Feb 17 2013

PENDLETON ROUND-UP UNIVERSITY 301 SERIES will present five one-hour classes at Hamley’s Slickfork Saloon, each Thursday night at 6pm, February 28 – March 21, 2013. Classes are FREE to all ages. An optional $10 meal is available and the legendary old west bar will be tended.

Following on previous 101 & 102 series successes, the 301 series courses will provide in-depth study on what makes the Pendleton Round-Up a premier rodeo and one of Oregon’s most sought after Cultural Tourism destinations. Classes are designed to teach business persons, leaders and all citizens about the rich heritage of the event and better prepare them to participate in the many opportunities and benefits available to the community.




Feb 28 – TEAMSTERS 301; Extreme drivers, and real horsepower! Meet the men and women who raise and drive the working horses, mules and oxen that pull the many wagons and coaches in parades and Round-Up Wagon Train. Professor Randy Leonard. 6 pm

Mar 07 – WHY ROUND-UP? 301 What were they thinking? In 1910 Pendleton’s economy and identity were lacking. Local businessmen developed a wild-eyed remedy for both. The risk was extreme, but the reward continues to bless so many. Professors Carl Culham and Randy Thomas. 6 pm

 Mar 14 – EARLY FATHERS 301; Roy Raley, Till Taylor, Wallace Smith. Although Round-Up had many early leaders, this class takes an in-depth look at the leadership of a few good men and their specific contributions. Professor Patricia Dawson. 6 pm

 Mar 21 – THE TRIBES 301; Why did they come? And remain a main attraction! By 1910 the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla people had long been horse breeders holding annual round-ups. They had specific interests in attending the first Pendleton Round-Up, helping to write its authentic and still unique story. Professor Bobbie Connor. 6 pm

 Mar 28 – GRADUATION AND COWBOY STORIES 301. A great night to meet 2013 Round-Up Queen Brittany and her royal court. University graduates will receive diplomas as four generations of the Severe family tell cowboy stories in concert. Bring your camera and Let ‘er Buck! Professor Tim Hawkins, Dean of Advanced Western Studies. 6 pm

Category: News & Updates

Jan 17 2013

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 class of inductees to be announced at the Annual Meeting in May.

 2013 categories include:

- A Pendleton Round-Up Volunteer who has made exceptional contributions to the development, continuation and advancement of the Pendleton Round-Up with efforts above and beyond expectations.

- An animal displaying outstanding performance and/or contribution at the Pendleton Round-Up or Happy Canyon.

- A Pendleton Round-Up Contestant who has achieved considerable success, accomplishment and/or contribution at the Pendleton Round-Up, found success in rodeo on a regional and national level, and exemplifies the ideals of rodeo and the western heritage.


Hall of Fame members may submit nominations through February 28, 2013.  To become a member of the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame visit www.pendletonhalloffame.com, or call 541-278-0815, or email inquiries@pendletonhalloffame.com.  Life membership costs $100 which includes voting privileges and free museum admission.




Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children 10 & under $2

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame was founded in 1969. Exhibits range from a full-sized Teepee to delicate beadwork, the exhibits in the Hall of Fame cover a wide range of subjects and span of over 100 years of Round-Up history. Saddles, clothing, Indian costumes, photographs, firearms, trophies, wagons…hundreds of items are displayed for your enjoyment. You can become a member of the Hall of Fame and help to ensure the history and artifacts of the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon we enjoy today will still be here tomorrow. For more information call 541-278-0815. The Hall of Fame building is located at 1114 SW Court across from the Round-up grounds. Typically Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – check for winter-time hour adjustments. 

Category: Features, News & Updates, People & Volunteers

Jan 6 2013

HAPPY CANYON PRINCESSES – 2013. Anna Harris and Carina Vasquez-Minthorn were introduced Saturday, January 5, 2013, as the 2013 Princesses to represent Happy Canyon Indian Night Pageant and Wild West Show. The pageant depicts traditional Native American life and Oregon Trail emigration with authentic regalia, wagons, and hundreds of human and animal cast members. The annual show is presented each night following the Pendleton Round-up. This year date’s are September 11 – 14, 2013. 

