PRCA Rodeo Sunday, April 18, 2004 • By Erin Gallup-Main
Auburn revisits Old West

Spectators packed the bleachers at the Gold Country Fairgrounds arena to watch cowboys and girls lasso, tie and ride steers, bulls and wild horses. Auburn resident Lindsay Prince was crowned Miss Auburn Wild West Stampede 2004 Queen. “I’m just blown away,” Prince after being crowned Saturday afternoon. “I’m so excited. As queen, I want to promote rodeo get the public to be aware of it, accept it and realize the history an honor behind it.” As Rodeo Clown Shotgun Gaston entertained those in the stands, other attendees stood in constant lines at the barbecue and refreshment stands. Those were one of the many signs of a successful rodeo, and Gary Engle, Wild West Stampede director, said he was happy with the turnout. “The crowd is enthusiastic as usual and the weather is great,” Engle said under a partly cloudy sky. “In the uncovered section they usually get wet or cooked, but today is great.” While Sacramento resident LeeAnn McCaskill said she came to the rodeo to see the women’s barrel racing and connect with old friends in her hometown, 8-year-old Shelby Nelson came to see the announcement of the 2004 queen. “I want to run (for queen) too, but I’m going to have to wait four years,” Nelson said. Others joined the country spirit of the event by buying souvenirs such as hats or toy guns. Lisa Reyes picked out a pink hat for her 2-year-old daughter to wear to fit into the wild-west crowd and Brendon Duerst, 7, said he asked his parents for a wooden toy gun he saw at a booth at the fairgrounds because he always plays a cowboy in the childhood game of “cowboys and Indians.” And while many spectators looked on at cowboys as rough-and-tumble heroes, as saddle bronc rider Ryder Gauteraux, 30, said he did as a boy, chiropractor Dina Morrison knows better. “They’ve become very conscious of their health, traveling expenses and their winnings,” Morrison said. “They’re athletes, so I think that old cowboy stereotype isn’t prevalent anymore.”

Morrison and Ken Eckhardt, of Pro Sports Chiropractic, offered their services free Saturday and plan to again today. Morrison said the cowboys and girls like to take care of themselves now, including getting adjustments before a competition, to ensure fluid — and quick — motion. Rodeo Secretary Karin Rosser said that could pay off, with prizes such as $1,060 to the first-place steer wrestler. As of Saturday afternoon, Mira Loma resident Rube Peterson was in the lead for that pot of money, but there will be more competition Sunday as the rodeo continues. Today’s events will continue, rain or shine. See upcoming editions of the Journal for rodeo competition results.