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2019 Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo

Enjoy Family Fun At The 68 Annual Rodeo th

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Weekend Rodeo Events Run, Rain Or Shine Weather forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies on Saturday and just a slight chance of showers on Sunday, so the 2019 Oakdale PRCA Rodeo looks like it should have fair weather for competitors and fans alike. The weekend brings the 68th annual edition of the Oakdale Rodeo to town and the centerpiece of the event, two days of rodeo competition, begins at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds on East F Street. Before the ropers and riders take center stage, though, the community is

invited to turn out for the Oakdale Rodeo Parade, which steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Entries will line up in front of Oakdale High School on West G Street, then proceed to West F, turning east on F Street and following the route along F Street eastward to the SaveMart shopping center. Taking a spot of honor as Grand Marshal for the 2019 parade will be new Oakdale Mayor J.R. McCarty. Organizers said they had over 120 entries for the popular parade and this year seems to have a multitude of family-oriented floats, from community

groups to animal rescue organizations, young equestrians to veterans groups. The parade starts at 9 a.m. sharp and spectators always line F Street all along the route to view the entries and cheer on their favorites. Then, on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., it’s the start of the first day’s competition in the PRCA Oakdale Rodeo. Following the Grand Entry there will be events including saddle bronc, bareback, barrel racing, bull riding and more. Admission is $15 for presale tickets and $20 at the gate. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Oakdale Saddle Club Ro-

deo Grounds Clubhouse will host the Oakdale Rodeo Dance. This is a 21 and over event only and admission is $10. Sunday morning, April 14 at 10 a.m., all are welcome to attend Cowboy Church with Coy Huffman inside the clubhouse. This is a free event. At 1 p.m. settle in for the Grand Entry and more competition, again with presale tickets at $15 and admission $20 at the gate. Ticket outlets include Oakdale Feed and Seed, Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, Bucksworth Western Wear and Conlin

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019


2019 Miss Rodeo Oakdale Queen Contestants A trio of hopefuls makes up this year’s group of contestants for the 2019 Miss Rodeo Oakdale title. The new Rodeo Queen will be crowned as part of an Oakdale Chamber of Commerce rodeo week mixer, hosted at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on Thursday, April 11. The mixer at 355 E. F St. is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Queen Coronations at 6 p.m. Following is a brief biography of each candidate, Shyanne Clopton, Katie Serpa and Jolene Swann, listed in alphabetical order. Shyanne Clopton Shyanne is the 18-year-old daughter of Renee Scheller and Randy Nordvik from Jamestown, CA. Shyanne is a senior at Bret Harte High School and is also involved in the Sonora Cosmetology Program where she hopes to become a certified hair stylist. After graduation Shyanne plans to attend Columbia College pursuing her Criminal Justice Degree,

then become a Correctional Officer for the California Department of Corrections. Her end goal would be to move up to the Investigation Service K-9 Unit after being a Correctional Officer for two years. Her hobbies include competing in reining, improving her English riding skills, working cattle, traveling and starting horses. Her titles include being the 2016 Mother Lode Round Up Jr. Queen, 2014 San Joaquin County Horseman’s Association Jr. Queen, and the 2011 Miss Tuolumne County Queen. Shyanne has grown up around rodeo watching pretty horses and bedazzled crowns. In May of 2014 Shyanne set her dreams into motion and ran for her first rodeo queen contest. When she won that title, she became hooked on this sport. Shyanne also found a huge love for reining and purchased the horse of her dreams, My Custom Tivito better known as Turtle. Together the team has won several awards. Turtle

is who Shyanne credits for helping her grow up and become a better rider. Katie Serpa Katie is the 20-year-old daughter of David and Karen Serpa from Oakdale, CA. Katie is currently a thirdyear animal science major at UC Davis. Katie’s hobbies include horseback riding, snow skiing, baking, crafting, following rodeo news and the NFR, hiking, traveling, running and reading. Katie’s previous titles include Miss California High School Rodeo Association Queen District 5 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, and Miss La Grange Rodeo princess 2017/2018. Katie competed in High School Rodeo all four years of High School. She was an active member of Oakdale FFA raising market steers and competing with them at the Stanislaus County Fair for six years. Once Katie finishes her animal science studies, she plans to attend veterinary school and study equine

Talamantes Wrapping Up Rodeo Queen Reign Hello, my name is Sylvana Talamantes and I am your 2018 Miss Oakdale Rodeo Queen. This year has been nothing but amazing representing The Cowboy Capital of the World! During my year as queen I have traveled to over 30 rodeos up and down the coast of California making memories every mile. I could not have made it along this journey without some very special people. I would like to thank my family for always being there. To support a rodeo queen throughout her queen tittle is no easy task!

