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Table of Contents What’s inside...

4 | Letter from the President

35 | Bullfighter, Nathan Jestes

69 | 2012 PRCA World Champions

7 | Schedule of Events

35 | Bullfighter, Loyd Ketchum

70 | PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour

8 | Rodeo Arena Map

36 | Elllensburg Rodeo Royal Court

71 | Ellensburg Rodeo Arena Records

9 | Order of Events

39 | Darlene Cox, 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo Poster Photographer

76 | 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees

40 | Jon Fitterer, Driver Award Recipient

78 | Chamber Cowboys

10 | Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors

41 | Dodge Pickup Men

81 | Ellensburg Rodeo Top Hands

42 | Hats to Fame

82 | Ellensburg Rodeo Possee

14 | Saddle Bronc Riding

45 | Miss Rodeo Washington

82 | Ellensburg Rodeo Merchandise

46 | Special Feature, Rodeo Dirt

86 | Rodeo Arena Seating

48 | Justin McKee, Ellensburg Rodeo Announcer

90 | Coy Huffman, Behind the Scenes

53 | Yakama Indian Nation

94 | 2013 Award Sponsors

9 | Stock Contractors 9 | PRCA Officials

11 | Past Board of Directors 17 | Bareback Riding 18 | Tie Down Roping 21 | Team Roping 22 | Barrel Racing 25 | Bull Riding 26 | Steer Wrestling

54 | Patriot Night, Rodeo Performance Dedication

27 | Wild Cow Milking

54 | The Unknown Soldier, Parade Grand Marshal

28 | Kittitas County Fair Board of Directors

59 | Tomas Garcilazo, Specialty Act

29 | Cattlemen of the Year

60 | Tough Enough to Wear Pink 63 | Ashley Sabin, Ellensburg Rodeo Scholarship

32 | Cattlewoman of the Year 35 | Bullfighters, Donnie Griggs

64 | How Slack Works 66 | King County Posse

93 | The Gold Buckle Club 97 | JJ Harrison, Rodeo Clown

98 | 2013 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees 102 | Behind the Chutes, Section 9 and Trading Post Saloon 107 | Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame artifacts 107 | Sponsor Flag Carriers 108 | Vendors

109 | Local Sponsors


This publication is the official program for the 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo. It has been produced in partnership between the Ellensburg Rodeo and the Daily Record. Ellensburg Rodeo Media Relations Director: Brian Twardoski Ellensburg Rodeo Office Administrator: Megan Woodworth Ellensburg Rodeo Contact Information: 609 N. Main Street • Ellensburg, WA 98926 Phone: (509) 962-7831 • Toll Free: (800) 637-2444 Email: • Advertising Inquiries: Daily Record • 401 N. Main Street • Ellensburg, WA 98926 Phone: (509) 925-1414 • Toll Free: (800) 676-4850 Email: •

Contributing photographers: Brian Myrick, Barb Owens, Mike Johnston - Daily Record; Molly Morrow Photography; the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame; PRCA; and Marty Stingley Project Editor: Joanna Markell and Eryn Akers, Daily Record Publication Designer: Cait Rainsberry, Daily Record Daily Record Advertising Director: Tyler Miller Cover Photo: Brian Myrick, Daily Record 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo


President’s Letter

A Letter from Ellensburg Rodeo President Kelly Schademan

On behalf of the Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you all to the 91st anniversary of the Ellensburg Rodeo!

This Labor Day weekend, our community’s greatest event will attract thousands of spectators, performers, and contestants from all corners of our beautiful country. The rides will be harder, the racers and ropers faster, the stock meaner and the payout higher at over $400,000. We are proud to be ranked in the top 12 rodeos in the country, and we hope to stay there by continually improving each and every participant’s experience with the Ellensburg Rodeo.

Our competitors come from places far and wide to compete in events like calf roping and bronc busting that began as a way of life for many of their ancestors. Of course everyone, young and old, can enjoy a performance by our rodeo clown, JJ Harrison. This year we hope to spark interest with our specialty act, Tomas Garcilazo - The Charro. He is the third generation in his family to perform “La Charreria,” a

“At the heart of our rodeo are the people that make it possible.” — Kelly Schademan, President, Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors

traditional display of horsemanship and rope artistry. We hope this is something the whole audience can enjoy.

Once again, the Wrangler Xtreme Bulls World Tour will have its finale here in our arena. Only the top 40 cowboys from around the world come to compete against the toughest rough stock in the world. The stakes will be higher than ever as they compete for $85,000 in prize money and the title of the 2013 Xtreme Bull Riding Champion.


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Kelly Schademan — Ellensburg Rodeo Board, President —

Friday we will celebrate the American spirit with our first annual Patriot Night. Patriot shirts will be on sale with $5 of the proceeds going toward the Wounded Warrior Project. We also like to make Sunday a special day here at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Show off your pink and your support for Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, which is geared toward finding a cure for breast cancer.

At the heart of our rodeo are the people who make it possible. Countless individuals and supporting groups put in hundreds of hours just to see the show go on every year. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all those who make our Rodeo the great show it always it. We hope you will enjoy the time you spend with us here at the Ellensburg Rodeo!

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Schedule of Events A weekend packed full of events and fun!

Saturday, Aug. 17

8 a.m. Rodeo Kick-Off Breakfast

Thursday, Aug. 29

7 a.m. Slack

- Tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and team roping

10 a.m. 12 p.m. 7 p.m.

Kittitas County Fair opens Carnival and midway rides open Hall of Fame Banquet and Hats to Fame auction (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

- Limited number of tickets available through the ticket office for $35 - Dinner and induction ceremony at CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom

8 p.m. Ellensburg Rodeo Hoedown in the Downtown

- Featuring the Dusty 45s - Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Pearl Street - Free for all ages

Friday, Aug. 30

9 a.m. Slack

- Tie-down roping and steer wrestling

10 a.m. 10 a.m. 6:45 p.m.

Kittitas County Fair opens Carnival and midway rides open Opening performance of the Ellensburg Rodeo - Patriot Night

Saturday, Aug. 31 6:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast (Grocery Outlet parking lot, University Way and Ruby Street)

- cost is approximately $5 per person

9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 8 p.m.

Western parade (downtown Ellensburg) Kittitas County Fair opens Carnival and midway rides open Ellensburg Rodeo PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale

- Tickets available through rodeo office 800-637-2444 - Gates open at 7 p.m./show starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 1 8 a.m. Pancake breakfast (Grocery Outlet parking lot, University Way and Ruby Street) 10 a.m. Kittitas County Fair opens 10 a.m. Cowboy church - Located in Section KK (NE arena), open to public

12 p.m. Carnival and midway rides open 12:45 p.m. Ellensburg Rodeo — Tough Enough to Wear Pink 6:15 p.m. Local Talent Rodeo and Sunday Night Show

Monday, September 2 10 a.m. Kittitas County Fair opens 11:45 a.m. Ellensburg Rodeo finals 12 p.m. Carnival and midway rides open *Rodeo tickets provide admittance to the Kittitas County Fair on the same day — Come early and enjoy both events.

ELLENSBURG RODEO POSSE LOCAL FREE! SUNDAY NIGHT SHOW 6:15 p.m. — Grand Entry and national anthem 6:30 p.m. —  Ellensburg Rodeo Posse drill 6:40 p.m. —  Rodeo City Equestrians drill 6:50 p.m. —  Mutton busting 7:05 p.m. —  Barrel racing 7:15 p.m. —  Team roping (top eight ropers from the Kittitas County Roping Club) 7:30 p.m. —  Businessman wild cow milking 7:40 p.m. —  Calf Roping (top eight ropers from Kittitas County Roping Club) 7:50 p.m. —  Breakaway roping — (top eight ropers from Kittitas County Roping Club) 8:00 p.m. —  Cowboy polo 8:15 p.m. —  Posse flag relay 8:30 p.m. —  Bareback relay 8:45 p.m. —  Pole bending relay 9:00 p.m. —  Hide race 9:15 p.m. —  Grand finale 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo


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The Way of the Rodeo Order of Events

Stock Contractors RODEO STOCK

Indian Dance Indians Down the Trail Show Dedications Grand Entry Bull Riding Tie Down Roping Queen’s Wall Run Bareback Riding Clown Act Steer Wrestling Tomas Garcilazo Saddle Bronc Riding Sponsor Flags Team Roping Sponsor Flags Barrel Racing Wild Cow Milking Bull Riding Autograph Session

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Board of Directors Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors

Kelly Schademan

Gene Dana

Ron Mitchell

Jeff Faltus

Bill Lowe


Vice President



Arena Director






Brent Huppert

Dave Adams

Steve Alder

Kerry Clift

Rick Cole

Director at Large






Bob Crowe

Jerry Doolin

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Past Board of Directors Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors since 1923

Adams, Dave..................................... 1940-1944 Adams, Dave W..........................2008-present Adams, Fred................................................1940 Adams, Phil....................................... 1924-1929 Alder, Steve...............................1988-present Anderson, Clarence........................... 1949-1969 Anderson, Ed.................................... 1924-1941 Anderson, Harry................................ 1924-1941 Anderson, Roy................................... 1956-1957 Baker, Earnie..................................... 1950-1952 Barnes, Lee........................................ 1927-1932 Barager, J.S......................................... 1948-1949 Bayne, R.C...................................................1947 Bench, Howard.................................. 1923-1924 Bledsoe, Stewart................................ 1958-1966 Boyd, Wally....................................... 1970-1981 Brain, James.................................................1946 Bryant, Frank..................................... 1931-1947 Buchanan, Buck................................. 1964-1969 Burkheimer, John............................... 1952-1959 Calkins, Scott.................................... 2001-2011 Cleman, Harold...........................................1947 Clift, Kerry................................2012-present Cole, Jack........................................... 1945-1949 Cole, Rick..................................1983-present Cook, Lon...................................................1935 Cooke, George..........................1924-1927, 1940 Cooke, Guy....................................... 1928-1929 Crowe, Bob................................2010-present Cunningham, M.C. (Spike)............... 1947-1950 Dana, Gene...............................2002-present Davis, Warren.................................... 1948-1950 Dillon, Wally..................................... 1975-1986 Dolquist, Ed...................................... 1941-1967 Doolin, Jerry..............................2007-present Driver, Art......................................... 1950-1969 Driver, LD......................................... 1954-1986 Faltus, Allen...................................... 1966-2003 Faltus, Jeff.................................2003-present Fitterer, Brad...................................... 1984-2003 Fitterer, Clarence............................... 1923-1929 Fitterer, George.............. 1941-1944, 1949-1951 Foster, John P..................................... 1975-1985 Fudge, W.C. (Bill)............................. 1923-1927 Gehlen, Lawrence.............................. 1929-1940 Goldade, Paul................. 1958-1963, 1967-1969 Goosman, Rod................................... 1988-2007

