District 3 saddles up for another season

Lincoln Arena comes alive
By: Jamie Lubenko for The News Messenger
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More than 100 rodeo contestants and their families kicked off the 2018 rodeo season Sept. 21-22 at the Lincoln Rodeo Grounds, a tradition spanning four decades.

Those in attendance were treated to an exciting two days with contestants competing in the ever-popular events of team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. This season marks what is believed to be the 46th for District 3, a division of the California High School Rodeo Association and the National High

School Rodeo Association.

District 3 represents both high school and junior high school students; some from as far away as Fiddletown, Stockton and parts of eastern Nevada. It is one of the largest rodeo districts

in the nation, where contestants, parents and alumni are proud to carry on this time-honored sport.

It is also the hope of this year’s competitors to carry on the remarkable success of the previous season.

District 3 sent the largest contingency of competitors to the National Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo.. last summer. They finished strong with Brent Applegarth, Pierce Wold and Justin Schutte all placing among the top 10 in the world for their respective events — add that to a long list of D3 alumni who have taken their rodeo careers pro.

There’s no doubt this program has a lot to be proud of.

“Putting together a rodeo program of this size and caliber is no small undertaking,” said District 3 Rodeo President Russ Biglow. “It takes a small army of volunteers, family and community support, and that’s honestly what I’m the most proud of. So many people step up and go above and beyond to make this happen for our kids.”

Ultimately, rodeo is not unlike other sports — it requires hard work, dedication and a support network to be successful. It teaches lessons in character, work ethic and pride in a job well done that will serve these young contestants long after they leave the arena for the final time.

 The District 3 rodeo season runs September through May and is, of course, a spectator sport, so all are welcome to come enjoy the program. The next rodeo is scheduled for Oct. 20-21.

Visit for upcoming dates and details.

_ Jamie Lubenko is District 3’s public relations director.