GRANDVIEW - The dust flew this past Friday and Saturday during the annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.
Competitors traveled to the two-day PRCA pro rodeo from as far away as Texas with an eye towards finishing in the money.
The excitement wasn't just during the actual rodeo, though, as the SunSations mounted drill team of Yakima brought plenty of color to the rodeo's opening ceremonies. Rodeo royalty was present from around the valley, including the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo's own Queen, Misty Mahkee.
Both nights of the rodeo were preceded by the always fun Mutton Bustin' competition, as little tykes got a small taste of the rodeo life by trying to stay on the backs of rambunctious sheep.
The grandstands then filled for the main event of the PRCA rodeo.
One of those events was the tie down roping competition, which Jake Pratt of Ellensburg won in a clocking of 8.7 seconds to earn a top prize of $1,064. Pratt was followed by Seth Hopper of Standfield, Ore. (nine seconds, $798), Jeff Coe of Echo, Ore. (9.5, $532) and Kass Kayser of Ellensburg (9.8, $266.)
Daniel Herman of Marsing, Idaho and Dan Ketter of Roy tied for the top prize in the bareback riding event, as each scored 72 points to each claim $425.60. Noah Bayes of Adrian, Ore. and Kevin Lusk of Orting both had the third best score of 70 points to each claim a prize of $182.40.
The bull riding event also saw a split decision, as Colby Reilly of Stratford and Mason Micaelis of Caldwell, Idaho both recorded a top score of 79 points to best the field. Each claimed $492.10 in winnings. They were followed by Clint Johnson of Hines, Ore. (75, $281.20) and Kyler Braseth of La Grande, Ore. (66, $140.60).
Competition was heated in the barrel racing competition, as eight participants separated by less than half a second shared $3,144.50 in prize money.
Pamela Capper of Cheney bested the field with a time of 16.39 to claim $723.23. Capper was followed close behind by Jana Isaac of White Swan (16.54, $628.90), Brenda Mays of Terrebonne, Ore. (16.56, $534.56), Michelle Hawkins of Hermiston, Ore. (16.57, $440.23), Ashlie Stanley of Hermiston (16.78, $345.89), Abby Davis of Adrian (16.80, $251.56), Chris Powers of Wapato (16.85, $157.22) and Allison Vankoll of Bush Prairie (16.9, $62.89).
Results in the saddle bronc riding event were more decided, as Kayle Gray of Cheney pulled away from the field with a first place score of 78 points to earn $456 in winnings. Gray was followed by Ross Hartman of Redmond, Ore (61, $342), Adam Larkin of Elmira, Ore. (60, $228) and Brad Rudolf of Battle Mountain, Nev. (52, $114).
There was a tie at the top in the steer wrestling competition, as B.J. Taruscio of Walla Walla and Kelsey Anderson of Kettle Falls both finished in 4.5 seconds to each claim $731.50 in prize money. They were followed by Michael Reger of Redmond, Ore. and B.J. Campbell of Benton City, who both recorded the third-best time of 4.8 seconds to each claim a prize of $313.50.
The big money of the 2009 rodeo was claimed in the team roping event, with nearly $5,000 in prize money awarded.
B.J. and Bucky Campbell recorded the best time of 5.5 seconds to earn first place honors and each claimed $993.70 in prize money.
They were followed by the duo of Bob Thompson and Ryan Powell of Caldwell, Idaho as well as the team of Mike Fuller of Clarkston and Shawn D. Brown of Bend, Ore., who tied with a second-best time of 6.1 seconds. All four competitors on the two teams each claimed $621.06.
The last duo to finish in the money was Cody and J.C. Cabral of Milton-Freewater, Ore., who earned $248.42 apiece for recording a time of 6.4 seconds.
All told, there were 122 entries in this year's rodeo at Grandview vying for just over $17,000 in prize money.