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PRCA Rodeo
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Hanging on for a solid Sunday afternoon bareback ride was Clayton Biglow of Clements, California. Photo By Jeff Kettering

There are only a few things in life that are guaranteed and one of them is rodeo fans packing the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds for a weekend of wild fun. Like clockwork, fans came from near and far, gathering for the 72nd Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Oakdale Rodeo. On Saturday, April 13, loyal rodeo fans flocked to the venue even with Mother Nature’s wrath of heavy rain intact. The heavier the rain, the louder rodeo fans got. On Sunday, April 14, with a few glimpses of sunshine, it was standing room only to see the finals. The arena floor was sloppy, covered in mud and muck, but that made for the perfect setting for the rodeo athletes who performed in it. The rodeo featured competitors from around the globe and even a few from the Cowboy Capital of the World. Oakdale’s own Kelsey Cadwell, Casey Branquinho, Wyatt Hansen and Cody Russell all competed in front of family, friends and fans. Jody Carper was the voice of the weekend in the announcer’s booth. Clown/barrelman Hippie Engelkes entertained rodeo fans of all ages. Those working the arena floor in a variety of capacities included pick-up men Rick Moffatt, Jared Groene and Jeffrey Shearer; bullfighters Dave Murdoch, Josh Daires and Austin Jones; flankman was Jeff Davis.

The following are the results from each event, with information provided through the Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo website.


All-Around Cowboy: Brushton Minton $2,878 (tie-down, steer wrestling and team roping)


Bareback Riding: Clayton Biglow 86.5, Wyatt Denny 86.0, Jacek Lane Frost 84.0


Steer Wrestling: (First Round) Eli Lord 3.9, Payden McIntyre 4.5, Ty Erickson 4.9. (Second Round) Ty Allred 4.0, Sean Santucci 4.2, Stan Branco 4.6. Average: Ty Erickson 10.1, Payden McIntyre 10.5, Tucker Allen/Mason Couch 12.6


Team Roping: (First Round) Hayes Smith/Justin Davis 6.4, Dan Williams Jr./Cody Stewart 6.8, Tanner Kent/Layton Oswald and Tyler Tryan/Logan Moore 7.4. Second Round Blake Teixeira/Cord Forzano 7.0, Brayden Schmidt/Kyle Lockett 7.5 Trey Blackmore/Whip Peterson 8.0. Average: Jeff Flenniken/Jake Minor 16.0, Bryor Minton/Dusty Bravos 16.1, Trey Blackmore/Whip Peterson 16.7


Saddle Bronc Riding: Ryder Wright 84.5, Jake Clark 83, Colt Gordon 82


Tie-Down Roping: (First Round) Spencer King/Preston Pederson 9.9, Bo Pickett 9.3. Second Round: Tuf Case Cooper 8.2, Riley Mason Webb 10.3, Stetson Vest 9.8. Average: Riley Mason Webb 19.2, Brushton Minton 20.3, Colton Farquer 21.4


Barrel Racing: Molly Otto 17.61, Grace Gardiner 17.70, Fallon Taylor 17.75


Bull Riding: Vinell Mariano 79 (only rider to reach eight seconds over the weekend).


Total payout for the weekend was $125,094 and Four Star Rodeo was the stock contractor for this year.

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It’s hard to tell who won this go-round in steer wrestling; competitor Hayden Webb of Wheatland, California and his target both try to catch their breath in the mud. Photo By Jeff Kettering
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Saturday’s rain brought Sunday’s mud but crowds still packed the stands at the Oakdale Saddle Club rodeo grounds for the April 13 and 14 PRCA Rodeo. Photo By Jeff Kettering
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In the saddle bronc competition, Ryder Wright of Utah works to stay aboard for the required time. Photo By Jeff Kettering