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Oakdale Rodeo Tradition In Good Hands
From left, Jake Harvey, Randi Harvey, Shae Serpa, Chelsea Hannink, and David Iverson all put together impressive showings during the recent District 5 high school rodeo finals. - photo by Photo Contributed
There is no question as to which city in this country is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World and the legacy of its rodeo riders and ropers is only getting better with the latest installment of Oakdale cowboys and cowgirls.
The Oakdale crew has been able to keep the expectations around this city high with impressive performances throughout the 2009 season. Their success continued through the District 5 finals with several Oakdaleans earning first place honors on the season’s biggest stage.
Leading the young group of up-and-coming rodeo contestants was Oakdale’s Jake Harvey. Harvey closed out an impressive jaunt through the District 5 competition, culminating his campaign with the rodeo’s All-Around Cowboy title.
Harvey put together a show for the ages, earning a second place finish in the team roping competition, third place in the tie-down roping and a championship first place finish in the steer wrestling event.
Oakdale also saw an impressive show from David Iverson who grabbed a first place buckle in the tie-down roping to go along with a first place finish in the cutting category. Iverson also earned a third place finish in the team roping event and a third place finish in steer wrestling.
Chelsea Hannink made her presence felt on the girl’s side of the action, wining first place buckles in the goat tying event and the girls breakaway. Teammate Randi Harvey took home fifth place in the breakaway event.
Rookie standout Shae Serpa put together a solid debut, finishing in third place in the pole bending competition and earning alternate status in the breakaway event as well.
The Oakdale high school rodeo group continued on their season into the State finals in Bishop, in hopes of gaining a bid into the Nationals. The July 1 edition of the Leader will have a recap of the contestants’ results at the Bishop rodeo.