HERMISTON - One day into its home rodeo at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds, the Intermountain High School Rodeo Club has a couple of cowboys leading the field.
Drew Guthmiller of Hermiston is in first place in saddle bronc with ride of 56 points, and Hermiston's Ryan Bothum stands first in tie-down roping.
"I thought we did well. I thought we performed well," Intermountain High School Rodeo Club coach Jim Bosworth said. "All things considered, with the weather, when it came time to compete, they did well."
Competition will resume at noon today, and a cutting show at Hopper's Arena will precede it at 8 a.m.
Bothum is the frontrunner in tie-down roping with a run of 16.53 seconds, but doesn't expect it to last through today's go-round.
"I won't stay in first place," Bothum said. "There's lots of good ropers left."
Whether Guthmiller will stay the event's leader is yet to be seen, but he was happy with the way he rode on Saturday.
"I think I rode my saddle bronc horse really good," Guthmiller said. "I got everything all worked out."
Guthmiller's ride came before afternoon rain drenched the fairgrounds, making him one of the few cowboys not plastered with mud. There was standing water in half of the rodeo arena, and it was a few inches deep near most of the chutes.
Guthmiller said the bulls can be easier in the mud because they're afraid of falling down - one of the many variables of competing in sloppy conditions.
"There was standing water," Bosworth said. "That's a big transition."
Overall, the weather delayed the rodeo about an hour and a half.
Jordan Crossley had a run of 21.12 in pole bending, good enough for second place through Saturday's event.
Hailey Davis had a time of 18.64 in barrel racing, and had a 16.53 run in goat tying. She competed in pole bending with what she thinks is a broken left wrist.
Pendleton's Paden Bosworth, who is normally at the top of the bull riding standings, was thrown off his animal.
Arlington's Kalah Lane posted a time of 3.46 in breakaway roping. Sammi Lane, also of Arlington, had a run of 21:43 in pole bending. Also in pole bending, Samantha Green of Pilot Rock had a time of 22.40.
Note: Complete results were not available by press time.