PENDLETON – Pendleton left its mark on the 2023 rodeo as the sons of Tom and Wendy Sorey added another chapter to the book on steer roping. Even the announcers in the KUMA booth got a bit misty eyed as brothers Pake and Trent Sorey carried on their father’s legacy.
Pake Sorey won the steer roping event on Elvis. Trent, who borrowed Elvis, placed second. Both young men won a piece of the purse. It was the victory lap that really moved the crowd. Pake didn’t ride solo. He had Trent and Tom riding along with him. This wasn’t Pake’s first victory lap. He took that route in the arms of his father when he was 2.
Stetson Wright had to rush off to another rodeo, so he wasn’t on hand to accept his All-Around award. Stetson makes himself at home with Pendleton’s rough stock. He took first in bull riding and third in saddle bronc to take home the biggest purse.
There were other area cowboys and cowgirls who had the grit to make it to the finals on Saturday. Pendleton’s Bailey Patterson, Josie Goodrich of Stanfield, and Jordan Minor of Hermiston were in the breakaway finals. Kacey Gardner, last year’s champion, made it to the barrel racing finals, and Preston Pederson of Hermiston made the cut in tie-down roping. In steer wrestling, former Coloradan Clayton Morrison made the finals. He lists Pendleton as his hometown with the PRCA