Whitmire Arena on the Glenwood Rodeo Grounds was a busy place over the Father's Day weekend as 281 cowboys and cowgirls from around the Pacific Northwest took part in the 68th annual Ketchum Kalf Rodeo.
Jaye Kuebler of Eugene, Ore., rode off with the coveted H.L. "Tye" Murray Memorial Belt Buckle after finishing first in the all-around cowboy competition, with the most money won ($921.26).
Kuebler placed fourth in steer wrestling with a time of 6.12 seconds, and teamed with Randy Thompson of Yoncalla, Ore., to claim the team roping title with a winning time of 6.36 seconds.
Thompson actually earned a bigger payout than his roping teammate, but he wasn't eligible for all-around honors because neither of his events was a rough stock event, as required by the rodeo's rules.
Still, he took away a check for $1,175.40, thanks to victories in team roping and cow milking, as more than adequate compensation.
Runner-up in the all-around competition was Sam Storts of Coquille, Ore., who finished second in both the bareback and bullriding events. Those finishes garnered him $846.57.
Mitchell Rickman of Powell Butte, Ore., scored an 80 on a horse named Rockin' C to win the bareback event. Storts, aboard Wild Wilson, received a 75 from the judges.
In the bull riding section, Zech Boeckman of Canby, Ore., rode a beast called Chaz to a first-place score of 77, which edged Storts and his mount, Rodeo Red, by a point.
Redmond, Ore., cowboy Shawn Moulton topped the saddle bronc field, with a score of 73 aboard Jason's Dream.
The steer wrestling title went to Jason Fromme of Roy, who posted a time of 4.88 seconds. Goldendale cowboys Mike Beckstrand (5.65) and Bart Fouts (6.11) finished second and third.
Tumwater's Bret Hale won the calf roping competition. His winning time of 12.25 seconds yielded a pay out of $717.32. Nate Kayser of Centerville came in second.
Among the women, Laurie Sloan of Ellensburg and Maureen Crossley of Hermiston, Ore., were the big winners.
Sloan clocked a time of 2.99 seconds to claim top prize money in ($661.06) in breakaway roping.
Glenwood cowgirls Shayne Arnold and Kate Valdez also finished in the money, taking third and fifth in the event.
Crossley pocketed $490.82 for winning the barrel racing contest. She was the only racer to complete the three-barrel circuit in under 18 seconds (17.85).
Kristan Scott of Glenwood was fifth with a time of 18.45. Her brother, Trevor, took third in cow milking.