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Rodeo goes on despite weather

By: Cathy Prendergast, Special to the News Messenger
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The weather was cloudy and wet at this past weekend’s California High School Rodeo Association-sponsored rodeo off Highway 65. But the competition was high as the 2008-2009 rodeo year will only have two more rodeos to determine who will be the champions in each event and the overall champion cowboy and cowgirl.

Shelby Workman, who competed in junior barrel racing and junior pole bending, placed first in junior pole bending. 

Hailye Ioppolo competed in team roping, breakaway roping, and goat tying. 

Luke White competed in team roping and saddle bronc riding. 

Ioppolo and Luke White placed second in team roping.  

 Austin Tyler competed in steer wrestling and team roping and placed third in steer wrestling. 

 Kristin Dykes competed in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. 

Brittany Ragoshke competed in barrel racing, pole bending and team roping.

Reata Suggs competed in barrel racing, pole bending and team roping.

 In the Cargil-sponsored special rodeo, each special cowboy and cowgirl was teamed with a District 3 cowboy or cowgirl and they learned goat tying, roping, bull riding, bronc riding and pole bending. 

Smiles could be seen everywhere, especially at the awards ceremony as names were called to receive the medals awarded for their participation in the event.  Cargil provided all the rocking bulls and bronc, horses for riding the pole-bending course, goat dummies for tying and bull heads for roping practice.

 

Special rodeo participants also created macramé plant hangers, bird feeders and wood projects, courtesy of Home Depot.  Each participant also received a Home Depot apron with his or her name on it.   

On March 27 through March 29, Lincoln will be represented in the Challenge of Champions by Austin Tyler competing in steer wrestling and Luke White competing in saddle bronc riding. The Challenge of Champions is comprised of the top three competitors in each event competing against winners in the other eight districts in California.   

District 3 will also compete in Salinas in April at a multi-district rodeo and will return to the Lincoln arena for the final rodeo of the season on May 2 and May 3.  The award ceremony on May 3 will present the champions in each event and the overall champion cowboy and cowgirls in the junior and senior divisions.