The Daredevil Sweethearts are bringing their trick-riding skills to the Stonyford Rodeo on May 2 and 3, 2015.
Sometimes referred to as gymnastics on horseback, these ladies are among the best trick riders in the business. Their daring display of horsemanship is done with speed, talent, excitement, and the personality of the professional entertainers that they are. They perform many exciting tricks, such as Cossack Death Drag,
Hippodrome Stand, One Foot Stand, Fender Drags, Vaults, and more. They will go the extra mile to make sure the Stonyford Rodeo crowd is captivated.
Bobbie Stone is the matriarch of this group, and she sets the bar high. She began her trick riding career thirty-seven years ago, at age 19. Now, at age 56, she is still going strong. She learned to trick ride from the Griffith Family– Dick, Connie, and the then young Tad. They instilled in her the desire and dedication needed for this sport.
Her career has taken her to eight countries and much of the United States. She performs with her daughter, Josey, and they may well be the only mother and daughter combination still working together.
Josey started riding early in life; she joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) when she was nine years old. With her mom, they toured all that first summer with the All American Trick Riders, Vicki Tyler, and Linda Scholtz. Josey quickly mastered not only strap tricks like the Cossack death drag, fender drags, and her signature Hippodrome stand with Ole’ Glory, but also added vaults, spin-the-horn vaults, splits, and a somersault drag.
She has performed in Prescott, Salinas, San Francisco, and many other rodeos; however, her favorite performances have been with her mother in their hometown of Redding, California.
Josey has always been involved in rodeo. She participated in junior rodeo and worked five events by the time she competed in high-school rodeo. She was Miss Redding Rodeo in 2004, Miss Grand National in 2008.
She earned college scholarships through winning California State Horseman’s Association (CSHA) Horse Masters competitions in gymkhana and English/western programs. Josey completed college with a BA in Organizational Leadership.
The other member of the team is Lynessa Springer. Lynessa met Josey and Bobbie while carrying sponsor flags at the Redding Rodeo. She knew right away that she just had to give trick riding a try. After getting a taste of performing with a run or two at a rodeo, she was definitely hooked. She performs the Reverse Fender Drag, horn spins, and a beautiful one foot stand. She is the mother of a handsome son, Kale. She and her husband live on a ten acre spread in Anderson, California.
Come to the Stonyford Rodeo, on May 2 and 3, 2015, and see the Daredevil Sweethearts perform this ancient art form, not seen in Stonyford for 28 years. Get your tickets online at www.stonycreekhorsemen.org, or at any of the area businesses shown on the website. Tickets purchased in advance of the rodeo are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $7 for children.