Riders go wild in the west

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Wild West Stampede PRCA Rodeo kicked off on Saturday with plenty of thrills, spills and eight-second rides. Elite bareback riders, bull riders and saddleback ropers from all over the world competed for a chance to wrangle down the winning buckle. The stampede and thunder stands were also full of Wild West enthusiasm as the Budweiser Clydesdales took center arena. Placer High student Jake Lewis, 16, moseyed down to the Gold Country Fairgrounds with some friends to watch the festivities. “I came to watch bulls,” Lewis said. “And to have a good time.” Rankin Lindsey, 22, of Hillsboro, N.M. was in first-place, with a score of 79 out of 100, after his wild bull ride. Lindsey said the exhilaration keeps him coming back for more as he travels to rodeos all around the nation. “It’s an adrenaline rush. I don’t know it’s almost like you feel free almost,” Lindsey said. “They do whatever they want and it’s up to us to stay on. You gotta love it.” Lindsey will find out after tomorrow’s pro rodeo at 2 p.m. if his score will be good enough to earn him the buckle. Bill Adams, animal welfare director said the riders are not the only athletes at the rodeo. “All of the horses and bulls are raised just for the purpose of rode — they are pro athletes,” Adams said. “Only the best make it to the rodeo.” Spectators still have a chance to check out the second-half of rodeo competition tomorrow at 2 p.m., along with the legendary Budweiser Clydesdales exhibition and Easter treats for kids. For more information visit