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Rodeo Competition Returns To Roaring, Adoring Crowd
Kelsey Cadwell
Local competitor, Oakdale resident Kelsey Cadwell took part in the barrel racing event in front of the home crowd on Sunday, finishing this run in 18.93 seconds.Photos By Dennis D. Cruz
Jason Andersen
Jason Andersen wrapped up this calf in 10.4 seconds in the tie down roping on Sunday. Photos By Dennis D. Cruz
Cody Russell
Oakdale resident Cody Russell competed in bull riding on Sunday afternoon. Russell held on for 3.73 seconds before getting bucked off. Here, fellow Oakdalen and bull fighter Rick Moffatt stand ready to wrangle the bull and protect the rider. Photos By Dennis D. Cruz

Nothing could stand in the way of rodeo fans this weekend as they flocked to the East F Street arena for the annual event. After being forced to cancel the 2020 competition due to the pandemic, the 69th annual PRCA, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo was held with huge crowds in attendance on Saturday evening, Aug. 14 and Sunday afternoon, Aug. 15. Folks from across the United States gathered over the weekend to see the spectacle. Jody Carper was the man behind the microphone. Bull fighters were Rick Moffatt and Josh Daries. Clown/barrelman was Charlie “Too Tall” West and serving as stock contractor was Four Star Rodeo Co., out of Cottonwood, CA. Events included bareback riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Here are the results from this weekend’s event, provided via the PRCA.

BAREBACK RIDING - Clayton Biglow 82.5 ($1,725); R.C. Landingham 79 ($1,307); Zack Brown 69 ($941).

TIE-DOWN ROPING - Nathan Steinberg 21.0 ($1,320); Wes Lockard 22.2 ($1,093); Jason Andersen 22.3 ($865).

STEER WRESTLING - Bear Pascoe 10.3 ($1,515); Dillon Hushour 11.8 ($757); Stan Branco 12.0 ($379).

SADDLE BRONC RIDING - Johnny Espeland 81 ($1,929), Wade Michael Brown 78 ($1,479), Reed Neely 76 ($1,093).

TEAM ROPING - Spencer Mitchell/Kyle Lockett 15.9 ($1,460); Tanner Kent/Monty Joe Petska 16.6 ($1,209); Jake Barnes/Clay O’Brien Cooper 16.8 ($957).

BARREL RACING- Kristi Youngblood 18.00 ($1,964); Mary Jo Camera 18.04 ($1,684); Taylor Arakelian 18.09 ($1,403).

BULL RIDING - No qualified rides.

ALL-AROUND COWBOY - Wes Lockard of Atascadero, total earnings $2,502 from tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.