Former Nespelem barrel racer competes in Wenatchee

— Jackie Jackson-Gudmundson, formerly of Nespelem and now living in Monroe, will be one of the featured contestants in a Rough Stock Rodeo on Friday and Saturday at Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla St.

G.S. Long and Wild West Events is putting on the rodeo that includes Jackson-Gudmundson’s specialty, barrel racing.

There will also be bareback, bullriding, mutton bustin’, saddle bronc riding and bull poker.

In all, 45 contestants will vie for hundreds of dollars and rodeo buckles.

The top eight contestants in each category will advance to Saturday’s rodeo and then in a head-to-head competition, said Jennifer Bushong, director of marketing and communications.

“Barrel racing is as mesmerizing as a horse at full gallop,” Bushong said. “The rider runs a cloverleaf pattern consisting of turns around three barrels and then a furious sprint to the finish. The fastest time wins.”

Also competing is Jade Wolfe of Wenatchee.

“Cowboy poker consists of four regular folks who pay $50 each to play poker in the middle of the arena as a bull is released,” Bushong said. “The last one sitting wins the pot and, of course, bragging rights.”

Special guests Friday include the Washington State Apple Blossom royalty. Queen Gabby Waterman and Princesses Anissa Sangster and Francesca Nevil will be featured as part of the program.

On Saturday, Miss East Cascades ambassador Brianna Eddy, representing Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Kittitas counties at Miss Washington, will be present.

Admission is being charged.


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