High Desert Stampede History

Early in 2014, a small group of experienced rodeo producers, athletes and local business owners set out to elevate the world of professional rodeo while Bringing You the Stars.  Countless hours, volunteers and community partners delivered the first ever High Desert Stampede in September 2015.

Late in 2015, relationships established with John Growney of Growney Brothers Rodeo and others led to a new opportunity that had never before been available to a rodeo committee.  Aiming to deliver the top athletes in each event in a championship type tour, the Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) was set to launch an unprecedented shift in the rodeo world.  The directors of the High Desert Stampede jumped at the opportunity to be a part of rodeo history.  Never before had they been able to guarantee the appearance of so many top athletes and animal athletes!

Just 78 days after being sanctioned by the new association, the second High Desert Stampede kicked off the first ever ERA Premier Tour on March 25 & 26, 2016.  The entire world was watching and Redmond didn’t disappoint.  The energy in the standing room only arena was palpable.  World champion athletes and animals performed at the top of their game leaving everyone drooling for more.

Financial backing, legal challenges and lackluster attendance at the remaining ERA Premier Tour stops led to the suspension of the 2017 season and ultimately the ERA.  The High Desert Stampede committee was left on another short timeline to produce the next installment of rodeo.  Quickly sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) the directors set out to put on another high-quality production focused on a modern take of traditional rodeo.  They aimed to achieve their goal by creating a fast-paced entertaining show around traditional rodeo events.

New rodeos are unusual.  New nationwide top 40 rodeos are unheard of.  In a few short years, we've become an anticipated Central Oregon tradition, because we're new, different and focused on bringing rodeo to everyone.  Always at the end of March, we will continue Bringing You the Stars!  See you at the rodeo!

2017 Results

All-around cowboy: Russell Cardoza, $3,646, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Austin Foss, 85 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Girl Crush, $2,876; 2. (tie) Brian Bain and Wyatt Denny, 82.5, $1,918 each; 4. (tie) Steven Peebles, Kash Wilson and Wyatt Bloom, 82, $735 each; 7. Clayton Biglow, 81, $384; 8. Kyle Bowers, 80, $288.

Steer wrestling: 1. Sam Mackenzie, 5.0 seconds, $2,616; 2. Trevor Knowles, 5.6, $2,275; 3. Blake Knowles, 5.8, $1,934; 4. Blaine Jones, 5.9, $1,592; 5. Russell Cardoza, 6.9, $1,251; 6. Sterling Lambert, 7.2, $910; 7. Cody Cabral, 7.8, $569; 8. Andy Weldon, 8.5, $227.

Team roping: 1. (tie) Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler and Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 4.7 seconds, $3,316 each; 3. Dan Williams Jr./J. Cody Jones, 4.8, $2,764; 4. Hayes Smith/Russell Cardoza, 5.0, $2,395; 5. (tie) Nick Sartain/Justin Davis, Blaine Vick/Coleby Payne and Clay Ullery/Riley Wilson, 5.1, $1,658 each; 8. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.3, $921; 9. Dale Benevides/Buck McCay, 5.5, $553; 10. (tie) Steven Duby/Taylor Duby and Jake Stanley/Matt Funk, 5.7, $92 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyler Corrington, 85.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Holy Hoppin, $2,902; 2. Tyrell J Smith, 80, $2,225; 3. (tie) Nick LaDuke and Dustin Flundra, 78.5, $1,354 each; 5. (tie) Ryan Mackenzie and Chuck Schmidt, 78, $580 each; 7. Jake Watson, 77.5, $387; 8. (tie) Max Filippini and Luke Butterfield, 76.5, $145 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Ben Robinson, 8.2 seconds, $2,443; 2. Cory Solomon, 9.3, $2,124; 3. Ty Holly, 9.5, $1,806; 4. Jake Pratt, 9.7, $1,487; 5. Kass Kayser, 10.0, $1,168; 6. (tie) Preston Pederson, Bo Pickett and Shane Erickson, 10.4, $531 each.

Barrel racing: 1. Jaime Hinton, 16.49 seconds, $2,858; 2. Katie Pascoe, 16.56, $2,429; 3. Jessie Telford, 16.74, $2,000; 4. Samantha Boone, 16.79, $1,715; 5. Cranna Roberts, 16.80, $1,429; 6. Kathy Petska, 16.81, $1,000; 7. Bailey Cline, 16.90, $714; 8. Hannah Sharon, 16.92, $572; 9. Samantha Lane, 16.95, $500; 10. Melissa Thiessen, 16.99, $429; 11. Teri Bangart, 17.02, $357; 12. Carman Pozzobon, 17.08, $286.

Bull riding: * 1. Dakota Louis, 85.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Papa Burgandy, $3,135; 2. Tim Bingham, 84.5, $2,431; 3. Brady Portenier, 83.5, $1,827; 4. Luke Gee, 81.5, $1,224; 5. Jordan Spears, 77, $821; 6. Chase Dougherty, 72, $620; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).

Stock contractor: Growney Brothers Rodeo.
Sub-contractor: Bridwell Pro Rodeos.
Rodeo secretary: Haley Bridwell.
Officials: Harry Rose Jr, Bobby Davis and Monty Van Komen.
Timers: Molly Twitchell and Diana Alexander.
Announcer: Steve Kenyon.
Specialty act: JJ Harrison.
Bullfighters: Eric Layton and Tim O'Connor.
Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison.
Flankman: Tim Bridwell.
Chute boss: John Wright.
Pickup men: Mitch Coleman and Matt Twitchell.
Photographers: W.T. Bruce and Bob Click.
Music director: Jason Buchanan.