Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees
The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame introduced the four new inductees for 2015 at a membership meeting on Tuesday, May 12th.
The 2015 Inductee in the Rodeo Contestant category is Lewis Feild.
Lewis Feild was born 1956 in Salt Lake City, UT. He started his rodeo career in high school, qualifying for the Utah State Finals four times. He attended Weber State in Ogden, UT and Utah Valley State College in Orem, UT, on a full rodeo scholarship, qualifying for the National Intercollegiate Finals in saddle bronc, bareback, and team roping.
Lewis was selected as PRCA rookie of the year in 1980. In 1990, he became the first rough stock cowboy to earn $1 million in career earnings.
Lewis achieved five PRCA world titles; All Round in 1985, ’86, and ’87; and Bareback in 1985 and ’86. He was the first rough stock cowboy to earn the All-Around title since Larry Mahan in 1973.
In 1985, Lewis was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK and in 1992 was inducted in the PRCA Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Utah State Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
At the Pendleton Round-Up, Lewis won several times; Bareback in 1984, 89, and 90; Saddle bronc in 1989, and All Round in 1989 and 1990. He served as pickup man in Pendleton from 2001 through 2004.
Lewis is married to Veronica and they have three children; sons Shadrach and Kaycee, and daughter Maclee. Kaycee is the current 4 time world bareback champ.
Lewis once said “Someday when rodeo people look back at what I’ve done, I’d like them to say these things; that I rode tough, that I could ride with pain and courage, that I was a fierce competitor in the arena, but a quiet, respectable man outside the gate. I just want to be remembered as a cowboy.”
The 2015 Inductee in the Native American Participant category is Cecelia Bearchum.
Cecelia Charley Bearchum, was born October 18th 1923, at Cayuse Oregon. Her parents were Sophie Wilson Charley who was Walla-Walla (Walulapum) and Thomas Charley who was Yakama (Wishkam). Cecelia was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). She grew up south of Adams, Oregon at the family homestead. During the spring and fall fish run seasons, her family was at Celilo Falls. In the fall afterwards, her family would make the trek up to the huckleberry fields at Potato Hill by horseback near Mount Adams, on the Yakama Indian Reservation. She learned to dig and preserve the native roots (Couse), which grow on the Blue Mountains, at an early age. This was a family tradition. Cecelia received her grade school education at St. Andrews School, and Adams. Cecelia and her brother and sisters were sent to Chemawa Indian Boarding School near Salem Oregon. Students then were not only given an education but were taught a trade which they could use later, in their adult lives. She graduated from Chemawa in 1942. At the age of 64 she attended Blue Mountain Community College here in Pendleton. She did this to prove to her Grandchildren that you can go to school at any age.
In 1943 she married Ben Bearchum SR, a Northern Cheyenne, whom she met while attending Chemawa Boarding school. They were married for 30 years. She raised seven children, four daughters and three sons.
Yearly Cecilia would travel to Pendleton to participate in the annual Round-Up. She and family would put up six camps in the Indian Village. She would be a contest judge for the afternoon dancing in the arena and on Saturday, assist with the morning dance contest working with the Bishop family and various Indian Directors. She would also participate in the Westward Ho! Parade. In the evening, she would perform her part in the Happy Canyon Night Show. Cecelia practiced preserving her culture by speaking and teaching her Walulapum (Walla-Walla) language, customs and culture, bead working for her family and herself, and by participating in traditional dances and Longhouse customs. All four daughters were Happy Canyon Princess’s plus three Grand-daughters. Cecelia was always welcoming people from where ever she traveled to whether, it be a Pow-wow, Conference, various meetings, and even London, England. “Come visit and see the Round-Up and Happy Canyon, I’m camped on the west end of the Indian Village, stop by!” she would say. She could be found sitting under her shade in front of her teepee, dressed in her favorite blue shell dress, hair braided and wearing a smile.
Cecelia (Kumnay) Bearchum passed away on April 18th, 2011 at the age of 87 years old.
The 2015 Inductee in the Early Years category is Leo Moomaw.
Leo Moomaw was born in Addy, WA. in 1894. As a teen he contracted Polio and for a time he could not walk or talk. After he recovered he spent his teen years catching and breaking wild horses.
Leo Moomaw’s rodeo life started when he and a couple friends contracted bucking horses for a rodeo in 1915. The horses were trailed 75 miles from Monse to Davenport, WA for the sum of $75, which must have seemed to be a large sum of money to cowboys who rode the range for $30 a month. In the fall of 1917, Leo and that same bunch of friends traveled by train to Pendleton, OR to compete in the Round-Up. Leo sent home a picture postcard of him riding in North Power. Part of the writing on the back said, “I saw lots of good bucking here but haven’t got me in the dirt yet, Leo.”
There were treasured memories from the Round-Up in 1917. With a smile on his face, Leo would recall his horse being “snubbed” next to the great Jackson Sundown. Sundown was giving him words of encouragement and when Leo rode his horse, Jackson Sundown was yelling, “Spur him kid, Spur him!” Leo said he would not have gotten the horse ridden if not for the help of Jackson Sundown.
From the early 1920s through the late 1940s many of Leo’s good horses were raised on the old ranch at Monse, WA. Two of the great horses, Badger Mountain and Blue Blazes are honored in the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame.
Leo Moomaw was active in the rodeo business for over 45 years. He competed in the bronc riding at the 1917 Pendleton Round-Up. He was involved in the Round-Up through the 1920s. He contracted stock to the Round Up in partnerships with Tim Bernard from the mid1930s until the late 1940s and Joe Kelsey in the 1950s.
Leo Moomaw passed in June 1969.
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