PENDLETON, Oregon – Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss of Heflin, Louisiana, brought the Pendleton Round-Up crowd to its feet with his 90-point ride Wednesday. He teamed with Sankey Rodeo’s Black Tie to top the leaderboard. He did have a rough dismount.
“I’m doing alright for the most part,” he said. “My ankle’s a little twisted but good thing about it is I know that I’m going to make the short round now, so I’m just going to hang out here in Pendleton for the rest of the week.”
Kolby Hughes recorded the best time in calf roping at 9.4 seconds. Stetson Jorgenson is on top in steer wrestling with a time of 5.2.
World champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell scored an 86, and paid tribute to the Round-Up afterwards.
“I’ve been blessed enough to win this rodeo twice,” he said. “I love the Pendleton Round-Up. There isn’t anything not to love about it. There’s nothing like it in the world. Other rodeos you can say they’re one of a kind, but there is nowhere in the world where you’re bucking on the grass, it’s a Wednesday, and there’s 8,000 people here in the afternoon having a great time supporting us. I’m really thankful for the Pendleton Round-Up and all they do for us. They make rodeo possible for us.”
Bubba Buckaloo and Cole Davison have the lead in team roping, and Trevor Brazile was the quickest in steer roping. Jeff Askey turned in an 86 in bull riding. In barrel racing, Italy Sheehan ran the cloverleaf pattern in 28.77 seconds.
Today be sure to wear pink, as it’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day at the rodeo. The Junior Indian Beauty Pageant is in Roy Raley Park at 10 a.m., and it’s free. A Thursday rodeo ticket will also bring admission to the Children’s Rodeo in the arena. A favorite with the cowboys and cowgirls, it’s sponsored by the Round-Up Association and the InterMountain Education Service District for special needs children, helped out by the stars of the rodeo and other dedicated volunteers.