THE DALLES The 47th Annual Fort Dalles Days Rough & Wild Rodeo consisted of 365 entrants with about one fourth of the competitors traveling from Eastern Oregon to compete in the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA), which held its final round on Saturday in The Dalles.
Area cowboys and cowgirls who participated Saturday included the husband/wife duo of Brad and Jodi Goodrich of Hermiston, Jake Talbott, Whitney Stahl and Bryan Carter of Pendleton and Heppners BoDee Foster.
Echos Buck Sprague, Joni Hagler of Milton-Freewater and Tanner Luttrell of Hermiston also entered events in The Dalles.
Ive been pretty fortunate to have such a good rodeo career, said Brad Goodrich, 45, a multiple-time Columbia River Circuit champion. Like any other athletic event though, its a young mans game. Im still a fairly competitive cowboy. Im probably not as tough as I use to be because Im getting older. Im still in pretty good physical shape though and Im able to compete with everyone else.
Jodi Goodrich has had a remarkable season and its actually the best of her 30-year rodeo career as shes atop the NPRA standings in barrel racing. Goodrich, 47, also competes in breakaway roping, but she didnt too well in that event Saturday.
Its been a real good year, said Goodrich, whose best time in barrels this season is 17.3 seconds. I really didnt set a goal to win the NPRA title, because Im focusing primarily on qualifying for the Columbia River Circuit finals at Redmond in November. However, if the season ends with me atop the standings, that would be great and I would be pretty happy to win a championship.
Brad had some bad luck in The Dalles, timing in with a 12.1 second mark in calf roping.
This year hasnt been going too good for me, but Jodi is doing an excellent job, he said. We didnt place to well in the roping events tonight and we just took a little too long. I usually tie the calf in eight or nine seconds, but he was a little wild. We love going to rodeos with our son Gator (age 7) and daughter Josie (age 10) while traveling around all summer to these events.
Foster timed in at 7.7 in Saturdays steer wrestling, much slower than his best effort in the five second range that hes had at other rodeos this year.
Im having lots of fun entering rodeos this year, said Foster, 21, who was competing in his first rodeo this year with his newly purchased 10-year-old quarterhorse Muscles. Sometimes you get a good time and other days you just dont do as well. He didnt quite work as well as I thought he would. Thats alright though, because Ill keep working with him and well do better the next time.
Other area riders who competed in the four-day event included the Crossley sisters of Hermiston. Jordan Crossley and her sister Jade entered breakaway roping and barrel racing Thursday.
Pendletons Alexis Doutre competed July 18 in the opening day and she took second place in breakaway with a fabulous time at 2.4 seconds.
Stanfields Travis Taruscio was in a three-way tie for first place in steer wrestling at 5.4 seconds, which he competed in Friday. Dalton Massey of Hermiston, took sixth place at 6.6 seconds.
Most of the area cowboys and cowgirls will continue competing in the remaining NPRA?rodeos, including the next event at the Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo July 27-28 in Madras. The 34 event NPRA schedule includes 16 rodeos remaining, with the finals Sept. 21-22 in Prineville.