SUTHERLIN — The weather couldn’t have been any better, and there seemed to be plenty of smiling faces around the rodeo arena as the cowboys and cowgirls displayed their skills during the second performance of the 27th annual Sutherlin Stampede Saturday night.
“It’s perfect,” said Roseburg’s Bailey (Gow) Cline following the team roping event. “It’s usually roasting here, but it’s a beautiful evening.”
Rodeo is a sport that brings out the family, and Cline’s was involved in the two-day rodeo. Bill Gow, Bailey’s father, and Colton Gow, her younger brother, competed in team roping Friday.
Cline entered breakaway roping and barrel racing, and team roped with C.J. Krume of Grants Pass Saturday. Sharon Gow, the mother, competed in barrel racing.
“Family is what brings us all together,” said Cline, a former Roseburg High School and New Mexico State rodeo standout. “We’ve been in the practice pen since we were little. It’s tradition. It’s carrying on with my daughter, now that she rides.
“I think rodeo is a family atmosphere. We’ve drove thousands of miles and had every conversation in the car, and sometimes the best conversations happen when you’re together. It’s been a great thing for my family.”
Cline has turned in better days in the arena, but she wasn’t fretting about it. She received a no time in breakaway roping and had a no time in team roping after her partner was unable to complete the heeling portion of the event. Cline finished fourth in barrel racing with a time of 17.46 seconds.
“Since I’m a mom now, I have other priorities in life. I do this more as a hobby than paying bills,” she said. “I worked really hard (at rodeo) a long time, but don’t work as hard as I used to. It’s not exactly the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) here, but competition is always in your blood.”
Sharon Gow came up with the top family performance of the weekend, finishing second in barrel racing (17.32). Kayla Petrak of Turner won the event (17.08).
“She did wonderful,” Cline said of her mother. “She’s been in a rough patch with her young horse, but I’m glad she did well tonight.”
In open bull riding, the bulls scored a shutout. All 15 bull riders who got on bulls were bucked off.
There were no qualified ranch saddle bronc rides either.
One notable face at the rodeo was former professional bull rider Zack Oakes. The 34-year-old, formerly of Oakland, was helping inside the arena. His older brother, Joe, was the rodeo announcer.
Oakes, who lives in Stephenville, Texas, was a four-time NFR qualifier and retired from the Professional Bull Riders tour earlier this year.
“This (Sutherlin) was maybe the first rodeo I got some experience at,” he said. “It was so fun last night, watching my nieces ride sheep and the memories came flooding back. Kind of surreal. I have so many good memories from standing here, watching these young kids warming their ropes up and all excited what might lay in front of them in this sport.”
Oakes said he gave a speech to the junior and high school bull riders.
“Bull riding did everything for me,” he said. “It was literally my life until March of this year. It was the only thing I thought about ... above everything, above family. Every professional athlete will tell you the same thing. If you want to have any kind of success that’s the way it has to be.”
Oakes is happy to be spending more time with his wife, Anne, and their three children.
“I ride colts, train horses and run cows (in Texas),” he said. “Just carrying on cowboy tradition and loving every minute of it. I get to be home with my family and being gone 250 days a year is over. It never worked out for me to be a world champion, but I got close (finishing fifth in 2005). Not many people get that close, so I’m really thankful for that.”
Yoncalla’s Wyatt McDaniel was the only competitor to post a time in breakaway roping, clocking 3.0 seconds.
The team roping title went to Roseburg’s Del Foley and Eugene’s Spike McCay, who were timed in 7.40 Friday.
The Sutherlin Stampede is a free rodeo. Fans are asked to bring canned food items, which will go to the Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry.
Barrel Racing — 1. Kayla Petrak, Turner, 17.08 seconds; 2. Sharon Gow, Roseburg, 17.32.
Junior Barrel Racing — 1. Mikayla Cunliff, Riddle, 17.98; 2. Haley Dubois, Yoncalla, 18.83; 3. Emma Fairbairn, Umpqua, 19.34.
Team Roping — 1. Del Foley, Roseburg-Spike McCay, Eugene, 7.40; 2. Tyson Olds, Drain-Brian Thompson, Yoncalla, 7.61; 3. Rob Radway, Roseburg-Rusty Thompson, Yoncalla, 7.92.
Breakaway Roping — 1. Wyatt McDaniel, Yoncalla, 3.0.
High School Bull Riding — 1. Arron Purdy, Sutherlin, 71 points.
Calf Riding (Saturday) — 1. Jonathan Hlavinka, 10.44.
Mutton Bustin’ (Saturday) — 1. Jason Anderson, 7.95.
Cowhide Race Winners — Friday, Boone Pierson-Richard Powell, 10.77; Saturday, Rusty Thompson-Tyler Davis, 10.28.