GRAND RONDE -- John Wayne once said that "courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."
Saddling up is something that dozens of competitors from around the northwest did in Grand Ronde on Saturday and Sunday during the annual Spirit Mountain Rodeo.
Dozens of cowboys and cowgirls competed under a beautiful June sun for purses totaling nearly $18,000. Events ranged from barrel racing to bull riding.
Charlie Barker of Terrebonne took home the all-around cowboy trophy, buckle, and a total purse of $1,285 after strong performances in bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding.
The Northwest Pro Rodeo Association is hosting 30 more rodeos throughout Oregon and Washington through September, including shows in Salem, Corvallis and Philomath.
Visit www.nwprorodeo.org for more information and results.