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District 3 sends six to National Rodeo Finals

By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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BISHOP _ An even half dozen cowboys and cowgirls from District 3 survived the State Finals of the California High School Rodeo Association Championships and earn a trip to Gillette, Wyo., for the National Finals. Michael Hall, a resident of Auburn and senior at Bear River High School, placed second in Saddle Bronc riding at the California Championships to earn his trip to Gillette. Kay Cochran is a student at Del Oro High in Loomis and qualified for State in the goat-tying competition, but did not finish among the top five qualifiers in Bishop. Cochran also competes in barrel racing, breakaway, and pole bending. “Pole bending is like doing slalom with her horse,” said Teri Cochran, Kay Cochran’s mother. Teri Cochran is a riding instructor and owner of TC Stables in Loomis. She taught her daughter how to ride, and compete. Hall was among the few riders earning a score in saddle bronc earning 52 points. No rider in the competition completed two rides. Joining Hall at finals will be Dillon Hushour and Jaed Hare. Hushur, a graduate of Vanden High School, won the Steer Wrestling event, Hare came in third. Hare attends school at Rio Linda High. Katie Rice also grabbed the No. 1 spot for Goat Tying. She lives in Clements and attends Lodi High School. Cheyanne Carpenter placed second in Breakaway Roping, and Jordan Sparrowk took second in Boys Cutting. Carpenter is also from Clements, and attends Connecting Waters High School. Sparrowk, too, is from Clements and a student a Lodi High. Lincoln Arena is where District 3 makes its home and includes high school students from Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, and Sierra counties. The contestants can either be attending public or private schools, but home-schooled, or in a charter school. “We have kids from other counties as well,” said Kathy Pendergast, publicity director for District 3. “District 3 is one of the largest districts in California so the competition is pretty stiff.” A barrel racing competition is scheduled this Saturday at Lincoln Arena, with another on tap for July 23. Both are fundraisers for high school rodeo.