PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 Billy Evins Roping

A heeler attempts to rope the back of the legs of a steer during the Billy Evins Team Roping event Friday, June 21. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

VALE – Twenty-four team roping teams and 20 barrel racers are set to compete at the Vale 4th of July Rodeo following last Friday’s Billy Evins Memorial Roping events.

The local contest is a must for Malheur County residents who want to compete in the team roping and barrel racing events at the Vale rodeo.

Jim Mendiola, Vale Rodeo president, said the Billy Evins Roping competition was once just another roping event for locals, independent of the 4th of July Rodeo.

“For the first 15 to 20 years, it was just its own roping event with prizes. But in the last 12-15 years, we decided to make it a . . .