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Average winners in the All Girl team roping, Chelsey Bushnell and Rylee George, are presented their Cactus Saddlery saddles from roping producer Danielle Porteur Johnson. – Phil Doyle Photo

By Danielle Porteur Johnson
Special To Ropers Sports News
Photos by Phil Doyle Photography

TRES PINOS, CALIF.  continues to be the home of California’s Richest  All Girl Breakaway and  Team Roping at Bolado Park Event Center. The event expanded to two days this year, August 6-7, and it was another huge success. We added two new events, an All Girl Branding and All Girl 3 Woman Line Sorting. We also had our largest entries yet in the All Girl Breakaway and team roping.

  In 2022, we were so excited to partner with the Women’s Rodeo World Championships to give women ropers more opportunities to win on the West Coast. Congratulations to Sadie Grant (Challenger) who qualified in the breakaway. Dana Aviles (Challenger), Chelsey Bushnell (Challenger), and Alison Grantham (Open) earned their qualifications in the team roping. Rylee George (Open) earned a spot in both the breakaway and team roping. These ladies now have the opportunity to go on to Fort Worth, Texas and compete for part of $750,000. In addition to the WRWC, we also formed a partnership with the World Champions Rodeo Alliance. California’s Richest is roper friendly and we also proudly sanctioned with ACTRA, WPRA, and Rope for the Crown to give contestants as many chances to win regardless of what organization they belong to.
  The All Girl Ranch Rodeo was the highlight of Saturday, August 6. After starting the day with an Open Mixed ACTRA team roping, women ropers stayed behind to compete in a 3-Woman Line Sorting and Team Branding. We were so grateful that in our first year we had approximately 10 teams in each event and not only did we pay out cash, but also provided trophy knives to the fast times in each event.
Our main event was Sunday, August 7. With more opportunities for women to enter breakaway at pro rodeos, we were so excited about the turn out, with  57 breakaway ropers and 160 teams in the team roping.
  Nic Tsosie rode away with California’s Richest 2022 champion breakaway roper title. In addition to her prizes and $3,250 cash, she also qualified to compete at the Rope for the Crown in Las Vegas. Nic’s average was 17.91. Way to go Nic.
  During the breakaway, we were so honored to present the Fast Time Buckle of the Day in memory of Blaire Strohn, a beloved cowgirl from San Benito County. Anyone that knew her knew she was coming for you when she backed in the box so it was only fitting to give a Fast Time buckle in her honor at her hometown arena. This buckle was donated by Brennan and Stacey Porteur and designed by A&R Buckles. Haleigh Grant rode  away with this prize for her fast time of 2.41 seconds.
  Our team roping had some tough competition but Rylee George and Chelsey Bushnell were the 2022 California’s Richest Champion Team Ropers. Each lady earned $1,383 and a saddle for their average of 38.18 on 4 rounds. Chelsey was also the high money winner of the day earning her a brand new dummy sponsored and donated by Heel-O-Matic.
With checks paid to round winners and special incentives in the Breakaway (17/under and 40/over) as well as the Team Roping (#4 Incentive) there were plenty of winnings to go around. But, we wouldn’t be able to award so many talented ropers without our sponsors.
  We’d like to send a sincere appreciation for our partnership with Cactus Ropes, Cactus Saddlery,  Cactus Gear, Heel-O-Matic Training Systems, Charlie 1 Horse, and Best Ever Pads for providing such an amazing prize line to our contestants, we appreciate your continued support and thank you for the prestigious awards!
  With such generous sponsors, all contestants also received a California’s Richest ball cap at check-in sponsored by Wire Works Custom Jewelry and LubriSyn HA.  
  Thank you to all the sponsors who continue to support us: Winchester Western Wear, Advantage Truss, MY Cars, Vineyard Rock Products, Brent Redmond Transportation, Michelle Perry Realtor, Shadle Insurance, Certis Biologicals, A.R. Buckles, Ropers Sports News, Protect the Harvest, Java Express, Cerones European, LubriSyn HA, B&S Supply, San Benito Roofing, RJR Recycling, McLaughlin Hay, Bradley Builders, Diaz Liquors, Curt Nelson, Jamie Pura, Wire Works Custom Jewelry, R&R Labor, Horse Guard, Crown, HayChix, Porteur Ag, Charlie 1 Horse, Heel-O-Matic, Cactus Ropes, Cactus Gear and Cactus Saddlery. Many of these businesses have been with us since the beginning of our seven year history. Our sponsors are an integral part of the success of this event.
