April brought the start of what PRCA cowboys and WPRA cowgirls call the “California Run.” I was so excited to be a part of some of California’s finest rodeos and it was about time I saw some rodeo action in my home state.
I kicked off the season at Oakdale Rodeo in the Cowboy Capitol of the World. Two rodeo performances and a parade later and I was off to the next one. Thank you so much to the Oakdale Saddle Club for including me in your rodeo.
Red Bluff Roundup
The next rodeo I attended was Red Bluff Roundup. Red Bluff is quite a trip from my southern California home but it was worth the drive. One of the biggest rodeos in California proved to be a great experience. I enjoyed being at a California rodeo with so many visiting royalty including Miss Rodeo Oregon Julie Drescher and Miss Rodeo Nevada Ashley Espin.
Springville Sierra Rodeo
From there I stayed on the road and made a brief stop in Clovis to help announce slack then went south another hour for Springville Sierra Rodeo. Springville sure knows how to put on a small town rodeo. There were so many extra events and little things that made it very enjoyable. I was allowed to judge the mutton busting before each performance, help with the queen coronation and I even entered the famous hide race! I entered once with Markie Hageman, Miss Woodlake Lions Rodeo 2014, and two other times with local boys that wanted to ride on the hide. Markie and I ended up second and I ended up third with one of my other partners. It was definitely one of my favorite adventures as Miss Rodeo California and a fun opportunity to show off some cowgirl try. My hat is off to Markie though because she was the brave one to ride the hide. Here is one of the videos:
Kern County Sheriff Posse Stampede Days
After Springville I spent almost a whole week in Bakersfield for the Kern County Sheriff Posse Stampede Days. I was given the honor of judging their queen contest and helping out with their rodeo. We toured the local Sheriff station, ate tons of great food, and enjoyed the summer like weather in Bakersfield. Thank you to the Kern County Sheriff Posse for all your hospitality!
I spent so much of April driving up and down California’s highway and loved every minute of it. It was definitely exhausting but if I could do it again I most certainly would.