PENDLETON - The first round of the roughstock events opened Wednesday at the 94th Pendleton Round-Up with several well-named bucking horses and bulls producing high-scoring rides.
In bull riding, Jason McClain of Lewis, Colo., set the pace with an 86-point ride on Fender Bender, but paid the price after his ride.
"He just bailed out and turned and then turned the other way," said McClain of Fender Bender. "It felt good until I got down. He got me pretty good."
Texas cowboy Cory McFadden rode Ace of Hearts for an 85 and Jesse Bail of Camp Cook, S.D., scored 85 on Broken Bone.
"That was a pretty good bull," Bail said. "I've had him here before in the short-go a couple years ago."
Bail said he liked his chances of scoring because he's ridden Broken Bone before.
"He's different every time out, but I was sure tickled to have him " said Bail of Broken Bone.
Ross Coleman of Redmond placed fourth, riding Tilly Hopper for 84 and Derald Riche of Lehi, Utah, scored 83 on Blue Velvet for fifth.
Two-time Pendleton Round-Up champion Glenn 0'Neill of Alberta, Canada, rode Dunny for 84 points in saddle bronc riding and shares the lead with Jeremy Meeks of Batesland, S.D., who rode Dipn' Surprise Party.
Meeks and O'Neill were the only two riders over 80, but Tom Reeves of Eagle Butte, S.D., placed third with a 79 on Heart Mountain.
Bail, who shared the saddle bronc Round-Up title last year, posted a 65.
"I didn't do as well as I wanted in saddle bronc, but that's just the way it goes sometimes," Bail said.
Wyoming cowboy Wade Sankey took advantage of his draw, posting 80 points on Dipn' Broadway for the lead in bareback riding.
"She jumped around in a circle like she always does," said Sankey of Broadway. "That's a good horse."
Sankey was the only rider in the field to post 80 or better.
"I've been in a real bad slump lately, and it feels good to turn in a good ride," Sankey said. "Hopefully that 80 will stick and get me into the short-go."
Matt Mosher of Wildhorse, Colo., finished tied for second with Dusty LaValley of Alberta, Canada, as both riders scored 79.
"I don't know if 79 will be enough to get in the short-go or not," Mosher said. "I think it took 80 or better last year."
Mosher rode Eagle Feather and LaValley scored on Spider Monkey.
"She's a nice little horse," Mosher said. "I've been on that horse before and it felt good."
Roughstock riders will continue to ride through Friday with the top 12 riders advancing to the short-go Saturday.