by Randy Parks
Zalin Arritola of the Harney County team had the high score in saddle bronc riding on the second day of competition at the Harney County High School Rodeo held May 18-19. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
The Harney County High School Rodeo team hosted a doubleheader rodeo on May 18-19 at the Harney County Fairgrounds.
On the first day of competition, three members of the Harney County team placed first in their events. Riley Joyce won the saddle bronc riding with a score of 71, Tyler Opie placed first in steer wrestling with a time of 4.40, and Opie (header) and Zalin Arritola (heeler) teamed up for a first-place finish in team roping with a time of 8.44.
Also placing for the local team:
Saddle bronc riding — Cash Casey, 2nd, 70; Wyatt Clark, 4th, 63.
Steer wrestling — Nic Nyman, 4th, 6.25.
Breakaway roping — Paige Landon, 7th, 3.84.
On the second day, Arritola won the saddle bronc riding with a score of 70. Cody Lamb placed second with a 65, and Casey was fourth with a 59.
In the steer wrestling, Opie placed second (5.04), Nyman third (6.33) and Arritola eighth (16.57).
Landon finished ninth in barrel racing with a time of 18.738.
In the team roping, Opie (header) and Arritola (heeler) came in fourth with a time of 8.40, and N. Nyman (header) and Quinton Nyman (heeler) were sixth with a time of 15.90.
The average winners are as follows:
Break away — Riley Sappington
Tie down — Pake Sorey
Team roping — Opie/Arritola
Steer wrestling — Opie
Poles — Allie Brown
Bareback — Tyler Potter
Saddle Bronc — Casey
Bulls — Chase Dougherty
Goats — Carly Hibbs
Barrels — Taylor Kersey
Rookie girl — Bailey Beall
Rookie Boy — Justin Farber
All-Around Cowgirl — Riley Sappington
All Around Cowboy — Opie
The Rookies won leather spur straps donated by Steve McKay. The All-Around winners took home silver bits, donated by Dick and Patty Jenkins, and the Average Winners were presented with jackets, with the engraving donated by Betty Opie in memory of Donald Opie.
The next competition for the rodeo team is in John Day May 31-June 2.