When it rains, this show just goes on

High school rodeo performers won’t let inclement weather stop them
By: Kathy Prendergast Special to The News Messenger
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Many parents yell at their kids for playing in the mud. But at this past weekend’s California High School Rodeo Association District 3 rodeo off of Highway 65, parents cheered their kids on as they ran the poles or barrels, wrestled a steer, or tied a calf or goat, all done in the muddy arena. Ranch work happens rain or shine, and if the arena is determined to be “safe,” the rodeo goes on, in rain or shine or cold weather. This past weekend, portable heaters dotted the grandstands in Lincoln where parents and relatives sat and cheered the youth, who competed with cold hands and fingers atop their warmed-up horses. Throughout the weekend, the arena was checked to make sure it remained safe for both the participants and the animals. Many of the cowboys and cowgirls were decked out in Valentine red. Some of the horses also wore red and some even wore hearts. Next month’s rodeo on March 14 and 15 will include the Special Kids Rodeo. This is a rodeo where the California High School Rodeo Association’s District 3 cowboys and cowgirls welcome special-needs youth to experience the fun of a rodeo. The District 3 rodeo will begin at 8 a.m. The Special Kids Rodeo will begin at approximately 11 a.m. and will include stick horses, stuffed rocking bulls and goats and roping dummies. If you have a special-needs child, or know of a special-needs child who would like to participation, or for more information, contact Becky DeForest at (530) 742-7224 or e-mail to For more information about District 3 events, check online at www.chsradistrict3.-com. – Kathy Prendergast is California High School Rodeo Association’s District 3 photographer.