Gordon, Everett................................. 1963-1976 Haagen, Merril.................................. 1959-1964 Hanson, Fred.................. 1925-1929, 1951-1952 Harsch, Jerry................................................1960 Hay, Don........................................... 1970-1971 Heimbigner, Andy............................. 1949-1951 Heskett, E.C...................................... 1933-1934 Hofmann, Fred.................................. 1930-1957 Holt, Brantley.................................... 1946-1948 Hooper, Harold................................. 1930-1940 Hughes, Earnie............................................1947 Huppert, Brent..........................2004-present Jensen, Jerry...............................2005-present Jensvold, Carl............................2012-present Kachlein, George............................... 1963-1968 Kaynor, J.C. (Cliff )............................ 1927-1946 Kelso, Murray.................................... 1953-1962 Kendall, Joe....................................... 1941-1944 Klampher, Al..................................... 1951-1955 Knudsen, Les..................................... 1971-1992 Linder, Maynard................................ 1977-1995 Linder, Myron............................2005-present Long, Valley.................................................1946 Lowe, Bill..................................2001-present Mac Rae, Ken.................................... 1969-2000 Madsen, Glen.................................... 1987-2001 Masterson, Bart................................. 1940-1946 McCullough, Ken.............................. 1955-1960 McCune, John................................... 1938-1940 McManamy, Joe................................ 1947-1961 Menti, Huck...................................... 1948-1950 Minor, Buck....................................... 1970-2004 Mitchell, Ron............................1996-present Moen, Elmer..................................... 1941-1955 Mundy, Ellison.................................. 1934-1937 Neeley, Bob........................................ 1958-1982 Newman, Len.................................... 1961-1966 Oechsner, Frank.............. 1951-1953, 1958-1962 O’Leary, Joe....................................... 1995-2004 Pederson, Ed...................................... 1962-1973 Peterson, Bill..................................... 1993-2000 Peterson, Ken..................................... 1987-2008 Pfenning, H.E................ 1923-1924, 1937-1939 Pouttu, W.M...................................... 1928-1941 Powers, Dick................................................1976 Prescott, George................................ 1950-1956 Quigley, Hale..................................... 1947-1950

Ramey, Dick................................................1956 Rappunn, Walt.................................. 1940-1941 Remelin, M.C.................................... 1927-1928 Repp, Scott........................................ 1986-2004 Reynolds, R.V. (Rock)....................... 1925-1932 Rice, Rex............................................ 1961-1968 Richards, Lou.................................... 1924-1945 Richardson, J.P................................... 1943-1947 Rittenour, George........................................1936 Rizer, Ted.......................................... 1948-1953 Robbins, Herb................................... 1954-1957 Ross, Fred.......................................... 1925-1929 Rudolph, R.E..................................... 1943-1948 Schademan, Kelly.......................2002-present Schnebly, Frank................................. 1946-1949 Schnebly, Rufus................................. 1945-1949 Scott, Chuck...................................... 1968-1984 Scott, Lee.......................................... 1927-1935 Schultz, Andy.................................... 1925-1928 Seubert, Bill....................................... 1970-1999 Shelton, Scott............................2010-present Shenyer, Mel...................................... 2005-2010 Shore, Hardy..................................... 1975-1987 Simons, Clint...............................................2001 Smith, Gene...................................... 1970-1974 Smith, Joel......................................... 1982-2007 Smith, Jim...................................................1957 Smithson, John.................................. 1952-1955 Sparks, Loren.................................... 1931-1934 Standish, Dave................................... 1995-2011 St. John, Chet.................................... 1953-1954 Taliaferro, C.D. (Tex)..... 1948-1952, 1956-1970 Thedens, John.................................... 1974-1983 Thomas, Howard............................... 1953-1957 Tucker, Ed Jr...................................... 1972-1974 Tuttle, A.H........................................ 1936, 1940 Twardoski, Brian........................2007-present Vaughan, Harvey............................... 1965-1973 Walker, Linus.................................... 1942-1944 Weaver, Roger.................................... 1985-2010 Weaver, Roy....................................... 1938-1940 Webster, W.F. (Bill)........................... 1930-1936 Whiteman, Brent............................... 1979-1988 Whiting, Don........................................ 1951-75 Williams, Ted..............................................1940 Winegar, Truman........................................1974 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo



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Saddle Bronc Riding Rodeo’s Classic Event

Saddle bronc riding was born in the Old West where ranch cowboys would test themselves against each other and the rankest of unbroken horses.

Not much has changed. Today the cowboys are still climbing aboard bucking horses, and the competition between man and man – and man and horse – is still as intense as ever. Requiring strength, style and timing, a bronc rider must begin with his feet placed over the bronc’s shoulders, then synchronize his spurring action with the animal's bucking style in order to receive a high score after the eight-second trip.


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Jessie Wright

— 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 172 points on two head Earnings • $7,296

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Saddle Bronc Riding —

Frank Wood, 1923 Dave White, 1924 Frank Wood, 1925 Bob Askins, 1926 Bob Askins, 1927 Earl Thode, 1928 Harry Knight, 1929 Pete Knight, 1930 Harry Knight, 1931 Harry Knight, 1932 Nick Knight, 1933 Pete Knight, 1934 Jack Meyers, 1935 Bill McMacken, 1936 Bill McMacken, 1937 C.C. Coe, 1938 Gene Pruett, 1939 Pete Grubb, 1940 Fritz Traun, 1941 Joe Kelsey, 1945 Jackie Cooper, 1946 Gene Pruett, 1947 Casey Tibbs, 1948 Casey Tibbs, 1949 Ross Dollarhide, 1950 Bill Hancock, 1951 J.D. McKenna, 1952 George Menkenmaier, 1953 Casey Tibbs, 1954 Bill Linderman, 1955 Eddie Akridge, 1956 Marty Wood, 1957 Marty Wood, 1958 George Myron, 1959 Jim Roeser, 1960 Ken McLean, 961 Enoch Walker, 1962 Wayne Vold, 1963 Ken McLean, 1964 Ivan Daines, 1965 Hugh Chambliss, 1966 Marty Wood, 1967 Buzz Seely, 1968 Hugh Chambliss, 1969

John Holman, 1970 Bobbie Berger, 1971 Enoch Walker, 1972 J.C. Bonine, 1973 Jerry Sinclair, 1974 Dave Griffith, 1975 Jim Kelts, 1976 Bud Monroe, 1977 Bud Monroe, 1978 Howard Hunter, 1979 Howard Hunter, 1980 Gerald Bruhn, 1981 David Bothum, 1982 Clint Johnson, 1983 Brad Gjermundson, 1984 Bud Pauley, 1985 Mel Coleman, 1986 Bud Monroe, 1987 TIED John Smith, 1987 TIED Butch Small, 1988 Clint Johnson, 1989 Robert Etbauer, 1990 Bud Longbrake, 1991 Kent Cooper, 1992 Butch Small, 1993 Dan Mortensen, 1994 Dan Mortensen, 1995 Chance Dixon, 1996 Glen O’Neill, 1997 Robert Etbauer, 1998 Ty Murray, 1999 Rance Bray, 2000 Ira Slagowski, 2001 Dan Mortensen, 2002 Cody De Mers, 2003 Billy Etbauer, 2004 Chet Johnson, 2005 Bryce Miller, 2006 Chad Ferley, 2007 IED Jesse Bail, 2007 TIED Dusty Hausauer, 2008 Jesse Kruse, 2009 Cody Wright, 2010 Cody DeMoss, 2011 Jesse Wright, 2012


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Bareback Riding One of Rodeo’s Wildest

Steven Peebles

— 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 170 points on two head Earnings • $6,143

Bareback riding is one of the most physically demanding events in rodeo. Contestants must ride a bucking horse for eight seconds, holding nothing but a singlehandhold rigging cinched around the horse’s girth.

A rider is disqualified if he touches his equipment, himself or the animal with his free hand, or if he is bucked off before eight seconds. Half the cowboy’s score comes from his spurring technique and “exposure” to the strength of the horse; the other half is determined by the bucking strength of the horse.

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Bareback Riding —

Cecil Henley, 1940 Carl Dossey, 1941 Carl Dossey, 1945 Bud Spealman, 1946 Larry Finley, 1947 Gene Rambo, 1948 Jack Buschbaum, 1949

Casey Tibbs, 1950 Eddie Akridge, 1951 Casey Tibbs, 1952 Eddie Akridge, 1953 Steve Johnson, 1954 Bill Linderman, 1955 Eddie Akridge, 1956

Daryl Hobdey, 1957 John Mitchell, 1958 Jack Hawkins, 1959 Jack Carson, 1960 Kenny Stanton, 1961 Bob Edison, 1962 Kenny Stanton, 1963 John Mitchell, 1964 Jackie Wright, 1965 Paul Mayo, 1966 Andy Miliate, 1967 Jim Houston, 1968 Malcolm Jones, 1969

Dale Trotter, 1970 John Edwards, 1971 Joe Alexander, 1972 Royce Smith, 1973 Larry Mahan, 1974 Joe Alexander, 1975 Jimmie Dix, 1976 Jimmie Dix, 1977 Joe Alexander, 1978 Gary Hemsted, 1979 Steve Dunham, 1980 J.C. Trujillo, 1981 Bob Logue, 1982

Gary Hemsted, 1983 Larry Peabody, 1984 Clint Corey, 1985 Hank Davies, 1986 Marvin Garrett, 1987 Dave Appleton, 1988 Clint Corey, 1989 Rich McClanahan, 1990 TIED Denny McClanahan, 1990 TIED Clint Corey, 1991 Larry Sandvick, 1992 Clint Corey, 1993 Rocky Steagall, 1994

Billy Laye, 1995 TIED Marvin Garrett, 1995 TIED Clint Corey, 1996 Denny McLanahan, 1997 Deb Greenough, 1998 Pete Hawkins, 1999 Lan LaJeunesse, 2000 Larry Sandvick, 2001 Will Lowe, 2002 Cleve Schmidt, 2003 TIED Clint Cannon, 2003 TIED Jason Havens, 2004 Wes Stevenson, 2004 TIED

Wes Stevenson, 2005 Jess Davis, 2006 Bobby Mote, 2007 Will Lowe, 2008 Steven Dent, 2009 Ryan Gray, 2010 TIED Steven Peebles, 2010 TIED Jason Havens, 2011 Steven Peebles, 2012

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Tie Down Roping The Chase is On

A tie-down roping run begins with a mounted cowboy giving a head start to a calf of about 250 pounds, then chasing it down the arena.

After roping the calf, the cowboy dismounts, runs down the rope (which is anchored to the saddle horn), lays the calf on its side and ties any three of its legs together with a “piggin’ string” he carried clenched in his teeth. It requires a great athlete to accomplish the mad dash in a matter of a few seconds. In January 2003, this event’s name was changed to tie-down roping.


