Rodeo team captures fourth straight regional title

The Feather River college rodeo team ended their regular season competition at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  The team continues to be the dominate force in the west coast.  The men’s team is currently ranked third in the nation and has 6 team members qualified for the college national finals rodeo.  The Men’s team won the region by over 2,000 points which is quite an accomplishment.  The FRC Rodeo team also has 6 students ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Dustin Moody from Visalia Ca tops the list he won the all-around title and will be competing in the saddle bronc and bareback riding at the College National Finals rodeo.  He won’t be alone on the Men’s side joining him will be team roper Austin Carrasco of Smith NV, Steer Wrestler Riley York of Sierra Valley, Bareback Rider Danny Webb of Cottonwood Ca, Saddle Bronc Rider Jeremy Pineheiro and two event hand Ethan Lemmons will be riding Broncs and Bulls at the CNFR.  On the Women’s side Bliss Bidwell dominated the Goat tying competition winning the region by over 200 points.  And Barrel Racer Chelsea Draper From Fallon NV won the reserve title in the

Barrel Racing. 

    Bugenig makes move on steer wrestling lead

Steer wrestler Billy Bugenig celebrated his 30th birthday by earning a share of the Woodlake (Calif.) Lions Rodeo with this 4.5-second run. Bugenig also won the PRCA rodeo in Bakersfield, Calif., during the May 6-8 weekend to solidify his hold on second place in the PRCA World Standings.

Fresh from his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December, steer wrestler Bill Bugenig (Boo-geh-nig) seems intent on taking that next big step toward a world championship.

A steady earner at the big winter rodeos this year, Bugenig broke through for his first two wins of the 2011 season over the May 6-8 weekend while celebrating his 30th birthday in his home state of California.

Bugenig, of Ferndale, won the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield, with a time of 4.0 seconds and shared the title at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo with Stan Branco in 4.5 seconds.

“Everybody tends to make such a big deal about birthdays, but they don’t matter that much to me,” Bugenig said. “It was just good to have the wins. I’ll take that. It’s good to keep placing. You don’t want too many dry spells during the season. There’s still a long ways to go, and you want to keep it up all the way through the year.”

Combined earnings of $2,073 not only solidified Bugenig’s hold on second place in the PRCA World Standings, but moved him to within $4,150 of leader and two-time World Champion Luke Branquinho.

Branquinho not only let Bugenig use his horse, Spiderman, for the weekend but hazed for him.

Oddly, Bugenig was one of three competitors who entered the weekend without a PRCA win and pulled off a Bakersfield/Woodlake double.

Bareback rider R.C. Landingham of Pendleton, Ore., won Bakersfield outright with an 81-point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s Dewey Cox, and shared the Woodlake title with seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Royce Ford. Landingham earned 79 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Bruce Almighty, and Ford matched that score on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Zone.

Levi Berry did no sharing at all. He won the saddle bronc riding in Bakersfield with an 81-point ride on Southwick’s Smoke Ring and Woodlake with 80 points on Rosser Rodeo’s West Hills



Feather River Rodeo Rolls through Spring Competition

A huge crowd of over 2500 spectators were in attendance at Cal poly San Luis Obispo for the 71st annual Cal Poly rodeo, and the FRC Rodeo team made their presence known.  The Men’s team continued their domination of the West Coast Region extending their lead in the regional standings, while the women’s team ended up second for the weekend behind cal poly but put some distance between rival UNLV. 

The Awards at Cal poly’ annual rodeo are some of the most coveted in the nation sophmore Dustin Moody from Visalia CA. Won the all- around champions saddle along with the bareback riding.  Saddle Bronc Rider Jeremy Pinehiero won the Saddle Bronc Riding Buckle. And Bliss Bidwell won the goat tying buckle. 



