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By Mike Sweeney
ACTRA Business Manager

SANGER, CALIF. – The California ACTRA Chapter Finals were held September 16-19 at S Bar J Arena in Sanger. Ropers from all over the state showed up to lay claim to $120,000 in Chapter Finals awards, and $21,600 in added money.
The year-end awards were also handed out in Sanger, with 108 awards valued at $75,000. The tale of the tape shows a grand total of $216,600. Based on these numbers one would have to think that ACTRA was a big success in 2021.
We want to thank Steve Simons and his great crew for putting together a very professional and well-planned event.  We also want to thank Jodi Branco for taking care of the stalls and running the daily Catastrophe Fund raffles. Jodi did a great job as usual. She got an assist from Bryon Abshire and of course, Larry McGrady. A big thank you to Sandy Perez for stepping up and handling the raffle on Sunday.
Talk about stepping up, how about Rikki Perezchica stepping up and taking on the Kids Dummy Roping in Sanger. A great group of kids competed for some beautiful Skyline buckles. There were plenty of prizes to go around for all the kids, thanks to Rikki. We want to thank Steve Simons again for making sure all kids went home with a new rope.
The office help was nothing short of fabulous. Thank you to Toni, Cory, Brenda and Tonja.  Thanks to Billy Butler for handling the flagging duties, great job Billy. We would also like to thank Lee Legasey for taking care of the Breakaway roping and the PA system for the awards. Speaking of awards, Vice President Larry McGrady did a fantastic job distributing the year-end awards as well as the Finals awards. This Vice President doesn’t shy away from a job and gets it done with the utmost efficiency. A little political humor! What about our President JT Bradley stepping up and taking charge. This is JT’s first year as President and he has made sure all the i’s were dotted and the t’s were crossed. We all need to give JT a pat on the back for a great job!
Results follow; payout is per roper:
Thurs., Sept. 16
#8.5 Roping: 4 for $60
1st go: 1. Keith Erickson and Daniel Green, 7.23, $200. 2. Bodi Dodds and Cole Dodds, 7.2, $120. 3. Eli Green and Anival Guerrero, 7.32, $80.
Average: 1. Keith Erickson and Rhett Kennedy, 32.81, $1,445. 2. Eli Green and Anival Guerrero, 33.93, $1,085. 3. bodi Dodds and Cole Dodds, 35.87, $725. 4. Colt Cowden and Justin Sorensen, 35.95, $360.
#10.5 Hdcp: 4 for $60
1st go: 1. Stoney Boy Joseph and Layton Oswald, 5.27, $230. 2. Chase Helton and Spencer Mitchell, 5.28, $140. 3. Kade Pinneo and Will Cowden 5.94, $90.
Average: 1. Trevor Messersmith and Jeff Sparrowk, 24.75, $1,450. 2. Caleb Cowden and Cody Cowden, 25.40, $1,035. 3. Doyle Hoskins and Stoney Boy Joseph, 25.86, $785. 4. Ryan Bettencourt and Danny Leslie, 26.76, $580. 5. Hank Brown and Tucker Alexander, 27.27, $290.
Open Roping: 5 for $150
1st go: 1. Spencer Mitchell and Monty Jo Petska, 6.34, $190.
Average: 1. Daniel Green and Cody Cowden, 39.06, $1,035. 2. Spencer Mitchell and Cody Cowden, 39.55, $690.
Fri., Sept. 17
Century #8 Hdcp: 4 for $60
1st go: 1. JT Bradley and Walt Rodman, 6.67, $255. 2. Butch Pope and Spencer Mitchell, 7.36, $155. 3. Zane Denio and Paul Mullins, 7.46, $105.
Average: 1. Bert Ferrasci and Carl Wilken, 34.04, $1,525. 2. Blair Wheatley and Jeff Sparrowk, 34.34, $1,000. 3. Frank Brancato and Mike Fontes, 34.35, $785. 4. Todd Hampton and Ryan White, 35.83, $555. 5. Daren Lowry and Daniel Green, 36.25, $415. 6. Rich Bakke and Jeff Sparrowk, 36.46, $275.
Super #7 Hdcp Down: 5 for $100
1st go: 1. Kris Goodman and Lyle Harvey, 6.00, $580. 2. Hank Brown and Blake Cronin, 6.28, $415. 3. Max Loya and Jeremy Simonich, 6.41, $315. 4. Max Loya and Stoney Boy Joseph, 6.59, $230. 5. Keith Erickson and Chase Helton, 6.92, $115.
