Spills and thrills at the Coarsegold Rodeo

May 6, 2014 

Yee-haw ... the 62nd Coarsegold Rodeo has come and gone. From the looks on the faces of giggling and smiling children, and sunkissed cowgirls sporting traditional, yet fashionable Stetsons while rooting for those weathered rough-and-tough cowboys, last weekend's rodeo at Bohna Arena in Coarsegold was a huge success.

An estimated 3,000 attended the three-day event, which offered much to cheer about — the children's mutton bustin' and exceptional children's rodeo (always crowd favorites), team roping, bronc saddle riding, steer wrestling barrel racing, and the most hazardous bull riding event.

For mother Liza Caraconcea, attending the rodeo with her son was an emotional experience. "It was amazing. I have a non-verbal autistic son, and when we were at the rodeo, he spoke his real words. The exceptional children's rodeo did so much for the special needs community."

The Sack siblings — Katrina Sack Templeton and Jana Sack, along with Tom Sack (honored posthumously) served as Grand Marshals. The 2014 Rodeo Queen, Katie McDougald, was crowned by her predecessor, last year's queen, Brionna Von Ah. Lauryn Martin was selected as the 2014 rodeo princess, and Monica Christopher as little princess.

Clifton Jansky sang the National Anthem during the opening ceremony.

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