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A wild ride isn’t all high school rodeo is about

Scholarship money raised is considerable
By: Staff Report
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The California High School Rodeo Association District 3 (CHSRA 3) started its rodeo season last month at the Lincoln Rodeo grounds. District 3 includes riders from Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado and Sierra counties. The participants competed in events including bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, cutting, barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. The CHSRA was founded in 1970, where it became a part of the National High School Rodeo Association. California is the home to nine districts where 600 members of CHSRA compete. Each of these districts compete in approximately nine rodeos throughout the year accumulating points to determine each district’s top five state qualifiers in each of the 13 events high school rodeo offers. State finals are held in Bishop, where it has been held consecutively for six years. During state finals nearly 260 contestants compete to place in the top four. For those who make it into that group earn the privilege of representing California at the National Finals held in Gillette, Wyoming, each year. The National Finals is the largest rodeo in the world with over 1,400 contestants competing for over $500,000 given in scholarship money. Part of CHSRA’s mission statement is to encourage boys and girls to continue in school, participate in rodeos, and then continue on to college. High School Rodeo creates many opportunities for youth including scholarships, the chance to travel, character development and countless memories. This year alone the state wide scholarship number hit $50,000 dollars and last season District 3 awarded $10,000 dollars in scholarship funds to riders to further their education. To be eligible to join students must be enrolled in high school public, private or charter or be attending schools which apply to high school credits. Students must be in good standing and meet grade point and conduct requirements in both the National and California High School Rodeo Associations. This year alone the statewide scholarship number hit $50,000, with $10,000 of that going to District 3 students, according to district secretary Jennifer Rice. High school rodeo creates many opportunities for youth besides scholarships. It offers a chance to travel, helps with character development, and creates countless memories. To be eligible students must be enrolled in high school, public, private, or charter, or be attending schools that apply to high school credits. Students must be in good standing and meet grade point and conduct requirements in both the National and California High School Rodeo Associations. District 3 will hold its last rodeo of 2011, Nov. 5-6, at the Lincoln Rodeo Grounds. It picks up again, Jan. 14-15. For more information, visit http://chsradistrict3.com/. With two rodeos completed, following are the standings: Girls Pole Bending – Alix Carpenter 56, Kay Cochran 35, Faith Stewart 34. Barrel Racing – Cierra McClure 40, Taylor Myers 34, Emma Jones 32. Breakaway Roping – Katie Rice 50, Madison Horton 41, Rachel Bertram 35. Goat Tying – Annie Rose Seifert 54, Kay Cochran 51, Katie Rice 50. Cutting – Taylor Biglow 57, Cheyanne Carpenter 44.5, Hannah Briggs 41.5. Boys Bareback – Colton Onyette 20. Bull Riding – Stueve Tyler 20, Robert Braiser 20, Lance Baker 19. Steer Wrestling – Jaed Hare 20. Tie Down Roping – C.J. Beauregard 45, Clayton Brum 41, Seth Bowling 41. Cutting – Clayton Biglow 56, Jordan Sparrowk 51, Chase Bisby 49.5. Team Roping – Header – Clayton Brum 42, Cheyanne Carpenter 36, Coral Alberi 27. Team Roping – Healer – Clayton Biglow 42, Tyler Gibbs 42, Riley Jackson 36.