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Monty Lewis

— 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 28.2 seconds on three head Earnings • $6,547

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Tie-Down Roping —

Arne Will, 1945 B.J. Pierce, 1953 B.J. Pierce, 1955 B.J. Pierce, 1958 Bill Hogue, 1951 Billy Hogue, 1956 Bob Crosby, 1924 Bob Crosby, 1928 Bob Ragsdale, 1975 Bob Wylie, 1961 Buff Douthitt, 1947 Buz Peth, 1969 Buz Peth, 1972 Carl Shepherd, 1941 Charles Jones, 1935 Charles Jones, 1936 Chris Lybbert, 1986 Clay Cerny, 1997 Clay Tom Cooper, 1984 Cleve Kelley, 1934 Trevor Brazile, 2009 Cody Ohl, 1996 Cody Ohl, 1999 Dan Taylor, 1948 Dean Oliver, 1962 Dean Oliver, 1963 Dean Oliver, 1964 Dean Oliver, 1971 Doug Williamson, 1974 Duane Reece, 1960 E.J. Roberts, 2011 Ed Bowman, 1927 Ed Pardee, 1930 Everett Bowman, 1926 Everett Shaw, 1933 Frank Wood, 1937 Fred Whifield, 1991 Fred Whitfield, 1998 Gene Rambo, 1949 George Richmond, 1946 Glen Franklin, 1957 Harry Charters, 1965 Harry Hart, 1932 Ike Rude, 1925 Ike Rude, 1931

Jack Shaw, 1940 Jake McClure, 1929 Jeff Chapman, 2002 TIED Jeff Coelho, 2001 Jerome Schneeberger, 2005 Jim Bob Altizer, 1967 Jim Locke, 2003 Jimmie Cooper, 1985 Joe Beaver, 1992 Joe Beaver, 1994 Joe Beaver, 1995 Joe Lucas, 1987 John Dalton, 1952 Keene Wright, 1976 Ken DePew, 1938 Kyle Kosoff, 1990 Larry Finely, 1989 Leonard Block, 1954 Leonard Saye, 1959 Matt Shiozawa, 2002 TIED Matt Shiozawa, 2008 Mike Arnold, 1993 Mike Ray, 1981 Monty Lewis, 2012 Oran Fore, 1939 Pax Irvine, 1973 Ricky Canton, 2000 Ricky Canton, 2004 Ron Currin, 1988 Roy Cooper, 1978 Scott Kormos, 2007 Seth Childers, 2010 Sonny Worrell, 1970 Tim Prather, 1968 Tom Ferguson, 1979 Tom Ferguson, 1980 Tom Ferguson, 1982 Tommy Smith, 1983 Trevor Brazile, 2006 Tutt Garnett, 1977 Vern Castro, 1950 Wilkins Williams, 1923 Herb Doenz, 1966

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Team Roping Rodeo’s Only Team Event

Chad Masters & Clay O’Brien Cooper — 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 16.7 seconds on three head Earnings • $6,098 each

rope both of the steer’s hind legs.

The clock is started when the ropers leave their boxes, and it stops when their ropes are taut and their horses are facing each other. Team roping requires precise timing and anticipation between mounted header and heeler. The header’s job is to rope the steer around the horns, neck, or a horn-neck combination, then turn the steer so that the heeler can

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Team Roping —

Walt Woodward & Doyle Gellerman, 1981 Allen Bach & Jake Barnes, 1982 Bret Boatright & Walt Rodman, 1983

Allen Bach & Jimmie Cooper, 1984 Clay O’Brien Cooper & Jake Barnes, 1985 J.D. & Dick Yates, 1986 Brett Tonozzie & Charles Pogue, 1987 J.D. & Dick Yates, 1988 Troy Frazier & Wade Jess, 1989 Rich Skelton & Jake Milton, 1990 Charles Pogue & Bobby Northcott, 1991 TIED

If a heeler catches only one leg, a five-second penalty is assessed. If the header fails to give the steer its allotted head start, the team receives a 10-second penalty.

K.C. Jones & Mark Simon, 1991 TIED Doyle Gellerman & Walt Woodward, 1992 Steve Northcott & Matt Tyler, 1993 Charles Pogue & Bobby Harris, 1994 Darrel & Chris Green, 1995 Darrel & Chris Green, 1996 Randy Polich & Nick Sarchett, 1997 David Motes & Craig Branham, 1998

George Aros & Steve Northcott, 1999 Bobby Hurley & Steve Northcott, 2000 Wade Wheatley & Kyle Lockett, 2001 Frank Graves & Monty Joe Petska, 2002 Speed Williams & Rich Skelton, 2003 Clay Tryan & Cory Petska, 2004 Jake Barnes & Kory Koontz, 2005 TIED Charles Pogue & Dennis Gatz, 2005 TIED

Joe Beaver & Marty Becker, 2006 Speed Williams & Dean Tuftin, 2007 Chad Masters & Michael Jones, 2008 Kelsey Parchman & J.W. Borrego, 2009 Garrett Tonozzi & Ryan Motes, 2009 Keven Daniel & Caleb Twisselman, 2010 Clay Tryan & Travis Graves, 2011 Chad Masters & Clay O’Brien Cooper, 2012

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Barrel Racing “Ladies only event”

Barrel Racing is a “ladies only” timed event in which the rider must successfully ride around three 55-gallon barrels placed in a cloverleaf pattern as quickly as possible. The clock is the judge and beings when the horse crosses the starting line. The rider must perform two turns to the left and one to the right or two turns to the right and one to the left.

Riders can brush the barrels, but is one is knocked down, a five-second penalty is added to her time. The fastest time wins.


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Mary Walker

— 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 51.72 seconds on three runs Earnings • $8,063

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Barrel Racing —

Katherine Anderson, 1962 Barbara Curcio, 1963 No record, 1964 No record, 1965 Ruth Sanders, 1966 Jan Studebaker, 1967 Jan Studebaker, 1968 Katherine Anderson, 1969 No record, 1970 Katherine Anderson, 1971 Katherine Anderson, 1972 Joyce Bloxham, 1973 Terry Bussey, 1974 Phyllis Jess, 1975 TIED Dee Watt, 1975 TIED Lila Mae Stewart, 1976 Lynn Mays, 1977 Julie Rugg, 1977 TIED Jerri Mann, 1978 Sheri Korff, 1979 Jerri Mann, 1980 Sheryl Fletcher, 1981 Lois Ferguson, 1982 Marlene Eddleman, 1983 Charmayne James, 1984 Suzzane Fausett, 1985 Renee Woodcock, 1986

Lana Hemsted, 1987 TIED Charmayne James, 1987 TIED Charmayne James Rodman, 1988 Charmayne James Rodman, 1989 Charmayne James Rodman, 1990 Charmayne James Rodman, 1991 Barb Merrill, 1992 Barb Merrill, 1993 Charmayne James Rodman, 1994 Angie Meadors, 1995 Katie McCoin, 1996 Kay Blandford, 1997 Martha Josey, 1998 Rachel Myllymaki, 1999 Kristin Weaver, 2000 Tami Fontenot, 2001 Charmayne James, 2002 Molly Powell, 2003 Molly Powell, 2004 Barbra West, 2005 Brandie Halls, 2006 Linda Sears, 2007 Sheena Robbins, 2008 Jordon Peterson, 2009 Lindsay Sears, 2010 Sydni Blanchard, 2011 Mary Walker, 2012

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One of Rodeo’s Most Unpredictable Events

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— 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 177 points on two head Earnings • $7,532

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Bull Riding—

Barney Roberts, 1934 TIED Paul Georges, 1934 TIED Alan Gordon, 1935 Herman Linder, 1936 Harold Franklin, 1937 Paul Cimmiyotti, 1938 Dick Griffith, 1939 Dick Griffith, 1940 Buck Wyatt, 1941 Grant Carper, 1945 Glenn Tyler, 1946 Marvel Rogers, 1947 Larry Daniels, 1948 Herb Stiltman, 1949 Billie Hand, 1950 TIED Jim Shoulders, 1950 TIED Buck Rutherford, 1951 Dwight Maddox, 1952 Bernie Henne, 1953 Bob Cullison, 1954 Duane Howard, 1955 Milton Payne, 1956 Jim Shoulders, 1957 Bill Rinestine, 1958 Leonard Condon, 1959 Bob Wegner, 1960 Bob Wegner, 1961 TIED Norm Edge, 1961 TIED Rocky Rockabar, 1962 Ronnie Webb, 1963 Dave Glover, 1964 Ronnie Rossen, 1965 Rocky Rockabar, 1966 Larry Mahan, 1967 Bob Berger, 1968 Mike Randall, 1969 Dickie Cox, 1970 John Prater, 1971 George Brown, 1972 Martin Haptonstall, 1973 Brian Abley, 1974

Bob Romer, 1975 TIED John Quintana, 1975 TIED Kenny Stanton, 1976 John Davis, 1977 Jim Leatherberry, 1978 Wacey Cathey, 1979 Donnie Gay, 1980 Charles Sampson, 1981 Denny Flynn, 1981 Charlie Needham, 1982 Ted Nuce, 1983 Charles Sampson, 1984 Terry Villenueve, 1985 Dale Johansen, 1986 Cody Lambert, 1987 Guy Johansen, 1988 Tuff Hedeman, 1989 Scott Mendes, 1990 Jimmy Young, 1991 Adam Carillo, 1992 Aaron Semas, 1993 Daryl Mills, 1994 Josh O'Byrne, 1995 Aaron Semas, 1996 Hank Reece, 1997 Josh O'Brien, 1998 Corey Navarre, 1999 Russ Coleman, 2000 Blue Stone, 2001 Corey Navarre, 2002 Robey Condra, 2003 Bryan Richardson, 2004 Matt Austin, 2005 J. W. Harris, 2006 Jarod Craig, 2007 Marcus Michaelis, 2008 Tyler Smith, 2009 Tylee Lanham, 2010 Bobby Welsh, 2011 Tim Bingham, 2012

Bull riding is perhaps the easiest event in rodeo to understand. A cowboy tries to ride a bull for eight seconds while holding a simple rope looped around the bull’s midsection. The rules aren’t complicated: Don’t use your free hand, don’t fall off.

Scoring is based on a possible perfect score of 100 points, with half deriving from the contestant’s skill and half coming from the bull’s performance. It sounds simple enough but bull riding is also one of rodeo’s most dangerous and unpredictable events. The angry bulls weigh up to a ton and many are equipped with horns.

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Steer Wrestling Rodeo’s Quickest Event

In steer wrestling, also known as bulldogging, cowboys compete against each other and the clock. The event requires strength, speed and good timing. Cowboys begin in the box atop their horse and a barrier is drawn across the entrance. A steer is loaded into the chute. When the rider is ready he simply nods and the steer is released.

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— 2012 Ellensburg Rodeo Champion — Score • 12 seconds on three head Earnings • $7,781

Horse and rider chases the steer and when in position, the rider leans over and jumps off his horse and grabs the steer by its head. The cowboy must then wrestle the steer to its side to stop the clock. Winning times are in the threeto four-second range. If a rider breaks the barrier coming out of the box he receives a 10-second penalty.

