HERMISTON — When a 500-pound steer is on the loose, most people run the other way.
Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., chases them them down.
Martin turfed his steer in 3.9 seconds Friday night on Day 3 of the 25th annual Farm-City Pro Rodeo, posting the top time in the second go-round.Riding Road Block and getting help from hazer Todd Suhn, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Martin dropped down onto the steer and turned him on his side, just missing the arena record by one-tenth of a second.
“I’ve been faster,” said Martin, who noted his best time is 3.3 seconds. “This is my first time here. This is a real good rodeo, I’ll be back.”
Martin is off to Omak today, hoping to earn another paycheck. He’s 31st in the world standings, but just $9,000 out of the top 15.
While Martin was making his first trip to Hermiston, four-time world bareback champion Bobby Mote from Culver, Ore., has made numerous appearance at the FCPR, and is in the running for the all-around saddle.
Mote, along with Josi Young and Jake Vold, all had 82-point rides in the bareback, then Mote joined forces with Dave Inman from Bend in the team roping.
They missed on their first run, but had a 5.3-second run Friday night to move into the money in the second go-round.
To be eligible for the all-round title, cowboys must earn money in at least two events.
It was a major Minor affair in the team roping Friday night.
Jason Minor, 28, from Ellensburg roped with youngest brother Jake 20, while brothers Brady, 27, and Riley, 24, teamed up.
Neither pair of brothers had a time on their first run, and both were shut out in the second go-round.
Jake Minor was second at the College National Finals in June with Walla Walla Community College teammate Bryce Palmer.
Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and Paul Eaves of Millsap, Texas, had the top time of the night at 5.1 seconds.
They are in the top four in the second go and rank second on two head at 10.8 seconds.
In the tie-down roping, a fresh pen of calves gave the cowboys fits, but Murray Pole of Erskine, Alberta, was able to post the top time of the night at 8.5 seconds.
“They all went out for the first time this afternoon, and tonight was their second time out,” Pole said of the stock. “They didn’t really have a pattern yet. A couple were a darn sure better than the others.”
Trula Churchill of Valentine, Neb., had the hot run in the barrels with a time of 17.03 seconds.
She moved into the top spot on two runs at 34.38.
Roy Johnson of Etna, Calif., held on for an 84-point ride on Fearless Warrior in the saddle bronc for the top mark of the night.
His effort has him tied for third in the event.
World champion bull rider Shane Proctor, from Grand Coulee, was schedule to ride Friday, but opted out.
That was just fine with Dustin Smith of St. Paul, Ore., who turned in a winning score of 86 points on a brown and white bull named Double Dragon to take over the lead from Rhys Angland, who had an 84 on Thursday.