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Not just horsing around

Rodeo a lot of work
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The cowboys and cowgirls of the California High School Rodeo Association, District 3, were again at the Lincoln Rodeo Grounds this cold and rainy weekend to try and earn more points toward their intended goals. The final District 3 rodeo of 2011 will be in two weeks. CHSRA breaks in December and resumes again in January. Three riders hail from Lincoln High School, senior Heather Foxworthy, junior Lindsey McCommas, and freshman Corrine Linke, compete in a combination of events. CHSRA Rodeo offers around $50,000 in scholarships divided among the top performers. Those who make it to state, or nationals, stand to earn even more. Foxworthy took up breakaway roping, and goat tying as her events through the encouragement of her mother, Kim Foxworthy. Kim Foxworthy owns the Sliding Spot Appaloosa Ranch near Camp Far West. Heather rides an appaloosa named, Shady. “We have home grown horses,” said Kim Foxworthy of the 30 she has on the ranch. She breeds, raises and sells them. Heather Foxworthy’s older sister, Mandy Ricci, did well in CHSRA competition several years ago. The scholarship monies she obtained helped her get through college. Heather Foxworthy ranked seventh in breakaway roping after September’s rodeo, but slipped to 14th after the October event. In goat tying she went from 11th in September to 12th in October; she really doesn’t see herself as all that good. She said she competes largely because her mother is such a fan of rodeo. “My mom loves doing this,” Heather said. “I’m not very good at it so I don’t think I have a future in it.” Indeed, Kim Foxworthy, who monitors the weather for air traffic control at Sacramento Airport, said the rodeo is where she relaxes. She is also the president of the Sierra Foothills Horse Association. McCommas is fairly new to rodeo, but has had a horse for quite a few years. She became friends with Heather Foxworthy, and decided to take up rodeo. “When I first started, I didn’t know how competitive it was going to be,” said McCommas, who competes in barrel racing, goat tying, and pole bending. District 3 barrel racing and pole bending have 56 and 45 contestants, respectively. “When I realized there were scholarships for this,” McCommas said, “next year I’ll be really, really into it.” Right now McCommas said she’s enjoying the experience and has met a lot of new friends. McCommas wants to eventually be a marine biologist, but plans to raise horses during her adult life. Linke, the youngest of the three, competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and breakaway roping.