Past Ellensburg Rodeo Champions — Bareback Riding —

Jack Kerscher, 1924 Bob Crosby, 1925 Everett Bowman, 1926 Everett Bowman, 1927 Roy Adams, 1928 Jack Kerscher, 1929 Jack Kerscher, 1930 Hugh Bennett, 1931 Everett Bowman, 1932


Shaniko Red, 1933 Tom Zahn, 1934 Frank VanMeter, 1935 Steve Heacock, 1936 Frank Smith, 1937 George Nelson, 1938 Dick Herron, 1939 Jack Wade, 1940 Dave Campbell, 1941

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Barney Willis, 1945 Dave Campbell, 1946 Vern Castro, 1947 Dave Campbell, 1948 Claude Henson, 1949 Ed Coffey, 1950 Tom Henderson, 1951 Glen Tyler, 1952 Gene Miles, 1953 Barney Willis, 1954 Barney Willis, 1955 Bill Deussen, 1956 Billy Hogue, 1957 Harry Charters, 1958 Jerry Peth, 1959

Gene Miles, 1960 Harley May, 1961 John Gravenslund, 1962 Gene Miles, 1963 John W. Jones Sr., 1964 Ken Noddings, 1965, Louie Torricelas, 1966 TIED Larry Wyatt, 1966 TIED Gene Miles, 1966 TIED Allen Keller, 1967 Gene Miles, 1968 Sonny Ehr, 1969 Dale Huddleston, 1970 Harold Holtz, 1971 Fred Larsen, 1972

Tom Puryear, 1973 Tom Ferguson, 1974 Carl Deaton, 1975 Bob Christopherson, 1976 Chuck Boatright, 1977 Leo Camarillo, 1978 Pat Nogle, 1979 Jimmie Cooper, 1980 TIED Dave Brock, 1980 TIED Butch Meyers, 1980 TIED Dave Brock, 1981 Tom Ferguson, 1982 Paul Hughes, 1983 John W. Jones Jr., 1984 Jimmie Cooper, 1985

Byron Walker, 1986 Marty Melvin, 1987 TIED John Jones Jr., 1987 TIED Dirk Sappe, 1988 Leon Vick, 1989 Thomas Switzer, 1990 TIED Rod Lyman, 1990 TIED Doug Boettcher, 1991 Brad Gleason, 1992 Steve Currin, 1993 Rod Lyman, 1994 Todd Fox, 1995 Rod Lyman, 1996 Chad Hagan, 1997 Rope Myers, 1998

Lee Graves, 1999 Rod Lyman, 2000 Todd Suhn, 2001 Curtis Cassidy, 2002 Trevor Knowles, 2003 Rope Myers, 2004 Ryan Jarrett, 2005 Ronnie Fields, 2006 Trevor Knowles, 2007 Luke Branquinho, 2008 TIED Ken Lewis, 2008 TIED Lee Graves, 2009 Billy Bugenig, 2010 Todd Suhn, 2011 Jason Miller, 2012

Wild Cow Milking Rodeo’s Community Event

You don't have to be a champion cowboy or decorated barrel racer to get competitive in the arena. Wild cow milking is a community event held each year at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Teams from the community form in honor of charity to win bragging rights and a bit of glory.

The event works just like it sounds. Teams of men and/or women wrestle a cow that's been released into the arena and try to milk her. One teammate begins on horseback and ropes the cow while the other team member wrestlers her. The first teammate then dismounts and tries to milk the cow. The team that gets a drop of milk in a small bottle and brings it back to the judges in the shortest amount of time wins.

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Cattlemen of the Year Akehurst family is 2013 Cattlemen of the Year

By MIKE JOHNSTON The Don and Barbara Akehurst family is the 2013 Kittitas County Cattlemen of the Year.

Don Akehurst told the Kittitas County Cattlemen's Association during its annual banquet that he was deeply honored to be chosen for the countywide honor. The family’s ranch on Brick Mill Road, known as the Longhorn Cattle Company, hosted a 2013 cattlemen’s field day in May.

Standing by Don’s side in front of the banquet audience was his wife, Barbara (also well known as “Buttons”), their daughter and son-in-law, Kathy The Akehurst family is the 2013 Kittitas County Cattlemen of the Year. Photo by Marty Stingley and Jerry Bailes, and their son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kris Ellensburg in 1989 and put on Longhorn Saturday Akehurst. Night Rodeos from 1998 through 2000. Don said his family’s businesses have shown there’s much more one can do with cattle than only raise them for beef.

To survive in these tough economic times, he said it takes efforts to find niche markets for beef cattle, horses and other livestock. It also doesn't hurt to provide a little entertainment, he added. Barbara and Don and their children came to the Kittitas Valley in 1969 from Enumclaw, purchased acreage and expanded their livestock raising operations that included horses and cow-calf production.

In 1980 they moved to Burns, Ore., to continue ranching, but returned to the Ellensburg area in 1985. They began raising longhorn cattle and cattle for rodeo roping and bucking bulls. In honor of the state’s centennial, the family organized the last cattle drive through downtown

They’ve raised oxen for rodeo shows in the region and are also raising longhorn and Angus cross bulls. Greg and Kris have expanded the ranch’s grass-fed/grassfinished beef business and sell their specialty beef locally and in Seattle.

“...there’s much more one can do with cattle than only raise them for beef.” — Don Akehurst

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Linda Henderson chosen as 2013 Cattlewoman of the Year

Linda Henderson, president of the Kittitas County CattleWomen’s group, is the 2013 county cattlewoman of the year. Linda and her husband, Lynn, own and operate a family cattle ranch east of Ellensburg off Caribou Road. Lynn purchased the ranch land in the early 1970s. They raise Angus cattle. To supplement the ranch income and help keep it going, Linda also works at Terrace Fashions in downtown Ellensburg, and she and her husband own and operate Central Mobile Home Park.

Linda Henderson, right, accepts Kittitas County Cattlewoman of the Year award from Leslie Walker. Photo by Mike Johnson

Linda grew up on her family's cattle ranch and hay farm off Riverbottom Road. Her parents, the late Bert and Annabelle Thayer, were longtime county ranchers of Irish American ancestry.

Both she and her husband, Lynn, grew up on farm and ranching operations. Lynn was born and raised in the Lyle and Kettle Falls, Wash., area and participated in 4-H Clubs and agriculture training offered in local public schools.

Linda said she grew up working on the family ranch and enjoyed the active, outdoor lifestyle and raising beef cattle and riding horses as part of ranch work. Because her family worked together on the farm, it drew them closer together in strong, trusting relationships.

She joined the county CattleWomen’s group in 2003. Fellow member Leslie Walker said Linda’s “dedication to this lifestyle and to the promotion of the cattle industry is overwhelming.”

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Bullfighters, Clowns & Barrelmen Donnie Griggs

— Bullfighter —

Donnie Griggs of Hermiston, Ore., has been a PRCA member since 2001. He was the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo Bullfighter from 20052007. In the off-season Griggs is a carpenter and enjoys hunting and fishing.

Nathan Jestes

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Nathan Jestes of Fort Collins, Colo., was instilled with a life-long passion of bullfighting and was accepted into the PRCA in 2010. He was a finalist at the Freestyle Bullfighting World Championships in 2012 and won the buckle at the National Western Stock Show Bullfights in 2013. Apart from his success in the arena, Jestes also is skilled at aviation and is a commercial-rated pilot and certified flight instructor.

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Loyd Ketchum of Miles City, Mont., developed his love for rodeo while traveling with his mother who competed as a barrel racer. In 1987 Ketchum got his PRCA card and started professionally bullfighting and has established a reputation as one of the best bullfighters in the PRCA.

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The 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo Royal Court are from left: Princess Jessica Harris, Queen Kayla Gibson and Princess Jessie Johnson. Photo by Molly Morrow

Queen Kayla Gibson

Kayla, daughter of Louie and Kris Gibson, is a 20-year-old Bluestone Academy graduate. Growing up Kayla competed in numerous Junior Rodeos and in 2001 and 2004 was crowned Ellensburg Junior Rodeo’s All Around Cowgirl. In 2004, she was also crowned Little Miss Rodeo Washington. As a threeyear member of Washington State High School Rodeo, Kayla qualified in barrel racing for the Silver State International Rodeo Finals each year. Kayla is a currently a member of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, Barrel Racing National 4D and National Barrel Horse Association. Kayla’s hobbies include barrel racing and snowmobiling.

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Jessica, daughter of John and Stephanie Harris, is 21-years-old and will resume her junior year at Central Washington University in the fall to study Construction Management. Over the years Jessica has volunteered for Moments to Remember, The Children’s Museum, Spirit of the West, Kittitas County 4-H, the Cane’s Fastpitch Softball Club and most recently Relay for Life. Currently Jessica volunteers as a coach for a local Fastpitch team and is a beef project leader for her old 4-H club. Last year Jessica carried a sponsor


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Jessie, daughter of Steve Johnson and Jeanne and Jay Ballard, is a 19-year-old Central Washington University student completing her nursing pre-requisites. At CWU she is a member of the indoor track team. Over the past years Jessie has competed in high school cross-country and track, qualifying for state. For the past several years she has been involved in Pony Club and 4-H. As a seven-year member of 4-H she participated in horse, livestock, poultry and dog projects. In addition, she has been involved in Kiwanis Key Club. Last summer Jessie worked at Three Peaks Outfitters where she guided guests on trail rides. Jessie’s hobbies include running, water sports and riding horses.

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2013 Ellensburg Rodeo Poster Photographer The photo for this year’s Ellensburg Rodeo poster was taken by Darlene Cox.

The poster, chosen by community vote, is a photograph of Cox’s grandson, Colton Larimer, and one of her son-in-laws, Nick McCormack, a bull rider. The photo is titled “Born to Rodeo.”

Cox, and her husband, Tim, have been long-time residents of the Kittitas Valley where they raised their two daughters, Crystal and Candee.

Along with her photography, Darlene and her family have made horses, rodeo and Western living a big part of their lives. Tim rode bulls for 20 years and their daughters compete in barrel racing and breakaway roping. Darlene said she wanted her image to show that the Ellensburg rodeo isn’t just about the big pro-rodeo cowboys, but it’s also about family and the generations of families embedded in the rodeo.

“I got the idea of walking off into the dream of being able to rodeo,” she said. “That’s kind of where it came from, when you’re born into the family you seem to kind of go that way.”

“It’s also about family and the generations of families embedded in the rodeo” — Darlene Cox, 2013 Rodeo Poster Photographer

Darlene said having her work selected for the Ellensburg Rodeo poster is an exciting thing. To have her family pictured on the poster is an added special touch, she said. “Being part of the Ellensburg Rodeo is just a thrill,” she said.

2013 POSTER SELECTION PROCESS Every year a piece of artwork is chosen as the Ellensburg Rodeo poster to express the excitement and flavor of the Ellensburg Rodeo. The Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors historically has partnered with the Western Art Association Board of Directors to select artwork for the official rodeo poster.

This year was the third year the Rodeo Board changed up the application and selection process by inviting not only Western Art Association member artists, but local artists and photographers to submit their work. Judgment was in the hands of the public, and the most favored pieces were forwarded to the Rodeo Board for final selection.

