4th of July spectacle returns, making for a weekend of fun and competition in Vale

Attendees react in awe to Cooper Clemens' bareback riding skills. Clemens scored 81 points by the end of his ride, earning him the first place spot. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

NOTE: Watch for photo galleries online and more photos in this week's edition of the Malheur Enterprise from the rodeo, parade and events in the park.

VALE - Halfway through the final night of the Vale Rodeo, Jetta Steele of Vale and her pony were locked in a battle of grit.

She had charged the barrels once, twice, three times - yet the pony resisted Jetta’s direction from the reins.

By the fourth attempt, even the announcer braced for bad news as the competitor, representing the 6 to 8 age range, rode a pony that got only more stubborn. It paced . . .