Rodeo queen Mckenna Risley takes her turn in the barrels competition at the 43rd annual Methow Valley Memorial Day Rodeo last weekend. Photo by Mike Maltais

Rodeo queen Mckenna Risley takes her turn in the barrels competition at the 43rd annual Methow Valley Memorial Day Rodeo last weekend. See more photos. Photo by Mike Maltais

By Mike Maltais

The 43rd annual Methow Valley Memorial Day Rodeo drew contestants from points as far away as Oregon, Idaho and Montana last Saturday and Sunday (May 24 – 25), but it was bronc and bull rider Aaron Hammer of Twisp who won Sunday’s ranch saddle bronc event.

“I drew a good horse,” Hammer said of his Sunday mount that helped him to his winning 81-point score.

He rode his bronc on Saturday but finished out of the money and didn’t make it to the whistle on his bull.

A 2007 graduate of Liberty Bell High School, Hammer has been on the Professional Rodeo Cowboy (PRC) circuit since he was 19. He competed at Coulee City the day before the Methow rodeo and was back to compete at Grand Coulee Saturday afternoon. Next weekend Hammer will ride bulls at Tonasket.

Following a lighter Saturday attendance, a near-record crowd turned out Sunday, said Methow Valley Rodeo president Dennis Gardner. And the number of rough stock riders was up this year as well.

“It was almost a little overwhelming,” Gardner said of the roster of riders who showed up for the $5,000 added prize money.

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Saturday results

Ranch saddle bronc:

Steve Gillen, 77, Prineville, OR

Dustin Hennigs, 72, Tonasket

Pistol Pearce, 69, Kennewick

Lou Kness, 67, Pendleton, OR

Travis Yutzie, 67, Ione, OR

David Gordon, 67, Pilot Rock, OR

Saddle bronc:

Francis Marchand, 72, Omak

Bulls:

Shawn Best Jr., 77, Omak

Francis Marchand, 72

Jr. bulls:

Mason Payne, 68, Ford

Chase Nigg, 67, Chesaw

Tyson Sundust, 64

Barrels:

Phyllis White, 17.93, Omak

Chris Vick, 17.97, Selah

Kylee Schwartz, 18.50, Stanwood

Catherine Bishop, 18.66, Idaho

Mallory Bridgman, 18.82, Bow

Jr. poles:

Jadyn Mitchell, 1st

Kyler Mitchell, 2nd

Jr. barrels:

Kyler Mitchell, 8 yrs & under, 1st

McKayla Spradlin, 9 to 14 yrs, 1st

Jadyn Mitchell, 2nd

Autumn Frye, 15 to 18 yrs., 1st

Taylor Isaacson, 2nd

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Sunday results

Ranch saddle bronc:

Aaron Hammer, 81, Twisp

Wade Kane, 72, Ellensburg

Travis Yutzie, 70, Ione, OR

Miles Binger, 69, Billings, MT

Dustin Hennigs, 68, Tonasket

Saddle bronc:

Francis Marchand, 66

Wyatt Grant, 62

Bulls:

Bulls won, 14 – 0

Jr. bulls:

Chase Nigg

Barrels:

Riata Marchant, 17.65, Omak

Lindsay Tonkyn, 17.91, Lyman

Chris Vick, 17.97, Selah

Morgan Busby, 18.13, Arlington

Shawna Beeman, 18.28, Omak

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