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 qualifier for the rodeo so we could get more local people in events at the Vale rodeo,” Mendiola said.
He said the plan worked. More Malheur County residents have regularly signed up for the local rodeo.
The memorial roping event was started in honor of Billy Evins, who was a lifelong contributor and volunteer for the Vale rodeo.
“He was president of the rodeo for years and years – a very long time,” Mendiola said. “His son Craig Evins is now on the board.”
Shaney Mae Marts; 2. Cade Coleman; 3. Cash Coleman; 4. Cruz Trevino
Riley Steele; 2. Jocelyn Child; 3. Amaya Jaca
Madi Jo Steele; 2. Sammi-Jo Worley; 3. Lily Schwabauer; 4. Riata Rockwell
Halle Burch; 2. Hannah Amick; 3. Jessie Arriola
Amber Hopkins; 2. Hannah Amick; 3. Amber Hopkins; 4. Sammi-Jo Worley
Team Roping (header, heeler)
1. Jody Moulton, Raul Trevino
2. Clay Griffith, Dawson Lunt
3. Renae Hollenbeck Rod Steele
4. Ryan Joyce, John Schoorl
5. Annie Hood, John Schoorl
6. Doug Burgess, Jace Justus
7. Jody Moulton, Trevor Engles
8. Rich Moulton, Justin Fulwyler
9. Rich Moulton, Matt Moulton
10. Cody McKenzie, Lonny Bezona
11. Matt Morford, Jessie Arriola
12. Pete Joyce, Toby McBride
13. Brenda Reay, Mike Reay
14. Coy Shaffield, Toby McBride
15. Brenda Reay, Rod Steele
16. Pete Joyce, Brian Schwabauer
17. Jody Moulton, Jason Wallace
18. Pete Joyce, Marc Zander
19. Donna Nelson, John Hackler
20. Peter McBride, Toby McBride
21. Renae Hollenbeck, Travis Hollenbeck
22. Capri Bezona, Lonny Bezona
23. Paul Elsner, Cole Hood
24. Joy Mendiola, Mike Coleman
Have a news tip? Reporter Kristine de Leon: [email protected] or 541-473-3377.
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