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California High School Rodeo Association announces Mid-State Classic Rodeo winners 

Sammy Massey, District 7, is the 2017 Girls All-Around Reserve Champion

More that 280 high school rodeo athletes competed in this year’s Mid-State Classic Rodeo

–The Paso Robles Event Center was the home of California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) District 7’s Mid-State Classic, November 17–19. With 283 contestants competing in 13 events, it is one of the largest high school rodeos in California. Eight out of the nine CHSRA Districts were represented. The contestants were all vying for coveted points that would win the bearer of most points the honor of All-Around Cowboy or All-Around Cowgirl, as well as the perpetual plaque for the district with the most combined points.

Friday kicked off with 51 contestants working in cutting and the day was rounded out with 105 girls competing in goat tying and 25 boys competing in the rough stock events, which include bareback and saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Saturday started off with 138 girls racing through the pole bending pattern, 88 teams competing in team roping, 12 competitors in steer wrestling, 53 boys were roping in the tie-down roping and 110 girls roping in breakaway. The day was rounded out with 155 barrel racers and 13 reined cowhorse contestants and the second go-round for rough stock.

The second go-round for Saturday’s events were held on Sunday and the 2017 Mid-State Classic Champions were crowned. Awards were given to third place in each event. Event champions were awarded buckles and second and third place winners received prizes. Rookie All-Around Champions received buckles and Reserve Champions received trophy stirrups. All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl received trophy saddles and Reserve Champions received buckles.

Ethan Usher, Distrtict 7, took first place in steer wrestling

The winners, by event, and their districts are:


  • 1st – Tristan Naccarato (D4)
  • 2nd – Chase Shrode (D7)

Saddle Bronc

  • 1st – Caden Grisedale (D6)
  • 2nd – Karson Mebane (D5)
  • 3rd – Trey Petersen (D6)

Bull Riding

  • 1st – Chance Freeman (D6
  • 2nd – Chase Shrode (D7)
  • 3rd – Dalton Shepard (D8)

Boys Cutting

  • 1st – Chance Leatherman (D7)
  • 2nd – Tanner Patino (D7)
  • 3rd – Karson Mebane (D5)

Girls Cutting

  • 1st – Payton Scalzo (D8)
  • 2nd – Addison Coutts (D8)
  • 3rd – Lacey Geiger (D9)

Reined Cowhorse

  • 1st – Addison Coutts (D8)
  • 2nd – Pierce Wold (D3)
  • 3rd – Brooklyn Sitton (D7)

Barrel Racing

  • 1st – Reese Lance (D8)
  • 2nd – Mia Prichard (D4)
  • 3rd – Jessica Krambeer (D8)


  • 1st – Rylee George (D5)
  • 2nd – Dakoda Boyce (D8)
  • 3rd – Andee Poole (D6)

Goat Tying

  • 1st – Kaiden Ayres (D6)
  • 2nd – Payton Shoeppach (D3)
  • 3rd – Fallon Ruffoni (D7)
  • Fallon Ruffoni, District 7, competed in cutting and also won third place in goat tying

Pole Bending

  • 1st – Kaiden Ayres (D6)
  • 2nd – Madison Baute (D9)
  • 3rd – Sydney Mayer (D5)

Steer Wrestling

  • 1st – Ethan Usher (D7)
  • 2nd – Tristan Naccarato (D4)
  • 3rd – Justin Bannister (D1)

Team Roping

  • 1st – Drew Tilton and Tanner Darst (D1)
  • 2nd – Rylee George and Karson Mebane (D5)
  • 3rd – Payton Shoeppach and Kruz Conway (D3)

Tie Down

  • 1st – Caden Grisedale (D6)
  • 2nd – Wyatt Sutton (D8)
  • 3rd – Cobie Dodds (D6)


  • Boys Rookie All-Around Champion: A tie between Nolan Scott (D6) and Kade Holman (D6)
  • Reserve Champion Champion: Josh Robinson (D7)
  • Girls Rookie All-Around Champion: Fallon Ruffoni (D7)
  • Reserve Champion: Sammy Massey (D7)
  • Boys All-Around Cowboy: Tristan Naccarato (D4)
  • Reserve Champion: Karson Mebane (D5)
  • Girls All-Around Cowgirl: Payton Schoeppach (D3)
  • Reserve Champion: Fallon Ruffoni (D7)


The perpetual plaque found its way home to District 7 this year as The Magnificent Seven earned the most team points with 433. District 8, Dynomite 8, was second with 305.5 points, and District 6, Sensational Six, was third with 299.5 points.

Chase Shrode, District 7, competing in bull riding also won second place in bareback riding

A rodeo of this caliber cannot be produced without extensive help. District 7 would like to send a sincere thank you to Ben Londo and the Cal Poly Rodeo Team, as well as Clint Pearce and the Cuesta Rodeo Team. A huge shout out to the judges for the weekend’s events: Ali Bilkey, Mike Jones, Case Vollin, Tim Englehart, Tim Stewart, and Jimmy Stickler. In addition, District 7 would like to acknowledge:

  • C and N Tractor for supplying equipment
  • Premier Ag for the donation of livestock hay
  • Tom and Candi Block for organizing the vendors
  • Massey Livestock for the donation of cattle stock
  • John Patino and Crop Production Services for set up and tear down of stall panels

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