


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 2014 Queen Anna Rinehart

PAST CHAMPIONS Team Roping continued 2015 2016 2017 2018

2012 2013 2014 2015

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

2017 Jim Locke 2018 Fred Brown

George Kohlhepp J.D. Brock Hunter Blazer Konnyr Marek

Wild Cow Milking

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

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Ranch Saddle Bronc

Jake Barnes Jr. Nogueira Cole Sherwood, Steve Sherwood Tanner Patzke Quade Patzke Erich Rogers Clint Summers

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 2018 Queen Deidre Schreiber Rylee Goller

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 2016 Jerry Cobb/Rawley Bigsby 2017 Jeremy Suftin/Fawley BIgsby 2018 Ethan Lowe/Patrick Green

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 25 years with a bang of speed and energy. This year the riders include past Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court members Kylie Shaffer, Sarah (Butterfield) Schaffeld, Julie Justesen. Also riding for the Tuckerettes are Emma Hite, Brianna Micka, and Claire Ely. "The future of Rodeo" will have the honor of carrying the American Flag, while Destiny Wecks holds the position of carefully leading the visiting royalty through the traditional serpentine.

The Tuckerettes during the 73rd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Photography ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich

Sit back and enjoy while these fine riders exhibit for your enjoyment, intense reining maneuvers at high speeds and precise synchronization.

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Don’t miss the 2019 C H I E F JO S E PH DAYS PARADE S!!! Join us for the 74th 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 74th 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.

The famous Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Stage Coach coming down Main Street during the 2018 Chief Joseph Days Grand Parade with Grand Marshall John Growney; Gary Prout at the reins, Max Prout on the right, Stan Stanhope on the left, and CJD Director Harley Tucker in the back.

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. 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 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Junior Parade. Parade photography ©2018 Angelika Ursula Dietrich.



The Jewel of CJD - The Hospitality Room

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to the pole barn-style structure. Four years later a concrete floor was poured and plumbing installed. Shelley Marshall said their first food prep tables were old doors propped up with sawhorses and the cabinets were salvaged from someone remodeling a kitchen. She said she puts down cardboard on the floor to soften the impact of walking on concrete all day. She can be seen after the official hours of the Hospitality Room, carrying a tray of sandwiches back to the directors and PRCA staff who worked through their dinner hour.

and gravy. “We go through two cookers of gravy a night and 90 biscuits,” Shelley Marshall said. The popular dish is also served at breakfast along with sausage, fruit and even parfaits. Lunch is typically cobbled together from the previous dinners leftovers.

Mostly, the Marshalls are paid in compliments, but their hard work has been recognized. They both received the John Justin Standard of the West Award, embroidered Justin boots, for serving as volunteers and committee members. Shelley Marshall also received her PRCA Gold Card, commemorating her 20 years of volunteer commitment. As Tim flipped smoking hunks of beef on the barbecue, Shelley thumbed through a handful of photos and said, “We couldn’t do it without all the great people who volunteer every year.”

As the menu expanded, the building’s amenities improved. In 2000 walls and windows were added



Pickup Men - The Unsung Heroes Of Rodeos

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Ranching and rodeo run in Coleman’s blood – his brother Ross is a successful PRCA cowboy and a Pro Bull Rider reserve world champion and all three sisters have raced barrels. When he turned 18, Coleman said he got his PRCA card and was hired by John Growney who sent him off into the world of professional rodeos. At home in Molalla, he helps his cows calve in the late winter and puts up hay in the summer. He said ranching and working rodeos is all he’s ever wanted to do. “To ride a horse all your life and be around them gives you the love for rodeo and being a cowboy,” Coleman said. He takes between five and six horses to work each rodeo and to keep them fit he said he gives them on good feed and grain every morning. Coleman said, “If you take good care of them, they take good care of you.” Matt Twitchell making it look easy racing and assisting a A tough cowboy gets back in the saddle after an injury, and Bridwell bronc during the 2017 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. Coleman is showing his grit by returning to the rodeo arena less than a year after a horse wreck broke his leg in nine places animals and discerning which way they are going to run and requiring a rod and four screws to put it back together. how they are going to do it. Coleman said, “I was leading a bucking horse through the out “You gotta position your horse to the bucking horse to get the gate and he just kinda lunged into me, ran by, caught my spur guy off safely, get the flank off and take them out of the arena and twisted my leg.” and you have to know what your partner is doing and not cut But wrecks, he said, are part of working with livestock. him off. And if you fall down, you got to get right back up,” For the most part he said pickup men stay safe by reading the Coleman said. Family Owned and Operated since 1960 Enterprise, Oregon

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74 years of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo by purchasing one

of our great souvenirs from the souvenir booth!

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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 2009

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

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Presidents 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

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


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

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


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