PENDLETON – The Pendleton Round-Up Association has elected Karl Farber as president as the rodeo enters its 112th year. Farber has served on the Round-Up Board of Directors for seven years. During his term he was concessions director for three years and security director for the past four years.
Competitive Events Director Nick Sirovatka was elected vice president. Sponsors Director Tiah DeGrofft was elected secretary. Office and Ticketing Director Kevin Jordan will serve as treasurer.
The stockholders also approved two new directors at the Tuesday meeting. Stuart Roberts of Pendleton and Nick Michael of Pilot Rock will serve four-year terms on the board. Roberts will be security director and Michael will oversee hay and barns.
Roberts served 18 years as Pendleton chief of police. He is currently a law enforcement risk management consultant for City County Insurance Services of Oregon. He has lived in Pendleton for 40 years and has served in leadership roles for many law enforcement organizations in the state. Michael is a Pilot Rock native who served in the Oregon National Guard from 1998 until he retired in 2020. He has worked in the high-voltage electrical industry since 2000 and is currently with Bonneville Power Administration. He has volunteered with the hay and barns crew for 21 years.
The other members of the Round-Up Board of Directors are Publicity Director Pat Reay, Indians Director Dr. Harper Jones, Let ’er Buck Room Director Tim Smith, Livestock Director Justin Terry, Arena Director Berk Davis, Queen and Court Director Jason Hill, Grounds Director Casey Currin, Concessions Director Jason Graybeal, Programs and Ushers Director Rob Burnside, Room 17 and Medical Director Dr. Brad Adams, and Parades Director Tim O’Hanlon.
As they looked toward 2022, the association reviewed a number of highlights during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended Oct. 31. That includes the Let ’er Buck Cares Fund providing almost $1 million in funding for community organizations, essential partners, and local businesses during the pandemic. The Round-Up also was telecast on the Cowboy Channel, and that media agreement helped allow for continued growth in contestant purses and livestock quality. The 2021 Pendleton Round-Up has been nominated for PRCA Large Rodeo of the year and as Women’s Professional Rodeo Association for that same award.
In addition, the association has learned it is a finalist for the 2021 Sowing Good Deeds award. The winner of that competition will receive a new Massey Ferguson tractor. Also, several of the rodeo’s contract personnel are nominated for awards in bullfighting, pickup men, secretary, timers, and photographers.