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Douglas County Junior Rodeo this weekend

Staff Reports

Three days of competition surrounding the Douglas County Junior Rodeo gets under way tonight at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

The junior rodeo, for boys and girls 6-18 years of age, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Competition starts both days at 8 a.m. This event is free to the public.

An American Cowboys Team Roping Association event will be held today at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the rodeo.

The high-money contestant entered in the junior rodeo will win a buckle donated by Tommy Lee Livestock.

Among the entries is Gardnerville’s Corley Raper (breakaway roping, barrel racing, goat tying and pole bending), who earlier this summer won the women’s all-around championship at the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca.

Events for girls include junior goat tying (6-13), senior goat tying (14-18), junior and senior pole bending, junior and senior barrel racing, junior and senior breakaway roping. Events for boys include junior goat tying, senior tie down, junior breakaway roping, senior steer wrestling, senior bareback riding, senior saddle bronc riding, junior bull riding (14-16) and senior bull riding (16-18). Open events include steer riding (11-13), calf riding (6-10), junior (6-13) and senior (14-18) chute dogging, team roping (6-18), junior (6-13) and senior (14-18) steer stopping.

Also included on the weekend schedule will be mini bareback (6-9) and pony bareback riding (10-13). Points earned will help contestants qualify for the Mini Bareback Riding World Championship in Las Vegas in December.

Family team roping is scheduled, in addition to events for pee wees (ages 0-5) as well as junior boys and girls.

Visit the Northern California Junior Rodeo Association website at http://ncjra.com for more information.