PENDLETON, Oregon – Tuesday was a big day for timed-event fans at the Pendleton Round-Up. Early rain didn’t dampen good times. Riley Pruitt of Nebraska won the first round of calf roping with a time of eight seconds flat. He said that was due to his horse.
“This morning it rained, and the rain wasn’t very good, but by the time I roped it quit raining, but it was still slick,” he said. “I had a really good calf. My horse is really good here. He knows how to do his job. Last year I think we put eight or nine runs on him, and he was great every time.”
Bridger Chambers of Montana took the early lead in the bulldogging at 4.6 seconds in his first appearance at the Round-Up. He’s on the bubble for qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, so the cash at Pendleton could help.
“This run, hopefully, dang sure, will help us out for the year end,” he said.
Erich Rogers and Payden Bray of Arizona lead the team roping on two head at 11.4 seconds. In steer roping the first-round winner was Landon McClaugherty of Texas at 11.2 seconds.
Rodeo action kicks off at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Round-Up Grounds. It’s family day and seniors day, as well as a salute to Farmers Ending Hunger. Then, that night, it’s on with the show as the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show brings up the lights at 7:45 p.m.
“We’re excited for the 2019 Happy Canyon and have a fresh, new, exciting show set for anyone who wants to come and buy a ticket,” Happy Canyon Show Director Becky Waggoner said.