PENDLETON, Oregon – It’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink day at the Pendleton Round-Up, raising money to help area residents battling cancer. Ticket holders will also get a treat if they show up early. The Children’s Rodeo begins at 10:30 a.m. on the grass arena. Special needs children will get help from volunteers, including big-name cowboys and cowgirls, as they show off their rodeo skills.
The first day of rodeo action brought a thrilling highlight in bronc riding. Isaac Diaz of Desdemona, Texas went to the top of the leaderboard, scoring 82.5 on Sankey Rodeo’s Broken Bulb.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said of the leading ride. “I’d been on that horse a couple of times and I knew she had been a lot better this year than in the past. She’s a young horse, so she just keeps getting better.”
Diaz has had a good season, and is humble about it.
“God’s blessed me with good horses all year long,” he said. “I’ve stayed pretty much healthy, healthy enough to keep on going. It’s pretty awesome really for things to be going as good as they are.”
Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts is trying to get the word out about a change in the Westward Ho! Parade tomorrow. People usually unload their livestock and prep them on the property by Walmart, but that’s not available for use this year.
“I assume some will show up expecting to be able to get in there, and when they’re not able to get in, they may end up in a parking lot somewhere, and that particular property owner may not want them there,” he said.
Arrangements have been made to use land behind the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. Participants can then take a new route away from traffic to get to the other side of the Westgate overpass.
“We were able to build a ramp underneath the overpass made of gravel and compacted to the point where at least people on horseback or afoot should be able to get up onto Westgate Place,” he said.
To get to the prison property, people need to enter at Northwest 36th Street.