PENDLETON - A lifetime dream came true Saturday for Brad Goodrich at the 94th Pendleton Round-Up, when he won the coveted East Oregonian All-Around Trophy.
The Hermiston cowboy won the Round-Up's calf roping title for the first time ever in his 17 years as a professional rodeo cowboy en route to the all-around honor.
"This is a dream come true for me, and this is the one rodeo that I've always wanted to win," said Goodrich, who tied his calf in 9.2 seconds to win calf roping Saturday. "I've come close to winning the calf roping before, but it doesn't even compare to the feeling that I have right now."
Goodrich led the calf roping competition wire-to-wire after posting a 9.3 in the slack performance Tuesday for $2,593, and followed that with a 9.1 Friday in the main event.
Goodrich earned checks totaling $10,757 in calf roping, steer roping and steer wrestling. He jumped from 18th to third place in the Summer Wrangler Tour, earning 34 points at the Round-Up, which is the final rodeo of the 12-city summer tour.
Goodrich will now compete at the tour finals Thursday through Saturday in Omaha, Neb.
"I always have a good feeling when I come to Pendleton, and I was just trying to win like every year," Goodrich said. "Luckily for me, I had a good run of calves and I was able to post solid times all week."
Goodrich took over the all-around crown from California cowboy Kyle Lockett, who won the title last year.
"It was the best feeling you could imagine," said Goodrich of his victory lap around the rodeo arena.
The win also was important as Goodrich needed the calf roping money to move into the top 15 of the Jack Daniel's World Standings. Goodrich was 18th in the standing as of Friday.
At the end of the year, the top 15 cowboys in each event qualify for December's National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
"This is an outstanding day, and it's better than Christmas," Goodrich said of winning money and prizes. "I can't believe it finally happened."
Goodrich won Hermiston's Farm City Pro-Rodeo calf roping title in 2003, and his highest finish in the world standings came in 2002 when he finished 16th.
"I was pretty excited when I got that calf down (Saturday)," said Goodrich, who has qualified for the NFR five times. "I was a little nervous running down the hill, but when I looked at the clock, it was a pretty neat feeling."
In addition to the East Oregonian All-Around Trophy, Goodrich received a Blue Cross/Blue Shield trophy, a Let 'er Buck trophy, a buckle from the Red Lion Hotel, a pair of Justin Roper boots from Wells Fargo Bank, a Resistol Black Gold felt hat from Banner Bank and a Mike Currin memorial bucking horse charm donated by Sam and Sharon Loftus.