PENDLETON, Oregon – Thursday action at the Pendleton Round-Up saw Jake Finlay earn a score of 87.5 in the saddle bronc competition on Zoaria Hills of the Calgary Stampede string.
“I’ve been coming here for three years, and it’s my favorite one – on each continent,” the Australian said of the Pendleton Round-Up. “I just missed on the short round by one last year.”
Heppner’s own Blake Knowles clocked a 5.6 in steer wrestling. In calf roping, Taylor Santos of California timed out at 8.3 seconds. Clay Smith of Oklahoma and Jade Corkhill of Nevada had the top time in team roping at 5.9 seconds. Jason Evans of Texas leads the steer roping at 11.5 seconds. Meanwhile, in barrel racing, Jessica Crouch ran the green mile with a time of 29.33 seconds.
In other rough stock events, Daylon Swearingen from Attica, New York scored an 88. Kody Lamb of Alberta earned 87 points for his ride on Big Star of the Four Star Rodeo Company. It’s Lamb’s first visit to Pendleton.
“Every year I was in college, we always had our college rodeo this week, and then the last two years, I was hurt this time of the year,” he said.
Lamb’s going back to Alberta for a rodeo Friday night, and then will return to Pendleton for Saturday’s finals.
Friday morning at 10 a.m., it’s the Westward Ho! Parade. Pendleton police will be out early in the morning clearing the way for the historical procession filled with lots of livestock and no motorized vehicles. Because of the complexity, streets can close as early as 8 a.m., including the Westgate overpass. Police urge caution and ask travelers to exercise patience during the time when you literally can’t get there from here.
The cannon booms at 1:15 p.m., and two F-15 jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland will streak through the sky above the Round-Up Arena to kick off the grand entry. Another air show is planned for Saturday. A B-25 from an air museum in Madras will fly over the stadium. Twenty two of the 23 B-25s that comprised the famous Doolittle’s Raiders were stationed in Pendleton from 1941-1942.