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Rodeo Club seeks competitors, support for event

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Riders who would like to be a part of Douglas High School Rodeo Club may still join, says member Jessica Helms.

Helms is the Nevada high school rodeo queen and is helping plan the DHS rodeo.

The club is also looking for sponsorships because, as Helms says, it’s expensive to put on a rodeo.

The Douglas High function is planned for March 31 and April 1 at the Douglas County fairgrounds. Some 500 families will converge on Carson Valley from all over the state as boys and girls in high school rodeo clubs compete in various events.

“It’s a big thing to hold this in a little town,” Helms said.

The DHS club has five members, a low number compared to other teams, and will lose three of them to graduation this year, Helms said.

She said she’s not sure if a rodeo will be held next year or if the DHS club will have to join with Carson High School’s team, which has eight or so members this year.

“I remember my freshman year, we had so many people in our club,” Helms said. “I don’t know if it’s (because) rodeo is so expensive or just people are not interested in it anymore.”

The rodeo is a qualifier for the state rodeo in June in Elko.

Douglas team members have done well, and Helms would like to see more people know about the team.

“It would be nice to get some recognition for the group,” she said.

Members are Ashlee Anker, Serrell Smokey, Zack Rhoades, Crystal Moore and Helms.

Youths interested in joining the rodeo club are welcome, and it’s not too late to join the club and to compete at the rodeo.

Businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor the rodeo may do so at various levels, from $200 for an all-around buckle for either a girl or boy to $25 for a third-place prize in an individual event.

Rodeo program ads range from $25 to $150, but Helms said silent auction items are always welcome, too. Poster ads may be placed on the arena fences and chutes for $100 and $150.

“We don’t have to have huge sponsors,” she said. “All the little things add up as well.”

Money raised helps sponsor the rodeo and send winners to state, national and international rodeos.

For information on how to join or how to sponsor the event, call members of the DHS rodeo board Alton Anker at 782-5957 or Kathy Trute at 267-9798.