Culver's Bain earns top bareback score at Horse Heaven Round-Up

Tri-City HeraldAugust 23, 2012 

— Brian Bain is tough enough to wear pink, and compassionate enough to help the cause.

Bain turned in an 82-point ride Thursday in the bareback competition at the Horse Heaven Round-Up on a young paint horse to take over the lead in the event.

For his efforts, the Culver, Ore., cowboy received a HHRU buckle and a $200 bonus for wearing pink on Tough Enough to Wear Pink night.

He promptly gave his check back.

"Hopefully I get a check out of here and that money can help someone else," Bain said. "For rodeo to give back on this level says a lot about our sport."

As for his horse, who has yet to earn a name?

"That was a good horse," Bain said. "The problem with the young ones is you don't know what to expect so you don't have a game plan."

Blair Burk, who has made 14 trips to the NFR, showed his veteran skills in the tie-down roping with a time of 7.7 seconds to post the best time in the second go-round.

"This is a great rodeo," said Burk, whose horse Victory did his share of the work on the night. "It is really shaping up to becoming one of the best in the Northwest. They have great sponsors and great fans."

Cody DeMoss, ranked third in the world saddle bronc standings, looks to add to his earnings after an 83-point performance on Rough Going to take the overall lead in the event.

"I thank God for my blessings," said DeMoss, who will be headed to his ninth NFR this winter. "He was a young horse, but he's really nice. I'd like to get on him again. It's always good to come to Kennewick. They have good horses and a good crowd."

Bray Armes had the top run of the night in steer wrestling with a time of 4.1 seconds.

Pasco's Chance Gartner looked to move into the top three in the second go with a 3.9, but he broke the barrier and 10 seconds was added to his time.

Kelli Tolbert of Hooper, Utah, was the first barrel racer out of the gates, and her time of 17.40 seconds was the best of the night.

Miller Time Miller of Brogan, Ore., took over the lead in the bull riding with a score of 74 on the back of McNasty, and in team roping, Derrick Begay and Cesar de la Cruz had the hot run of 4.4 seconds, taking over the lead in the second go.

Ramsey Davis, 5, picked up an 87-point ride in the mutton bustin' event, earning the Kennewick cowgirl a buckle, a trophy and $200.

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