Poster submissions were put on display at Fitterer’s Furniture in downtown Ellensburg for voting. About 300 people cast their ballot for their favorite work of art, and “Born to Rodeo,” was the winning piece.

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Jon Fitterer receives 2013 Driver Award

Every year, the Driver Family Award is given to a member of the Ellensburg/Kittitas Valley community who has made a significant contribution to the Ellensburg Rodeo, Rodeo Hall of Fame, or associated activities, who might not be recognized otherwise.

Longtime Ellensburg Rodeo supporter and volunteer Jon Fitterer has been chosen as the 2013 Driver Family Memorial award recipient.

Jon is a fifth-generation Kittitas Valley resident whose family has been involved with the rodeo since its inception. Jon has been a co-owner of his family’s Fitterer’s Furniture since 1973. He began his rodeo experience as a member of the Junior Posse in the 1960s. This year marks his 25th year working as assistant chute boss at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Throughout that time, he actively recruited several additional volunteers to assist with rodeo activities. Jon said that throughout his years working with the rodeo, he saw it as a service beyond himself.

Jon Fitterer, his grandson, Peydon Ryan, and son, Jason Fitterer, enjoy a performance of the Ellensburg Rodeo. Photo contributed

“Thank you Jon, for your valuable contributions throughout so many years. We truly appreciate all you have done, and continue to do, for the Ellensburg Rodeo,” Scott Driver said.

“It’s not something we do selfishly,” he said. “We do it for the concern and the care of the animals. There’s a real awareness about how we can create a wonderful and safe environment for a free and wild animal.”

Jon also was a past member of the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse and organizer of the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse Junior Rodeo event from 1988 to 2002. The Fitterer family was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2002. Jon said he’s overwhelmed to be a recipient of the Driver award.

“It’s not something we do selfishly.” — Jon Fitterer, recipient of the 2013 Driver Award

“My deepest thanks to the Driver family,” Jon said.” It’s an honor and it’s very special.” The Driver family, who has recognized Kittitas Valley community members for their contributions to the Ellensburg Rodeo, Rodeo Hall of Fame, or associated activities since 2000, is very proud to acknowledge Jon for his important contributions over several decades.

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Over the years, Driver family members have served as Board members, Posse members, Contestants, Arena Director, and Royal Court members. Their legacy is closely intertwined with the Ellensburg Rodeo and is perpetuated by recognizing others who care as much about the Ellensburg Rodeo as the Driver’s have.

2000 – Rex Rice 2001 – Bertha Morrison 2002 – Joel Smith 2003 – Mary McManamy Seubert

Scott Driver, his wife, Martha Driver, and Pam Driver, Lo Driver’s daughter, will present Jon with the award at the Rodeo on Monday, Sept. 5.

The award is a gold and sterling silver belt buckle depicting Lo Driver riding a rearing horse as Lo delivers an Ellensburg Rodeo invitation to President Harry Truman at the Yakima airport.

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The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame board launched a Boots to Fame fundraiser this summer to establish a local Hall of Fame museum.

The hats were made from an original sculpture by local multimedia artist Austin Smith, and based on a cross between a wide brim alpine hat and a Quigley cowboy hat, Smith said.

than $35,000, bringing the museum fundraising total to more than $100,000, according to Hall of Fame Board President Joe Crawford.

The artistically decorated hats were displayed around Ellensburg before the banquet, Crawford said.

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Last August, at the conclusion of a three-day pageant held in conjunction with the Moses Lake Roundup, Jessie Tennant was awarded the title and the crown of Miss Rodeo Washington 2013. In addition to the title of Miss Rodeo Washington, she also received top honors in personality, speech, appearance, presentation, photogenics, knowledge and horsemanship. The daughter of Larry and Cindy Tennant, Jessie Tennant grew up in Wild Rose Prairie, a small rural community near Deer Park, Wash.

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Rodeo Dirt

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By MIKE JOHNSTON Ellensburg Rodeo fans ringing the arena this weekend might pause for a moment to consider the key ingredients of any great rodeo. The contestants, the stock, the electronic scoreboard, the announcer and the clown all play a role. So does the dirt.

The Ellensburg Rodeo Arena has nearly two acres of dirt, and the expectations are high. The contestants — horses (with and without riders) and other livestock — need a consistent, supportive foundation for sure footing and high performance during professional competition.

“The hope is that the condition of the arena’s dirt satisfies the vast majority...” — Bill Lowe, Ellensburg Rodeo Arena Director

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The cowboys and barrel racers want soil that’s not too deep or too soft and giving for their horses. The amount of moisture is important, and so is the depth. Animals need to be able to push off and accelerate.


Above all, it can’t be dry and dusty to choke and obscure the vision of contestants or spectators, and can’t be overly wet and slippery.

Volunteers begin early arena dirt work after the Fourth of July holiday, with daily work well before rodeo.

The goal is perfectly fluffed, packed and leveled arena dirt down to eight inches below the surface.

“It’s really hard to please everyone all the time on how they want the arena,” said Rodeo Board member The dirt can’t be too hard but it also needs to be pushed down and flat enough for bucking stock to buck Bill Lowe, also the rodeo’s arena director. “It’s difficult to cleanly off the ground and give contestants a good, flying keep them all happy all the time. But we always do our best.” ride.

The volunteers work late into the night after rodeo performances and starting around 4:30 a.m. before the The hope is that the condition of the arena’s dirt satisfies the vast majority of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, morning’s rodeo slack time and heavy use by ropers and barrel racers. some of them world champions in their respective events. Lowe, who has worked on the arena’s dirt for years,


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the moisture during hot, late-August and early September days, and a challenge to keep from packing down into clods.

Lowe speculated that much of the arena soil dates to 1923 when an army of community volunteers developed the county fairgrounds.

Schademan’s father, Carl Schademan, at 83, is still volunteering his skills to get the rodeo grounds ready. Carl has been at it every year since the early 1980s.

DIFFERENT DEMANDS Schademan said the arena surface also has to be ready and safe for groups like the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse and the Rodeo City Equestrians who perform in the arena Sunday night. That’s on top of the daily needs of various rodeo competitors. He said ropers like the dirt groomed in the same direction as their run from the roping chutes for safe footing of their horses. They also like it packed down somewhat so a thrown rope can clearly go underneath a calf ’s legs as they kick up and not just hit fluffy, deep dirt.

Steer wrestlers want a little depth and give to the dirt so they can dig their heels in to pull their steer over.

“It’s got to be a surface everybody can use,” Schademan said. A tractor grates the arena dirt, prepping it for a rodeo performance. Photo by Brian Myrick


Bill Lowe said it’s somewhat of a joke, but there’s Ellensburg Rodeo Board President Kelly Schademan, truth to it, that by the time Monday rolls around for the a board member for 10 years, has worked to get the Ellensburg Rodeo finals and the last performance, the rodeo arena and grounds ready for six years. He said there’s a long list of tasks, including dealing with the dirt. dirt’s been worked over pretty well and is usually in great shape. “We really couldn’t get this all done, along with the “It just keeps getting better and better as the weekend arena surfacing, without everybody’s help. We’re all goes on,” Lowe said. “We keep putting water into it and volunteers,” Schademan said. digging it up. The cooler nights start about then and He said family members associated with Rodeo Board we’re losing less moisture. By Monday it’s just about and Top Hands members get into the act to help, too, as right.” do many longtime volunteers not associated with those groups. 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo


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Justin McKee, one of rodeo’s most enthusiastic and vivid commentators, is back for the 2013 Ellensburg Rodeo.

McKee joined the PRCA in 1993 as a steer roping contestant and an announcer. His passion for rodeo and his knowledge of all aspects of the sport enhances his announcing repertoire, and he is one of the best known rodeo announcers nationwide.

Over the years McKee has become a household name in rodeo.

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The McKee Ranch also is well known for its quarter horses. Jeannie McKee raises, trains and sells barrel racing horses.

Along with the Ellensburg Rodeo, McKee has called for the Cheyenne Frontier Days, Pendleton Round Up and the Calgary Stampede.

Over the years McKee has become a household name in rodeo. During the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Justin McKee enthusiastically announces a Rodeo McKee co-hosted a program performance at the Ellensburg Rodeo. As a competitor, he knows what Photo by Brian Myrick called "Inside the Wrangler National each cowboy and cowgirl is going Finals Rodeo" on Great American through as they travel the rodeo circuit and, as an Country network, interviewing rodeo and country announcer, McKee conveys that insight to rodeo fans. music superstarts on the show. McKee also is on the As a 7-year-old, McKee sold his first animal — a PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour broadcast team, and has also baby goat — at his parents’ livestock auction. His interest announced for Professional Bull Riders. in roughstock grew as McKee and his wife, Jeannie, McKee also puts his speaking skills to good began raising bucking bulls. use outside the rodeo arena. He acts as pastor to a McKee and his family operate the McKee Ranch in Lenapah, Okla., where they raise purebred bucking

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Yakama Indian Nation The Yakama Nation and Ellensburg Rodeo have a connection that spans generations, and many tribal members have participated in the rodeo and Kittitas County Fair their whole lives. Each Ellensburg Rodeo begins with members of the Yakama Nation moving down Craig’s Hill and into the rodeo arena. Several members of the tribe come down on horseback to symbolize the way the tribe came into the valley for countless years before settlers came to the area. The Kittitas Valley was one of the last stopping points for the Yakamas before they started for winter camps.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Yakama Nation Village at the Alder Street entrance to the rodeo, where tribal members are available to answer questions and share their culture with the community. Tribal members also perform traditional dances during the Kittitas County Fair.

Dressed in their finest regalia, the tribe also opens each night of the rodeo with a traditional dance in the center of the arena. Spectators often are invited to join.

The Kittitas Valley was one of the last stopping points for the Yakamas... When the tribe is not at the rodeo grounds, visitors can find the tribe’s camp at the adjacent fairgrounds. The tribe used to make their homes on the property, which was owned by a tribal member. The land was later traded for property on Water Street. Tribal member Alan Aronica recalls that part of the agreement was that the village could return to the original property each year during fair season. About 25 to 30 teepees are in the village and more than 75 people participate. Many families have been coming for several decades. Tribal members also participate in the Ellensburg Rodeo parade on Saturday.

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Rodeo Performance Dedication Patriot Night

The Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors has dedicated Friday's rodeo performance to military veterans. With the help of the Wrangler National Patriot program, Friday is Patriot Night at the rodeo.

Wrangler National Patriot is a program founded in 2009 to help raise funds to support American military veterans and their families, while serving as inspiration for all Americans to rally around each other

in patriotism. Wrangler partners with rodeos across the country to help spread the sentiment.

In Ellensburg, the rodeo will sell patriotic T-shirts, and donate $5 from the sale of each shirt to the Wounded Warriors Project. The project, which is active locally, serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury on or after Sept. 11.

Parade Grand Marshal The unknown soldier

A tribute to the unknown soldier will serve as this year's Ellensburg Rodeo Parade grand marshal. Rodeo board member Scott Shelton said the rodeo board has discussed doing a tribute to fallen and fighting soldiers for more than five years, and this seemed to be the perfect year. Friday's rodeo will be dedicated as a Patriot Night.