FRC Dominates Hometown College Rodeo


 The FRC Rodeo team started off their 2010-11 season stronger than  anyone believed would be possible.  With two rodeos over the September 23-25 weekend FRC took the hometown advantage to heart and won both rodeos on the men’s and women’s side.  The weather was phenomenal and Chuck Morris and  Rockin M rodeo brought great stock for the weekend, the stands were full and we raised nearly $1,800.00 for the Quincy breast cancer support group.
              On the Men’s Side Dustin Moody got off to a great start winning the saddle bronc for the weekend and placing in the Bareback riding.  His points along with Riley York, Josh Garner, and Devin Norcutt really made an impact on the region for the men.       On the Women’s Side Bliss Bidwell won every round of the goat tying solidifying her spot as one of the regions most dominate competitors. Noel Hannon,  and Mackenzie Smith made big impacts in the roping events while Chelsea Draper, and Jessica Andrews showed their abilities to be strong in the barrel racing.  The rodeo team heads to Lassen College the second week of October for two more rodeos that hopefully will have the same positive outcomes for both teams.

Assistant Coach Qualifies for NFR


The regular season has ended for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys  Association and FRC Rodeo Coach Billy Bugenig is set to make his first appearance at The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.  Billy Bugenig finishes the regular season in eleventh position in the Steer wrestling, despite breaking a bone in his knee at the beginning of August.  Billy had to miss a few weeks of rodeos in the late summer but came back and finished out the season strong.  The WNFR is the world’s premier rodeo event. Running December 2-11 2010, with a purse of over 5.5 million dollars.

09-10 Rodeo Season off to Great Start

The Feather River College Rodeo Team already has four rodeos under their belt and it looks like again they are going to make a huge impact on the college rodeo world. This year’s team consists of 68 members and of the 68- 33 are currently ranked in the top ten in the region. Some of the competitors for FRC Rodeo are bull riders Josh Daries, who is winning the event and Derek LaCasa who is currently third. In the saddle Bronc Riding Mert Bradshaw, Jace Angus and and Dustin Moody are 1,2 and 4 respectively. In the Bareback riding Feather river holds the 3 thru 6th place spots with Lowell Chudy, Dustin Moody, Derek La Casa and Zack Brown. In the Tie Down Roping Austin Carrasco is 5th and in the Steer wrestling Austin Tyler is 6th and Josh Garner is 2nd. Team Ropers Jenna McCarthy, Austin Carrasco and Sterling Lambert are doing well. Barrel Racers Sami Jo Morisoli, Amanda King and Chelsea Draper are making an impact. In the Breakaway Noel Hannon is third and goat tyer Bliss Bidwell is fourth. Many FRC Team members next rodeo will be the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo in southern California, a PRCA sanctioned event.



Fall Rodeo Fundraisers Benefit Community


Two Fundraisers this fall helped the FRC Rodeo team give back to the community that has helped them so much over the past few years.  The fundraiser rodeo for local Sherriff’s deputy Shawn Webb, and the tough enough to wear pink performance and auction at the capitol saloon both helped the FRC Rodeo team raise a total of nearly $8,000.00 for two well deserving causes. 

            The Fundraising rodeo for Shawn Webb was a great success.  The Calcutta Rodeo raised a lot of money and was fun for the people who bought the teams.  The Quincy High school Football team even made it to the rodeo and were the most supportive for their team -which happened to be the red team.   Their enthusiastic support did not go unnoticed but the white team, bought by Linda Leonhardt was the top point earner and helped Linda put some money back into her own pocket.
            The Mechanical Bull Night at the capitol Saloon was also a great fundraiser for Shawn.   There  had to be a few sore individuals for a while after  many tried to conquer the Mechanical bull. Shawn even lasted for eight seconds and made one of the better rides of the night.

            The Annual Tough Enough To Wear Pink Performance at the college rodeo was the final fundraiser for the fall.  All of the contestants and fans showed up to the rodeo wearing pink.  It was a great  show of support for a great cause.  After the rodeo the auction at the Capitol Saloon brought in even more money with great items and support from the community.




Western Weekend of FUN

The Feather River College Rodeo Team is sponsoring a Western Weekend of Fun (draising) after hearing about  Plumas County Sheriff Deputy Shawn Webb’s illness.  At 6:00 p.m., Thursday August 27th  the team will hold a practice rodeo, free for all to attend, where our supporters have a chance to win money!! Bet on one the competing teams and we will use a portion of the bets for Shawn.

