The surname Sturdevant is representative of rodeo prowess in Del Norte County. Crescent City residents Colin, Hunter and Jordan Sturdevant, 18-year-old triplets, each have more than 10 years of experience in bull riding events at rodeos across the region.
At the Redwood Coast Rodeo, held Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, two Sturdevants tested their mettle against the bulls. Colin Sturdevant sat out the rodeo in preparation for joining the United States Army; he plans to begin basic training next July. Colin served as support for Hunter and Jordan, helping them with gear and providing words of wisdom.
At the rodeo's conclusion, the Sturdevant triplets were called out into the arena by rodeo announcer Steve Kenyon, who informed the crowd of Colin's enlistment and praised him for his commitment and sacrifice. The brothers received a standing ovation from the hometown crowd.
Ultimately, the bulls were unkind to the Del Norte County riders. Hunter and Jordan Sturdevant failed to last the full eight seconds on their bulls. Austin Galea of Crescent City was also bucked off, and Nels Fallgren of Crescent City - riding a bull in competition for the first time in his life - also failed to score.
Cole Alvis of Klamath Falls, Ore. lasted a full eight seconds on his bull to win the junior event with a score of 73. Alvis' brother Dalton was bucked off his bull.
Also in the junior rodeo, Chulhs Smiley won the mutton busting competition with a score of 95. Dallas Potter (94) and Caleb Dikes (93) took second and third in the event, respectively.
The duo of Mallorie Leavitt and Micaela Alvarez won the five-
barrel race with a combined time of 38.22 seconds, just 28 hundredths of a second ahead of runners-up Tayler Sturdevant and Mary Davis. Brinkley Webb and Billie-Jo Newport (49.68 seconds) took third place.
In the professional events, Clayton Bigelow of Clements won the bareback riding competition with a score of 72. Luke White of Roseville (judged score of 71) edged out Dustin Moody of Visalia (69) to win the saddle bronc competition.
Billy Holland of Oroville was the lone multi-event winner of the Redwood Coast Rodeo. Holland secured first place in steer wrestling, taking down his steer in 4.5 seconds, and tie-down roping (8.8 seconds).
Jessie Jones of Santa Rosa claimed the competition's barrel racing title by completing the course in 17.54 seconds. Lizzy Cupples of Turlock won a hotly contested breakaway roping event (2.5 seconds) in which the top four placers all lassoed their cattle in three seconds or fewer. Ryan Reed of Farmington and Shawn Manning of Redcrest won the team roping event in 5.6 seconds.
In the bull riding event, no cowboy achieved a qualifying ride of eight seconds.
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