Twisp bronc and bull rider Aaron Hammer didn’t make the whistle on this round. Photo by Mike Maltais

Twisp bronc and bull rider Aaron Hammer didn’t make the whistle on this round. Photo by Mike Maltais

By Mike Maltais

The 42nd annual Labor Day Rodeo organized by the Methow Valley Horsemen drew a respectable turnout of both competitors and spectators last Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).

Cowboys and cowgirls from out of town dominated the lineup, with four Oregon riders making a sweep of the first day’s ranch saddle bronc event. One of those, Austin Rawlins of Bend, placed second both days and his Sunday score of 81 was the highest of the weekend.

Riata Marchant of Omak won the barrel race competition both days. Photo by Dana Sphar

Riata Marchant of Omak won the barrel race competition both days. Photo by Dana Sphar

In one of the more predictable outcomes, 13-year-old Riata Marchant of Omak again walked away with top prize money in barrel racing with a time of 18.75 seconds to lead Saturday’s go-round, and an 18.87 the following day. The 2012 Little Miss Rodeo Washington also won both events at the Memorial Day Rodeo last May.

Drake Doran, 5, of Granite Falls, hangs on for dear life during the mutton bustin’ competition. Photo by Dana Sphar

Drake Doran, 5, of Granite Falls, hangs on for dear life during the mutton bustin’ competition. Photo by Dana Sphar

Local saddle bronc and bull rider Aaron Hammer placed out of the money in his events. Hammer is still recovering from a broken arm bone he sustained at the Wenatchee Rodeo last May.

 

Rodeo results for Aug. 31 

Ranch saddle bronc:

Vade Arnzen, Boardman, Ore., 73

Austin Rawlins, Bend, Ore., 73

Cole Rawlins, Bend, Ore., 72

Travis Yutzie, Ione, Ore., 71

 

Bulls:

Cody Guerard, Selah, 68

Dalton Davis, Yakima, 62

Junior bulls:

Chase Nigg, Oroville, 76

 

Barrel racing:

The Rodeo Cowgirls Drill Team from Ferndale entertained the halftime crowd. Photo by Mike Maltais

The Rodeo Cowgirls Drill Team from Ferndale entertained the halftime crowd. Photo by Mike Maltais

Riata Marchant, Omak, 18.75

Tawnee Hillmer, Lynden, 19.94

Lacy Cannon, Deming, 20.0

Katrina Herriman, Omak, 20.0

 

Rodeo results for Sept. 1 

Ranch saddle bronc:

Austin Rawlins, 81

Levi Brotherton, Omak, 76

Steve Gillen, Prineville, Ore., 73

Cole Rawlins, 69

 

Saddle bronc:

Levi Brotherton, 66

 

Bulls:

Clown “Scottie Too Hottie” awaits the bulls. Photo by Mike Maltais

Clown “Scottie Too Hottie” awaits the bulls. Photo by Mike Maltais

Dalton Davis, 80

Chase Nigg, 69

 

Junior bulls:

Chase Nigg, 72

Jacob Good, Ferndale, 72

 

Barrel racing:

Riata Marchant, 18.87

Chris Vick, Bellingham, 19.47

Robbie Carter, Omak, 20.0

Katrina Herriman, 20.13

Payton Torrez, 17, of Zillah, was temporarily  hung up while bull riding, but walked away. Photo by Dana Sphar

Payton Torrez, 17, of Zillah, was temporarily hung up while bull riding, but walked away. Photo by Dana Sphar