It’s always nice when dreams come true.
Bareback rider Casey Colletti was excited when he drew Street Dance for his ride Saturday night on the final day of the 25th annual Farm-City Pro Rodeo.
Colletti, from Pueblo, Colo., had a magical 8-second ride, posting a score of 87 points to tie for the event title with Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas.
“I’ve always wanted to get on Street Dance since I started,” Colletti said of the 14-year-old bay mare. “I’d seen her on TV and in the arena. She’s a horse guys dream of getting on. To get her here was great. I’ve always wanted to win Hermiston. I’ve won good money here.”
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Colletti won $100 for the best score of the night, and he had plans to celebrate.
“I’m donating it back to the Hermiston Community right over there,” he said, nodding to the beer garden.
Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Ore., won the all-around title, placing fourth in the average in the tie-down roping and sixth overall in the steer wrestling. He also competed in team roping, but just missed out on a paycheck. He took home a hand-crafted saddle, not mention a dandy paycheck.
“Doing three events is tough, but to place in them is a bonus,” said Cardoza, who was making his sixth trip to the FCPR. “I’ve placed in a few rounds here, but I’ve never won a title.”
Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La., had the Coco-Cola Showdown in the saddle bronc on Sergeant Whitney.
The pair won a round a the Calgary Stampede earlier this year, and Saturday night, DeMoss came up big with an 84-point ride and the $500 bonus. It was the top score of the night and put DeMoss in the top four in the event.
“We did real good in Calgary,” said DeMoss, who is No. 3 in the world standings. “I think I rode her better up there. That’s why we are here (Hermiston). They add a lot of money and they bring in good horses.”
In the steer wrestling, K.C. Jones of Decatur, Texas, had a run of 5.2 seconds on the night. Jake Rinehart of Highmore, S.D., won the average with a time of 9.8 seconds on two head. He won the coveted Mike Currin Memorial Buckle for his efforts.
In team roping, Charly Crawford and Jim Ross Cooper had the top run of the night at 4.6 seconds. David Tierney and Cody Doescher won the average with a 10.3 on two.
Monty Lewis won the tie-down title with a time of 17.8 on two, while Trula Churchill of Valentine Neb., won the second round (17.03) and the average in the barrel racing at 34.38.
In the mutton bustin’, 5-year-old Tate Neddo of Hermiston turned in a score of 92 on the final ride of the night, besting Connor Logan, 6, of Hermiston, who had a 90.
Neddo won a trophy bigger than himself, and a $100 savings bond.
Farm-City Pro Rodeo Champions
Bareback — Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas, 87 and Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 87. Tie-down roping — EJ Roberts, Stephenville, Texas, 8.3 seconds (first go); Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 7.9 (second go); Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, 17.8 (average on 2). Steer wrestling — Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 4.1 (first go); Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 3.9 (second go); Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 9.8 (average on 2). Saddle bronc — Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 88. Team roping — Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 4.8 (first go); Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.5 (second go); David Tierney, Oral, S.D. and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla., 10.3 (average on 2). Barrel racing — Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 17.10 (first go); Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 17.03 (second go); Churchill, 34.38 (average on 2). Bull riding — Not completed.