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Thouvenell wins average at Red Bluff

Joe Naiman

Village News Correspondent

Ethan Thouvenell won the Steer Wrestling average at the Red Bluff Round-Up rodeo April 16-18.

Thouvenell, who splits time between Menifee and Fallbrook when he is not on the rodeo circuit, had an average (aggregate) of 11.1 seconds on his two runs. He earned $3,870 in go-round and average payouts and ended the weekend leading the California Circuit standings for Steer Wrestling.

“That’s the first time I’ve actually done decent there,” Thouvenell said. “It’s pretty good. It’s one of the bigger California rodeos.”

The Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeo is also part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Silver Tour, and Thouvenell’s earnings count towards the tour standings as well as circuit and world rankings.

“There’s a lot of good things that come with this one,” Thouvenell said.

Thouvenell made both of his runs on April 18. His first run took place in the Sunday morning slack. “Just got a decent steer and had a good start,” he said.

Thouvenell’s time of 5.2 seconds on his first run was worth fourth place in the first go-round and a payout of $1,297.

Thouvenell had a time of 5.9 seconds during the Sunday afternoon performance. “I drew one that everybody wanted. I drew pretty good and I just got a good start,” he said.

The steer kicked while Thouvenell was trying to put him on his back. “I had to wait for him to get back up,” Thouvenell said.

Thouvenell still placed seventh in the go-round to earn $463.

Thouvenell figured that he was still one of the top cowboys in the average. “I didn’t know if I won first or second for a little while,” he said.

His first-place time held up. Dane Hanna, who won the first go-round with a time of 4.5 seconds, took 7.3 seconds in his second go-round and finished second in the average at 11.8 seconds.

Dean Gorsuch, whose time of 4.4 seconds shared the win in the second go-round with Curtis Cassidy, was third with an average of 12.2 seconds.

Thouvenell rode Bomber, who belongs to Bonsall cowboy Russell Solberg. Alex Robertson served as Thouvenell’s hazer.

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