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Silver Lake cowboy wins Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Corvette

Silver Lake Cowboy Wins Mountain High Broncs And Bulls Corvette

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain Barry O Leary of Silver Lake on his way to win a Corvette.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainBarry O’Leary of Silver Lake walked away with the Corvette at the 2016 Mountain High Broncs and Bulls event.

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A favorite to claim the bronc riding title at the 13th Annual Mt. High Broncs and Bulls on Saturday suffered from too much talent in the end. After turning in the top ride with 76 points in the first go-round, Miles Binger of Heppner came back for a high-scoring ride on a low-scoring horse in the second round but had to watch as Barry O Leary of Silver Lake, Ore., took the title and signed those Corvette papers. O Leary rode at the Enterprise event last year, too, and confirmed it was the car that tempted him both times. He and a lot of other fellows O Leary s friends were lining up to drive the 94 Corvette provided by Main Street Motors home for him.

Binger didn t disappoint fans, putting in two of the prettiest rides of the day and fanning his final bronc with his hat to get a good ride out of him. But he was up against a lot of cowboys who also have gone to finals in the last few years, and O Leary is a top competitor, too. O Leary stuck his two horses for a 74 and a 77 to take the win with a combined score of 151. Second place went to local boy J.D. Brock of Imnaha, who broke his string of bad luck at the local show with a two 75s and a final score of 150.

Ryan Anderson of Pendleton and Jory Markiss of Redmond tied for third with total scores of 148. In general, the pen of horses supplied by Bar X Livestock out of Asotin, Wash., garnered excellent reviews and put many a cowboy in the dirt. The Wyatt Bucking Bulls out of Bonner s Ferry, Idaho, ran the show in bull riding, with only one of 10 cowboys completing both rides. Cody Ford of Heppner took the win with two good rides of 68 and 77 for a total of 145. Jory Markiss of Redmond double entered and rode only one bull for each of his entries, so he took both second with his 82-point ride and third with his 67-point ride. Everyone else hit the dirt.

The top mutton buster was Savannah Rynearson, 7, of Lostine, with Zane Boyer, 7, of Enterprise taking second. The Roger Winn Memorial Wild Horse Racing award was shared by three teams this year: the Daniel Gilbert Team of Warm Springs, the J Bartlett Team of Pilot Rock and the Butch David Team of Warm Springs. Barrelman and entertainer Joey Hashbrown Hackett thrilled the crowd when he got a good roll in a barrel thanks to a cranky bull.

The event is sanctioned by the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association, the Elite Professional Bull Riders and the Professional Wild Horse Racers Association.

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