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The 73rd Annual PRCA Sisters Rodeo will attract some of the nation’s top rodeo cowboys.

by Christopher L. Ingersoll / The Bulletin Special Projects Called the Biggest Little Show in the World, the PRCA Sisters Rodeo boasts 73 years of delivering world-class entertainment, athletics and showmanship in a small-town atmosphere. Scheduled this year for Wednesday-Sunday, June 59, at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds, the event always draws some of the biggest names in rodeo thanks to its reputation and large purses. The rodeo also reaches beyond the arena into the community of Sisters. Its all-volunteer workforce taps into local business support that traces back through the history of the town. “What makes the Sisters Rodeo special is that it’s the event that put Sisters on the map,” said Martha Hunking, former rodeo organizer. “Sisters used to be just a one-horse town with nothing to do but watch the cars drive by until the rodeo started bringing people in, and they saw what a great town it was.” The annual tradition got its start back as 1940 when a few citizens in Sisters pooled together $10,000 to start a rodeo that could compete with other regional rodeos such as those in Pendleton and Cheyenne. The event was a success as professionals from the time competed against local cowboys for the $500 purse — a lot of money in the day. Over the next seven decades, the rodeo held itself together through both difficult and prosperous economic times, mainly due to the hard work and dedication of the people of Sisters and a long list of avid rodeo volunteers — folks whose resilience has come to represent the people of Sisters while honoring the pioneers that once lived there. This year’s rodeo kicks off Wednesday, June 5 with Xtreme Bulls, an evening of professional bull riding. Generally known as the most popular rodeo event, the bull riding competition

will be followed by a rodeo dance, allowing cowboys and cowgirls to party the night away. Thursday, otherwise known as slack day, will feature competitions throughout the day with free gate admission. Slack day is typically most appealing for the more ardent and hard-core fans of the rodeo. Friday marks the start of the official rodeo event with a family night — children 12 and under will receive free gate entry. The first of four main rodeo events will follow a familiar competitive pattern, from team bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and bareback riding to saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. During events Wednesday as well as Friday through Sunday, a specialty act that includes a team of six Percheron horse being ridden and driven by Jason Goodman will likely raise the crowd to its feet. The act features the beauty and grace of 2,200-pound black Percheron horses. Jason Goodman will stand atop the back two horses, each of which tower over six feet tall, while driving the other four through tight turns at high speeds. Saturday, June 8 will kick off with a morning rodeo parade led by this year’s grand marshals, a quartet of long-time volunteers dubbed “The Four Horsemen.” “The Sisters Rodeo Parade is a highlight of the rodeo activities that includes bands, community youth groups, 20-plus rodeo queens, colorful floats and a whole lot of horses,” said Jeri Buckmann, a rodeo parade committee member. “It is a pleasure to see everyone participating, having a great time, and the thousands who come to watch.” Saturday afternoon delivers two rodeo performances, at 1 p.m.

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and 7 p.m., followed by the fourth and final performance on Sunday at 1 p.m. Also on Sunday, from 7 to 11 a.m., the Kiwanis will host the rodeo’s annual Buckaroo Breakfast, for many a highlight event featuring food and

fellowship. One more highlight of the 73rd Sisters Rodeo includes the return of barrelman and clown JJ Harrison, who was chosen as the barrelman/clown for last year’s National Finals Rodeo — a

