Cameron Elston wins all-around cowboy at Ramona Rodeo

Cameron Elston, left, holds two checks and the championship tie-down roping belt buckle after earning all-around cowboy honors at the Ramona Rodeo. As all-around cowboy, Elston received $2,229.65. Mason Malone, right, and Elston placed seventh in team roping competition at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. Both PRCA cowboys are Ramona residents. Not pictured is Matt Deskovick, also of Ramona, who tied for fourth in steer wrestling.
Cameron Elston, left, holds two checks and the championship tie-down roping belt buckle after earning all-around cowboy honors at the Ramona Rodeo. As all-around cowboy, Elston received $2,229.65. Mason Malone, right, and Elston placed seventh in team roping competition at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. Both PRCA cowboys are Ramona residents. Not pictured is Matt Deskovick, also of Ramona, who tied for fourth in steer wrestling.

Ramona’s 31st annual rodeo was an overwhelming success, with Ramonan Cameron Elston winning all-around cowboy honors in the three-day Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. The weekend also brought the return of the Main Street Parade.

“We may have big names come into town, but our local boy won it, and we couldn’t be prouder,” Joani Georgeson, rodeo director, said of Elston. “He won the Ramona Rodeo basically.”

Elston, 18, is a lifetime Ramona resident who was a two-time California High School Rodeo Association tie-down champion when he attended Ramona High School, and he also was California Junior High School Rodeo Association tie-down champion as an eighth-grader. A Class of 2010 Ramona High graduate, he is the son of Teresa and Wayne Elston, owners of Elston Hay & Grain at 2220 Main St.

In addition to placing first in tie-down roping in the PRCA rodeo, Elston and Mason Malone of Ramona placed seventh in team roping. Another Ramona resident, Matt Deskovick, tied for fourth place in steer wrestling.

The only drawback of Ramona Rodeo Weekend May 20-22 was Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the potentially deadly horse virus that prevented some contestants, particularly barrel racers, from participating. Officials estimate that about 80 percent of the barrel racers scheduled to participate didn’t. That resulted in a drop in total payoff money to $58,758. Total prize money last year was $63,970.

The Ramona Rodeo Committee  posted warning signs, posters and flyers about the outbreak of the horse disease. According to the state Department of Food and Agriculture on Monday, 16 of the 18 confirmed cases of the disease in California participated in the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah.

There was standing room only at the Saturday night rodeo show, and the parade, the first full-scale Main Street Parade in seven years, was a hit.

“Oh my gosh, we had an overwhelming outpouring of appreciation and affection,” said Georgeson. “It was so good for the community.”

The parade brought attention to Main Street businesses, and “the kids were so excited to be in a parade, driving down Main Street. They were cheering their little hearts out and singing. It brought back when I was a kid.”

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KIDS DAY FUN—Sunday was Kids Day at the Ramona Rodeo. Children age 12 and younger received rodeo numbers just like the pros, and professional cowboys showed them how to rope and ride. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association team roper Dick Hastings shows Garin Sturgeon, 6, of Ramona how to rope a calf. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Georgeson credits the group of rodeo volunteers with the weekend’s success.

“We were hand in glove, we were all equal, it went so nicely,” she said. “This year was the smallest volunteer staff we ever worked with, but it was the best staff. It was just great.”

All the bills are not in yet, but Georgeson is confident the rodeo made money.

“It was a really nice weekend for Ramona,” she said. “It really showed what could be done.”

—Maureen Robertson

Rodeo Results

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Rodeo queens pose with winners in the Best Dressed Little Cowboys and Cowgirls contests. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Winners with their score or time, place of residence and prize money are:

