Four Crescent City residents to compete in junior bull riding event
As the Del Norte County Fair revs into high gear, that most revered of sporting traditions - the rodeo - returns to delight spectators for another year.
The Redwood Coast Rodeo, part of the California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association Circuit, begins at 2 p.m. today at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Seven events are on the docket: Calf roping, team roping, breakaway, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding.
The Redwood Coast Junior Rodeo begins today at 10 a.m., with three events planned. Young cowboys and cowgirls ages 5andndash;19 will take part in mutton busting, the five-barrel race and bull riding.
The five-barrel race is a new addition to the competition,
according to event coordinator Paula Sturdevant. Teams of two riders
must circle five barrels on horseback and return to the starting line in
the fastest time. Each rider typically circles three different barrels,
with all five covered, during the race.
Four Crescent City riders
will be participating in the junior bull riding event, which begins
after the Redwood Coast Rodeo events. Sturdevant's sons, Jordan and
Hunter, will be participating, as will Nels Fallgren and Austin Galea.
boys have been with them every day, practicing with them, helping them
with their gear and getting ready," Paula Sturdevant said.
and Jordan Sturdevant are triplets, but their brother Colin will not be
participating in the Redwood Coast Rodeo. Colin Sturdevant signed up for
the U.S. Army and has avoided bull riding due to injury risk as he
waits for his basic training assignment, according to Paula Sturdevant.
their first ride this year," Paula Sturdevant said, referring to her
sons. "We've kind of had a lot of stuff going on. We chose as a family
just to ride locally this year."
In solidarity, Hunter and Jordan
Sturdevant will be wearing U.S. Army accoutrements with their riding
uniforms to honor their brother. The U.S. Army is also one of the
sponsors of the Redwood Coast Rodeo.
Colin figures to be present
behind the scenes at the fairgrounds as a supporting actor, helping to
prepare his brothers, as well as Fallgren and Galea, before the bull
"He's just going to be behind the chutes," Paula Sturdevant said.
other change to the Redwood Coast Rodeo will be the introduction of a
new rodeo announcer. Steve Kenyon, a rodeo announcer with 28 years of
experience and caretaker of the broadcast website ProRodeoLive.com, will
be calling the action at the fairgrounds.
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