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top honor on the PRCA circuit. “In an arena there is no lagtime, no downtime, with JJ there,” said Sisters Rodeo Arena Director John Leavitt. “That’s a big part of his job, and nobody does it better.” Though JJ does a number of bigname rodeos every year, Sisters was his debut PRCA rodeo event and holds a special place in his heart. “I’ll never miss Sisters,” he said. Bullfighters at the rodeo will be Rowdy Barry and Dan Newman, both also veterans of the Sisters Rodeo. Barry has worked with the Sisters Rodeo for 21 years in the arena and as well as creating artwork that has twice been featured on the rodeo poster. Dan Newman has been with the

rodeo for nine years while also working as a bullfighter across the country. So whether you are a rodeo neophyte or were born with rodeo blood coursing through your veins, the 2013 Sisters Rodeo weekend will be packed with entertainment for everyone. “It’s really one of the greatest ways to kick off a Central Oregon summer,” said Erin Borla, executive director of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. “The rodeo makes everyone, from cowboys to city slickers, feel connected to something this is missing in our world of the digital interface. “It’s helped make Sisters what it is today — a place to step back in time, relax among the Ponderosa pines and enjoy connecting with friends and family.”

RETURNS TO SISTERS RODEO Xtreme Bulls, a bull riding-only event, will return to Sisters Rodeo on Wednesday, June 5. The PRCA event will begin at 6:30 pm at the Sisters Rodeo grounds, south of Sisters along Highway 20. The night’s final bull ride will be around 9 p.m. “We had great competition our first year of Xtreme Bulls,” said Sisters Rodeo President G.J. Miller. “The bulls were on their game and beat some world champion bull riders. We expect to have the same excitement this year, with the riders determined to take the night.” In addition to the PRCA bullriding events taking place during rodeo performances June 7-9, Xtreme Bulls aims to deliver more entertainment mid-week for the Sisters Rodeo. “We want to get more people out

mid-week to enjoy this fun and exciting event,” said board member Cathy Williams, who manages the rodeo ticket office. “We hope this good deal attracts more families, even in a busy time of the year.” Bull riding has become the most popular event for fans of rodeo. Seventeen PRCA rodeos across the nation will participate in this competition, beginning in Fort Worth, Texas and including the cities of San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Ellensburg. Xtreme Bulls in Sisters coincides with Xtreme Bulls in Union, Oregon, and just ahead of Reno Rodeo, scheduled for the following week. “This makes it easier for bull riders to travel without having to criss-cross the country,” said John Leavitt, a board member and arena manager. Money earned in Xtreme Bulls counts toward Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Standings, which determines the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers. The total national purse for this event is $520,000, with Sisters awarding $10,000 in purse monies. Tickets for Xtreme Bulls are $15, with available box seats available at $30 and plaza seats set at $50. Kids under 12 get in free. Sisters PRCA Rodeo will feature five performances on June 5, 7, 8 and 9. For ticket information, call 541-5490121 or 800-827-7522, or visit www.

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Thunder Photos courtesy of Percheron Thunder

with Percheron Thunder

2013 Sisters Rodeo Specialty Act, Percheron Thunder, runs on real horsepower. Six massive black Percheron horses will rumble through the arena at the Sister’s Rodeo this year, all driven from the rear two horses by Jason Goodman, expert horse trainer and rider. Percherons, one of the largest breeds of horse in the world, weighing in at 2,200 pounds, demonstrate their discipline, agility and grace as Goodman takes them around the arena in tight turns and twist all while standing atop the back two horses. With six of the more than six-foot-tall beasts pounding their hooves at the same time, it’s easy to understand how the act came to be known as Percheron Thunder. Percheron Thunder has thrice been recognized as a Top Five Specialty Act by the PRCA. Goodman and his steeds are the only draft horse act that has ever performed at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, returning four straight years. Goodman started the act in 2006 at the World Percheron Congress in Virginia. He wanted people to remember the importance of draft horses in the world before the automobile assumed the duties 8 | Sisters Magazine | 73rd Sisters Rodeo 2013

of transporting goods and people and the tractor took on farming. More than this, Goodman wanted the public to be exposed to the amazing speed and dynamic abilities of these horses, often considered by the uneducated to be a slow, lumbering animal with no spunk or emotion. As a child, Goodman was responsible for driving the draft horse team to get feed to the family’s livestock. A respect for these horses was born in those years, and his life work remained with the powerful creatures. “Once, we ran on real horsepower,” he likes to say. From their home in Fort Collins, Colorado, Goodman and his wife, Rosie, travel with the Percherons in a custom-built 18-wheeler. They have appeared in San Antonio, Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Reno Rodeo. At the Biggest Little Show in the World this year, Goodman will deliver his larger-than-life show to the citizens of Central Oregon. — Courtesy of Bonnie Malone, Sisters Rodeo



