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By Tracey Scott
Special To Ropers Sports News

     There are not many venues that can accommodate 300 kids, 500 horses, 3 arenas and 400 RV’s in California. So when CHSRA holds it’s bidding process there is not usually much interest. For 13 years they have called Eastern Sierra Tri County Fair in Bishop CA the state finals home. This year the bidding process went a little different and there was some competition for the location for the next 3 years with 2, one-year extensions possible. Both the city of Bishop and the City of Red Bluff rallied to put together very attractive bids to woo the CHSRA board for the next 3 year location. The proposals were presented at the CHSRA board meeting at Challenge of Champions in March and both were very appealing and good for the entire state finals event. But, in the end it was not the bottom line that decided the outcome but the general affection for the great outdoors and small town atmosphere that Bishop offers.
     Being ‘small town’ the phone lines jumped to life with the news, Facebook posts, radio announcements and the newspaper all shared what the community really wanted, for CHSRA to return bringing with them revenue and rodeo. Every year the community opens up its arms to our families and makes the week a rodeo ‘vacation’ for our members. The list of things they do to make the week better is endless and the caravan of our members driving into town with not only their horses but boats, bikes, fishing poles and toys is also impressive.
     The format this year will again include 2 long rounds, a progressive round for the top 30 and a top 15 finals on Saturday with awards to follow. The top 5 in each event in each district are heading to Bishop June 11-15 with hopes of making the next level, the top 4 continuing on to Nationals in Rock Springs Wyoming.
     There are also many to thank for a successful year and a successful finals, and that is our CHSRA State Sponsors, Cactus Saddlery, Cactus Gear, Resistol, Cactus Ropes, Heel O Matic, Ropers Sports News, Platinum Performance and Les Schwab Tires. New this year in partnership with NHSRA the livestream will be available through Ridepass a national sponsor. Follow our Facebook for results and info on how to subscribe to the livestream. See you at the rodeo!

State qualifiers by district:

DISTRICT 1:  Queen: Rosemary Balbiani. Miley Bunting, Masey Minton, Audrey Antonowich, Harli Gomes, Raci Roquemore, Emily Kramer, Olivia Largent, Frankie Hawkins, Chaney Tidwell, Reghan Shannon, Kate Grimsman, Kamish Wagner, Shelby Dunning, Bailey Small, Jesse Dancer, Riley Griffith, Cole Bunting, Jacek Frost, Zach Engelhart, Tanner Darst, Justin Banister, Trent Watkins, Keith Johnson, TJ. Gray, Seth Thompson, Will Kruger, Alex Mayer, Hunter Hughes, Bryor Minton, Addie Tilton, Chaney Tidwell, Jaylee Johnson, Clayton Moore, Payden Prior, Kyle Stewart, Gwen Johnson, Kodi Myers, Nina Hawkins, Riley Lake, Rosemary Balbiani.

DISTRICT 2: Queen: Marissa Rosenberg.Sofia Evans, Lindsay Riedel, Alexis Gonzalez, Taylor Griffin, Morgan Hayes, Isabella Rockwell, Faith Anderson Bella Colombini, Emily Mayo, Teigan Mund, Faith Field, Jada Bailey, Rachael Russ, Kolby Thornton, Ashley Carr, Marissa Rosenberg, Alexandra Puga, Emma Pecora-Smith, Katie Roach, Ivy Tucker, Madissen Larson, Tanner Pachie, Cameron Graham, Rex Rolff, Bud Hostler, Kyle McCarty, Wyatt Henrikson, Ryder Millsap, Cody Morgan, DJ Albee, Lily Emerson, Ethan Gomes, Clayton Carr, Danny Fales.

DISTRICT 3: Justin Schuette, Pierce Wold, Dean Sherbo, Stoney Boy Joseph IV, George Becker, Maddie Biglow, Macey Reinthaler, Lauren Hopkins, Rachel Wilson, Haley Hart, Sara Montgomery, Amanda Carey, Aby Black, Ava Evans, Davis Mardesich, Jeffrey Fisher, Nathaniel Stephens, Brent Applegarth, Coy Montgomery, Jessican Sannar, Rian Rusinek, Garrett Shell, Blane Martin, Hayden Webb, Brady Roesnpie, Malin Marino, Taylor Adams, Amanda Carey, Weston Smith, Kyle Mahon, Kennedy Bruce, Corynne Tanner, Stevie Scott-Smith, Mackenzie Maas, Brock Grashuis, Justin Schuette, Logan Anseth, Gavin Wheatley.