The coaching staff will divide the FRC team up into eight or nine smaller teams of four or five students, then Thursday night before the rodeo we will auction off the teams.  Individuals will be able to buy the team they believe will win and  all of the money will go into the pot.  Each event will be worth 5 points for first four for second and so on down to one point for fifth place. At the end of the supporter rodeo, the individual who bought the team will get half of what is in the pot, and the rest will go to Shawn Webb and his family.  This should be an exciting event where you as rodeo and community supporters can get involved helping out Shawn and have a fun night, and perhaps take home some money.
                  On Saturday August 29th if you adults have ever had aspirations of becoming a bull rider, we have the perfect opportunity for you. The Capitol Saloon and Forest Stationers have teamed up to help us continue our western weekend  with live music, great Barbecue provided by Southern Accent and the mechanical bull. There will be a $5.00 cover charge and the mechanical bull rides will be $5.00 all proceeds will go to Shawn Webb and his Family. 


College National Finals Wrap up 2009

Plenty of fans wondered where Feather River College was on Saturday night at the College National Finals Rodeo. All week long the FRC rodeo team dominated the top of the standings in many of the events. Bareback rider Danny Webb for FRC Rodeo did not make a mistake all week at the CNFR in Casper, Wyoming. Webb came into the short go round leading the bareback riding after three head with one horse left. Danny was the favorite for a national title. In the short round , Webb did not make a mistake in his ride; however, the horse he drew, Pilot Point of the Harry Vold rodeo string, was not quite what he needed to capture the national title. With a 76 point ride, Danny ended a great year third in the nation. Sierra Valley cowboy         Riley York also had a great week at the CNFR. Riley returned for the short round in the steer wrestling which is quite a feat with the caliber of steer wrestlers. Riley also was selected as the West Coast Region Student Director, a responsibility that will put Riley on the Board of Directors of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Another FRC Steer Wrestler Sterling Lambert did well winning the second round of the steer wrestling and was poised for a national title until some bad luck in the third round took him out of the average. FRC bronc riders Adam Bugenig and Jace Angus covered 2 out of 3 horses which left them short for the final’s round. Austin Carasco and Sterling Lambert also had a rough week in the team roping. Our freshmen girls Bliss Bidwell and Amanda King had a good week in the goat tying and barrel racing.
Seven out of eight of the FRC Rodeo Team members who qualified for the CNFR will return this year. With experience under their belt, they are better prepared for next year's CNFR. These returning team members, along with some great recruits, gives FRC rodeo one of the strongest teams in the short history of the rodeo team. The Rodeo Team thanks their community supporters We would not be able to do all we have done without the great support of the people of Plumas County. We are lucky to be in a such a great community.


FRC Rodeo team tops in the region

     The Feather River College Rodeo Team gave the home crowd quite a show over the weekend at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair.  The FRC men’s team has jumped out to the early lead in the regional standings for the first time since the program started three years ago. Bareback and Saddle Bronc rider Steve Hacker placed in both events and was one of the top point earners of the whole rodeo.  Josh Daries freshmen talent from Salinas also did well in the Saddle Bronc and Bull






Riding. The Saddle Bronc Riding was FRC’s strongest event at the rodeo currently FRC is winning 1, 3, 4, and 5th  in the region in the event. Steve Lassen, Ad Bugenig Steve Hacker and Roy Johnson comprising the top 5. On the timed event side FRC faired well Sierraville’s Riley York placed in the Steer wrestling and is currently sitting near the top of the regional standings. Joe Nash also is right at the top of the tie down roping.  While Salinas Valley cowboys Orie Lemmons and Joey Jansen are both ranked in the steer wrestling events. Cliff Bernal proved his worth by placing in the team roping.