JJ Harrison

JJ HARRISON, RODEO CLOWN — JJ Harrison celebrated the honor of being the bullfighter/clown at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2012. Other PRCA bullfighters vote for this selection. When he learned he was hired, one of his first calls was to Sisters Rodeo President Glenn Miller. Sisters Rodeo was JJ’s first contract in the PRCA, and he wanted to express his gratitude. “In an arena, there is no lagtime, no downtime, with JJ there,” said Sisters Arena Director John Leavitt. “That’s a big part of his job, and nobody does it better.” A former school teacher himself, Harrison has learned that you can accomplish much with wit, humor and antics. His rodeo act is a high-energy family routine that’s fun for all ages, and he keeps the fans entertained with no break in

his action. “It’s not an act; it really is just who I am. And I’ll never miss Sisters,” he says with a big smile. Along with his 2012 NFR honors, JJ has been named the 2005 and 2006 NPRA Barrelman of

Rowdy Barry

the Year along with being selected to work the Pro-West finals in 2005. He was their Specialty Act of the Year in 2006. He comes back for his seventh year, with his wife, Melissa and son, Huck. ROWDY BARRY, BULLFIGHTER — Rowdy Barry is a cowboy with many faces and many careers. Sisters has enjoyed his professional work for 21 years. The Washington rancher is also a painter and sculptor, whose works are now among the most collectible in Western art. He has been the artist behind two Sisters Rodeo posters. Barry began bullfighting when he was 14. “I enjoy what I do, and I take it to heart,” he says, always ready to go to work. Barry has twice been recognized as the Wrangler Bullfighting Champion in

the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, and in 1992, competed in the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). In 1999, he was voted by the bullriders of the PRCA to protect them at the NFR, and in 2000, he was chosen as an alternate at the event. You always know Barry in the rodeo arena because he has a fetish for red-striped socks to dress up his white shirt. During the 2012 Sisters Rodeo, Barry’s wife, Laura Lee, suffered a fracture that brought her rodeo season to an end. She has recovered and will be back in the saddle for Wrangler Rodeo this season. You’ll see her tossing T-shirts and herding cattle in the Sisters arena. The Barry’s have three children. DANNY NEWMAN, BULLFIGHTER — This year, bullfighter “Dangerous” Danny Newman is making his seventh visit to the Sisters Rodeo to help in the protecting of performers. He

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Wayne Brooks

first appeared in the Sisters Rodeo in 2004. From Eatonville, Washington, Newman has been a bullfighter since the late 1980s and has performed at a number of prestigious rodeos. In 1992, Newman was the NPRA Bullfighter of the Year. He joined the PRCA in 1990 at the age of 20 and has since worked in rodeos across the country. From 1993 to 2000, Newman was a top-10 performer on the Wrangler Bullfight Tour. He has made nine appearances in the National High School Rodeo Finals and five appearances at the Columbia River Circuit Finals. He was also twice crowned the champion of the Cowboy Safety Competition. CURT ROBINSON, ANNOUNCER — Curt Robinson has been announcing at Sisters Rodeo for 21 years. He is part of our rodeo family. He doesn’t just work here; he drives from his home in Pendleton for nearly every special event that the rodeo membership holds. His is appreciated as both a professional and friend. Robinson has been announcing rodeos for more than 30 years. He brings a mastery of statistics and history to the sport that is greatly appreciated by cowboys and cowgirls, whose stats and personal stories are shared with a rodeo crowd. Fans also appreciate learning more, and Curt never lets them down.

