This cowboy loses his hat while trying to hold on for dear life as the bucking bronco tries to get rid of him at Feather River College’s annual rodeo clinic April 24. The clinic attracted about 50 potential cowboys to town to hone their rodeo skills. Photo by James Wilson
Potential cowboys were in for a treat last week at the Feather River College rodeo grounds when the college held its third annual Rodeo Clinic.
The rodeo team rounded up some of the best rodeo cowboys in the world to help teach newcomers how to ride and (hopefully) not get bucked off.
Between 40-50 young cowboys signed up for the three-day class that tested their nerves and strength to hold on when it counts. To participate in the clinic, the young cowboys needed to sign up for the class. Skill levels varied from beginner to advanced, but all interested parties were welcome.
“It went really good this year,” said the FRC Rodeo program head Jesse Segura. “It was really good for these kids to learn all about rodeo. Also, all the guys that showed up to instruct were really good role models
Fifteen National Finals Rodeo qualifiers came to Quincy to instruct. Every one of the instructors was rated in the top tier of rodeo riders. The instructors came from all over the county, including Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska, Wyoming and California.
Both bull and bronco riding instructions took place at the same time. Students enrolled in the clinic were able to get a rounded sense of what they would be in for if they pursue rodeo.
This was the first year the rodeo team completely opened the clinic to the public, and the results couldn’t have been better.
“It was really great just to get all these guys to come up here and see what our program and town is all about,” said Segura.