Bareback Riding

1st—

Tow Mader, 86 pts. Keuterville, Idaho, $1,714.84

2nd/3rd

—Tom McFarland, 81 pts., Wickenburg, Ariz., $1,117.24

2nd/3rd

—Caleb Bennett, 81 pts., Morgan, Utah, $1,117.24

4th/5th

—Justin Miller, 78 pts., Billings, Mont., $493.66

4th/5th

—Morgan Heaton, 78 pts., Paradise, Utah, $493.66

6th

—R. C. Landingham, 76 pts., Penleton, Ore., $259.82

Steer Wrestling

1st/2nd

—Luke Branquinho, 4.2 secs., Los Alamos, Calif., $1,510.50

1st/2nd

—Les Shepperson, 4.2 secs., Midwest, Wyo., $1,510.50

3rd­­

—Josh Peek, 4.8 secs., Pueblo, Colo., $1,083

4th/5th

­—Sterling Lambert, 5.4 secs., Fallon, Nev., $655.50

4th/5th

—Matt Deskovick, 5.4 secs., Ramona, Calif., $655.50

6th

—Ethen Thouvenell, 5.6 secs., Napa, Calif., $285

Tie Down Roping

1st

—Cameron Elston, 9.6 secs., Ramona, Calif., $1,735.65

2nd

—Jerrad Hofstetter, 9.7 secs., Portales, N.M., $1,436.40

3rd

—J.D. Miller, 9.8 secs., Creston, Calif., $1,137.15

4th/5th

—Taylor Winters, 10.4 secs., Santa Clarita, Calif., $688.27

4th/5th

—Matt Shiozawa, 10.4 secs., Chubbuck, Idaho, $688.27

6th

—Paul Fields, 10.7 secs., Littlerock, Calif., $299.25

Saddle Bronc Riding

1st

—Cole Elshere, 84 pts., Faith S.D., $1,818.30

2nd—

Troy Crowser, 83 pts., Whitewood S.D., $1,394.03

3rd/4th

—Levi Berry, 81 pts., Morgan, Utah, $848.54

3rd/4th

—Roy Johnson, 81 pts., Etna, Calif., $848.54

5th/6th

—Joe Heguy, 80 pts., Elko, Nev., $363.66

5th/6th

—Chuck Schmidt, 80 pts., Keldron, S.D., $363.66

7th

—Jeremy Melancon, 79 pts., Buffalo, Texas, $242.44

8th

—John Redig, 77 pts., Gaviota, Calif., $181.83

Team Roping

1st—

Jake Barnes and Anthony Calmelat, 5.2 secs., Scottsdale and Tucson, Ariz., respectively, $2,272.40 each

2nd—

Britt Williams and Jade Corkill, 5.5 secs., Hammond, Mont, and Fallon, Nev., respectively, $1,976 each

3rd

—Justin Wood and Ron Rogers, 5.9 secs., Clovis and Bakersfield, Calif., respectively $1,679.60

4th

—Manuel Gonzales and Tristen Luther, 6.3 secs., Murrieta and Bakersfield, Calif., respectively, $1383.20 each

5th

—Doyle Hoskins and Bronc Boehnlein, 6.4 secs., Chualan and Riverside, Calif., respectively, $1,086.80

6th

—Caleb Mitchell and Monty Joe Petska, 6.8 secs., Pollok, Texas, and Turlock, Calif., respectively, $790.40

7th

—Cameron Elston and Mason Malon, 6.9 secs.,  Ramona, Calif., $494

8th

--Darrin Finan and Brock Andrus, 9 secs., Indio, Calif., and St. George, Utah, respectively, $197.60

Barrel Racing

1st—

Linda Vick, 16.23 secs., Hesperia, Calif., $1,318.69

2nd—

Lindsey Hampton, 16.37 secs., Phelan, Calif., $1,130.31

3rd

—Jennnifer Dyer, 16.46 secs., Atascadero, Calif., $941.92

4th

—Deanna Rynearson, 16.56 secs., Norco, Calif., $816.33

5th

—Stacy Dial, 16.57 secs., Vista, Calif., $627.95

6th

—Holly Storrmont, 16.68 secs., Vista, Calif., $502.36

7th

—Sandy Arave, 16.9 secs., Hemet, Calif., $376.77

8th

—Lisa Miller, 17.18 secs., Aguanga, Calif., $251.18

9th

—Linda Stenerson, 17.20 secs., Bonsall, Calif., $188.38

10th

—Arlene Karrma, 17.36 secs., Lakeside, Calif., $125.59

Bull Riding

1st—

Boedie Evans, 83 pts., Blackfoot, Idaho, $2,017.80

2nd—

Jake Wade, 82 pts., Alamo, Nev., $1,546.98

3rd/4th

—Clayton Williams, 79 pts., Carthage, Texas, $941.64

3rd/4th

—Justin Anderson, 79 pts.,  Utah, $941.64

5th

—Tag Elliott, 77 pts., Thatcher, Utah, $470.82

6th/7th

—Tim Bingham, 76 pts., Honeyville, Utah, $302.67

6th/7th

—Bobby Waller, 76 pts.,  Quail Valley, Calif., $302.67

8th—

Chris Roundy, 72 pts., Panguitch, Utah, $201.78

   
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