The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit season began October 1 and Ethan Thouvenell took an early lead in the Steer Wrestling standings with wins at the October 3-4 San Dimas Western Days Rodeo and the October 11 Industry Charity Pro Rodeo.
Thouvenell, who splits time between Menifee and Fallbrook, had a time of 3.3 seconds to take first place in San Dimas and a run of 4.0 seconds to win the Industry rodeo.
Thouvenell rode Bomber, who belongs to Bonsall cowboy Russell Solberg, at San Dimas. “Pretty good horse,” Thouvenell said.
Rhett Kennedy served as Thouvenell’s hazer. “I didn’t know much about my steer,” Thouvenell said. “It just all kind of came together and worked out.”
Wade Denny, who was raised in Rainbow and currently lives in Menifee, took second place at San Dimas with a time of 3.8 seconds.
Charles Harris had a time of 4.0 seconds to place third.
Thouvenell earned $902 for winning San Dimas. “It was pretty good over there,” he said.
Denny received $747 for taking second at San Dimas.
First place at Industry paid $1,708 for Thouvenell. “That’s been a pretty good rodeo for me over the years,” he said.
Harris placed second at Industry with a run of 4.3 seconds. Jack VanderLans, who graduated from Fallbrook High School in 2001 and whose parents now live in Temecula, had a time of 6.0 seconds to share sixth and seventh place with B.J. Campbell and obtain $147.
Thouvenell finished the 2009 season second in the California Circuit standings, earning him a berth at the circuit finals in Norco November 20-21.
The trip to the circuit finals will be the eighth for Thouvenell.