DISTRICT 4: Jake Bourdet, Joseph Nino, Vince Nino, David Nino, Tucker Bourdet, Tristan Schmidt, Joe Reyna, Madison Camozzi, Kassi McClure, Emily Hitchcock, Brittany Moore, Emily Overmeyer, Karly Camozzi, Trista Reid, Lilla Bell, Kylie Askey, McKenna Wood,  Beth Hitchcock, Tatum Hurley, Madison Camozzi, Sarah Brewen, Francesca Carlin, Carson Jones, Hailee Westrick, Mario Sanchez, Sierra Stelling, Trista Reid, Kassidy Bianchi, Gwen McCormick, Kolbee Souza.

DISTRICT 5: Queen (and qualifier): Rose McPhee. Megan Sharp, Jordyn Haile, Rylee George, Cierra Polhemus, Payton Schoeppach, Whitlee Burgess, Sierra Stadtler, Londyn Brazil, Maci Harvey, Kyndall Green, Tesa James, Madison Eads, Riley Holloway, Ashlyn Machado, Allen Battle, Kerry Duvall, Garrett Potter, Adam Souza Jr., Joey Rawls, Colby George, Grant Peterson, Brooks Bonde, Ky-manee Hardy, Cody Russell, Andy Guzman, Erik Bettencourt, Robert Sheer, Joseph Pedota, Trey Baker, Gavin Cardoza.

DISTRICT 6: Queen: Sheridan Knight. Kaiden Ayers, Rylee Henry, Paige Cecil, Ellie Hilver, Erin Atkinson, Caden Grisedale, Tyler Jones, Gracie Mann, Briley Dahlem, Brooklyn Sitton, Joleen Summers, Preston Jordan, Ellie Bonilla, Bailee Poole, Riley Stuhaan, Ashley Tackitt, Nolan Scott, Wilson Redfeairn, Kade Holman, Payson Holman, Owen Redfeairn, Macie Kulikov, Lily Sellers, Seth Sweeney, Sheridan Knight.

DISTRICT 7: Skylar Alves, Katelyn Browder, Cambell Cole, Lynnde Cole, Gina Cope, Kate Dennish, Jamie Fontes, Regan Fowler, Karli Huguenard, Jared Javadi, Alia Lautrip, Chance Leatherman, Ashley Lewis, Gracie Lopez, Aubrey Luis, Sutton Mang, Sammy Massey, Macy Obringer, Sophia Patino, Josie Pereira, Edgar Reazola, Joshua Robinson, Fallon Ruffoni, Antonio Silva, Hayden Taylor, Trinity Scott, Chase Shrode, Maggie Usher.

DISTRICT 8: Queen: Taylor Ramirez. Jenna Reardon, Mackenzie Parker, Bennett McComas, Heavan Perez, Gavin Lopez, Skylar Sutton, Ella Groff, Payton Scalzo, Payton Lopez, Zane Pratt, Jace Helton, Daylin Denmark, Dillon Ishman, Dakoda Boyce, Cori Burdett, Rylee Asbell, Joey Blackmore, Kaydin Finan, Jessica Krambeer, Masyn Powers, Kaitlyn Absatz, Daniel Ringenbach, Katie Carlyle, Ace Belvoir.

DISTRICT 9: Cody Tognazzini, Brayden Liberio, Lacey Geiger, Hadley Fannon, Taylor Murray, Callie Helton, Courtney Jones, Makayla Farkas, Carley Hopkins, Makenna Batchelder, Gracen Pomroy, Zoe Boul, Jace McCullar, Lacy Satterfield, Pfeiffer Alves, Brook Mac, Ellie Hunter, Rylee Haman, Mia Marchini and Lizzi Christleib.