Valley Center Stampede Rodeo highlights Western Days
Valley Center High School student Taylor West kicks of the Stampede Rodeo with the singing of the National Anthem.
May 28, 2014Western Days is a time in Valley Center where family, friends, and neighbors can all get together and enjoy the heritage of the small town, as well as hang out and enjoy the various events and rides that are offered. The weekend started off on Thursday, May 22, with the Valley Center Posse shooting it up all over town. The terrorizing of the good folk of Valley Center continued on May 23. Don't they ever learn the Marshalls will catch up to them?
Continuing on into Friday, the event was the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, which was sponsored by the Valley Center Optimists and whose entrants were all part of the National Police Rodeo Association. There was a ton of great food and vendors from which to choose and browse. The Valley Center Rodeo Queen and her Court offered face painting for the kids, though there were a number of adults who participated as well! Bullfighter Nathan Strahan had his face painted by Junior Miss Valley Center Ashley Herzler, while his son, Ashton, had his face done up by Valley Center Junior Miss Second Princess, Taylor Pennell. The Valley Center High School FFA, Broken Rock Ranch, Armstrong Feed and Supply along with many others were represented well.
The first night of Rodeo started off with Valley Center High School Senior Taylor West singing the National Anthem. Mutton Busting, which is the first step for many kids to start their rodeo careers, was the first event. Next up was the first round of bull riding, where there was only one qualified ride from Emiliano Garcia with a 65. Next up was calf roping, where Mason Malone had the quick time of 11.42. Breakaway roping is one of the few events in Rodeo that is open to women. Jamie Stone led it off and was the only one on Friday who had a qualified run of 14.5 seconds. The rough stock events started out with the Broncs, where Gabriel Gomez had the high score of 85. Following the Broncs was chute dogging, which is a precursor to steer wrestling, where the contestants come out of the chute grasping the steer around the horns. They have to find a way to get the steer over a line, and then bulldog it to the ground. The fast time here was Mason Malone, with a mark of 3.95 seconds. The other event open to the ladies is barrel racing. The fast time in the Friday night round was Christina Azevedo with a time of 17.28 seconds. Junior barrels, which is for the ladies 18 and under, followed, and Enastele Colwell was the fast time of18.88, which beat many of the adult barrel runs.
Team roping, another of the timed events of rodeo, was up after barrels, with the pair of Ryan Dodds (Header) and Tyler Ishman (Heeler) sporting the Friday fast time of 5.53 seconds. The night ended with a second round of bull riding, with Jorge Valdinyzas with a near perfect ride that landed him a score of 91. The night wound up with DJ Minit providing sounds for the dance.
Saturday afternoon featured the second round of the Rodeo, with Taylor West once again providing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Unfortunately, scores and final results were not available at press time.
Sunday afternoon was team roping only, with music provided by Podunk Nowhere, followed by the Alice Wallace Band.
A post rodeo dance rounded out the day, with Heidi and the Hurricanes providing the tunes and entertainment for the night.