BISHOP — The California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) held its State Finals Rodeo during the week of June 10 through June 16 and District 7 is sending seven athletes to Rock Springs, Wyo., this weekend for Nationals.
The CHSRA’s purpose is to help youth rodeo to grow while promoting the values of leadership, education and family and providing opportunities for scholarships and to travel. California currently has nine districts with more than 600 members according to their website, with District 7 encompassing the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo.
There are 12 different events at the high school level: Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Cutting and the Queen Contest. A junior high division has also been established that allows kids in grades six through eight to compete in Breakaway, Goat Tying, Chute Dogging, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Ribbon Roping and Jr. Bull Riding.
Of the seven athletes that will be heading to Nationals only one is from the North County of San Luis Obispo, Ashley Lewis. Lewis, a sophomore at Templeton High School, qualified for Nationals in Pole Bending by placing third overall. Lewis will also be the incoming student president in the fall for CHSRA District 7.
All together, District 7 placed seven athletes in the top 10 at the State Finals in Bishop. In the .22 Light Rifle, the District placed two athletes in the top 10 with Jared Javadi, of Templeton, taking sixth place and Rhett Varian, of Paso Robles High School, taking eighth. Javadi also participated in Boys Cutting and finished in seventh place overall.
In Girls Cutting, Templeton freshman Sammy Massey was the first go-round winner, but in the end just missed the top three, taking fourth in the competition. Cora Stewart, of Templeton, finished in sixth place in Goat Tying and the Templeton Eagles team of Clay Simons and Blayne Twisselman took 10th in Team Roping.