All of Chief Joseph Days Directors are volunteers who spend hundreds of hours in preparation of Chief Joseph Days festivities.

Terry Jones

President - Director #2

Terry has lived most of his life in Lostine. He attended Eastern Oregon University after graduating from Wallowa High School. After college he joined the family business, Jones Excavating with his father Larry. His daughter Teah was on the Chief Joseph Days court in 1991. Terry has been an active rodeo committee member ever since. He became a director in 2008. Each winter Jones handles the contracts for the barrel man, bullfighters and special act and sets up the corporate sponsorships at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Back home he is in charge of the Harley Tucker Rodeo Arena during Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

    • Arena
    • Contract Personnel
    • National Sponsors
    • Grand Entry
    • Awards
    • Insurance
    • Hay/Livestock (with Mike Warner)
    • Office
    • Stagecoach
    • Circuit Representative

Steve Rogers

Director #1

Retired Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers grew up in La Grande and came to Wallowa County in 1995 to serve as a Deputy Sheriff. He said he was drafted right away to volunteer at the rodeo and was asked to oversee the downtown street vendors. When his Sheriff, Fred Steen, was the rodeo chairman, Rogers became a director. Rogers has taken his turn as chairman, as well. During Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Rogers works with the veterinarians, medical staff and security. Steve served as Wallowa County Sheriff from 2012 through 2019.

    • Security
    • EMT’s & Ambulance
    • Veterinarians
    • Wild Cow Milking/Sponsors
    • Sanitary 
    • Work Party
    • Bucking Horse Stampede
    • Parking
    • Gate Sponsors

Jake Thompson

Director #3

Jake grew up in Enterprise. He attended college in Walla Walla, Washington, after he graduated from High school in Enterprise. After college he returned to Enterprise where he worked at the city of Joseph for seven years. He is now the project manager for Wallowa Lake service district. Jake enjoys hunting and fishing with his wife Chelsi and son Jace and coaching basketball for Joseph Charter School. He has enjoyed volunteering for Chief Joseph Days Rodeo since 2008, and became a director in 2019.

    • Tickets (with Jessie Cunnigham)
    • Chute Gate Signs & Sponsors
    • Arena Signs & Banners
    • Boar’s Nest
    • Alcohol/Whiskey (with Rusty)
    • Beer Sponsor
    • Beer Gardens

Randall Eschler

Director #4

Coming Soon

    • Rodeo Ground Vendors
    • IT Equipment
    • Non-Profit Concessions
    • Cowboy Breakfast
    • Ranch Rodeo
    • Family Night
    • Main Street Flags

Terry McArtor

director #5

Coming Soon

    • Long Term Planning
    • Wildhorse Resort & Casino
    • VIP Room
    • Director Hats & Shirts
    • Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Award
    • Grants
    • Added money sponsors
    • Announcer & Score Board Sponsors
    • Mobile Equipment

Rusty Eschler

Director #6

Rusty moved to Wallowa County from Springfield after the family had visited Joseph on vacation for many years. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1979, attended Mt. Hood Community College and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Columbia Gorge. He moved back to Wallowa County in 1999, but his involvement with the rodeo started in 1995 when his mother was the rodeo committee’s secretary. Eschler duties include overseeing the Thunder Room, the Sunday service, Scholarships, and Back Country Bash. He said during Chief Joseph Days his son Randall, daughter Robin and wife Rene’ all volunteer during the rodeo events.

    • Back Country Bash
    • Back Country Back Sponsors
    • County Scholarships
    • Cowboy church Service
    • Alcohol/Whisky (with Jake Thompson)
    • Thunder Room & Sponsors
    • Whiskey Sponsor

John Hillock

director #7

John moved to Wallowa County with his family when he was 15 because his father wanted to live in the mountains. After attending Lane Community College he joined his father in business at Enterprise Electric. He started helping out at the rodeo with maintenance and electrical work in 1976 and has been a director at least 18 years. His daughter Celeste served on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court. Hillock serves on the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation board, was a founding board member of the Enterprise Education Foundation, and was elected as one of three Wallowa County Commissioners in 2018. “Our family does what we can to help the community,” Hillock said.

  • CJD Rodeo Souvenir Program
  • Indians & Encampment
  • Sound/Scoreboard Setup
  • Construction
  • Utilities
  • Teen Dance

Teah Jones

Director #8 - Secretary

Coming soon

    • Court
    • Past Courts
    • Court sponsors
    • Glitz & Glam
    • Queens’ Luncheon
    • Official Poster
    • Tuckerettes


Jessie Cunningham

Director #9

Coming soon

    • Tuesday Night Kickoff Dinner
    • Annual Christmas Party
    • Parades & Sponsors
    • Little Buckaroo Rodeo
    • Tickets (with Jake Thompson)
    • TETWP & Sponsors

Sara Freels-Tippet

Treasurer - Director # 10

Coming soon

    • Souvenirs
    • Marketing Coordinator
    • Hospitality Room & Sponsors
    • Rentals
    • Coronation
    • Treasurer

Mike Warner

Director #11

Mike and his family moved to the Wallowa valley in 1993 as the postmaster of the Joseph post office. In 1994 he volunteered to help with Chief Joseph Days. He has been a committee chair or director ever since. Mike served as chamber president in 1997 and 1998. His boys grew up working at the rodeo grounds during the summer, and his wife Kathy volunteers also.

    • Water & Sponsors
    • Ground Groomer
    • Grand Marshall
    • Mutton Busting
    • Hay/Livestock (with Terry Jones)
    • Hat Sponsor
    • Event Sponsors
    • Campground