PENDLETON, Ore. — Bull rider Mike Moore had waited all summer for the pieces to fall into place, and it couldn't have come at a better time then at the legendary Pendleton (Ore.) Round-up.
Moore (Kankakee, Ill.) put together two solid rides en route to the average title, but the most crucial one came during the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round on Saturday afternoon. Moore rode Western Rodeo's Poison Ivy for a rodeo-best 92-point ride to win the round and secure his first average title of the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour.
"He had a great day and I had a pretty good day myself," said Moore, of the bull Poison Ivy. "That bull bucks hard. I rode him two years ago and I was real happy to have him again."
Moore outdistanced 2004 World Champion Dustin Elliott, who rode Korkow Rodeo's Red Neck for 89 points and a second-place finish in the Tour Round. With the ride, Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) finished second in the average with a two-head score of 172. Zack Oakes, who was recently featured in a rodeo article in the October issue of Men's Fitness, won the first round with an 89 on Korkow Rodeo's Action Cat. Moore finished fourth with an 85-point score on Corey and Horst's Hemi, while Elliott finished tied for fifth with an 83 on Korkow Rodeo's Mighty Mouse.
With the win, Moore picked up $7,481, while Elliott cashed checks for $5,334.
The Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup marked the 11th stop on the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour. Contestants not only compete for money at the Tour rodeos, but for valuable Tour points that qualify them for the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale upon the conclusion of the Summer Tour. The ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale will be held Sept. 28-30 in Omaha, Neb.
Joe Beaver was a busy man on Saturday afternoon, competing in both the tie-down roping and team roping in Pendleton, but it all paid off nicely for the eight-time world champion. Beaver (Huntsville, Texas) won the average title in the tie-down roping and finished in a tie for the average title in the team roping with partner Nick Simmons.
Beaver recorded a three-head time of 29.1 seconds in the tie-down roping after winning the second round with a 9.2-second run, and finishing second in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with a 9.9-second run. Josh Peek (Pueblo, Colo.) won the Tour Round, stopping the clock in 9.2 seconds. Peek also finished second in the average with a total time of 30.9 seconds.
To make the day complete, Beaver and Simmons shared the team roping title with Jake Stanley and Russell Cardoza with identical three-head times of 20.1 seconds. Beaver and Simmons finished in a tie for third in the second round with a time of 6.4 seconds and was third in the Tour Round with a time of 6.2. Stanley and Cardoza placed sixth in the first round with a 6.8-second run and won the Tour Round with a 5.5-second run en route to the title. Beaver, who also won the all-around title, left Pendleton $12,411 richer, while Simmons picked up $4,614. Stanley and Cardoza each added $4,529 to their 2006 earnings.
Bareback riders Will Lowe and Andy Martinez continued their 2006 tennis match of back and forth wins at the 96th annual Pendleton Roundup. During this stop, two-time world champion Lowe won the first round and finished second in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round en route to the average title, while Martinez, won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour round and finished second in the average.
Lowe (Canyon, Texas) won the first round with an 88-point ride aboard Korkow Rodeo's Boogers Pet, while Martinez (Pavillion, Wyo.) finished in a tie for sixth with Kelly Timberman after posting an 83 on New West Rodeo's Broadway Nights. Martinez stood alone on the leaderboard in the Tour Round, posting an 89 on Sankey Rodeo's Owl Hoot Tail, but Lowe was right on his heels with an 86 on Sankey Rodeo's Tee Pee. In the end, Lowe won the two-head average with a total score of 174 points, with Martinez a close second with 172. Lowe won $11,044, while Martinez picked up $5,849.
Steer wrestler Brad Gleason has been contemplating retirement, but he showed Saturday afternoon that he is still a contender. Gleason (Touchet, Wash.) won the first round after stopping the clock in 4.8 seconds round en route to the average title with a total time of 17.9 seconds on three head. Gleason outdistanced Chancey Gartner and Josh Peek for the average title, who finished with total times of 18.3. Gartner (Pasco, Wash.) won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round in 4.5 seconds to secure his place in the average.
"It's definitely the first time I've won at Pendleton and it's thrilling," said Gleason, who turns 42 on Monday. "This may be my last Pendleton. You know I had contemplated it before so maybe this is a good way to quit. I'm just slowin' down in my career and I want to quit while I'm healthy."
Gleason won $6,823, while Gartner picked up $4,123 and Peek won $5,725.
Rodeo's classic event of saddle bronc riding saw a return of world title contender Cody DeMoss. DeMoss (Heflin, La.) has been sidelined with an aggravated knee injury for the past couple months but returned to his dominance in Pendleton. DeMoss finished tied for fourth in the first round with an 83 on New West Rodeo's Showbiz, but returned in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round, posting an 85 on Korkow Rodeo's standout bronc Queenie to finish in a tie for first with Bradley Harter and Rod Hay. DeMoss' traveling partner, Harter, rode Sankey Rodeo's Surprise Party, while Hay (Wildwood, Alberta) posted his 85 on Sankey Rodeo's Wild Card. When the dust had settled, DeMoss and Hay finished tied atop the leaderboard with a two-head score of 168 points, while Harter (Weatherford, Texas) finished just a point behind. DeMoss and Hay won $6,640 each, while Harter added $3,938 to his 2006 earnings.
Linzie Walker (Conway, Wash.) finished as the top barrel racer after turning in the quickest time on the enormous Pendleton barrel racing pattern, which is twice the size of most patterns. She not only won the Tour Round, but also the average title. Walker won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with a time of 28.06 seconds and won the two-run average with a total time of 56.40 seconds. She won $7,518.
The final stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo in Albuquerque on Sept. 23.