Stonyford Rodeo honors country roots 

Stonyford residents and visitors to the western foothill community donned their cowboy boots on Saturday and celebrated their country roots. 

The 34th annual Stony Creek Horsemen’s Association Parade kicked off the 76th Stonyford Rodeo, which ran through Sunday. 

This was the first year for a three-day event, which included pro-rodeo events on Friday and Saturday, including bull riding, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding in the Brother Moore Arena, and amateur events on Sunday, which included barrel racing. Mutton Bustin,’ a popular event for kids, was held on Saturday and Sunday

“Rodeo is a sport that once you get the taste, it becomes a part of your life,” said Denny Bungarz, longtime parade announcer 

The 2019 Stonyford Rodeo Parade was dedicated to John and Tracy Whitney, whose roots in the community run deep. 

John Whitney, an Elk Creek native, joined the Stony Creek Horsemen’s Association in 1990 and serves as a director. 

Tracy (Barnes) Whitney grew up in Delevan. 

Both are active in the Horsemen’s Association, and volunteer their time to help maintain the arena and rodeo grounds for future generations. 

The Whitney’s have three children and hope to keep rodeo alive for them as well. 

Zeke Ficher and his mule team drove the couple to the rodeo grounds in the Horsemen’s surrey, leading the parade behind the color guard, Sandy Corbin, and the Glenn County Sheriff’s Posse, led by Sheriff Rich Warren.  

Parade regulars included the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department, Bear Valley Indian Valley Fire Department, Maxwell Fire Department, along with Smokey Bear and the U.S. Forest Service. 

Entries included Pendell Mountain Honey, the Last Stand Jeep Brigade, and the Maxwell High School Rodeo royalty, led by Queen Aubrianna Keeler and Chairman Tim Kromis. 

Denise Keeler is the parade director. 

Lauren Ferguson reigned as the 2019 Stonyford Rodeo Queen. 

Ferguson, 18, lives in Chico, and will attend Feather River College this fall. Caylie Gardner, 15, of Elk Creek, was first runner up. 

Rodeo festivities also included Friday and Saturday evening dancing at the Timberline Bar & Grill and Cowboy Church in the grandstands on Sunday. The Indian Valley Fire Association hosted the Rodeo Breakfast Saturday and Sunday at the fire station. ■