Bulls, bucking horses send cowboys flying.
If it bucked, and it was bareback, it was a hard beast to ride.
Saturday night, in the second round of the Eugene Pro Rodeo at the Oregon Horse Center, nearly every cowboy who attempted to earn a paycheck on the back of a bucking horse or bull, instead ended up flat on their own, as the animals took center stage in front of an estimated crowd of 6,800
The bareback riders went 0-for-5 - or 0-for-7 taking into account Tyrel Jones' two rerides - while the bullriders were 2-for-14.
"It wasn't very good tonight," bullrider Mason Michaelis said.
And he was one of the two who actually recorded a score.
Riding a bull named Born to Buck, ironically, the 22-year-old from Caldwell, Idaho, managed to score 69 points en route to a first-place finish in the performance. Ian Male of Livermore, Calif., scored a 65 on his ride. Both earned $445 in day money.
Though Michaelis had the top score of the night, it only put him in a tie for fourth place in the overall standings with Zack Bright, who posted the same score during Friday night's competition. Richard Murray is the current leader with a 76-point ride.
The final day of the rodeo will be Monday, as the sixth annual Firecracker Bullride will be held tonight instead, with 40 bullriders vying for cash and prizes.
However, they will be riding many of the same bulls from the Big Bend/Fly'n 5 Rodeo Company that had their way Saturday.
"Those guys have had the bucking bull of the year the last four years," Michaelis said. "You just have to stay focused and try to ride 'em."
A new leader emerged in the tie-down roping: Brett Hale of Tenino, Wash., moved into first place with a time of 9.8 seconds.
"This is a good rodeo to be winning something at," Hale said. "The calves were fresh, and we hadn't seen them before. It helps to know your cattle, but when you don't, you simply react and rely on horsemanship. My horse did 90 percent of the work today."
Shane Erickson, who held the lead after a 13.7 performance on Friday, was also passed by Joe Hoffman and Clint Endicott, who recorded times of 12.1 and 12.6, respectively.
Hale and his partner Will Schmidt also scored the fastest time in the team roping competition at 7.7 seconds, though they failed to beat the top time of 5.5.
A new leader also was established in saddle bronc, as Jerad McFarlane of Adrian scored a 77 to move past Justin Arnold, who was leading after the first day with 74 points.
In steer wrestling, Nik Hamm and Ty Woolsey each tied for the fastest time of the night at 5.4 seconds, but it still wasn't quick enough to get past the 4.6 posted by Trevor Duhon on Friday.
Rose Miller opened the barrel racing performance with a time of 17.17 seconds and was never challenged. Not only did her mark move her past Tracy Kenyon and into first place overall, but it was the third-fastest time ever posted at the event.
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|Title Annotation:||Sports; Only two bullriders make qualifying rides on the second day of the Eugene Pro Rodeo|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jul 3, 2005|
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