HERMISTON — Bobby Mote and Kaycee Feild have won seven world bareback titles between them. But neither has won a Farm-City Pro Rodeo title.
That all could change after Friday night.
Feild and Mote each turned in an 86-point ride to move into a tie for first with JR Vezain, who put up an 86 on Wednesday night.
“I’ve been coming here since 1996,” said Mote, who rode Princess Warrior. “It would be nice to win here. I’ve won a lot of money here, but never first. This is a hard one to win. You have the best guys against the best stock.”
While Mote is fifth in the world standings, Feild is No. 1, has a sizable lead over the field, and has won the last three world titles.
I’m not worried,” Feild said of the riders behind him. “Once you start doing that, you make mistakes. You and that horse are all that matters.”
The Hermiston rodeo fans were able to cheer on hometown cowboy Dalton Massey in the steer wrestling. With his grandfather Sid Britt hazing for him, Massey turned in the hot run of the night in the big man’s event with a 5.6-second run.
“I got a good steer and a good start,” said Massey, who was competing in his first FCPR.
In team roping, the father-son duo of Joel and Allen Bach turned in a run of 5 seconds, which puts them in a tie for third in the second go. Right behind them were Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, also with a 5-second run.
The saddle bronc event got a new leader Friday night as Samuel Kelts scored an 83 on a young horse who has yet to earn a name.
Tie-down roper Clint Robinson, competing in his 11th FCPR, was doing double duty Friday, keeping track of his two sons — ages 3 and 1 — and roping calves.
Not sure about the boys, but he had the roping part down pat.
After an 8.1-second run in the first go, he was 8.8 in the second and took over the lead on two at 16.9 and is in a good position to win his first FCPR title.
“They rope fresh calves here and you have to have luck on your side to win,” said Robinson, who is ranked seventh in the world standings. “I have the NFR made and that takes pressure off and you can have some fun.”
The bulls still own the arena. Of the 13 bullriders trying their luck Friday, four posted a scored, with Casey Ty White of Weiser, Idaho, taking over the lead with an 84 on White Devil.
Over the course of three days, it’s bulls 21-6.
Terrebonne, Ore., cowgirl Brenda Mays had the hot run of the night in the barrels at 17.22 seconds.