Hot stuff at rodeo |

Hot stuff at rodeo

By Trina Kleist

Staff Writer

Thousands of western fans braved the heat over the weekend to attend the Penn Valley Rodeo, celebrating its 51st year with bucking broncos, rodeo queens, barbecue and dancing.

Attendance was up Friday and Saturday for the evening rodeo events, but the record heat dampened the crowd a bit on Sunday, said Richard “Doc” Halstead, head of the Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association, which sponsors the yearly event. Exact attendance figures will be available later in the week, he said.

“Everybody did really well,” Halstead said Sunday. “The animals were well-taken care of. They sprayed them down every day.”

The professional events, through the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association, drew top competitors from around the West. “It was a great event. Everybody had a great time,” Halstead added.

Among notable winners were D.J. Cooper, of Penn Valley, who took second place among 20 contenders in the bull riding compe- tition, Halstead said.

Kaitlyn Spence was crowned rodeo queen, and Morgin Sheppard was crowned junior rodeo queen, Halstead said.

Information about winners for the Keith Wilson Memorial Bull Ride was not available late Sunday. About 1,000 people attended, making for “a very successful event,” Halstead said.

One person was injured during the bull ride, Halstead said; more information was not immediately available.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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