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Hamaker tames no-name

Thursday was Tough Enough to Wear pink Night at the Horse Heaven Round-Up, and Wyoming cowboy Ty Hamaker was the only one tougher than the bulls.

After watching the first six bulls out of the chute shuck their riders, Hamaker settled onto the back of a young bull who hasn't yet earned a name, but after pairing with Hamaker for an 85-point ride, the bull is ready for his papers.

"It's just what I needed," said Hamaker, who is tied for second overall in the event with Howdy Cloud. "I haven't been hitting much lately. The guys that owns him told me he's really been bucking. That was a good ride."

Hamaker, who's ranked 41st in the world standings, also picked up $200 for the win for wearing pink (all the contestants were given free pink shirts), and a belt buckle.

"It was a good night in Kennewick," said Hamaker, as he pocketed the money."

Up-and-coming saddle bronc rider Levi Bunch of Durkee, Ore., had the top ride of the night with an 80 on Cooper Creek.

"He's a young horse, but he's been pretty good," said Bunch, who's still riding on his permit. "I'm pretty excited. This is one of my biggest rodeos in the pros. I filled my permit at my first rodeo and I'm just trying to build up my qualifications. Everyone kept telling me I needed to go to some of the bigger rodeos."

Casey Colletti had an 81 for the top ride in the bareback, but his points came on a re-ride later in the night. The bonus money went to Royce Ford, who posted a 79.

"That was a young horse who's only been out two or three times," said Ford, who is eighth in the world standings. "They (Big Bend/Flying Five) live close and they bring their best to Kennewick."

Cimarron Boardman had the hot run of the night in the tie-down roping at 8.3 seconds, but since he failed to wear pink, Shank Edwards took home the bonus money and the buckle. Edwards had an 8.8-second run on a night where the calves were feisty.

"It worked out good. I can always use an extra $200," Edwards said.

Edwards is ranked 34th in the world standings, but he picked up nearly $7,000 last week as he makes a run for his first NFR.

"This could be some decent money," he said. "I still have a lot of rodeoing left this week. There is still time."

Hawaiian cowboy Cody Cabral, who competed for Walla Walla Community College at the College National Finals in June, turfed his steer in 4.6 seconds for the top performance of the night, while Pamela Capper of Cheney had an impressive run of 17.13 seconds in barrel racing.

The team ropers had a tough go, with just three of the 11 teams posting a time. Travis Tryan and Dakota Kirchenschlager turned in a 5.8-second run.


-- Tater Washington, 6, of Finley was the big winner of the night in the mutton bustin', taking home $200 and a buckle for his 90-point ride.

-- Cleatis Lacy, a familiar face for many years at the Horse Heaven Round-Up (and many others), died May 14 in Grand Coulee. He was 89. In 1962, he began flanking for the rough stock events for many rodeo companies, including the Big Bend/Flying Five, and flanked many of the top ranked horses and bulls at the NFR.

-- Brody Beaver, 20, the son of eight-time World Champion cowboy Joe Beaver and Jenna Head Beaver, died early Wednesday in Huntsville, Texas. Reports stated he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.