              On the women’s side the freshmen girls were not affected by the older girls from UNLV, Fresno State, and Cal Poly.  Sami Jo Morisoli, Kylee Colmer, and Megan Mcginn all placed in the goat tying, Sami Jo actually won the event.  Jenna McCarthy showed the guys, roping with Shawn manning also on the FRC rodeo men’s team.  The two placed in the team roping event. Sophomore Brittany Parmeter is currently 1st in the barrel racing.

              This is the strongest men’s and women’s team the college has fielded since the inception of the program 3 years ago.  The men’s team is ranked first in the region, and the women’s is third but the point total is very tight among the top three. The rodeo team is very thankful and proud of the support that the community showed over the weekend by braving the bad weather, and supporting our team.  The rodeo team travels to Lassen college in three weeks for their next rodeo


               Rodeo Team Back in Action

            The FRC rodeo team got back into action on the 13th of August 2007. With over 60 members on this year’s team, the week before school started was the perfect opportunity to get a jump on practice.  From 7:30 in the morning until 7 or 8 at night the rodeo students practiced hard with not even enough time to take a lunch break. Flying U Rodeo sent up Reno Rosser, Jeff Shearer and a Semi load of stock for the FRC rodeo team.  We also had Broncs from Chuck Morris and Rockin M Rodeo.  Steve Holbrook, Tim Woods and Rod Teeman brought up a couple goose neck loads of Bulls. Joe Ketter also came up and helped out for the week. Over the week we bucked over a 100 head of Roughstock, so by Friday everyone was a little sore.  On the Timed Event side. With 50 head of steers and 50 calves the timed event guys and gals got all they could handle after a long summer off.   It was a great way to start off the fourth year of competition for the FRC Rodeo Team. 



FRC Rodeo to send 5 to 07' College National Finals



The FRC Rodeo team finished the regular season strong last weekend at the beautiful South Point Casino and Hotel equestrian center in Las Vegas NV.  When it was all said and done 5 students from the FRC rodeo team had qualified for the College National Finals in Casper, WY.  Four out of five of the qualifiers for the FRC team are freshmen. Adam Bugenig from Ferndale Ca. qualified in the Saddle Bronc Riding.  Jesse Gonzales from Santa Barbara, Ca., qualified in the bull riding. Scott Gill and Cliff Bernal both qualified in the team roping, along with sophomore Joe Nash who also competed at the college finals last year. 


Sophomore Blaire Bidwell was injured during the regular season and missed two rodeos but was still able to qualify for the college finals.  Unfortunately her injury is too severe for her to compete.  She will undergo knee surgery next week, and she will continue on to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, in the fall with a full ride scholarship. 


The rodeo team would like to thank everyone for all of their support of the past year, and hopefully we will bring home a national championship to FRC.




 FRC Shines at Hometown Rodeo

FRC students made the hometown proud at the 3rd annual Feather River College Rodeo. Over 200 contestants from 15 colleges and universities throughout California and Nevada made the trip to the Quincy and the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds on a beautiful fall weekend. The competition was tough, two of the teams in the region are ranked in the top ten in the nation, and Feather River College is currently ranked 25th in the Nation.


Rough stock cowboy Jesse Gonzales made quite an impression, winning the most points in bull riding for the weekend and a new gold and silver buckle.  Jesse was injured in the beginning of the rodeo during the bareback riding competition, he rushed over to the hospital and received 7 staples in his head, but he didn’t let this stop him. With his head wrapped in white gauze, he was quite the spectacle riding the back of a bucking bull – but he did it with gusto and won the performance for an astounding comeback.


Tyson Torvik also had a great weekend, not only did he place in both steer wrestling and team roping, but he also won first place and received a buckle in the calf roping competition. Richie Coefield, Joe Tipton, and Cliff Bernal also had a very productive weekend, each one placing in multiple timed events.  While rough stock cowboys Ad Bugenig, Steve Lassen, Josh Gullett, Steve Hacker, Dana Madden, and Russell Hansen all placed on the rough stock side.


The FRC cowgirls weren’t about to let the boys out do them. Women’s Team Captain and Rodeo Club President Blaire Bidwell won the women’s all-around and goat tying buckles.  Natalie Canelis, FRC Student Body Vice President, placed in goat tying and FRC freshman Jessica Moore placed very high in barrel racing.