ANNA HARRIS (right) is the 19 year old daughter of Stuart and Deborah Harris of Pendleton, where she is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Anna, who attends Blue Mountain Community College, is a long-time volunteer for both Happy Canyon and Pendleton Round-Up. Her family history includes many generations of princesses for both organizations and two Round-Up Queens. She is an active rider, horse trainer, and enjoys cultural activities and bead work. 

CARINA VASQUEZ-MINTHORN (left) is the 21 year old daughter of Sylvia Minthorn of Pendleton and Lorenzo Vasquez of Madras, Oregon. She is a student at BMCC and is an enrolled member of CTUIR. If you are a Round-Up regular, you may recall her emotionally charged singing of the national anthem in her native language of Umatilla, during the Pendleton Round-Up’s Centennial year (2010). Carina’s family participation history dates back to the first Round-Up in 1910 and includes many Happy Canyon and Round-Up royalty.  

“They already show a deep recognition and appreciation of what makes Happy Canyon such an important part of rodeo week in Pendleton,” said Happy Canyon Director Michael Corey. Fellow Director Kelsey Garton added, “These are two poised and beautiful young women.”

Category: Features, News & Updates

Dec 29 2012

SHELBY SPRIET is the 2012 Pendleton Round-Up TOP HAND, an award presented annually to a youth volunteer for exceptional service.

Shelby is the 15 year old daughter of J.J. and Terri Spriet and a sophomore at Pendleton High School. Her volunteer contributions include working as an office assistant during her last three summer vacations where she answers phones, sells tickets, helps customers, and also cashiers. During Round-Up week she helps in the store before heading to the stadium to usher, then returns to the store to work until closing.  She also ushers for Happy Canyon Night Pageant, the PBR and Concert events.

The Happy Canyon Association presented Shelby Spriet the 2012 Roy Raley Youth Volunteer Award for excellent  volunteer service.  Both organizations honored Shelby at their annual joint Minor’s Party at Rodeo Lanes, in Pendleton.  Round-Up President Tim Hawkins and Happy Canyon Show Director Jason Hill each said Shelby was the “obvious choice” although neither group knew ahead of time of the others selection.



Category: Features, News & Updates, People & Volunteers

Dec 27 2012

Queen Brittany Doherty will reign over the 103rd Pendleton Round-Up. The 2013 Royal Court was announced Saturday December 22, 2012 at the Pendleton home of Steve and Susan Corey during the annual Round-Up Queen and Court Breakfast. Princesses Morgan Bergevin, Claire Ely, Mary Kate Herbes and Shaina Zollman will ride alongside Queen Brittany as they represent the Pendleton Round-Up.

Queen Brittany Doherty is the 21 year old daughter of Raymond and Teri Doherty of Pilot Rock, Oregon.  “Being a part of the Pendleton Round-Up Court has always been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” stated Brittney. Doherty will graduate this year from Oregon State University with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is an avid horse rider for more than 11 years participating in the Round-Up as a pennant bearer, selling chips and as a Princess in 2012. She has been a Quadrille rider in the Happy Canyon Night Pageant for several years. At Pilot Rock High School Brittany competed on Volleyball, Basketball and Softball teams and was a member of the National Honor Society. “Having served as a princess last year, I feel more confident” Brittany said, “and will bring great leadership skills, the willingness to work hard, a positive attitude and three great horses.”





Princess Morgan Bergevin is the 18 year old daughter of Wendy and Marcele Bergevin of Walla Walla, Washington.  Morgan graduated from Touchet High School last spring where she participated in High School Rodeo, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, 4-H and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is currently studying nursing at Walla Walla Community College.  “My passion for the Pendleton Round-Up runs deep,” stated Morgan, who comes from a long family history in rodeo. Her great grandfather, great uncle and grandfather were all where Round-Up competitors. Morgan’s competes in barrel racing and break-away roping, which she has enjoyed for several years.





