Walker takes home two overall titles; Williams wins calf roping at Nespelem Celebration Rodeo in KMIRA circuit 

NESPELEM – With all roads eventually leading to the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this upcoming October, a few locals are showing that they belong to be there. 

Francis Marchand (Colville tribal member) took a large step in paving that road last weekend first overall in the Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc and the Bareback at the King Mountain Indian Rodeo Association sanctioned Nespelem Celebration Rodeo. 

Not an easy feat to accomplish. 

“I’m feeling good,” said Marchand. “After this weekend I got a lot of my confidence back. Lifted my spirits more.” 

Marchand would end up winning the both days in the bareback and in the saddle bronc. 

“I’m so blessed to have the support I have behind me rodeoing and the fans who enjoy watching me ride. Thank you to all. You fuel me to keep on bettering myself.” 

Marchand qualified for the INFR finals last year in the saddle bronc but it didn’t go as planned. 

“It’s been a little rough,” Marchand said. “Last year at the Indian Finals wasn’t good for me. I lost that fire and that want. After this weekend, my mind was clear, everything fell into place. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the people around here.” 

Jessie Walker (Colville tribal member) of Omak brought home top honors as she placed first in the Ladies Barrels and the Jr. Barrel Racing. 

Oliver Williams placed first in the Calf Roping. 

“I didn’t have any luck in Nespelem,” said Wyatt Covington. “I started a good bull but come up just short of the whistle.” 


A list of the winners from each event is listed below; 

Jr. Breakaway Roping – Logan Cummins, Owyhee Nevada 

Jr. Barrel Racing – Jessie Walker, Omak Wa 

Jr. Bull Ride – Wawa Ben, Peridot Arizona 

Bull Riding – Francis Marchand, Omak Wa 

Saddle Bronc – Francis Marchand, Omak Wa 

Bareback – Francis Marchand, Omak Wa 

Steer Wrestling – Blaine Wheeler, White Swan Wa 

Calf Roping – Oliver Williams, Omak Wa 

Ladies Barrels – Jessie Walker, Omak Wa 

Ladies Breakaway – Yoland Nez, Fountain Hills Arizona 

Teamroping – Jay Guerrero & Gene Curis, Wadsworth Nevada 

Sr. Breakaway - E d Harry, Wadsworth Nevada 

Sr. Team roping – Bob Joseph Bishop CA & Cory Herrera Pendleton 

Peewee Barrels – Sat. Sky Coversup, Owyhee NV 

Sun. Cloey Elserg, Kartar Valley 

Wildhorse Race – Louie Gunnier team, White Swan Wa 

Wildcolt Race – Nespelem Wildbunch 

Novice Bronc Ride – Chance Abraham, White Swan 

Mane Hold –  Josiah Desautel, Nespelem

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