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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 lC SPORTS RECREA ?] ON Smackdown series returns to fair James Wilson Sports Reporter sports@pl After a year of planning, the Smackdown Bull Riding event once again wowed the crowd at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. The horse are- na was packed with more than 800 in attendance this year, all excited to see some cowboys try to handle the bulls. "Money or mud,' was the creed of the bull riders as 20 participated in the event, in- cluding three locals from Quincy. Blake Cadigan, DJ Martean and Brandon James Grant all jumped on the bulls along with 17 other riders from the California Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association (CCPRA)and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit. Cadigan is originally from Clovis, but moved to Quincy to attend Feather River Col- lege (FRC) where he cur- rently rides for the rodeo team. Martean, originally from Auburn, is also an FRC stu- dent and rodeo team mem- ber. Grant was born and raised in Quincy, and joined the Navy shortly after attending FRC. He currently lives in San Diego and is part of a bull riding team named American Made. Grant and his fellow American Made teammates made the trek up Grant is the first of his family to become interested in rodeo. Two years ago at 24, Grant started riding with his friends. Grant enjoyed being back home and able to share his love of rodeo with his friends and family in Quincy. "This was awesome," said Grant. "I miss home. It's es- pecially very nice to do rodeo in my home town." Before the cowboys took to the arena, five children from Quincy and Indian Val- ley took turns riding some sheep in the mutton busting event. Though they looked harmless, the sheep gave the kids quite the ride as they t'ried to tame them. Once the bull riding be- gan, not many riders made the cut, as points were given based on time and style. The riders needed to hang on for at least eight seconds and have perfect style to receive full points. Art Watson and Chad Denton, two retired PBR riders, did the judging at the event. Rider after rider jumped on the bulls, usually with disastrous results. Out of the 20 riders, only one was able to hold on for the entire eight seconds. Throughout the rides Domonic Giorgi entertained the crowds with his clown- ish antics. Giorgi has been a rodeo clown for five years and at this point feels at home in the arena. --t-Quine.y to particiia-te .i ..... G](>F-gi- n.o-l-y previded .... the Smackdown event.  entertainment for the crowd but would often provide re- lief for the riders, as the bulls weren't always ecstatic to be ridden. Out of the three riders from Quincy, Martean pep- formed the best, making it to the final round and being the only rider to hold on for eight seconds. Steven James ended up placing first with a com- bined score of 79. James is an alumnus of FRC. The prize for first place was $1,600 and a chance to ride in the nationals. Ethan Lemons, also an FRC alumnus, placed second with a combined score of 76. Lemons was awarded $1,200 for placing second. Martean placed third, re- ceiving 75 points for style and time. The third place prize was $800. Manuel Souza, organizer of the event, was pleased with how everything turned out. "We are totally excited with this turnout here tonight," said Souza. "I am very pleased. Last year we started this Smackdown se- ries here in Quincy and we now halve 13 events. We're hoping to have 20 - 25 next year all over California. We also already have five shows in Nevada and two in Ore- gon booked for next year." The next Smackdown event will be held Aug. 31 in McArthur. For more infor- mation on that event contact Souza ............ at ...... ma-nuel The riders all line up and sing along to the national anthem. This year's bull riding event included 20 participants. This cowboy wrangles up one of the bulls. PLUMAS COUNTY t L ALI00IF'EQI00O FENCE , Feather River College student and bull rider DJ Martean takes a breather after getting thrown off by a bull. Photos by James Wilson 4x4 0% for 60 mos. Flq)yd A. Boyd Co. Fall River Mills 336-5549 ! ! Mon Fri ] ' 336 5549 pm Hwy 299E Weekends - 7-5 by appointment Hwy 299 E Fall River Mills I I II III II I I iiii i iii iii i i iii i iiiiii1|11 i iiiiiiiii i i i i iiii