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It's a draw for cowboys, stock

KENNEWICK -- The bareback event at the Horse Heaven Round-Up was, well, bare this year.

Just 21 cowboys entered the event over the four days, with the top scores coming Wednesday night.

Saturday, three-time world champion and current world standings leader Will Lowe was on hand to give the crowd a thrill, turning in an 80 on a young horse.

"That was a good horse," said Lowe, who picked up a check for $950 for his efforts. "I kicked my right foot over his neck part way through and they will dock you for that. I would have had a better score if not for that. I'm sitting pretty good. I'm just trying to stay consistent. Where the cards fall, that's where they land."

Jason Havens and Ryan Gray tied for first in the bareback with matching 84-point rides. They each picked up $3,285.

The top two teams in the team roping were on hand Saturday night, as Jason and Jake Minor of Ellensburg won the second go with a time of 4.6 seconds. Brock Hanson and Ryan Motes topped the first go with a 4.6.

Both teams tied for the average on two head at 10.4 seconds and each man went down the road to the next rodeo with $3,921.

The rookie calves continued to give the tie-down roper fits, but Will Casey of Mesa, and Stetson Vest of Childress, Texas, managed to truss up their calves in 9.9 seconds. Their times, however, kept them out of the big money.

"It was all right," Casey said. "This is their first rodeo and they ran hard and they kicked."

Russell Cardoza win the first go-round with a time of 8.3 seconds for $1,729. Trevor Brazile won the second go at 8.6 seconds, and won the average on two at 17.5. The reigning tie-down champ, who competed Friday, will take home more than $5,000.

Montana cowboy Ted Gollaher turfed his steer in 4 seconds to tie for the second go lead, but the bigger winner of the week was Sean Mulligan from Wednesday, whose payday was $4,700 for winning the first go and the average.

Roy Johnson of Etna, Calif., was the top man in the saddle bronc with a 79 on Spring Break. It's not enough to put him in the top four, but he will take home a few dollars.

"I knocked a couple of ribs put of place the other day in Tremont, Utah," Johnson said. "It hurts a bit, but I knew I had a good horse, and I have another good horse (today) in San Juan Capistrano (Calif.). Sometimes 8 seconds can seem forever, but when you are having fun, it flies by."

Jeff Willert's 84 from Wednesday held up for the top score of the week.

The bulls had the run of the arena Saturday, with Mason Michaelis posting an 80 on Full Twist for the top ride. Myron Duarte had a 24 and option for a re-ride, which he passed on. The other six riders ended up in the dirt.

"He was all right," Michaelis said of his bull. "I broke off a string of six no rides, which make things a little better."

Shane Proctor's 88 from Wednesday night held up for the bull riding title.

Britany Fleck, the first barrel racer out of the gate, turned in the hot run of 17.46 seconds.

The Horse Heaven Round-Up offers just one go for the barrel racers, which was won by Pamela Capper of Cheney on Thursday night with a run of 17.13, which was good enough for $3,402.

NOTES

* Tater Washington, 6, of Finley, who won $200 on Thursday in the mutton bustin', won the finals of the event Saturday and took home another $200 with a score of 90.

* Taking in the action was Gary Carden of Nespelem, who won the 1983 bull riding title at the Horse Heaven Round-Up.

* Twenty-six women took part in the Cowgirl College. Casey and tie-down roper Jake Pratt of Ellensburg lent a helping hand, as did bull fighter Rowdy Barry and barrelman JJ Harrison.

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