He has worked National Finals Steer Roping more than a dozen times, Women’s National Finals Rodeos and College National Finals Rodeo. He is part of the ESPN broadcast news crew at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and reports on the PRCA Hotline. He is a standard in the Columbia River Circuit and many other rodeo circuits in the west, southwest and Texas. WAYNE BROOKS, ANNOUNCER — Wayne Brooks has a smooth voice that resonates in the stands as he announces from horseback. Brooks was PRCA Announcer of the Year in 2005 and 2010. He has a knack for making the fans in the stands part of the rodeo by taking time to talk with them and get their opinions (which sometimes conflict with the judges’ opinions). It’s all done in the spirit of a good time. As a former contestant, Brooks has a great sense of how competitors feel and is able to share that with his audience. He is also quick to support judges in their scores, demonstrating competitor errors on instant replay. He has worked the Calgary Stampede, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and even the Copenhagen Cup Tour Finale. He travels with his wife, Melanie, and their three children, Taylor, Sheridan and Ace, from Texas to all parts of the continent. The family likes to visit the Oregon coast after their stay in Sisters.

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The Four Horsemen

All transplants from south of Oregon, this foursome’s commitment to the Sisters Rodeo is unmatched. Prior to the Sisters Rodeo in 2005, rodeo vice president Curt Kallberg noticed a quartet of volunteers, all transplants from south of Oregon, who together took on some of the most necessary yet unappealing jobs at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. At the time, the foursome had ventured into the bleachers to find and replace worn 2-by-10 boards that had been victimized by Central Oregon’s extreme weather. As they removed each 18-foot-long board, packed them out, hauled new ones up the stairs and bolted them down, Kallberg said they moved as a finely tuned unit. “They just went into the bleachers and started doing the heavy labor, working quietly and diligently,” said Kallberg. “They were unbelievable with what they got done. They deserved a special title.” And so, Kallberg bestowed upon them the title “The Four Horsemen.” Eight years later, the moniker remains, as does their reputation for charging forth into hard work, smiling, with nary a complaint to be heard. A new chapter in the legend of The Four Horsemen was written this year when the foursome — made up with Ron Ackerman, Earl Brawner, Roger Holmer and Don Stuart, retired gentlemen who range in age from 64 to 80 — were named the 2013 Sisters Rodeo Grand Marshals. In an often heard Central Oregon story, the four men and their wives are bound by common history. Each left their respective homes following long careers to relocate in Bend and Redmond. Ron Ackerman, of southern Californian and lifelong truck driver in California and Nevada, was the first to arrive. He and his wife, Carol, came to Bend to visit old friends. Two weeks later, they purchased 20 acres outside of Bend. The couple moved to Bend in 1989, and in a few months, he joined the Sisters Rodeo. Following a visit with the Ackermans in 1990, Holmer was convinced to move as well. He and his wife, Linda, left the noise and crowds of Los Angeles in 1991. He joined the Sisters Rodeo two years later. “Then I talked Earl into moving here,” Holmer said. Earl Brawner found his tie to Central Oregon through his wife’s sister, Linda Ackerman, after a 20year career on the Phoenix police force. The couple moved to Redmond, near their relatives, in 2000, with rodeo membership coming shortly afterward. “I had been coming to Sisters Rodeo since 1992,” Brawner said. “It was a natural fit.” Don Stuart, a Northern Californian, worked for the

Photo by Gary N. Miller, Sisters Country Photography

San Francisco Chronicle as a photo engraver for 19 years. “My father was born in Portland, so I knew this place,” he said. He and his wife, Patricia, along with their children, spent vacations camping in Central Oregon. So in 2003, the Stuarts made the move to Bend and quickly became friends with his new neighbor, Ron Ackerman. With the goading of his neighbor, he joined the rodeo association that year. “We adopted him,” said Brawner, thus completing the quartet that became known as The Four Horsemen. “It’s a second family,” Brawner said. Agreement spread among the others. They aren’t fishing and golfing on spring Saturdays; they are working at the rodeo grounds. “I enjoy coming and knowing all the members,” Holmer said. “ I haven’t met a bad rodeo member yet.” “Yes,” agreed Stuart, the snowbird of the group. “If it weren’t for rodeo, I’d still be in a warmer climate until June.”

