Three Red Bluff locals headed to national rodeo

Jul 3, 2014 7:13 PM by Charlene Cheng

Three Red Bluff locals shined at the California High School Rodeo Finals this year, earning them state champion titles and trips to the finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

"I feel pretty good because this is my third time going to Rock Springs, so it should be really fun and hopefully I can do better than the last 2 years, because I was really close last year, so hopefully goes a little better this year," Chelsey Bushnell said.

She's been competing in rodeo since she was three-years-old, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandfather.

"I do every event, but I made it to nationals in the breakaway roping, and that's when you come out and rope the calf out of the box and stop your horse and the rope breaks from the horns, and fast time wins," Bushnell said.

She'll be joining her friends, and fellow Red Bluff residents, street wrestler Wyatt Brown and bull rider Colby Demo.

In this industry, it could often be difficult to make time for a social life.

"I don't go to parties and stuff like that like my other buddies do, I'm pretty dedicated," Demo said.

Scholarships and national titles are on the line at the high school finals, but part of the fun for these contestants is going to compete with their friends.

"It's crazy because we all won state titles and we're just down the road from each other and it just shows that all our hard work pays off," Bushnell said.

"It's awesome. It's just like rodeo is a family. There's nobody else out there, you know. It's pretty sweet," adds Demo.

All three competitors will be heading out soon for the finals, which start on July 13.


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