ALL-AROUND COWGIRL -- Coach Randy Mitchel (R) couldn’t contain her excitement as EHS senior Payton Whitten roped a calf during the 33rd annual 1st Grade Rodeo on Wednesday March 6th in the Eldorado Elementary Gym. It was Payton’s second go-round at the rodeo. She took part in the 2008 edition of the rodeo when she was in the first grade. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
ALL-AROUND COWGIRL -- Coach Randy Mitchel (R) couldn’t contain her excitement as EHS senior Payton Whitten roped a calf during the 33rd annual 1st Grade Rodeo on Wednesday March 6th in the Eldorado Elementary Gym. It was Payton’s second go-round at the rodeo. She took part in the 2008 edition of the rodeo when she was in the first grade. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

For the 33rd time in as many years, Eldorado 1st graders paraded into the elementary gym for the annual First Grade Rodeo.

The program is almost unchanged since it began way back in 1987 when the tradition began with the class that would eventually become the EHS graduating class of 1998.

The show featured lots of music, beginning with the traditional grand entry as the participants rode their custom-made stick horses into the arena. From there on, the rodeo was punctuated with games and events including a boot scramble, hat toss, pony express races, barrel races and calf roping.

Special guests included EHS seniors Jack Griffin, Payton Whitten, Regina Alvizo and Davey Roubison, all of whom took part in the 22nd annual First Grade Rodeo in 2008 

Musical selections included Texas Our Texas, Home On The Range, Old Texas, Red River Valley and She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain.

Rodeo Coordinators were Mrs. Randy Mitchel and Mrs. Joella Parker. Classroom teachers Mrs. Luedecke, Mrs. Meador and Mrs. Rudewick were the rodeo producers.

Among those participating in the various events, along with their horses were:  

Boot Scramble - Ryelee Swindle; Layla Garcia; Hadden Tirado; Gabriel Sierra; Sophia Shipman; Willow McSherry; Brooklyn Cathey; Adriel Allen.

Hat Toss - Damari Adame; Ethan McMayon; Ma Meija; Mia Romo; Adryan Hernandez; