CHSRA District 3 will hold its first rodeo of the season this weekend

Volunteers maintain and prepare
By: Kathy Prendergast/Special to the News Messenger
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California High School Rodeo Association District 3 volunteers turned out last weekend to paint, repair, and prepare the Lincoln Rodeo Arena for this weekend’s first event of the 2012-13 season. Tractors with mowers and kids with paint brushes and welding equipment turned out to fix bucking chutes, repair gates, sweep and clean the kitchen for opening day Saturday. Cowboys, cowgirls, and parents worked to make safe the facility for both competitors and livestock. Following this weekend’s competition, rodeos will also be held Oct.12-13-14, Nov. 10-11, Jan. 12-13, March 9-10, April 13-14 and May 4-5. Dates and information can be found on the website “I’ve been doing rodeo all of high school and it’s the best experience I’ve ever had,” said Dakota Montagne, a senior at Del Oro High School. “This year my goal is to make it to state and nationals and put all my heart into it and make it the best I can.” There are events for both boys and girls, and events that include both. The senior events are: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, tie down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, bronc riding, breakaway roping, team roping, and cutting. The junior division has: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, tie down roping, bull riding, chute dogging, breakaway roping, team roping, and ribbon roping. High school rodeo offers participants thousands of dollars in scholarships with amounts increasing for those who qualify for state and national rodeos. The rodeos offer great weekend entertainment and are open to the public with no admission charge. Events go on all day with the rough stock (bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, etc.) beginning around 10 a.m. There is a full snack bar complete with barbecue sandwiches.