Eventual winner Jordan Spears kept everything together for the eight seconds required to have a scoring ride during Thursday’s bullriding competition. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
With a field of 29 bullriders attempting to tame an equal number of bulls, the odds were that one would succeed in staying on the back of a 2,000-pound mass of flesh for eight seconds.
What pleased the fans of the 2012 Curry County Fair Bulls and Barrels bullriding competition was that three cowboys retained their seats long enough to claim a portion of the purse.
Jordan Spears of Redding, Calif., took first with a 87-point ride on the bull, Bottoms Up.
Roseburg resident Jason Maddox was the first rider to stay on for the required eight seconds but his score of 83 wasn’t enough to keep the first-place position and he fell to second.
The only other bullrider to complete his time was Rosco Jarbo of New Plymouth, Idaho, who scored an 82 to claim his portion of the prize money.
In barrel-racing action, Jennifer Brady of Myrtle Point claimed first place prize with a sub-15 second ride.
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It could have gone on all night long. In fact, young Sage Farley had to be told to let go of her sheep after her ride went beyond the two minute mark without any end in site.
“I’m very happy,” Farley said when asked how she felt about her first-place ride. “I want to ride again. Well, my dad wants me to ride again.”
Farley’s ride started just like all the others, with a little girl clinging ferociously to the back of a ball of wool with hooves and an uncanny ability to dump its riders within the first 15 seconds.
What changed Farley’s ride was that she hung on until her sheep stopped moving and then kept on hanging on. She was so focused on holding on to her sheep that she didn’t hear the ring announcer telling her it was all right to let go and had to be pulled off the future sweater.
Two other riders attempted to follow her example, but weren’t able to hold on as long. Kieryn Ruda took second place, and Calista Zahiralis took third.
Farley walked away with bragging rights and a $10 prize while Ruda and Zahiralis each took home $5 and a little wool stuck to their clothes.