Another Mother Lode Round-Up weekend is officially in the books and the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse says it was another successful year.
"We had good attendance, weather and contestant participation," said posseman Ty Wivell. "I think it was another good year all in all."
Nearly 260 contestants registered with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competed at the annual event that just celebrated its 56th anniversary. Roughly 6,500 rodeo-goers attended the event over both days, Wivell said.
Cowboys competed across eight different events Saturday and Sunday with the total pay-out exceeding $33,000. The Sheriff's Posse alone contributed $2,100 to each event's total purse, with the best score from either day earning the loot.
Wivell said that 71 barrel racers competed which is roughly 20-30 more than usual. The bareback event also had a spike in participation with 38 total competitors, or about 25 more than last year.
"That speaks volumes to the rodeo's success," Wivell said, citing the rodeo's family-friendly atmosphere, top-level competition and organization as reasons for the continued support.
Some area residents in attendance also enjoyed watching the various local competitions such as mutton busting and the calf scramble. Dillon Tomasovich, 19, of Jamestown, competed in the latter and won $60 after taking third place.
"It's an adrenaline rush," Tomasovich said of the calf scramble.
Tomasovich's friend, Joe Foletti, 21, said he'd like to participate in the scramble event next year, but don't expect to see him throwing his cowboy hat into the bull riding competition any time soon.
"That's just crazy!" Foletti chuckled, referring to the popular - and extreme - event that closes out the Round-Up each year.
Mother Lode Round-Up results
1. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., $1,034.55, 2. Teddy Athan, Livermore, $783.75, 3. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, $564.30, 4. Tyson Thompson, Bradley, $376.20, 5. George Gillespie, Placerville, $219.45.
Saddle Bronc Riding
1. Chase Bennett, Santaquin, Utah, $1,034.55, 2. Jess Williams, Paso Robles, $783.75, 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, $564.30, 4. Max Fillippini, Battle Mountain, NV., $376.20, 5. (tie) Joaquin Real, Woody, and Logan Naillon, Chowchilla, $188.10.
1. Corey Clinton Rickard, Nuevo, $1,231.19, 2. Rocky McDonald, Chihuahua, Mexico, $1,231.19, 3. Sean Peterson, Kerman, $807.97, 4. Trenton Montero, Winnemecca, NV., $577.12.
1. Chant DeForest, Wheatland, $1,322.40, 2. Shane Slack, Idabel, OK., $1,094.40, 3. C.J. DeForest Jr. $866.40, 4. Jack Vanderlans, Temecula, $638.40, 5. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, $410.40.
1. Charles Harris, Salinas, $991.80, 2. Mason Malone, Warner Springs, $820.80, 3. Adam Strahan, Bonfiled, IL., $649.80, 4. Sterling Lambert, Fallon, NV., $478.80, 5. Josh Garner, Live Oak, $307.80.
1. Clint White, Shandon, and Brent Lockett, Winton, $1,115.78, 2. (tie) Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, and Cody Cowden, Merced, $827.21, and Ryan Reed, Farmington, and Shawn Manning, Redcrest, $827.21, 4. Roy Branco, Chowchilla, and Jordan Wright, Bakersfield, $538.65, 5. Doyle Hoskins, Chualar, and Mark Scobie, Paso Robles, $346.28.
1. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, TX., $1,274.80, 2. Trula Churchill, Valentine, NE., $1,092.69, 3. Lee Ann Rust, Stephenville, TX., $910.57, 4. Mary Walker, Ennis, TX., $789.16, 5. Lacy Wilson, Artesia, NM., $607.05, 6. Linda Vick, Hesperia, $485.64, 7. Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, NM., $364.23.