Average: 1. Max Loya and Jeremy Simonich, 35.95, $3,575. 2. Ryan Bettencourt and Trey White, 39.32, $2,535. 3. Delton Cullins and Lyle Harvey, 40.27, $1,935. 4. McKenna Wood and Will Cowden, 41.45, $1,640. 5. Karen Dias and Cole Dodds, 44.54, $1,340. 6. Jamie Fontes and Justin Sorensen, 44.57, $1,190. 7. Sean McRoberts and Nathan Scott, 47.69, $895. 8. Blake VanStavern and Blair Wheatley, 47.87, $745. 9. Sydney Mayer and Justin Sorensen, 49.90, $595. 10. Leslie Davenport and Walt Rodman, 50.27, $445.
Sat., Sept. 18
All Girl #7 Hdcp: 4 for $80
1st go: 1. Brittany Dias Sheldon and Rylee George, 7.50, $145. 2. Jacey Tweedy and Dakota McCurley, 9.71, $95.
Average: 1. Blair Brown and Stacey Brooks, 46.48, $870. 2. Georgene Mielke and Dakota McCurley, 54.03, $655. 3. Lenai Branco and Julie Harvey, 60.36, $435. 4. Jessica Cardoza and Lori L. Nevis, 32.86, $220.
#5.5 Roping: 4 for $60
1st go: 1. Chris Philips and Ron Mancebo, 6.87, $570. 2. Daren Lowry and Tucker Alexander, 7.24, $395. 3. Paul Devine and Shawn Aguiar, 7.41, $295. 4. Karen Dias and Ellis Sheldon, 7.52, $205. 5. Mike Redfeairn and David Daniel, 7.61, $155. 6. Trevor Messersmith and Tucker Alexander, 7.65, $105.
Average: 1. Alyssa Gasper and Colt Cowden, 34.08, $3,105. Shelby Stone and Blair Wheatley, 35.76, $2,330. 3. Kanoa Ruiz and Justin Bruecker, 36.32, $1,860. 4. Jamie Fontes and Cliff Garrison, 37.10, $1,395. 6. Rylee George and Eli Green, 37.70, $1,240. 6. Colton Goodman and Carl Wilken, 38.16, $1,085. 7. Paul Devine and Shawn Aguiar, 38.65, $930. 8. Ryan Rocca and Erik Johnston Lundgren, 39.62, $775. 9. Butch Pope and Bert Ferrasci, 40.73, $620. 10. Dustie Christensen and Stephen Howard, 40.81, $620. 11. John R. Smith and Tony Gaither, 41.35, $465. 12. Brian Quadros and Ken Paddock, 42.22, $465. 13. Melvin Rogers and Tim Gaither, 42.29, $310. 14. Wendy Sparrowk and Jeff Sparrowk, 42.44, $310.
Sun., Sept. 19
#4 Roping: 4 for $60
1st go: 1. Jason Swift and Will Wight, 6.48, $545. 2. Kyle Dewey and Jase Dewey, 7.21, $390.
Average: 1. Kyle Dewey and Jase Dewey, 40.52, $3,070. 2. Max Loya and Branstan Joseph, 45.09, $2,235. 3. Andrew Blaswich and Ron Oswalt, 48.07, $1,535. 4. Stacy Jernigan and Alex Bargas, 8.04, $215. 5. Sarah Simons and Tammy White, 49.30, $1,115. 6. Jamie Fontes and Colton White, 49.78, $975. 7. Keith Blevins and Gary G. Santos, 42.76, $835. 8. Bart Bonfantini and Toni Bonfantini, 55.27, $700. 9.  Jill E. Johnson and Carol Johnson, 56.25, $560. 10. Frankie Eubanks and Tammy White, 56.99, $560. 11. Angie Nulick and George Porter, 64.69, $420. 12. Frank Baggiolini and Kris Goodman, 65.19, $420. 13. Leslie Davenport and Sophia Fowler, 65.33, $280.
#3 Roping: 4 for $60
1st go: 1. Kash Chico and Daniel Alviso, 7.19, $385. 2. Kenneth Faborito Jr. and Branstan Joseph, 7.69, $275. 3. Clayton Greynolds and Owen Redfeairn, 8.57, $210. 4. Beau Chaney and Cash Filipponi, 8.92, $155. 5. Brylei Pearson and Justin Wight, 9.11, $75.
Average: 1. Clayton Greynolds and Mike Redfeairn, 41.48, $2,265. 2. Kash Chico and Daniel Alviso, 43.72, $1,675. 3. Beau Chaney and Gary Holcomb, 49.22, $1,180. 4. Randy Pennebaker and Alex Bargas, 53.32, $985. 5. Les Wideman and Allen Hagens, 63.87, $885. 6. Melanie Forzano and Jack Forzano, 66.28, $790. 7. Jay G. Hart and James Hart, 67.22, $590. 8. Royce Brown and Colton White, 32.93, $490. 9. Leslie Davenport and Alex Bargas, 34.66, $395. 10. Kash Chico and Gary Holcomb, 42.98, $295. 11. Kristen Ceglia and Gavin Rossi, 43.40, $295.


ACTRA President JT Bradley presents saddles to the winners of the Century Roping, Bert Ferrasci (right) and Carl Wilken.


Stacey Brooks and Blair Brown were the winners of the All Girl Roping. JT Bradley presenting.