Corey promises to keep 'Stampeding'

For all the accolades he’s earned over the years — world champion, countless rodeo titles, induction into ProRodeo’s Hall of Fame — Clint Corey was caught off-guard Saturday when he, along with his immediate and extended family, were awarded the key to Kitsap County for all their efforts over the years.

“This community has been very good to me ... this is still my home,” Corey said, who now lives on a ranch in Powell Butte, Ore., with his wife and three kids. Training horses on the ranch has kept the 1991 world bareback champion at home for much of the year. “The business is getting really good which makes it harder for me to get away,” he said.

He added that he still likes to make the six-hour drive to compete in the Kitsap Stampede even though he’s 0-18 now in his illustrious career after a 76-point ride last weekend on board a feisty mare named Miss Behavior.

“I’ll probably keep doing this for a couple years, going to the ones I like going to,” Corey said. “I’m trying to wean myself from it.”

Notes: While Clint might not have had much success at the Kitsap Stampede, some of his other family members did in the locals-only team roping event which is part of the Corey Days on the Farm team roping contest. Brother Colen took home money on Thursday and brother Scott took second on Friday. His nephew, Cody, took home money on Wednesday.

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