Robert Husseman, The Triplicate

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.

"My

boys have been with them every day, practicing with them, helping them

with their gear and getting ready," Paula Sturdevant said.

Hunter

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.

"It's

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

riding competition.

"He's just going to be behind the chutes," Paula Sturdevant said.

One

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.

Reach Robert Husseman at rhusseman@triplicate.com.

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