The #4 Roping was won by a couple of great veterans of the California team roping world. Wayne Gaither and Ralph Fagundes took the victory lap and the first place saddles. California ACTRA President Bill Horner and Ryan Fowler of Skyline Silversmiths make the saddle presentation. – Off The Beaten Path Photography
By Mike Sweeney
ACTRA Business Manager
CHOWCHILLA, CALIF. – The California Chapter Finals got underway in Chowchilla on September 15. Although the venue was not new for the Chapter Finals as they have been held there twice before, this was the first time that the roping, or any roping has been held under both covered arenas. You think about how a covered arena helps when it rains, but it was sure welcomed with the sun beating down and temperatures in the 90s.
Darleen Alves on Nic N Shine “Nicolette” put on a clinic at the WCBRA Finals, winning the three-run average by almost a half a second. – Deb Mann Photo
KING CITY, CALIF. – Labor Day Weekend in King City is the home to the West Coast Barrel Racing Association Finals where barrel racers all across the western hemisphere travel in hopes of claiming a piece of the pie. The Finals this year had over $142,000 added and it was 39-year-old Darleen Alves from Camarillo, California who left the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds with the deepest pockets.