District 3 rodeo set to ride into the sunrise

Seniors, Juniors qualify for Nationals
By: Jim Linsdau of The News Messenger
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The shadows of the waning rodeo season have stretched across the Lincoln Arena following the final competition held by District 3 of the California High School Rodeo Association.

The Junior Nationals are going on this week in Lebanon, Tenn. District 3 had 11 of its members qualify for nationals at the Junior State Finals in Plymouth.

Kyle Mahon, an eighth grader from Oroville, was first at state in tie-down roping.

Haley Hart, a sixth grader from Acampo, was first in pole bending.

Colton Michilizzi, an eighth grader from Cool, was first in light rifle.

Aby Black, a sixth grader from Lincoln, was second in goat tying.

Cole Vineyard, an eighth grader from Lincoln, was second in light rifle.

Logan Siller, a seventh grader from Shingle Springs, was second in bareback steer riding. Siller was also third in bull riding.

Wyatt Smith, a seventh grader from Colfax, was fourth in tie-down roping.

Michael Lubenko, an eighth grader from Fiddletown, was fourth in chute dogging.

Brent Applegarth, a sixth grader from Yuba City, was fourth in bareback steer riding.

Colby Scott-Smith was fourth in boys breakaway roping.

Ally Mardesich, a seventh grader from Gridley, and Reno McGill, a sixth grader from Gardnerville, Nev., teamed up to take fourth in ribbon roping.

After two days at nationals, Mahon was ranked 25th in tie-down with a time of 25.17. The best time so far was 10.61 set by Chance Thiessen from Elk City, Okla.

Brent Applegarth sits in the 30th spot for bareback steer riding with 37 points.

At the end of the regular rodeo season for District 3 Juniors, Mackenzie Raper earned All Around Cowgirl and Mahon was All Around Cowboy. Reserve All Around Cowgirl was Payton Schoeppach and Reserve All Around Cowboy was Colby Green.

The Senior Nationals will be held in Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23. The Seniors State Rodeo was in Bishop and took place last week.

Seniors qualifying for nationals:

Zachary Harrison qualified in bull riding. Harrison is a graduate of Sutter High School and lives in Live Oak.

Emma Swift qualified in goat tying. Swift is also a graduate of Sutter High and also lives in Live Oak.

Quentin Anseth qualified in tie-down. Anseth will be a senior at Loyalton High School and lives in Loyalton.

Shelby Bates qualified in barrel racing. Bates is a graduate of Sutter High and lives in Yuba City.

Jessica Wilson qualified in pole bending. Wilson is a graduate of Sutter High as well and lives in Sutter.