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For the Record: Walla Walla Frontier Days

Competition goes into overdrive during the final month of each rodeo season, and the arena records at the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days rodeo prove it as several events have ties for the arena record. This year’s rodeo kicks off Sept. 1 and cowboys have until Sept. 3 to make Walla Walla history. 

Trevor Brazile set the all-around record in 2013 when he earned $8,560. 

Bareback rider Jason Jeter set the Walla Walla record in 2003 with his 87-point ride. Ten years later, Bobby Mote matched his score. 

There’s a four-way tie for the steer wrestling arena record of 3.5 seconds. In 2009, two bulldoggers set the record as Trevor Knowles and Ronnie Fields each clocked in at 3.5 seconds. Stockton Graves matched their time in 2011, as did Dakota Eldridge in 2015. Meanwhile, Knowles’ 2009 run helped him set the two-head average record of 7.4 seconds. 

The arena record for team roping has a three-way tie. Originally set by Colter Todd and Cesar de la Cruz with their 4.1-second run in 2008, their score was matched by Matt Sherwood and Joel Bach in 2012 and then Derrick Begay and Will Woodfin in 2014. 

Team roping’s two-run average record of 8.9 seconds was set by JoJo LeMond and Randon Adams in 2009. The three-run average record was set by Speed Williams and Allen Bach in 2008. 

Just like bareback riding, the saddle bronc riding arena record is also 87 points; set by Ty Atchison in 2012. 

Tie-down roper E.J. Roberts set two arena records in 2012. First, he clocked in at 7.1 seconds on a single run, which helped him set the two-run average record of 15.7 seconds. 

Barrel racer Leslie Stritzke set the Walla Walla record in 1993 with her 16.90-second run. 

Steer roper Marty Jones set the arena record in 1993 with his 9.0-second run. Then, in 2001, Guy Allen matched Jones on his single-run record, while also setting the two-run average record of 19.0 seconds. Meanwhile, Trevor Brazile set the four-run average record in 2013 with 54.2 seconds. 

In an almost unheard-of turn of events, five bull riders share the Walla Walla arena record. Ricky Bolin originally set the 90-point record in 1979. From there, Bolin’s score was matched by Monte Davis (1983), Jared Jaques (2002), Paulo Crimber (2003) and Jerry Shepherd (2005). 

Last year was Walla Walla’s biggest total payout with $190,629.  
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