LOGANDALE, Nevada (April 11, 2019) – The first performance of the Clark County Fair and Rodeo started the 2019 celebration with great action, even though strong winds and cool temperatures prevailed through the rodeo.
With over $250,000 in prize money up for grabs contestants have traveled from across the United States and Canada in hopes of garnering a win. Several native Nevadans competed in the first performance and one of them was successful in the steer wrestling.
While Dakota Eldridge grew up in the northern part of the state at Elko, he has spent plenty of time in Clark County. He has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on five occasions. He missed last year after injuring his knee in July and having to sit out a good part of the season.
Eldridge is back on track and working hard to make another trip to Las Vegas in December. And, he knows how to win in this arena. He earned the steer wrestling championship here in 2015 and again in 2017. He brought his first steer to the ground in 5.4 seconds during pre-rodeo competition, putting him currently third in the first round.
He came back and stopped the clock in 6.8 seconds Wednesday night. While that probably won’t stay in the money in the second round, it put him first overall with a total time of 12.2 seconds. Eldridge is hoping that stays among the top 12 who will qualify for Sunday’s Championship Finals.
Bareback rider Steven Peebles from Redmond, Oregon, is also a two-time champion in this arena and on track to win it again. Peebles won here in 2010 and 2014 before winning his first world championship in 2015. He rode Bar T Rodeo’s horse named Echo Bay for 85 points. This tied with Clayton Biglow from Clements, California.
Team roping fans got to watch Jr. Dees, a second-generation roper, do the heading at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That was just one year after he joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and expectations for him to be back in 2018 were high. He finished out of the top 15 at 27 and is hoping climb back among the Top 15 this year.
Dees, from Aurora, South Dakota, is roping here with Lane Siggins of Coolidge, Arizona. They stopped the clock in 5.2 seconds on Wednesday night to take the lead in the second round. They are second in the overall standings with a total time of 11.2 seconds. Garrett Rogers, of Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, from Ellensburg, Wash., lead with 10.3.
Ryder Wright, the 2017 world champion, made just a two-hour drive to compete in the saddle bronc riding. That’s a short trip for a rodeo cowboy and it was made even better with an 86-point ride on Bitter Dan from Bar T Rodeo. That ride will see him riding again here on Sunday and hoping to join his older brother Rusty and father Cody who have earned championships here in the past.
The second performance of the rodeo will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Fairgrounds open at 10 a.m. with a variety of activities going on all day. For schedule and ticket information visit www.ccfair.com.
The following are unofficial leaders at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nevada, April 10-14, 2019 following Wednesday night’s performance.
Steer Wrestling: First round: 1, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 4.3 seconds. 2, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 5.1. 3, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 5.4. 4, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 5.6. Second round: 1, Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo., 4.7. 2, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 5.5. 3, Eldridge, 6.8. 4, Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev., 7.0. Total on two: 1, Eldridge, 12.2 seconds. 2, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 12.7. 3, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 13.4. 4, J.D. Struxness, Milan, Minn., 20.7.
Team Roping: First round: 1, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 4.8 seconds. 2, Hagen Peterson, Delta, Utah, and Jace Nielsen, Ogden, Utah, 5.4. 3, (tie) Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif., and Cody Doescher, Webbers Falls, Okla.; and J.B. James Jr., Bennett, Colo., and Brock Hanson, Bennett, Colo., 5.6. Second round: 1, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Lane Siggins, Coolidge, Ariz., 5.2. 2, Rogers and Minor, 5.5. 3, (tie) Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore., and Evan Arnold, Stephenville, Texas, and Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 5.7 each. Total on two: 1, Rogers and Minor, 10.3 seconds. 2, Dees and Siggins, 11.2. 3, Bird and Cardoza, 11.3. 4, James and Hanson, 11.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 86 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Bitter Dan. 2, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 84.5. 3, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 83.5. 4, (tie) Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, and Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., 82.5.
Tie-Down Roping: First round: 1, Trenton Smith, Bigfoot, Texas, 9.3 seconds. 2, Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., 10. 3, Taylor Santos, Creston, Calif., 10.1. 4, (tie) Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas, and Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 10.4. Second round: 1, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 8.3 seconds. 2, Pharr, 9.3. 3, Colton Farquer, Oakdale, Calif., 9.5. 4, Harris, 10.0. Total on two: 1, Pharr, 19.3. 2, Harris, 20.4. 3, Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas, 22.1. 4, Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 23.9.
Barrel Racing: 1, Tonia Forsberg, Fillmore, Calif., 17.40. 2, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 17.59. 3, Haley Wolfe, Flora Vista, N.M., 17.67. 4, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 17.76.
Bull Riding: 1, Stetson Wright, Beaver, Utah, 87 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Cup Cake. 2, Eli Vastbinder, Union Grove, N.C., 77. 3, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 76.5. 4, Daylon Swearingen, Rochelle, Ga., 76.