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By Mike Sweeney
Special To Ropers Sports News

CORNING, CA – For three weeks the California Chapter of ACTRA held National Finals Qualifiers all over the state.  
Some might say they saved the best for last, as the Nor-Cal Qualifier was held Sept. 28-30. Weather was great, cattle great, it was run great, with great awards and great supporting staff. Great is the only word to describe the Qualifier at Rolling Hills Equestrian Center.
Steve Simons, S Bar J Cattle Co., brought the cattle and worked to keep the herds as even as possible – great job Steve. It was Carrie Hayes who handled the computer and entered the members. Vikki Sweeney handled the entries and payouts. Brenda Robbins handled the timing and announcing duties, great job ladies. Billy Butler made his way to Corning to handle the flagging duties, also a great job.
The awards featured Skyline Silversmiths. Six Yeti coolers were awarded to the high money headers and heelers on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. With 691 teams entered, the total payout in cash and awards reached $69,142. Rolling Hills’ Terry Skevington kept everything else running very smoothly.  
The three California ACTRA ropings had a total of 2,985 teams and paid out a total of $236,000 in cash and $196,000 in awards, for a grand total of $432,000 in cash and awards
One could say ACTRA’s California 2018 season was a big success. After that it was on to Reno for the million dollar payoff.
Results are as follows:
Fri. Night, Sept. 28
#7 Hdcp P/D: $80, 118 teams
1st go: 1. Tanner Kent and Scott Myers, 6.03, $185. 2. Tanner Kent and Cody Box, 6.23, $240.
Average: 1. JT Bradley and Ryan Fowler, 38.90, $800. 2. Lacy Hook and John Freeman, 39.23, $660. 3. Weston Hutchings and Charles Hagens, 40.77, $525. 4. JT Bradley and Jake Juenemann, 41.71, $385. 5. Ronnye Garcia and Jake Juenemann, 42.00, $250. 6. Bill Horner Jr. and Dillon Almason, 43.09, $140.
Sat., Sept. 29
#10.5 Hdcp: 4 for $60, 38 teams
1st go: 1. Clayton Moore and Brian Humphry, 6.89, $145.
Average: 1. Clayton Moore and Brian Humphry, 29.67, $535. 2. Justin Stacy and Jake Juenemann, 32.00, $400. 3. JT Bradley and Jake Juenemann, 32.44, $265. 4. Hunter Lowry and Jake Juenemann, 33.03, $135. 5. Cole Hook and Brian Humphry, 33.92, $0.
#7 Hdcp Down: 4 for $60, 98 teams
1st go: 1. Clayton Moore and Willie Worley, 6.49, $230. 2. Bryor Minton and Clayton Moore, 6.77, $150.
Average: 1. Chase Nevis and Tyler Friday, 37.28, $1,000. 2. Daren Lowry and Anival Guerrero, 37.70, $825. 3. Ryan Parker and Scott Myers, 39.46, $655. 4. Pierce Wold and Stoney Boy Joseph, 40.37, $480. 5. Matt Wells and Lane Murray, 40.47, $310. 6. Pierce Wold and Joe Robinson, 40.89, $170.
#5.5 Roping: 4 for $60, 169 teams
1st go: 1. Caleb Heitman and Casey Moore, 7.44, $300. 2. JT Bradley and JD Machado, 7.47, $230. 3. Larry McGrady and Ryan Williams, 7.75, $130.
Average: 1. Steve Mitchell and Scott Myers, 37.33, $1,545. 2. Sophia Fowler and Clayton Moore, 42.67, $1,310. 3. Cheyenne Horner and Joe Robinson, 42.93, $1,060. 4. Steve Waldron and Hunter Lowry, 46.88, $830. 5. JT Bradley and Steve Mitchell, 48.17, $600. 6. Blake Van Stavern and Ty Morrill, 50.46, $355. 7. Chad Nunnelee and Ryan Fowler, 29.22, $230.
Sun., Sept. 30
#4: 4 for $60, 267 teams
1st go: 1. Hailey Myers and Riley Griffith, 8.03, $420. 2. Leah Parker and Judy Parker, 8.44, $315. 3. Hailey Myers and Dean Sherbo, 8.64, $210. 4. Joy Handley and Lacy Hook, 8.68, $105.
Average: 1. Doug Thurston and Cody Alvernaz, 43.61, $1,455. 2. Weston Hutchings and Dean Sherbo, 46.52, $1,230. 3. Becki Bean and Sophia Fowler, 53.05, $1,005. 4. Jason Krogue and Craig Harrison, 54.36, $780. 5. Kelly Harrison and Judy Parker, 57.41, $560. 6. Norm Witt and Rodney McGrew, 58.02, $335. 7. Les Shank and Kenneth Graves, 63.32, $225.
#3 Incentive
Average: 1. Les Wideman and Allen Hagens, 35.40, $1,510. 2. Becki Bean and Sophia Fowler, 36.65, $1,135. 3. Jared Kerr and Gary Darst, 39.73, $750. 4. Kelly Harrison and Judy Parker, 44.76, $380.