“...honor the military on a little bit of a bigger, broader spectrum.� — Scott Shelton, Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors member "We're doing a military salute and tribute, and with that we were trying to figure some way to honor the military in our parade as well," Shelton said. "We thought we would honor the military on a little bit of a bigger, broader spectrum." Shelton said the tribute will honor servicemen and women from all branches of service, veterans, and fallen military personnel.


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stirrups will lead the parade. In the rodeo world, it's a sign of memorial when boots are turned backward in stirrups.

The horse will be led by military veteran Nomi (Bennett) Ashley. Ashley is a fourth-generation Kittitas Valley resident and served the military as a light wheel diesel mechanic and tow truck driver. Her great-grandparents homesteaded in the Manastash. Her mom was a ranchhand in the valley and Ashley was involved in 4-H growing up. Ashley said she's honored that her name came up to be a part of the tribute to veterans. "I'm really excited," she said of the opportunity. "I think it's really neat that the rodeo board is honoring veterans."

Shelton said he hopes the audience responds to the tribute favorably.

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Traditional Mexican horseman is specialty act Internationally acclaimed horseman and rope artist Tomas Garcilazo is this year’s specialty act at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Garcilazo is a charro, which is a traditional horseman of Mexico. While most charros compete in Mexican rodeos, Garcilazo travels around the world to introduce his craft to audiences.

Garcilazo has been a frequent performer at the National Finals Rodeo and other national finals for the past 15 years where he has won several awards, most notably Specialty Act of the year in 2012 and 2007. Previously Garcilazo was part of Disney’s Wild West Show based in France. In addition to touring with musicians such as Linda Ronstadt, Garcilazo has performed on Broadway and for the presidents of Mexico and the United States.

“...he’s gotten more standing ovations at the NFR than anyone.” — Shawn Davis, general manager, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

The general manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Shawn Davis (three-time World Champion saddle bronc rider/ProRodeo Hall of Fame 1997 inductee), who recruited Garcilazo, said he is an outstanding performer.

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The Ellensburg Rodeo and the Foundation at Kittitas Valley Healthcare will sponsor the eighth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day on Sunday, Sept. 1. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink to support awareness of breast cancer and funding for cancer research. Entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor Terry Wheatley created Tough Enough to Wear Pink to bring the sport of professional rodeo and the western community together to rally against breast cancer. Wheatley owns and operates Canopy Management, a Napa Valley, Calif., wine company. She also is a rodeo wife and mom. TETWP has empowered rodeos and western events in the United States and Canada to focus attention on the need for a cure since its inception in 2004. The campaign has raised more than $12 million for breast cancer charities.

Top: A cowboy competes in a pink shirt during Saturday’s rodeo performance. Right: A bull shows off his toughness by sporting pink. Photos by Brian Myrick

The grassroots movement has inspired other sports communities to host their own pink campaigns, spreading a message of hope and support that reaches beyond the rodeo arena to competitors, families and fans across America.

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Sabin wants to help people who 2013 Kittitas High School graduate, Ashley Sabin. struggle with communication and Photo contributed speech disorders. She will attend Brigham Young University in the fall, where she will study speech pathology Students who want to apply for next year’s with a focus in communication disorders. She’d like to eventually earn a master’s scholarship can pick up forms at the Ellensburg degree. Rodeo Office at 609 N. Main St., or at any high Sabin will put the $1,000 scholarship toward academic fees.

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By JOSH PETRIE There’s no pomp and pageantry in the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena during slack, just a smattering of die-hard rodeo fans and a possibly greater number of cowboys and cowgirls trying to earn a paycheck or get in position for one.

The first “performance” on the rodeo schedule is listed for Friday but, in fact, many contestants already will have come and gone. Such is the life of a timed-event competitor, where slack with a few fans in the morning is just as important as the performance in a packed arena in the afternoon or evening. “It matters to the cowboys,” said Brian Twardoski, a member of the Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors. “It’s not like it’s practice or they’re out goofing around. Money’s on the line.”

Slack is a series of runs in timed events — steer wrestling, steer roping, tie-down roping, team roping and barrel racing — that precede the performance simply because the entries in each event far outnumber the available spots. In some events, everyone has to execute at least their first run through slack and can earn a spot on one of the performance days; those who aren’t in the performance stick around and make their second run in slack as well.

“It matters to the cowboys. Money’s on the line.” — Brian Twardoski, Member, Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors

Slack is free for spectators, but on the arena dirt it’s all the same. Paychecks can be signed and short-go berths earned at any time of day.

“It really don’t matter when you go,” steer roper Cody Lee said during last year’s slack. “It does pay the same.” In steer roping, the entire event is during slack in Ellensburg and most locales, with Pendleton being a notable exception.


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A steer roper contestant takes a run at placing during morning slack. Photo by Brian Myrick

“It may be a little more fair, because everybody gets the same run. You don’t have to worry about the weather being different from one night to the next and all,” Lee said. “That’s the main thing, everybody gets the same run.”

A HARD DAY’S WORK Slack makes it easier for the Ellensburg Rodeo to host as many competitors as possible. It also makes a long day for the dozens of volunteers dedicated to running a smooth rodeo. If your job today is moving cattle for roping, you might be able to get more sleep this afternoon than tonight. Volunteers appear at sunrise to start sorting cattle.

downhill. … If everybody does their job right, it goes good for everybody,” Mothershead said. “Everybody that does it likes cows, rodeo, the Ellensburg Rodeo, the community. It’s pretty neat to be able to put on quite a function like this rodeo is known for. It’s pretty neat to have a hand in putting it on.” Volunteers arrive at sunrise to start sorting cattle for slack. Photo by Brian Myrick


Claud Griffith of Yakima has come to the Ellensburg “You’ve gotta sort the numbers of the cows that are up Rodeo for 30-plus years. Les Page is a Canadian who that particular day,” said B.J. Mothershead, a decade-long uses vacation time to witness three of the Northwest’s volunteer at the Ellensburg Rodeo and president of the Kittitas County Roping Club. “If there’s 40 ropers, each finest rodeos — Ellensburg, the Lewiston Roundup and the Pendleton Roundup. roper has a separate numbered Both shot the breeze like calf, so you’ve gotta sort out lifelong friends last year them numbers and you’ve while observing their gotta bring them to the front, favorite events three rows and they’ve gotta be off of above the roping chute. food and water for two hours before the event, so we’re here “You see a lot of friends usually at daylight getting you know and things like them sorted and up there.  that. It’s the horsemanship end of the rodeo,” Griffith “Then there’s a whole crew said. “Plus you get to see in the back that sorts out the all the big-name cowboys particular numbers in the Free to spectators, rodeo fans enjoy the opportunity to watch cowboys up close. That makes it fun, order they’re supposed to go, and cowgirls compete during slack. too. You get to talk to them and then the whole line of help Photo by Brian Myrick sometimes.” all the way up to me pushing the button to let them out.” Page stayed for the second round of barrel racing, taking advantage of a more relaxed fan atmosphere while That line of help is about 15 people, Mothershead taking in as much rodeo as possible. said, in addition to a handful who sort the calves and steers as they exit the arena. After slack, the volunteers “If you like rodeo, it’s good. It’s not for everybody, but will take a break and return to the arena to staff their that’s something I’ve enjoyed all my life, since I was a stations for the evening performances. Between the kid, is rodeo,” he said. “I ended up competing when I was late start and the task of sorting the stock when it’s all young. Now I’m just a good watcher.” over, Mothershead and company will be done between midnight and 1 a.m., only to return at 5 for the next Slack is at 7 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday day’s slack. “The smoother we can operate, the better the rodeo is and the better contestants like it, and it all trickles

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The famed King County Posse has ridden and performed in the Ellensburg Rodeo since 1943. The group's motto is "silver saddles on golden horses."

Founded in 1941 as the King County Sheriff 's Posse, this nonprofit volunteer organization was started by a group of businessmen who practiced horsemanship for sport and for pleasure.

The King County Posse at one time assisted in search and rescue operations, aiding law enforcement officers.

...and the partnership endures to this day. The posse has competed in precision drill competitions across the state and is featured annually in the Seafair, Apple Blossom, Lilac, Portland Rose and Ellensburg Rodeo parades.

A King County Posse member rides with the US flag during the grand entry. Photo by Brian Myrick

The Ellensburg Rodeo forged an alliance with the posse in 1943, and the partnership endures to this day.

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2012 PRCA World Champions: Trevor Brazile

Jesse Wright

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— Saddle Bronc Champion —

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Kaycee Feild — Bareback Champion — from Payson, UT - $276,850.22

Tuf Cooper — Tie-Down Roping Champion — from Decatur, TX - $232,884.83

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PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Seth Glause

— 2012 Xtreme Bulls Finale Winner — Score • 176 points on two head Earnings • $10,575

The road to the 2013 Xtreme Bulls championship ends in Ellensburg Saturday, Aug. 31, when 40 of the world’s top bull riders compete for the $85,000 purse.

The PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour, presented by B&W Trailer Hitches, will end in Ellensburg with the event televised on Great American Country network.

The competition features the world’s best riders along with the baddest and meanest bulls. All 40 riders will compete in a long-go competition. The top 12 will immediately be brought back for the short-go, where the Ellensburg champion and 2013 Xtreme Bulls Champion both will be crowned.

Before stopping in Ellensburg, the tour will have stopped in eight other cities. Money cowboys earned on the Xtreme Bulls Tour counts toward their PRCA world standings, which determine Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers. The Tour will have a combined purse of $465,000. The 2012 Xtreme Bulls finale was won by Seth Glause. He had total earnings of $10,575 with 176 points on two head. The 2012 Xtreme Bulls Tour champion was Kanin Asay.


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The gates for this year’s finale will open at 7 p.m and the show starts at 8 p.m. The event will first air on Great American Country network at 5 p.m. on Sep. 15 and 9 a.m. Sept. 21. Check your local listing for more information.

Ellensburg Rodeo Arena Records Steer Roping —

Trevor Brazile • 2007, 8.4 seconds

Saddle Bronc —

Jesse Kruse • 2009, 91 points Cody DeMoss • 2011, 91 points

Bareback Riding —

Steve Peebles • 2010, 90 points

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2013 Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees Four inductees to be added to Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Calf roper Buz Peth, the Calgary Stampede Ranch, He's also won many Northwest All-Around Rodeo pickup man Gary Rempel and the bucking bronc Grated Cowboy titles. In 1969 and 1972 Peth won two Coconut will be inducted into the Ellensburg Rodeo Ellensburg Rodeo All-Around Cowboy titles. Hall of Fame this year. Peth was born into a rodeo family near Bow in 1937, The induction banquet is Aug. 29 at Central with his dad working as a rodeo stock contractor. One Washington University's Student Union Recreation brother was an acclaimed bullfighting clown and another was a titled steer wrestler. Center Ballroom. The Hats to Fame fundraiser for a permanent museum also will be part of the event. "I used to fool around after school, having little Peth will be inducted into the hall's national competitor category. The Calgary Stampede Ranch roughstock contractors and Gary Rempel will be recognized as participants. Grated Coconut falls into the hall's livestock category.

rodeos at the ranch and just fell into riding and roping,â&#x20AC;? Peth said. Later in life, Perth continued to compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association and senior rodeos. Peth and his wife, Gail, live in Odessa.

