Young rider off to nationals in Oklahoma

archive_import /

Carson Gracia, an 8-year-old Sonora resident, will be an honorary Okie from Muskogee when he takes part in the National Junior Bull Riding Association finals this week.

The son of Dave and Kelly Gracia, Carson will compete Friday through Sunday in Muskogee, Okla., the town immortalized in country song by the legendary Merle Haggard.

Carson qualified for the nationals by winning the Northern Region championship of the California Junior Bull Riding Association and then placing fifth in the state finals in Springville (near Visalia). The top 10 state finishers made it to Muskogee.

Before the state finals, Carson took five firsts and two seconds in rodeos around Northern California.

He isnt actually riding bulls yet, but rather is competing in calf riding.

Competition starts at age 4 in mutton busting, then progresses by age through calf riding and steer riding on up to the real thing bull riding through age 18.

Carson is a third grader at Summerville Elementary School in Tuolumne.

He main sponsor this season is Producers Dairy.

11589052
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Sunday May 29, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Skellenger again awarded for offensive play

05/27/2016

2014...2015...2016. For the third consecutive year, Summerville’s Darian Skellenger has been named ... more

Calaveras star ‘Kapps’ year with MVP award

05/24/2016

She didn’t believe it when she heard the news. Her young face ... more

Redskins send 13 to Masters, Robie in finals

05/26/2016

ELK GROVE — The Calaveras Redskins sent 13 athletes Thursday to compete ... more

13 Redskins will compete at the Masters in Elk Grove

05/23/2016

Calaveras High will be well represented at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track ... more