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Rodeo fun stampedes Auburn

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Wild West Stampede 2011 got off to a galloping start at Thursday’s barrel races. Women on horseback with a need for speed gathered to test their equine skills. Jenny Sherbo, of Lodi, comes back for the Auburn Rodeo every year. “I was CCPRA Rodeo Queen in ‘98. Auburn was a hometown to me in a way. I rode with all of the Auburn and Lincoln riders. It’s a big deal to come back to Auburn,” Sherbo said. Sherbo was using practice time to break in a new horse named Trudy, owned by famous barrel racer Sharon Camarillo. “I had to get her out there and get her broke,” Sherbo said. “She has to know that when the pressure is on she still has to perform.” Thelma and Dennis Hopkins, of Applegate, look forward to the Auburn Rodeo every year. They took their granddaughter Tyla to watch the barrel racing. “She loves anything to do with horses.” Thelma Hopkins said. “We usually make it rain or shine. One year we were watching and they had six inches of mud.” Dennis Hopkins said he has even spent many dollars on Tyla at Boot Barn. “I’m not allowed to pass a Boot Barn,” Dennis Hopkins joked. Barrel racing organizer Amanda Stallins, of Lincoln, said the barrel races are just the start of the good times ahead at the rodeo this weekend. “It’s exciting, lots of action. There are all sorts of different events — a clown, sheep riding for kids, bull riding,” Stallins said. “It’s a great family event, just fun, a lot of fun.” Advanced rodeo tickets are available Friday until noon at a discounted rate of $13 for adults, $7 for kids 6-12 and $30 for a family package, which includes two adults and three children. At the gate, tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids 6-12. Discount tickets are available at Boot Barn in Rocklin, Placer Farm Supply and Echo Valley Feed. For more information or to order discount tickets, visit: www.auburnrodeo.com. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com. ______________________________________________________ Stampede Schedule All events, except dances, are at Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn Today, April 22 Jackpot Team Roping, 10 a.m.- all day. Free to the public. Pistol Pete’s Rodeo Dance with live music by Saddleback Ridge at 9 p.m. 140 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Must be 21. $7. Saturday, April 23 Cowboy Corral Trading Post opens at 11 a.m. Mutton Bustin’, 1 p.m., Rodeo Arena PRCA Pro Rodeo starts at 2 p.m. in the Rodeo arena. Events include the California Cowgirls Drill Team. Brian Potter, rodeo clown, Budweiser Clydesdales exhibition, Easter treats for kids, bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, tie down roping and barrel races. Free VIP after-rodeo party, 5-7 p.m. in the Rodeo arena. Live music by the Fortunate Few. Pistol Pete’s Rodeo Dance with live music by The Dave Russell Band at 9 p.m. 140 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Must be 21. $7. Sunday April 24 Easter service and Easter egg hunt for children attending service, 9 a.m. Cowboy Church, 11 a.m. Mutton Bustin’, 1 p.m. Rodeo Arena. PRCA Pro Rodeo starts at 2 p.m. in the Rodeo arena. Features the California Cowgirls Drill Team, Brian Potter, rodeo clown, Budweiser Clydesdales exhibition and Easter treats for kids.