LONG BEACH — Long Beach’s annual junior rodeo event lacked the pomp and packed crowds of the previous week’s rodeo, but those who attended saw entertaining events that aren’t held at the grown-ups’ competition.
Caitlyn Antill and Samuel Mundell walked off with the senior “all around saddle” prizes for dominating a wide range of skills. Local girls Erika Glenn and Reece Pierson each took second in an event, Glenn in the pole bend and Pierson in breakaway calf-roping.
The pole bend, one of the events unique to the junior rodeo, requires precise horsemanship to weave through poles in a pattern. Glenn finished in 22.736 seconds, a half second behind Shaylee Peters, and was also fourth in barrel racing. Pierson took second in breakaway calf roping. Most cattle during the weekend eluded the ropers, often just slipping through, but Pierson controlled her calf in 4.38 seconds, second behind Katy King’s 3.67. Pierson was also fourth in the poles.
One of the quirkier junior-rodeo only events is wild cow milking. Teams must catch and draw a sufficient quantity of milk from a semi-feral cow. Nathan Clawson was the winning milker among senior boys at 34.72 seconds.
Antill’s first-place 10.38-second goat tying time helped her become the senior girls’ all-around champion. Mundell’s 9.89 second time in the tie-down calf roping beat his nearest competitor by over three seconds, helping him to the all-around boys’ title.
In the junior division (age 9-13), Jonah Bustad took first in breakaway roping and second in goat tying, helping him to an all-around saddle. Jules Auman, the only successful competitor out of 18 in the junior girls’ breakaway, also took home an all-around saddle.
In the peewee division (ages 6-8) Riata Hale won the barrel racing and pole bend on her way to an all-around saddle. Clint Juhl dominated the buckaroo division (5 and under), taking first in the California stake race (similar to the pole bend for older contestants), first in dummy roping (wrangling a dummy steer), and second in goat undecorating (untying a ribbon from the goat’s tail.)