Princess Claire Ely is the 20 year old daughter of Susan and Andy Ely of Athena, Oregon.  Claire is a 2011 graduate of Griswold High School where she was a member of National Honor Society, was selected for All Conference Softball and Volleyball teams and competed on the Intermountain High School Rodeo Team. She now attends Blue Mountain Community College studying Ag Science and Barrel Races on their Rodeo team. Ely’s Round-Up service includes assisting Native American participation in the Dress-Up Parade and being a part of Happy Canyon since she was 3 years old.  Claire’s family history includes a past Round-up President, past Round-Up Directors, several  Court members and Round-Up competitors. Ely said, “I will love continuing my family’s tradition, as a part of the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up Court.”




Princess Mary Kate Herbes is the 20 year old daughter of Mike and Janet Herbes of Adams, Oregon. Mary Kate graduated from Weston McEwen High School where she participated in varsity track, volleyball and cheerleading; also serving as historian of Future Farmers of America, and as Senior Class Reporter. She now attends Blue Mountain Community College working toward an Associate Degree in General Studies. The Herbes family has volunteered at the Pendleton Round-up and Happy Canyon for several generations. Mary Kate has carried pennants, ushered, taken part in the annual work party and participated in nearly 100 parades. In addition, she has played in Happy Canyon for 13 years and assisted the VFW Cowboy Breakfast for 9 years. “I love how much Round-Up affects the community,” said Herbes, “and to be able to play a bigger part in it, is a dream.”




Princess Shaina Zollman is the 18 year old daughter of Garry and Becca Zollman of Pendleton and Kathi Zollman of Bend, Oregon. Shaina graduated from Mountain View High School where she competed on the varsity track and volleyball teams, was a member of Future Farmers of America and the Red Cross Club. She now attends Lane Community College in Eugene with an emphasis in biology.  Her families Round-Up history includes two past Round-Up Presidents and several long-time volunteers. Zollman has ridden as a pennant bearer, helped at work parties and conditioned horses for use in the arena. She has been riding horses for over 15 years. “The Pendleton Round-Up is one of a kind,” Shaina said, “and full of tradition.”


Category: Features, News & Updates, People & Volunteers, Queen And Court

Dec 5 2012

TIM HAWKINS IS PRESIDENT of the Pendleton Round-Up Association Board of Directors. First elected to the board in 2005, Hawkins served as Sponsor’s Director for 4 years, then Arena Director for three years. In 2010, he headed-up the Round-Up’s Centennial Committee, which conceptualized and raised funds to implement the Centennial Plaza (including decorative colonnade fence and gates), “Let ‘er Buck” Bronze, new ticket booths, merchandise building, “Beyond the Bull” cookbook and Let ‘er Buck” Ball. Tim has been the Round-Up’s representative to the PRCA for three years. He is a second generation director following his father, Don “Deacon” Hawkins who was the first Let ‘er Buck Room Director.

Hawkins is a Pendleton wheat rancher and very active community member. His community service includes sitting on several local Board of Directors, including Pendleton Grain Growers, St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton Convention Center, Happy Canyon Association, and much more. Retiring President Dennis Hunt inducted Hawkins with these words, “I leave the Pendleton Round-Up in good hands with 16 hard working directors and one very capable president, who will continue to make this the best rodeo in the world.”

Category: Features, News & Updates, People & Volunteers

Dec 2 2012

RANDY BRACHER is a fifth generation Umatilla County Farmer, who was has been very active with the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Asscociations. “I am very excited to be a part of such a great community event,” stated Randy, “it’s important to keep the Round-Up a premier event for the next several generations.”  Bracher feels the rich traditions of the Native American participation and friendly nature of the rodeo competition are elements the board should maintain. He is willing to work behind the scenes because, “there is more to the rodeo than horses, bulls and cold beverages.”

Bracher’s ten years of Round-Up volunteerism began with sorting cattle under the grandstands, moving up to “caller on the hill”, then finally being handed the reins of “split-man” on the arena turf. Split-man determines the draw for over 400 contestants and guarantees the right animal is delivered on time to the appropriate cowboy. Randy is a 28 year Happy Canyon participant and has served on the US Bank Pendleton PBR production Committee, NW Intercollegiate Committee, Tripper Rice Memorial Roping event, and the Helix Heart of the Country Rodeo. Randy’s wife Char is the leather artisan who handcrafts the Round-Up Queen and Court’s distinctive leather clothing.