  We would like to give some well-deserved shout outs to the people behind the scenes. Elly Leslie and Colleen Enk, thank you for being top notch office help and keeping things on task in the office.
  We’re so grateful that Rob Smets, World Champion Bull Fighter, was also able to join us back in California (just 30 minutes from his hometown) to announce and assist with our WRWC and WCRA partnerships.
  In 2022, we also had the pleasure of hosting Phil Doyle Photo. If you joined us this year, be sure to check out and support our photographer just like they support our craft.
To all our chute help and volunteers, we absolutely cannot run an event this smoothly without you. We appreciate your help in and outside of the arena.
  Last but not least, thanks to all the women ropers who traveled from all over to join us this year. We had girls enter from Texas to Canada and it means so much to us that even when there’s a bit of travel involved, women ropers from around the country come together to join us in Tres Pinos each year.
  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website (www.californiasrichest.com) for the latest updates, dates and more regarding our roping in 2023.
California’s Richest will continue to grow, refine and rally to align with our mission: Give women ropers the chance to win big on the West Coast by providing exceptional prizes and payouts. If you’re interested in joining our lineup of sponsors, please don’t hesitate to reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  For other questions or inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (831)801-4290. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
  Results follow and all payouts are per roper:
Sat., August 6
#8 Hdcp: 3 for $40; 90 teams
1st go: 1. Kawohi Schutte and Gary Ford, 7.57, $165. 2. Frankie Eubanks and Charles Hagens, 8.05, $110.
Average: 1. Blake Fortuno and Lee Legasey, 20.24, $624. 2. Jacquelyn Curto and Joe Spencer, 22.55, $468. 3. Ashley Hagens and Charles Hagens, 25.64, $312. 4. Leslie Davenport and Wyatt Wilson, 26.80, $156.
#5 Hdcp: 3 for $40, 96 teams
1st go: 1. David Porteur and John Flook, 5.64, $210. 2. JT Bradley and Ward Fuhlendorf, 7.28, $140.
Average: 1. Kawohi Schutte and Charles Hagens, 30.11, $795. 2. Dina Cupit and John Flook, 32.21, $596. 3. Ashley Hagens and Charles Hagens, 32.87, $397. 4. Lizzie Christ­lieb and Will Jones, 36.25, $198.
Mixed: 3 for $40, 67 teams
1st go: 1. JT Bradley and Gary Ford, 7.10, $154. 2. Leslie Davenport and Wyatt Wilson, 8.05, $103.
Average: 1. Stacey Brooks and John Wiersma, 26.72, $732. 2. Hank Brown and Ward Fuhlendorf, 30.16, $439. 3. JT Bradley and Gary Ford, 31.58, $292.
Sun., August 7
Breakaway: 56 entries
1st round: 1. Rylee George, 3.27, $955. 2. Josie Pereira, 3.32, $715. 3. Miley Bunting, 3.40, $475. 4. Haleigh Grant, 3.50, $240.
2nd round: 1. Haleigh Grant, 3.14, $955. 23. Shaylee Baxley, 3.37, $715. 3. Josie Periera, 3.38, $475. 4. Jayda Staley, 3.44, $240.
Short round: 1. Sienna Radelfinger, 3.16, $350.
Fast time of the day in memory of Blaire Strohn: Haleigh Grant, 2.4, buckle.
17 & under Incentive: 1. Sadie Grant, 19.05, $430. 2. Beth Hitchcock, $350.
40 & over: 1. Danielle Porteur Johnson. 2. Kati King.
Average: 1. Nic Tsosie, 17.91, $3,250. 2. Sadie Grant, 19.05, $2,705. 3. Beth Hitchcock, 19.99, $2,165. 4. Brooke Jackson, 20.00, $1,620. 5. Emerson Periera, 20.45, $1,030.
All Girl Roping: 154 teams
1st go: 1. Toni Miller and Rikki Perezchica, 8.38, $570. 2. Karen Dias and Dakota McCurley, 8.40, $340. 3. McKenna Wood and Summer Tex, 8.68, $225.
#4 Incentive: 1. Beth Hitchcock and Jaycee Tweedy, 34.46, $910. 2. Toni Miller and Ashley Hagens, 39.57, $605.
Average: 1. Rylee George and Chelsey Bushnell, 38.18 on 4, $1,380. 2. Markie Battaglia and Chelsey Bushnell, 41.31, $1,085. 3. Dana Aviles and Rikki Perezchica, 45.92, $890. 4. Markie Battaglia and Alison Grantham, 48.21, $690. 5. Beth Hitchcock and Jaycee Tweedy, 34.46 on 3, $395.