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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Sep 04, 2018

PRCA Stat of the Week

As of Sept. 4, there have been 583 rodeos during the 2018 season paying out a total of $35,328,156.

  • The 29th Annual Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Foundation Memorial golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 10, and the organizing committee is offering participants a discounted entry fee to play. The event is a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $135,000 to help injured rodeo athletes and their families. The golf tournament is happening at the Pendleton Country Club, 69772 Hwy. 395 South Pendleton, 97801. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. (PT) and tee off is at 8:30 a.m. To enter the tournament, call or text Julie Jutten, Executive Director JCCF, at 719.337.1471 or email to enter. Entry fees will be collected at registration
  • The final PRCA Rodeo Camp of 2018 is scheduled for Sept. 30 in San Bernardino, Calif. Registration is required at
  • The final day of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, Sept. 3, was dedicated to Bill Seubert, a past Ellensburg Rodeo Director and longtime volunteer, who passed away in April. Seubert was born in Ellensburg on Jan. 3, 1940, to Barney and Peg Seubert. He grew up in Ellensburg, attending Lourdes Academy and Ellensburg High School. He graduated from Seattle University with a major in business and a minor in theology. He worked for Boeing in Seattle for a few years before returning to Ellensburg to take over the family hardware store. He married Mary McManamy on July 22, 1967. Mary was a past rodeo queen and an announcer at the Ellensburg Rodeo when she met and married Bill. With Mary involved in the rodeo, Bill showed an interest in joining the board as a way to serve the community. Seubert served as a rodeo director from 1970-99, and helped start several long-standing rodeo traditions, including the volunteer appreciation dinner and the posse breakfast
  • On Aug. 30, the new inductees into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame were celebrated at the Central Washington University Student Union Recreation Center Ballroom. Inductees this year were the late KatherineKayForbes Hageman, the Frank Wallace Family and the team-roping pair of Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper. After the inductions, the “Shades of Fame” auction raised money for the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum. Local businesses sponsored artists from around the region to create one-of-a-kind lamps for the auction. Bidders paid hundreds of dollars to bring the pieces of art home with them, with at least one piece fetching more than $1,000
  • On Sept. 1, at Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, cowboy legends Darrell Mayberry, Joe Bronkhurst and Tim Corfield were honored. Mayberry was born in Walla Walla and competed for many years as a PRCA, ACTRA and Pioneer Posse member and in amateur rodeo. He competed in bareback, bull riding, bulldogging, tie-down roping and team roping. Bronkhurst was born in Spokane and moved to Walla Walla to attend the community college. He went to the College National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. After college, he continued as a PRCA member for many more years. Corfield grew up in Pendleton and went to college at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. He was an integral part in creating the Washington State High School Rodeo Association. He then began coaching men’s and women’s rodeo teams at Walla Walla Community College.

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