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VanderLans wins go-round at CFR

Jack VanderLans won the first Steer Wrestling go-round at the California Finals Rodeo in Norco.

The 2001 Fallbrook High School graduate had a time of 4.6 seconds to open the November 20-21 California Circuit finals. VanderLans also shared second and third in the second Steer Wrestling go-round and placed fourth in the first Tie-Down Roping go-round.

“It went pretty well,” said VanderLans, who broke the barrier on that run to incur a ten-second penalty. “I had a little bad luck on my third steer. Other than that it was a good rodeo.”

VanderLans started the season riding Whitey for Steer Wrestling, but in May, Whitey tore a tendon in his hind leg in the practice pen and is still recovering. VanderLans borrowed Steer Wrestling horses from other bulldoggers, and at the California Finals Rodeo he used Trash, who is owned by Troy Dial of Vista.

A steer wrestler also has a hazer, who guides the steer. Mike Barnes was VanderLans’ hazer for CFR.

The top 12 earners in each event at the end of the season qualify for the circuit finals, and VanderLans qualified for the California Finals Rodeo for the fourth time in Tie-Down Roping and the third time in Steer Wrestling. VanderLans has also qualified for a Montana Circuit finals in Tie-Down Roping.

VanderLans’ win in the first go-round gave him $1,064 in earnings.

“I drew a good steer,” he said. “It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of the best steer wrestlers in California and be able to do well.”

Ethan Thouvenell, who splits time between Fallbrook and Menifee, placed second in the first Steer Wrestling go-round with a time of 5.4 seconds to win $798 for the go-round. VanderLans and Chowchilla’s Stan Branco split second and third after each had a time of 4.6 seconds.

“I made a good run myself,” VanderLans said. “I had another decent steer.”

Branco and VanderLans often travel together between rodeos. VanderLans has used one of Branco’s horses during various rodeos after Whitey’s injury.

“He was nice enough this spring to let me ride his horse,” VanderLans said.

VanderLans and Branco each collected $665 for splitting second and third in the go-round.

Had VanderLans not incurred the ten-second penalty in the third go-round, he likely would have placed second in the average.

Thouvenell placed third in the Steer Wrestling average with a time of 16.0 seconds on three head. Third place in the average paid Thouvenell $798.

VanderLans rode Shane for the Tie-Down Roping. A time of 9.2 seconds in the first go-round gave VanderLans the fourth-place payout of $266.

“Shane did really well,” VanderLans said.

After the calf is roped and tied, it must remain tied for six seconds after the cowboy returns to his horse. In the second go-round, VanderLans’ calf got up before the six seconds elapsed, and VanderLans also had little success with his third calf.

“I had a little bad luck,” he said.

“It was still a really good experience,” VanderLans said of the circuit finals. “It’s a really fun rodeo. They had a great crowd.”

The audience included VanderLans’ parents, Chris and Sandy, and VanderLans’ farrier, Blair Cooper of Temecula.

“It was a real good rodeo to have your family and friends watch,” VanderLans said.

Chris and Sandy VanderLans moved from Fallbrook to Temecula in 2003, and Jack VanderLans practices in his parents’ arena. His father hazes and his mother works the chutes.

“None of this would be possible without the support of my parents,” VanderLans said. “I don’t think any success I’ve had would have been possible if I hadn’t had their help.”

VanderLans’ year-end total of $11,619 placed him fifth in the California Circuit’s final All-Around standings. His $5,397 Tie-Down Roping payouts from California Circuit rodeos gave him fifth place in the final season standings for that event while $6,222 of circuit Steer Wrestling earnings gave him seventh place for the year among circuit steer wrestlers.

In the Team Roping former Bonsall resident Brandon Bates, who now lives in Temecula, was the heeler for header Blaine Linaweaver. The team won the first go-round with a time of 5.5 seconds, shared second and third in the second go-round after a run of 6.6 seconds, and placed fourth in the average at 34.3 seconds on three head.

Thouvenell placed second in the final circuit Steer Wrestling standings, accumulating $14,559 to finish behind only state champion Luke Branquinho. Bates’ $10,083 in 2009 season Team Roping money gave him seventh place among heelers while former Bonsall resident Jesse McNett’s $3,912 season earnings as a Team Roping header provided the current San Pasqual resident a tenth-place final position.

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