The Spokane area is going to be represented by more than cowboys at the National Finals Rodeo.
Debi Davis of Nine Mile Falls has been selected as the assistant secretary for the NFR, which runs Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas.
“I was pretty shocked,” Davis said. “It’s just like being a secretary at a regular rodeo, except you’re at the NFR. Pretty exciting.”
She joins three local NFR veterans: bareback rider Ryan Gray of Cheney, tie-down roper Tyson Durphey of Colbert and bull rider Zach Oakes of Elk, at the grand finale of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season.
Expect at least one more area representative as Spring Planting of the Flying 5 Rodeo has been voted the PRCA saddle bronc of the year by a vote of the top 30 bronc riders.
“She is solid from when the gate opens until the whistle blows,” said Chad Hutsell, general manager of Flying 5 Rodeo.
Flying 5, as well as Big Bend Rodeo Co., is owned by Don Hutsell of Ritzville and Sonny Riley of Pomeroy.
Spring Planting is the offspring of Flying 5 bucking stock Jubille and Spring Break, a former bareback horse of the year.
NFR stock has not been announced, but it’s a safe assumption Spring Planting is headed that way.
Also, the Spokane Interstate Fair rodeo was selected as Columbia River Circuit Rodeo of the Year for rodeos with less than $5,000 in prize money. The award will be presented at the CRC Finals next month.
Davis has been the secretary for the Spokane rodeo numerous times, which helps qualify her to work the NFR. To request consideration for the NFR a secretary has to work at least eight rodeos covering 20 performances and work a circuit finals. Davis applied about a half-dozen times in the past.
“It’s quite an honor,” Davis said. “Ten days in Vegas. I’m going to take advantage of it, but from the looks of the schedule I’m going to spend most of my time in the Thomas and Mac Center.”
Nine of the performances will be televised live on ESPN2 or ESPN Classic and repeated at least twice.