Yakima Valley cowboys ride in Omak Stampede

Olney ties for eighth place in bullriding

A saddle bronc rider competes in the Omak Stampede this past weekend.

Al Camp
A saddle bronc rider competes in the Omak Stampede this past weekend.

— Toppenish bullrider Cheyne Olney found himself in the money this weekend at the 83rd Omak Stampede.

The Toppenish cowboy was the only one to ride a bull a full 8 seconds during Thursday’s performance, the first of four over four days.

But by Sunday afternoon, Olney had been thrown from the top bullriding position and finished tied for eighth place with Tyler Smith of Fruita, Colo. Both cowboys earned $173 each.

Olney wasn’t the only Yakima Valley cowboy in the rodeo.

The Toppenish-based Louie Gunnier team competed in the wild horse race, riding to third place.

The last time Omak hosted the wild horse race was 2005.

The wild horse race had a $10,000 purse, rodeo officials said, noting only the Top 9 from performances Thursday and Friday advanced to the Saturday final.

Taylor White of Prosser, and Jason Minor of Ellensburg were also slated to compete in the Omak Stampede.

The team roping duo took first place in the event at Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo this past weekend as well.

While Yakima Valley was represented in the Stampede, an Oregon cowboy took home the top honors.

Shane Erickson of Terrebonne, Ore., won all-around cowboy.

He and partner Andy Carlson of Hermiston, Ore., won the team roping event together with an average of 15.1 seconds on two heads.

Each cowboy received $1,611 for the victory.

Erickson also competed in tie down roping.

The all-around cowboy title included a $1,880 cash prize.

The rodeo prize money totaled $100,947.

For complete Omak Stampede results, click here.


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