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contractors The Calgary Stampede Ranch is recognized for revolutionizing the professional rodeo through its state-of-the-art animal husbandry. Calgary Stampede roughstock contractors started in 1961, and work the best rodeos in North America, according to a Rodeo Hall of Fame press release.

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Buz Peth Dale "Buz" Peth's signature events are rodeo steer wrestling and calf roping, and he has been recognized for both. In his career, Peth qualified for National Finals Rodeos in Oklahoma City, and regionally won the "Big Four" in Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Lewiston, Idaho, and Pendleton, Ore.


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Presently, there are 450 horses and 80 bulls at the ranch, with 200 in the rodeo circuit annually. The ranch feeds the livestock a diet of free-range grass, oats and hay.

The ranch's livestock is highly recognized among rodeos, said Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Chairman Jack Wallace.

"They had top quality stock and top quality workers," he said. "When they started coming to Ellensburg, it really improved the livestock."

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Grated Coconut

Rempel acted as lead pickup man for the Calgary Stampede Ranch and worked all of the major North American rodeos and every performance of the Calgary Stampede since 1985.

Induction Board Member Dan Morgan, who worked Calgary Stampede Ranch's Grated Coconut was alongside Rempel, said Rempel perfected the profession highly recognized in the rodeo bucking horse world for of pickup man. the first decade of the 21st century. The Professional "He not only keeps the cowboys safe, but he keeps all Rodeo Cowboys Association recognized him as bareback of us safe too," Morgan said. horse of the year five times. Rempel lives on a ranch with his wife in Montana. Presently, Grated Coconut is retired on the Calgary Stampede Ranch but produces champion bronc offspring.

Gary Rempel Calgary Stampede Ranch's Gary Rempel is one of the most accomplished rodeo pickup men in the history of the sport, according to a Rodeo Hall of Fame press release.

Pickup men assist dismounting bronc riders from their bucking horses and help them exit the rodeo arena. Additionally, workers rope and herd broncs and bulls out

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Chamber Cowboys

Fostering the fun spirit of the Ellensburg Rodeo

The Chamber Cowboys organized in 1972 to promote the Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair, and to continue the tradition of the annual rodeo-fair kickoff breakfast, which is traditionally held on a Saturday two weeks prior to Labor Day weekend. They are an all-volunteer group of men and women who enjoy fostering the spirit of the Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair. This year they are celebrating 41 years of service to Kittitas County.

The cowboys also are Some members of the Chamber Cowboys pose with the locally famous two-headed convertible rodeo-mobile. known for driving a twoPhoto by Douglas MacArthur headed convertible with horns around the community, and selling $1 fairThis year’s chamber cowboys are Diana Tasker, rodeo buttons. To date, more than $150,000 has Tony Brooks, Dana Lind, Dana Cole, Randy Wheeler, been raised and donated back to the community to Ryan Woods, Mark Lewis, Vickie Barela, Ron Barela, various organizations, which support youth and senior Stephanie Clerf, Dan Turner and Roylene Crawford. programs. Each year, 5,000 buttons are printed.

Under the “XX” ordinance you may be “arrested” and thrown in “jail” by a Chamber Cowboy. During the local rodeo season, a “jail” is hauled behind the car to enforce the “XX” ordinance. The city of Ellensburg adopts the ordinance, which allows citizen Chamber Cowboys to “arrest” anyone who doesn’t have a button or is not wearing three items of western wear. The Chamber Cowboys’ two-headed car was acquired in 1974. The “Enforcer” was originally a 1960 Dodge station wagon, which was extended and had a front


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end from another 1960 Dodge welded to the frame. The engine, push-button transmission and running gear were updated in 2003 and are later model Dodge components. It was built locally in 1972 by Slim Martin for the Ellensburg Jaycees. It was found wrecked and not operational and purchased from the Jaycees for $1 by former Kittitas County Sheriff Bob Barret. The car was repaired and rebuilt locally by D&M Motors with the aid of Chamber Cowboy members. In 1982, 1994 and again in 2008, the car was repainted in its present color scheme. Throughout the years, volunteers and local businesses have maintained the car. It also is used yearround to promote other community activities locally and out of town.

Goodwill is Ellensburg’s Rodeo Headquarters It’s Rodeo and Fair time and we’ve stocked up on the essentials like cowboy boots (we have lots!) western wear, country themed home décor and even a saddle or two.

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Ellensburg Rodeo Top Hands Volunteer group assists Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors

The Ellensburg Rodeo Top Hands Association formed its all-volunteer group in 1988 to support the Ellensburg Rodeo board during the Ellensburg Rodeo and associated Labor Day weekend events. The term “top hand” comes from the ranching world and applies to a cowboy who is superior, especially as a rider or horsebreaker.

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MEMBERS Front row- left to right: Zack McCune, Chuck McCune, Roberta Haire, Zack Williams, Cindy Preston, David Anderson, Estelle Johnson, Andy Andrews, Kevin Weyand Middle row : Kendra Sterkel, Pat Hall, Deb Etherto Back row: Scott Riddle, Greg McBride, Darren Allen, Scott Ciraulo, Luis Perez Not pictured: Joe Weyand, Ken Pillow, Steve Voshall, Nick Roberts

Each Ellensburg Rodeo Top Hand is assigned to various committees and responsibilities such as merchandising, fundraising, sponsorship/awards, contestant and visitor parking, the Behind the Chutes beer garden and Trading Post Saloon, volunteer refreshment tent, children’s activity corral, Yakama Indian Village, grand parade, Xtreme Bulls, royal court and autograph session.

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Ellensburg Rodeo Posse Group actively promotes the Ellensburg Rodeo

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The Ellensburg Rodeo Posse members act as active promoters of the Ellensburg Rodeo, making their way down parade routes with iconic bright yellow shirts and tack on sorrel horses.

Posse members appear in parades across the state and in Ellensburg. In addition to parades, the posse also stops by youth horse shows, community events and the Ellensburg Rodeo.

The group’s historic past began in 1939. The Washington State Secretary of State signed the organization charter as the first recognized state posse association in 1941. The posse made its first debut in the Ellensburg Rodeo the same year. For 42 years the junior rodeo has helped to start of Labor Day weekend festivities, sponsored by posse members. Events include mutting busting, calf riding, goat tying, roping, pole bending and more.

MEMBERS Left to Right: Bob Colligon, Roy Beard, Daryl Nelson, Richard Mulder, John Shea, Oscar Berger, George Shelton, Bill Hutton (standing), Dan Carter, Bernie Schneider (standing), Roger Stark, Brian Fleming, Jim Joyner, Steve Moore, Travis Williams, Dave Bare, Kraig Nesmith, Keith Bare, and Rich Arlt.   Not Pictured: Punk Bender, Eric Burvee, Roy Chance, Steve Emery, Rueben Engelstad, Ric Gearhart, Bryce Hutton, Myron Linder, Glenn Madsen, Jerry Mason, Curtis Mecham, Ed McGrew, Joe Morrow, Mike Rogers, Alex Stevenson, Steve Voshall, and Kevin Weyand.

LIFE MEMBERS Larry Charlton, Don Childress, Don Clapper, George Helleson, Claude Johnson, Ed Kuehl, George Mandelas, Ron Mongomery, Bob Parks, Truman Winegar, John Woods.

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Rodeo Arena Seating Efforts underway to improve rodeo seating

The Ellensburg Rodeo Board and Kittitas County government continue efforts to upgrade and improve rodeo arena seating.

The nonprofit rodeo board hopes to replace seating on the arena's west end and its north side. The seats are quickly coming to an end of their useful and repairable lifespan, said Rodeo Board member Brian Twardoski.

The rodeo arena and Kittitas County Fairgrounds were built The north side of the Ellensburg Rodeo arena seating is one of the sections slated for improvements. in 1923 through a Photo by Brian Myrick community effort. The fairgrounds, rodeo arena and related arena's needs and the importance of the annual Labor structures are owned by county government, and Rodeo Day weekend event to the economy of Ellensburg, the Board officials estimate the nonprofit rodeo has invested county, region and entire state. nearly $3 million since 1980 in a variety of rodeo arena "We feel good about this first try to get help from and rodeo grounds improvements. the Legislature," Twardoski said, "but there's still lots of work ahead."

“We feel good about this...but there’s still lots of work ahead.” — Brian Twardoski, Member, Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors

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FUNDS SET ASIDE The Rodeo Board has earmarked $50,000 in partnership with the county for preliminary design work. As part of the funding request, the board also has committed $300,000 toward the project.

"This is a vital component to our rodeo's future," Twardoski said. "Therefore, the rodeo board is committed to directing a significant portion of future net proceeds to grandstand renewal as well." A combined Rodeo Board and county government

committee will soon be formed to recommend use of the funds. The goal is to hire an engineer for a structural analysis of the old seating and supports that were put up between 1964 through 1969, and likely earlier. Additional preliminary design drawings may also come from this work, Twardoski said, on top of general design work already done by the Rodeo Board.

The seating project would include a structural engineer assessing the condition of seating support and foundations and developing the best design changes, including new foundations, support and seating. Replacement work likely would be carried out in phases.

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Behind the Scenes

Coy Huffman has many roles at Ellensburg Rodeo

By ERYN AKERS Nationwide rodeo preacher Coy Huffman has roots with the Ellensburg Rodeo that run deep.

He started as a contestant in Ellensburg, then returned to work as chute boss. He started the rodeo's autograph party, and regularly announces the Yakama Indian dances. His latest assignment is to flag the start of the roughstock events. He's also been leading the rodeo's Sunday service, Cowboy Church, since 1980.

"(Ellensburg) is probably one of my most favorite spots to Coy Huffman preaches a sermon at Cowboy Church, on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. go," Huffman said. "It's just like Photo by Brian Myrick coming home to family for me." Each summer he travels nationwide to at least one Huffman was raised on a ranch in Kansas, where he rodeo per week. first found his passion for rodeo. He was 12 years old Even so, he said Ellensburg is one of the greatest when he rode his first bull. communities in America and a place he loves to go. "Well, that was like trying to ride the world," he said. "It's a place where I feel like I'm celebrating," he said. "As long as you stayed on board on top, it was like being Huffman said there often is cause for celebration on the top of the world." during the Ellensburg Rodeo Cowboy Church. Amazing things can happen during his 25-minute message at the make-shift church in the rodeo arena, he said, such as people finding God or cowboys sharing prayers. For many people who come only for the rodeo, finding the Cowboy Church is a "double blessing," he said. — Coy Huffman, rodeo preacher

“It’s just like coming home to family.”