MIKE LEDBETTER is a third generation Pendleton Round-Up Director following in the footsteps of his Grandfather Lyle and father Larry, who each served full terms on the board. Mike is a forty year Round-Up volunteer serving since age 12. “I am looking forward to serving on the board,” said Mike, “Continuing the volunteer tradition is the most important part of the event.”

Ledbetter’s volunteer service includes many jobs ranging from the Arena Fence Crew to the Let ‘er Buck Room, and organizing the two Helpers rooms. In 2012 his work to reorganization the arena fence operation demonstrated excellent leadership in blending long-time volunteers with new recruits resulting in notable improvements. Mike and his brother Lyle jointly operate Ledbetters’ Refrigeration, a Pendleton business started in 1959 by their father.  Mike has also severed with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation and the State of Oregon’s Refrigeration Tech Apprenticeship Program.

Mike’s wife Jill has a long association with Chief Joseph Day’s Rodeo in Wallowa County.



Category: Features, News & Updates

Sep 15 2012

King of Cowboys wins 102nd Pendleton
Round-Up after flight plans hit a bump


 The “King of the Cowboys” was running late. Trevor Brazile was flipping between events. He competed at the Pendleton Round-Up on Wednesday, when he took first place in two roping events, tie-down and team roping, which put him in the Saturday finals. Then he took off for Texas. At 5:30 am Saturday he flew from Abilene, TX in his charter plane on the return to Pendleton.

 “It was a smooth ride and then the pilot leaned back and said he had a problem . . . we had a problem . . . I guess when you’re in something like that together y’all have a problem.” The pilot said he was losing oil pressure and had to find an emergency landing place.

 “That was a long 25 minutes,” said Brazile. “A lot of cowboys were praying in that plane, that’s for sure. But everything worked out. We landed at Salt Lake International, had 40 minutes to catch a plane.”Brazile lucked into a commercial flight into Pasco, Washington, an hour from Pendleton and made it just in time for his first event, calf roping. He came in third. But he and partner Patrick Smith won the team roping event and Brazile went on to win the overall title on Saturday, the final day of the 102nd Pendleton Round-Up. Smith, 32, Midland, TX, is a champion heeler in team roping, where one roper, the header, in this case Brazile, ropes the steer’s horns, then his partner ropes both of the steers hind hooves, the heeler.

 Brazile is the winningest competitor in rodeo history. The 35-year-old from Decatur, TX won the all-around cowboy award at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1999 and has won two roping titles including today’s. He has 16 world titles, was the all-around winner last December in Las Vegas at the world series of rodeo, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and he has over $4.3 million in winnings. In 2012 he has won a phenomenal 35 rodeos, 36 with today’s victory. Continue reading…

Category: Events, News & Updates, Results

Sep 15 2012

The 2012 Pendleton Roundup Champions: all photos by Bob Click
Bareback: Bobby Mote of Culver, Oregon.
Tie Down Roping: Houston Hutto of Tomball, Texas.
Saddle Bronc: Cody Demoss of Heflin, Louisianna.
Steer Wrestling:Todd Suhn of Hermosa, South Dakota.
Team Roping: Colby Lovell of Madisonville, Texas and Russell Cardoza of Terrebone, Oregon.
Steer Roping: Coy Thompson of Whitewood, South Dakota.
Bull Riding: Parker Breding of Edgar, Montana.
Barrel Racing: Christy Loflin of Franktown, Colorado.
All Around: Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas.

Category: Events, News & Updates, Results

Sep 15 2012

Bull Riding Saturday Results 

Go-Round Finals

  1. Cooper Davis 86, $2050.00
  2. Parker Breding 83, $1650.00
  3. Tuf Cooper, $1300.00  Continue reading…

Category: Events, News & Updates, Results

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