Many students on the FRC rodeo team moved up the national standings ladder this weekend. FRC is now ranked in the top 20 in the Nation and numerous students are ranked in the top 25. 


The rodeo team heads to Red Bluff next weekend for the last rodeo of the semester where they hope to improve their rankings and set up to make a run at a national


FRC Rodeo Team Gears Up for Hometown Rodeo


The Feather River College rodeo team hosts its third annual college rodeo this Saturday and Sunday, October 20 – 22, 2006 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Performances start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and the top ten finals will be Sunday at noon.   On Saturday, for every spectator that wears pink, a portion of the $5.00 admission will be donated to the Quincy Breast Cancer Support Group. Immediately following the rodeo on Saturday will be a BBQ and Dance at the nearby Commercial Building.  The cost is $18.00 for the dinner and dance and $8.00 for just the dance.


This year’s rodeo is sure to be a spectacular event. 15 colleges and universities from throughout Nevada and California will be competing for points and championship buckles.  College rodeo is different than many other sports. FRC is one of the smallest community colleges in California, however, the rodeo team will be competing against much larger four-year universities, such as UCLA, UNLV, Cal Poly, and Fresno State. Right now the FRC rodeo team has 10 students ranked in the top 25 nationally. The men’s team is third in the region and the women are currently ranked fourth.  The team has been practicing daily and hope to better their rankings at their only home rodeo of the 2006-2007 school year. Don’t miss this chance to see your local cowboys and cowgirls in action!




Feather River College Makes Second Year impact on CNFR

             Feather River College rodeos second year ended on a good note.  The five students who qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming were all first timers there.  However, it did not stop them from making an impact. The women’s team ended up 33rd overall in the nation, including four year universities, and 9th among two year colleges.  The men’s team ended up 39th in the nation and 15th among junior colleges. 

              On the women’s side Blaire Bidwell  and Raylene Segura both made FRC proud. Raylene placed in goat tying and Blaire did great in both barrel racing and goat tying.  The men’s team had Tyson Torvik and Joe Nash competing in team roping and Stephen James competing in Bull Riding. Tyson and Joe showed them how it was done on the heeling end and Stephen made a good showing in the bull riding.

              All of last year’s competitors except, Raylene Segura will be returning for this fall to rodeo at FRC again. Raylene is transferring on to the University of Nevada in Reno to pursue her degree in Business Administration.   Tyson, Joe, Blaire, and Stephen have their goals set on leading the Golden Eagles further into next season’s competition.   




FRC Qualifies five for College National Finals Rodeo 

 The new South Coast Casino Equestrian Center in Las Vegas was the site of the West Coast Regional Finals hosted by UNLV.  This past weekend was the first rodeo held in the new arena, and Feather River College proved themselves by qualifying five team members for the National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming held June 11- 17th.

 Freshman Blaire Bidwell continued her dominance by capturing the women's all around title.  Blaire accumulated more points in three events than any other competitor in the region.  Along with the all around Blaire also finished second in the barrel racing.  She will be competing in the barrels along with the goat tying at the National Finals. Also qualifying on the women's side is Raylene Segura who won second in the region in the goat tying.   The men's team will be taking three to the College Finals - Tyson Torvik and Joe Nash in team roping and Stephen James in bull riding.           

The National Rankings are set and FRC is ranked fairly well. The women's team is ranked 17th in the nation. Blaire Bidwell is ranked 8th in the Women’s All Around and 19th in the Barrel Racing. Along with Blaire on the women’s team, Raylene Segura is ranked 20th in the Goat Tying.

 On the Men’s side FRC rodeo’s two team ropers Joe Nash and Tyson Torvik are ranked 14th and 18th respectively.  Bull rider Stephen James is in the top 30 in the nation. The FRC rodeo team will be heading to professional and amateur rodeos during the summer months trying to help pay their way through college and stay sharp for the college finals and next falls rodeo season.