Bull riding championship raises $7,000 for scholarship

A sold-out, clamoring crowd filled the bleachers at the Lowden Park Rodeo Arena Saturday evening, July 3, for Diamond Production’s National Bullriding Championship.

Rodeo announcer Dan Fowlie was on the mic all night along with rodeo clown Bert Davis in the arena. Together, they entertained the crowd through the evening hours as animals and riders were moved through the pens between events.

During the bull riding main event a “pass-the-boot” fundraiser was held for a scholarship fund in honor of Korson Coulter. Boots for donations to be deposited were passed through the crowds by members of Trinity County Search and Rescue, which Coulter served with for several years.

The scholarship will be used to help youth in Trinity County get started in 4-H and FFA. Coulter was a member of 4-H for six years, serving as president of multiple 4-H groups.

Diamond Productions also agreed to match all donations for the scholarship. Owner of Diamond Productions and Diamond W Western Wear in Chico, David Halimi, spoke with The Journal at the rodeo.

“In order to make sure that people reach deep in their pockets, I offered to match every dollar donated here tonight to kick start it,” Halimi said.

“I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Korson, but from all I have heard, he was an exemplary young man and well deserving of such tribute,” he said.

All totaled, just over $3,400 was raised by the community during the pass-the-boot event. Matching it dollar for dollar, and then rounding up some, Diamond Productions donated $7,000 to the fund.

In addition, Diamond Productions said it will continue to honor matching donations up to a goal of $10,000 in the fund if people wish to continue donating. Interested parties can reach out to Jenni Brookins (623-0869) or Dave Cox (739-5316).

Rodeo winners

Here are the winners of the 2021 Diamond Productions National Bullriding Championship with their respective scores:

Bullriding: 1st: Garrett Crist, 85 Points on Lynyrd Skynyrd, won $3,300 plus an original DH Design Sterling and gold buckle with genuine jewels valued at $5,000.

2nd: Milo Dillard, 72 points on Wagon Burner, won $2,200.

Saddle Bronc: Justyn Trujillo, 75 points on Swamp Donkey, won $1,300.

Bullfights: Rollie Bonham, 82 points, won $1,000 as the first-place prize for the bullfighting contest.

Steer Riding: Joel Banuelos, 77 points

Mutton Bustin’: Hazen Wright, 85 points

Barrel Racing:

Jenna Joe Neilsen – Under 12 Division

Grace Moodie – 13 to 17 Division

Belinda Brookins – 18 and up Division

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