Ackerman, who started it all, smiled when he noted, “We just have fun being here and doing the work.” Not one of the four men expected to be chosen as grand marshals. “Surprised” was the common response. “I was awestruck,” Brawner said. “I had previously told the other guys that when I die, I want my ashes poured on the bleachers.” When he asked what grand marshals do, Brawner said he was told their job is to bring shovels and scoop the poop when the rodeo parade is over. These Four Horsemen would have brought their shovels and done the job without complaint, though with a few wellplaced barbs of humor. But instead, they will ride in a carriage at the front of the parade, with the opportunity to sit and enjoy the show themselves during the rodeo. In honor of Patricia Stuart, who passed in 2011, Don sponsors team roping every year. Fittingly, The Four Horsemen sponsor team bronc riding. — Courtesy of Bonnie Malone, Sisters Rodeo 73rd Sisters Rodeo 2013 | Sisters Magazine | 11


Sharing Her 2013 Sisters Rodeo Queen Whitney Richey living a lifelong dream.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Richey

Becoming a rodeo queen has been a dream of this year’s Sisters Rodeo Queen, Whitney Richey, since she was 5. At the Umpqua Rodeo, caught up in the thrill and the romance of rodeo — bright chaps, crowns and galloping horses — Whitney never forgot the message from that year’s Umpqua Rodeo Queen: “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” This statement had an impact on Richey, motiving her to reach other people in the same way. The 22-year-old was one of six contestants to vie for the title last fall

on the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. Judging for the competition is based on a point system that grades an interview, a speech to rodeo members and guests, and a horsemanship demonstration. “Whitney’s horsemanship allowed her to shine above the others,” said rodeo queen judge Wendy Weems. Richey competed on Remi, her 10year-old quarter horse mare. A graduate of Thurston High School and a 3.5 GPA student at the University of Oregon, Richey began the horsemanship campaign through her participation in pee-wee rodeo, junior rodeo and her high school equestrian team. She served as Yoncalla Rodeo Senior Princess in 2005 and 2006 and was Yoncalla Rodeo Queen in 2007. She currently is a member of The Desperado Co-ed Drill Team and plans to become a dental hygienist. “Whitney was the most polished in her presentation and demeanor,” said Kathy Hansbrough, another of the competition judges. “She will represent Sisters Rodeo well.” With her rodeo court, Richey began a program of visiting the veterans hospital and sharing time for conversations, photos, encouragement and gratitude. “Most importantly,” Richey said,

“we listened to their stories. The looks on their faces was indescribable. We let them know that we appreciated and support them. Taking time to show we are thankful for them was a moving feeling.” Her parents are Debbi and Craig Richey, lifelong horse people who like to trail ride from their home base in Walterville. “We are behind her all the way,” said her dad, “and we feel that this is a good opportunity for Whitney.” They will be very happy to spend more time in Central Oregon, where Debbi was born and raised. “I am honored and excited to represent the professional sport of rodeo as Sisters Rodeo Queen,” Richey said. “I look forward to a year of promoting the sport I love and educate people about the events, traditions and way of life.” — Courtesy of Bonnie Malone, Sisters Rodeo