I would also like to thank the lovely ladies I met during my travels. Without your kind hearts and welcoming personalities, it would not be the same. I would also like to thank the Oakdale Saddle Club for allowing me to represent their rodeo and town. I was born and raised in the town of Oakdale. Oakdale, no matter where I go, will always be my home. I will always be grateful of the opportunities this town has given me. I hope the next Miss Oakdale Rodeo takes full advantage of these same opportunities.

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painting, coloring, reading, writing, photography, riding horses, working out, and spending time with her family. Jolene was the 2017 Miss La Grange Rodeo, as well as the 2014 and 2015 Miss Amador County Fair Rodeo Queen Runner Up. Since the first day Jolene can remember she has been involved in the equestrian world. Throughout her sixteenyear career she has ridden and shown ponies, quarter horses, thoroughbreds and warmbloods in gymkhana, western pleasure, and hunt-

er jumper disciplines. Jolene has helped train young riders in both western and English styles of riding. As Miss Rodeo Oakdale Jolene would have the opportunity to visit rodeos in Utah, Wyoming and Alaska, along with California. It would also give her the chance to run for Miss Rodeo California and Miss Rodeo America. Jolene’s long-term goal is to have a career centered around becoming a part of the elite team that makes up the behavioral analysis unit of the FBI.

Jolene Swann Jolene is the 20-year-old daughter of Neal and Debbie Swann from Plymouth, CA. Jolene is a graduate from the California Uplift Academy and is currently showing Hunter Jumpers while continuing her education. Her hobbies include

Talk Like A Pro: Rodeo Terms To Know Oakdale’s annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, PRCA, Rodeo brings countless fans – and often just as many novice viewers – to the Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds each year. According to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, the sports attracts 30 million fans each year, and in recent years has also piqued the curiosity of many people who have never before attended a rodeo or watched the competition on television. For those interested in rodeo but uncertain about its terminology, the following are a few terms to know, courtesy of the PRCA. Barrelman: An entertainer who uses a barrel to distract a bull after a ride. Such distractions sometimes protect the cowboy. Breaking the barrier: This occurs during a timed event when a rider leaves the box too soon, failing to give the bull a sufficient head start. Riders

who break the barrier are assessed a 10-second penalty. Bullfighter: An athlete who protects the bull rider after he dismounts or is bucked off. A bullfighter can distract the bull by directing its attention to the exit gate or even stepping between the bull and the bull rider. Chute: a pen that holds an animal safely in position. Covering: this occurs during roughstock events when a rider stays on at least the minimum time of eight seconds. Draw: Conducted three days before each PRCA rodeo, the draw is random and assigns each roughstock competitor a specific bucking horse or bull. Time-event contestants are assigned a calf or steer in a random on-site draw shortly before each rodeo begins. Flags: Used in rodeo’s timed events so judges can signal the timers to stop the clocks. Judges in the

arena will drop the flags. Flankman: A cowboy or cowgirl who works in the bucking chutes, adjusting the flank strap around the animal before the ride. Go-round: Each round of competition in a rodeo. Hazer: The cowboy who rides on the right side of the steer from the contestant to make sure the steer runs straight. Hooey: The knot a cowboy uses to finish tying the calf ’s legs together in tiedown roping. Piggin’ string: The small rope used to tie a calf ’s legs together in tie-down roping. Riggin’: A suitcase-style handhold customized to a rider’s grip and attached to a molded piece of leather that is cinched, with a pad, around the horse’s girth. Roughstock: The bucking horses and bulls used in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, usually bred and raised for the job.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

While the weekend will bring plenty of action in the arena, the days leading up to the annual Oakdale




Rodeo Week Full Of Western-Themed Fun PRCA Rodeo are also jam packed with events. First up was the annual team roping, hosted on

Cowboys young and old dusted off their boots, pressed their shirts and grabbed their hats to serve the crowd of hungry ladies at the annual Cowgirl Luncheon in 2018. The event which started outside of the Cowboy Museum with 75 in attendance the first year, now fills the Bianchi Center to capacity. Photo By Teresa Hammond