Huffman rode bareback and team-roped, among other events. Soon enough, he began to realize his passion for rodeo shifted toward the ministry side of it. He's still involved with rodeo however he can be, but said now he's more concerned with helping people win in life.


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The church is a time for Huffman and the cowboy congregation to hash through learning about God and focus on living life victoriously, he said.

Though celebratory, the 45-minute service on Sunday morning is kept to a rather strict schedule. "By the time we're done with the service we've got to get gathered up and get ready to rodeo," Huffman said.

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social studies and science to middle schoolers for eight years. At the same time, Harrison worked rodeo events after getting discovered by Pat Beard of the Beard Rodeo Company. Beard was the first to recognize Harrison’s talent and hired him for a bull riding event in Vancouver. “I realized right from this early event I had a knack for making people laugh,” Harrison said. “My whole life I’ve been an entertainer. It’s hard to describe it though.”

Harrison finds humor in every situation, and his easy banter with rodeo announcer Justin McKee keeps the action flowing at the Ellensburg Rodeo.

“I’m just a ball of dancing energy that will be all over the arena in Ellensburg.” — JJ Harison, rodeo clown

“I think it stems from natural ability and my experience in the classroom,” he said.

Harrison balanced rodeo and teaching for years before ultimately choosing rodeo. JJ Harrison entertains the crowds at the Ellensburg Rodeo. Photo by Brian Myrickl

Rodeo clown JJ Harrison will return to this year’s Ellensburg Rodeo with his trademark wit and popular football toss.

Harrison grew up in Okanogan, where his love for rodeo began, but it wasn’t until high school when he decided to get involved. Harrison took his passion to college and joined the rodeo team as a bull and bronc rider at Washington State University. He gradually realized he was a “wimp” and migrated to team roping.

What makes Harrison a good rodeo clown isn’t scripted humor or set jokes. It’s the off-the-cuff, spurof-the-moment quick wit that provide his best moments (though a fat suit and a dance with a horse might make it into the act).

“I would say I’m just a ball of dancing energy that will be all over the arena in Ellensburg,” Harrison said. “I think comedy and comic relief are both a very important part of rodeo and its entertainment value.”

“I had a lot of success and fun roping over the years but it wasn’t a career I could have,” he said. Harrison moved to Walla Walla where he taught

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2013 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees The late John Bowman, a three-time world champion and charter member of the Cowboys' Turtle Association, the late 1962 Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion Kenny McLean, 1990 Bareback Riding World Champion Chuck Logue, fourtime PRCA Bullfighter of the Year Joe Baumgartner and the late Rex “Bud” Kerby, one of the PRCA’s top stock contractors for more than 30 years were inducted into the 2013 ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies were in mid-July at ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Joe Baumgartner of Red Bluff, Calif., won the PRCA bullfighter of the Year Award each of the first four years it was given and was selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a record 14 times. He also made 19 appearances at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Chuck Logue Bareback rider

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Baumgartner was born Sept. 9, 1966 in Oakland, Calif., and didn't become involved in rodeo until his high schools years, though he was a natural at his chosen profession from the beginning. He was always driven by the single purpose of keeping bull riders safe from injury.

Kenny McLean Saddie bronc

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Chuck Logue has earned a reputation for riding best under pressure for big money. He was a major figure in his era, qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo 11 times in 12 seasons, winning the world championship in 1990 and the NFR average title twice. He's won major titles in Texas, California and Alberta, Canada.

Logue was born in 1960 in Upland, Calif., and won the 1978 Texas High School championships in bareback riding, bull riding and the all-around. He was named PRCA Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year in 1979 and made his NFR debut in Oklahoma City in 1982. Photo contributed


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Kenny McLean is considered by many to be the greatest Canadian rodeo cowboy of all time, and had a career distinguished by its volume, versatility and singular consistency. He won the PRCA Rookie of the Year in 1961 and the saddle bronc riding world championship a year later. He went on to

qualify for the National Finals Rodeo a total of nine times.

In the NFR he won the saddle bronc riding average title three times, and was only bucked off five times in the 77 rides at the NFR. He qualified for the NFR in tie-down roping in 1972, and in the same year won the Canadian tie-down roping, steer wrestling and all-around championships. Overall, he won four Canadian titles in the all-around and five in saddle bronc riding. He won the Linderman award twice, for his high level of excellence at both ends of the arena.

McLean never lost his love of the sport and never stopped competing. He was on his team roping horse waiting to compete at a senior rodeo in Taber, Alberta, in July 2002 when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

the steer wrestling champion the next year, and won team roping titles in 1938 and 1940 and then the tie-down roping championship in 1941.

Bowman was highly regarded for his skill, competitive spirit, shrewdness, durability and rough, outspoken manner, as well as his willingness to help young cowboys succeed. He founded the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo in 1948 and the all-around champion each year has his name inscribed on the John Bowman Memorial Trophy. Bowman died Aug. 13, 1959, in San Francisco.

Rex "Bud" Kerby Stock contractor

John Bowman All-around cowboy

Rex "Bud" Kerby is a second-generation ProRodeo Hall of Fame selection, following his father, D.A. "Swanny" Kerby, who was also inducted as a stock contractor in 1997. The Utah based Kerby's Bar T Rodeo Inc., is a family operation and has 2,500 acres of leased and owned land where stock roams.

In a 44-year rodeo career, John Bowman earned the respect of his peers for a level of versatility and skill rarely matched in the history of the cowboy sport.

Bowman, born July 31, 1900, in Rogers, Ark., was the allaround world champion in 1936 and twice won gold buckles in steer roping, becoming one Photo contributed of the sport's first three-time world champions while excelling in all four timed events.

Bowman was a steer wrestling and tie-down roping champion at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. He won the tie-down roping, steer roping and all-around championships at the 1945 Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon. Bowman was one of the biggest winners in the history of the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, where he captured the all-around, steer wrestling and steer roping titles in 1936. He won

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Bud Kerby started in the rodeo business as a teenage, competing as a saddle bronc rider before he became one of the sport's top pick-up men.

Bud and his wife, Evelyn Kerby, bought the Bar T Rodeo operation from his parents Swanny and Verda in the mid 1980s to continue the family tradition. Roughstock from the Bar T Rodeo has been selected to compete at the NFR nearly every year since 1960.

Bud was born June 10, 1940, in Moab, Utah and died Oct. 10, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Behind the Chutes, Section 9 and Trading Post Saloon The Ellensburg Rodeo’s bars have undergone some changes this year to keep the good times rolling.

A newly constructed bar in the Section 9 area will offer a new way to serve customers faster and provide better access to the area. The bar will also help to fix a past problem in which bar-goers had to go to two separate places to get hard alcohol and beer. Kerry Clift, on the rodeo board of directors, said the new bar will have both items in the same place. “It will be a lot easier for the customer and easier on our end to have stuff in one location,” Clift said. “We’ll be able to serve customers a lot faster.” Fast service is key to success when it comes to operating rodeo bars, Clift said. Some Saturdays at the

rodeo bars are so popular that people wait outside to enter. Clift hopes that slight changes this year will help to change that. The Behind the Chutes band this year, Rodeo Rose, will be back for its third year in a row. This year, DJ Jimmy G will be playing while the band breaks to keep the music flowing throughout the venue. In terms of some smaller cosmetic updates, the restrooms behind the chutes have also been improved. “It’s all about simple things,” Clift said.

The bathrooms were painted and stall doors were extended taller to give people some more privacy.

BEHIND THE CHUTES ENTERTAINMENT Popular Portland-based country rock band Rodeo Rose returns to Behind the Chutes at the Ellensburg Rodeo this year. On a typical night, listeners will hear anything and everything from Patsy Cline to Pat Benetar to Carrie Underwood. Rodeo Rose mixes modern country, traditional country, outlaw country, country ballads and popular rock ‘n’ roll hits. Band members include Terri McConnachie on vocals, Jim Bevan on drums, Jason Locher on bass, Tommy Pierson on guitar and vocals and Paul Schille on guitar and vocals. The band plays shows regionally around the Northwest.

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The newly constructed stage inside Behind the Chutes beer garden will host the returning Rodeo Rose Band.

In Section 9 rodeo fans enjoy cold, adult beverages from their seats without missing the action. Photo by Brian Myrick

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Behind the Chutes is a bar behind the bucking chutes at the Ellensburg Rodeo. The bar is open Friday night, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during Labor Day weekend.

The wall behind the leaning bar inside The Trading Post Saloon in the Western Village features a mural by local artist Becky Hollenbeck.

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The 21-and-older-seating in Section 9 allows rodeo fans to enjoy an adult beverage right from the stands and not miss a minute of rodeo action in the dirt. Tickets for Section 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which has a full service Beer, wine and mixed drinks are served, and hot dogs and pizza stands bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are available in advance. Drinks must be purchased separately serve food. Drinks are purchased using tokens. with tokens that can be acquired A new serving structure will also inside and outside the bar. help with foot traffic to the Section 9 bleachers. A north-side ramp that has been closed in the past will be open this year.

The Trading Post Saloon The Trading Post Saloon in the Western Village rodeo entrance offers rodeo fans another place to wet their whistles. The saloon has a 30foot wall with a half bar for people to lean against. Local artist Becky Hollenbeck painted a mural with animated western characters enjoying beverages on the wall above the half bar.

Tokens Ellensburg Rodeo tokens are used to purchase alcoholic beverages at Behind the Chutes and in Section 9. Traditionally, the tokens feature the image of the Ellensburg Rodeo president, and this year the honor goes to Kelly Schademan. Some rodeo fans collect the tokens.

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Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Historic rodeo artifacts keep history alive

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame, started in 1997, works to document past rodeo history and preserve rodeo tradition so they are never forgotten. The Hall has a massive collection of historic rodeo artifacts, with thousands of pieces and more than 16 hundred photographs, Hall of Fame Archivist Brigid Clift said. Ninety-two individuals, families, animals and groups have been inducted into the Hall since its inception, and each induction has ties to historic rodeo stories. The Hall's artifacts, photos and oral histories work to preserve these stories, Clift said.


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Buff Brady is known for his work as a trick rider Scarves sold as merchandise and trick roper and has been featured in movie, theater and TV performances. The Hall inducted him in 2001. to promote the rodeo. Mrs. His costume shirts, trick rope and a photograph of him Edwin Opstad donated the red scarf, from the 1923 rodeo, wearing the outfit are pictured. and the green scarf, from the 1924 rodeo. The others are not dated. revor razile




Travor Brazile was inducted into the Hall in 2012 as an all-around cowboy. Pictured is his championship saddle from the Ellensburg Rodeo, trick rope and glove, and a signed hat and cowboy boots.


and buckles

Tom Ferguson was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1997 as an all-around cowboy. His world champion ring and buckles, along with his Ellensburg champion buckles are pictured here. Photos by Brian Myrick


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The Rodeo Hall of Fame continues to fundraise for a permanent home to display its historic collection. Artifacts are on display in the Western Village, adjacent to the rodeo grounds and in the Driver house on North Main Street. If you've got something rich in Ellensburg rodeo history to donate to the Hall email or visit www.

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