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Rodeo Parade

Floats, marching bands, motor clubs and horses—lots and lots of horses—will highlight this year’s Sisters Rodeo Parade, an annual tradition that goes hand-in-hand with this year’s 73rd annual PRCA Sisters Rodeo. Scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 in downtown Sisters, the hour-long parade will take place along Cascade Avenue. The parade is sponsored by St. Charles Health System. “There’s something about this parade that people love,” said Jeri Buckmann, parade coordinator. “There’s glitter and glamour, and yet it’s small-town.” Sisters Rodeo Queen Whitney Richey will be on hand, as will rodeo grand marshals Ron Ackerman, Earl Brawner, Roger Holmer and Don Stuart — dubbed “The Four Horsemen.” Per tradition, the grand marshals will ride in a Vis-a-Vis horse-drawn carriage driven by Jackie Herring. “[Herring] is a long-time supporter and attendee of the rodeo, and he’s always been a part of the parade and the grand marshal tradition,” Buckmann said. An announcer’s booth will be located midway along the Cascade Avenue stretch of the parade route with R.L. Garriguez of KSJJ providing commentary for spectators.

Parade: Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m.

Buckaroo Breakfast: Sunday, June 9, 7-11 a.m. “It is such a fun parade with so many great entries,” Buckmann said. “I love organizing it each year.”

Buckaroo Breakfast

Beginning as a Sunday-morning Sisters Rodeo tradition in 1943, the Buckaroo Breakfast continues to feed rodeo-goers a hearty meal before the rodeo’s final show of the weekend. For more than 20 years, the Sisters Kiwanis have taken charge of the event, which is one of the club’s top three fundraisers each year. This year, the Buckaroo Breakfast will be served on the Sisters Rodeo grounds from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. Anyone can come to the breakfast, but mostly the rodeo crowd attends, said organizations. Members of the Sisters Kiwanis serve more than 1,000 hungry rodeo-goers each year. The menu includes cowboy hotcakes, country sausage, ranch eggs, smoked bacon, range coffee, milk and juice. Cost for the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $10 for adults $5 for children under 12. Kids 3and-under eat free.

Sisters Rodeo Association is once again partnering with Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a national rodeo campaign to fight breast cancer and support women both during and after cancer treatment. The three-year partnership between the Sisters Rodeo and Tough Enough to Wear Pink has netted more than $10,000 in donations from the rodeo and its fans. Tough Enough to Wear Pink is an eight-yearold program begun by volunteers at rodeos across the United States and Canada. Nearly $6 million has been raised to benefit local breast cancer charities and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of the program is to fight breast cancer and support women both during and after cancer treatment. “This project has helped create awareness in what is going on in breast cancer research and treatment, and the pink shirts are recognized by everyone everywhere,” said Kate Mote, wife of four-time PRCA World Champion, Bobby Mote. “It has been so successful in spreading the word.” Spectators will be invited to donate money during the Sunday, June 9 rodeo performance. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink that day to honor breast cancer survivors. Funds will be donated to Sara’s Project, a charity that supports Central and Eastern Oregon women in education, support, volunteer advocacy and funding for diagnostics through the St. Charles Foundation. — Courtesy of Bonnie Malone, Sisters Rodeo

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2013 Sisters Rodeo Poster Artist:

The Art of Workin’ Horses Rodeo poster artist Dyrk Godby garners inspiration from his life as a rancher. Dyrk Godby, a popular Western artist, created the 2013 Sisters Rodeo poster art, an oil painting of a steer wrestler rolling onto a steer while his classic Paint horse charges ahead, doing the job it was trained to do. For Godby, whose paintings are seen in galleries and restaurants in Sisters, the focus of his art is the grace of the Western horse in its working world. Godby himself has worked as a horse rancher since childhood in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. His family bred and raised Paint horses, horses with pinto markings that have the conformation and breeding of the American quarter horse. The opportunity to have Godby paint a poster of a sport and lifestyle he knows well was highly desired by Sisters Rodeo. His mastery of the movement of a horse in action is unparalleled, and his attention to detail in cowboys, ranch animals and gear is a result of his life experience. “He paints what he knows and admires, especially in the working Western horse,” said John Leavitt, a former rodeo competitor and Sisters Rodeo Committee member. In 2009, Godby was recognized by America’s Horse in Art, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Museum in Amarillo, Texas. He was also honored as the American Paint Horse Association Artist of the Year in 2006. He has Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, The Bulletin repeatedly received best in show honors

