Local cowboys and cowgirls will take to the Farm-City Pro Rodeo Area to defend their home turf — or dirt — this week.
Several local competitors are currently ranked within the top 20 on the 2018 Columbia River Circuit and will perform throughout the week’s rodeo events.
You can catch steer wrestlers Dalton Massey and Ryan Bothum of Hermiston on Friday at 2 p.m. during that day’s slack. Massey is currently ranked at No. 8 and Bothum at No. 13. Bothum will also compete that night at 7:45 p.m.
Team ropers Andy Carlson and Jake Stanley of Hermiston, currently holding down the No. 6 and 9 spots, respectively, will compete in the slack matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the rodeo’s fourth night at 7:45 p.m. Other local team ropers include B.J. Roberts of Hermiston and Phoenix Everano of Pendleton.
Brad Goodrich and Michael Pederson of Hermiston will compete in the rodeo’s tie-down competitions on Friday and Saturday. Goodrich is ranked at No. 3 in the event, and Pederson is at No. 9.
Seth Hopper of Stanfield stands at No. 10 and will perform for the slack on Thursday, and during the second night at 7:45 p.m.
Other local athletes include barrel racers Jordan Minor, currently ranked at No. 4, Mary Shae Hays, and Jami Erwert of Hermiston, and Amy Coelho and Libby Gibson of Echo, bull rider Clay Hall, and Stanfield steer wrestler Travis Taruscio.
“The idea of this rodeo is to attract the best contestants for the fans to watch,” said director Jon Gill. “We have the best contestants and livestock out there. It’s a pretty good draw. We’re honored to have them.”