High School Students to Showcase Rodeo Skills at Mid-State Classic

Los Olivos, California – November 7, 2012 – California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) District 7 announced today that it is hosting the annual Mid-State Classic Rodeo November 30 through December 2, 2012 at the Paso Robles Event Center. One of the largest high school rodeos in California, the Mid-State Classic attracts more than 250 contestants from five of the nine CHSRA districts. Rodeo events include bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, cutting, goat tying, pole bending, saddle bronc riding, team roping and steer wrestling.

“The Mid-State Classic is an amazing experience in so many ways,” said Rachel Dewar, District 7 student board president. “It’s our first chance as a district to see what the competition will be like at the state rodeos like the Challenge of Champions and State Finals. It also promotes a sense of team spirit in the district, with everyone working together to get as many points as possible so District 7 can earn the top spot for overall team performance. It’s hard work and the competition is really strong, but it’s also a lot of fun.”

The Mid-State Classic Rodeo begins Friday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. and runs through Sunday afternoon. In conjunction with the rodeo, District 7 is conducting a silent auction and a raffle. Grand prize for the raffle is a package that includes tickets to the National Finals Rodeo and a two-night stay at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. A number of vendors will be selling horse-related gear, clothing and supplies during the rodeo.

Scheduled activities include:

Friday, November 30

10:00 a.m.           Cutting, rounds 1 and 2

7:00 p.m.             Bull riding, bare back, saddle bronc, round 1

Saturday, December 1

8:00 a.m.              Bull riding, bare back, saddle bronc, round 2 followed by round 1 of goat tying, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, pole bending, tie down roping, team roping and barrels

10:00 p.m.           Silent auction opens

Sunday, December 2

7:00 a.m.              Cowboy church

8:00 a.m.              Grand entry followed by round 2 of goat tying, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, pole bending, tie down roping, team roping and barrels; awards ceremony

2:00 p.m.             Silent auction closes

Raffle drawing for NFR/MGM Grand package and Santa Maria Style BBQ Pit

Admission is free for this kid-friendly, family event. “District 7 invites the community to join us to cheer on all of these talented high school kids,” said Ed Hamer, District 7 adult board president. “They work hard all year to improve their horsemanship skills and athletic abilities, and it’s very impressive to see the level of excellence they achieve.”

CHSRA District 7 also encourages the local community to provide support through sponsorships and donations. Community support helps the district keep rodeo entry fees affordable. It also provides funding for year-end awards and scholarships. To sponsor CHSRA District 7 or to donate items for the silent auction, contact Sheila Mangione at sheilam@mangionepayne.com. For information on CHSRA, membership visit www.chsradist7.com or contact the District 7 membership secretary at Staceynance@mac.com.

About CHSRA District 7

CHSRA is a nonprofit organization that maintains the order and standards set up by the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) and promotes high school rodeo on a state level. District 7 encompasses San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The district is committed to promoting the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship at the various rodeos and encouraging boys and girls to continue in school.

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