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and people’s choice honors at Western art shows across the nation. “I’ve painted posters for lots of rodeos, but I’m thrilled to death to do this for Sisters,” Godby said. “It’s fantastic to be chosen by a rodeo that brings in world champions.” Godby has been painting for 30 years, even while he worked on ranches. His limited edition prints have experienced enormous success, often selling out to collectors and Western art fans. The talented painter is also a musician who has performed with Brooke Shields, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. In 1997, he opened the final go-round of the National Finals Rodeo with a song he wrote, “Fly Without Wings.” He has released two albums and now performs with the band “Quarter Horse” around the Northwest. The talent doesn’t stop there. Godby has added burned etched leather to his repertoire, in purses, briefcases, wallets, Bible covers and wall hangings. His artwork can be viewed at Godby lives on Indian Ford Road with his wife, Kanoe Durdan Godby, a former Sisters Rodeo Queen. The poster can be purchased at the Sisters Rodeo ticket office, Leavitt’s Western Wear and Open Range in Sisters, and Desperado in Bend.

— Courtesy of Bonnie Malone, Sisters Rodeo

Spend the weekend in beautiful Sisters, Oregon tasting wine, beer, fabulous food & shopping. — When — Friday, June 14, 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

— Where — Village Green Park in Sisters, Oregon

Contact us: 541-385-7988 •


Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, The Bulletin

Serving Contractors, Supporting the Rodeo Hoyt’s Hardware and Building Supply opened nearly 40 years ago due on simple demand. by Christopher Ingersoll, The Bulletin Special Projects The decision to open Hoyt’s Hardware and Building Supply in Sisters 38 years ago was a simple matter of supply and demand. As demand for building products grew in Sisters, Black Butte and the Camp Sherman area, the closest supplies resided in Bend. Charles “Chuck” Hoyt — who would often venture away from his Portland home to vacation in scenic Camp Sherman — decided to remedy the situation. “I remember having to drive all the way in to Bend to get building supplies for our cabin, so as Black Butte Ranch and other areas began to expand, my father saw the opportunity to build a lumber yard to supply the local area,” said Tyler Hoyt, Chuck’s son and current owner/general manager of Hoyt’s. “There was really a need for our type

of business in Sisters.” As Tyler worked at the store during his childhood, he saw the business grow right along with the population of Sisters. During that time, the business expanded into its current location, which just so happens to be the original site of the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. Since that expansion years ago, Hoyt’s Hardware has overcome economic turbulence to become a supplier of building goods all over Oregon. In an era of Lowe’s and Home Depot, Hoyt’s has maintained its business by focusing on the specific needs of builders and contractors. “We are primarily a lumber yard,” Tyler said. “We have a large lumber yard that offers a big variety of supplies meant for people who are doing large builds rather than a homeowner doit-yourselfer. The interior of the store sells building supplies, but again, it’s meant specifically for the needs of

the contractor. “Because we focus on builders and contractors, we actually do a lot of business throughout the state.” Chuck Hoyt, now retired, leaves the running of the business to Tyler, who says he loves the people he works with every day. “I guess the best thing about this business is the interaction with the various people in the customer base and the vendors,” he said. “It’s the relationships I value the most, and being your own boss is pretty good, too.” As Hoyt’s Hardware and Building Supply has grown its

roots in Central Oregon, it has become a regular contributor to the success of the Sisters Rodeo. Mindful that the event is an important element of the Sisters community and history, Hoyt’s has been a chute sponsor for a number of years. “We have sponsored the rodeo here for as long as I can remember,” said Tyler. “It’s an important event for the community.” Hoyt’s Hardware and Building Supply is located at 440 N Pine St. in Sisters. Call them at 541-549-8141, or visit its website at

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