Tuesday, April 9 as the kickoff event for the week. Wednesday, April 10 brings the always-sold out Cowgirl Luncheon in the city’s Bianchi Community Center, where hundreds of cowgirls gather to kick up their heels and enjoy being served lunch and libations by a group of working cowboys. Thursday, April 11 be on the lookout as ‘the posse’ will be out and about on behalf of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce to ‘arrest’ bosses at local businesses. Fines for the bosses to ‘get out of jail’ will be set and they will be asked to contact family and friends to raise their bail money. All proceeds benefit the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund. Call the Chamber at 209847-2244 for more information.

Also on Thursday, new Oakdale Rodeo royalty will be crowned. The 2019 Oakdale Rodeo Queen coronation will be presented at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum as part of the Chamber of Commerce mixer; crowning is at 6 p.m. Friday morning, April 12 the Timed Event Slack will take place including team roping, tie down-roping and steer wrestling, with action scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. inside the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds. Immediately following the timed events will be Barrel Racing Slack. Saturday morning, April 13 beginning at 9 a.m., the annual Oakdale Rodeo Parade will take place. The parade lines up in front of Oakdale High School on West G Street, and travels along F Street eastward to the SaveMart parking lot.

Oakdale’s own Rick Moffatt is a celebrated PRCA bullfighter and was busy in the arena both days during the bull riding competition at the 2018 rodeo. Photo By Dennis D. Cruz

Barrel Racing Brings Excitement To The Arena Sports fans and athletes have a plethora of sports to enjoy in this country and around the world, and those options include equestrian events. Equestrian sports have a deep-rooted history and have inspired some avid fans, including those enamored with the sport of barrel racing. Barrel racing originally was established as an event for women on the rodeo circuit. While men rode bucking broncos and bulls and competed in roping events, women displayed horse speed and stamina in barrel racing competitions. Today, barrel racing primarily is a female sport at both the collegiate and professional levels. Barrel racing can be an entertaining experience for spectators and a rewarding one for riders. The goal of the

barrel race is to complete a perfect pattern in the least amount of time, so the rider who completes the pattern the fastest wins the competition. The pattern riders face is a complicated cloverleaf design. Riders can choose to enter the first barrel to the left or the right. They circle the barrel and proceed across to barrel number two, then finish out at the third barrel, where they will complete the pattern and exit the course. The approach to the first barrel should be carefully timed and executed to set the stage for the rest of the course. An official distance between barrels exists for professional races. Riders cover 90 feet between barrel one and two. There is 105 feet between barrels one and three

and between barrels two and three. Finally, 60 feet marks the distance between barrels one and two and the entry/ exit ‘score’ line. According to Michigan State University Extension, barrel racing requires a mildtempered horse with natural athletic ability. Horses need to be fast, agile and intelligent. A hot-headed horse is not a good choice because he may fight the rider and cause injury. Riders also must be in tune with their horses’ movements and sit correctly in the saddle to allow the horse to hug the sides of each barrel. Riders need to be both physically fit and capable of planning ahead to accommodate for their horses’ speed. Although barrel racing has been around for a long time, one of the premier governing bodies of the sport was estab-

lished just over 70 years ago. The Girl’s Rodeo Association was formed in 1948 when 38 cowgirls came together in San Angelo, Texas, to create an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the sport of rodeo. In 1981, the association changed its name to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, and it remains one of the most influential sanctioning bodies in the sport. It also is the oldest women’s sports association in the United States and the only one governed entirely by women. Barrel racing is most popular in the western and southern areas of the United States and some parts of Canada. To learn more about a particular racing circuit or the sport of barrel racing, visit www.wpra.com.

In a muddy rodeo arena, Carly Twisselman took on the elements and her competitors during the 2016 Oakdale Rodeo. The barrel racing is an exciting, fast moving event, rain or shine. Photo By Dennis D. Cruz



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Rodeo Memories: Ten Years Ago In Cowboy Capital A parade, competition, family fun … it’s all a part of the annual PRCA Rodeo hosted by the Oakdale Saddle Club. For more than 65 years, the rodeo has brought fans of the sport to the com-

munity and also served up plenty of activities for locals to enjoy. Here are a few photos from the April 15, 2009 issue of The Leader, featuring coverage of the 58th annual event.

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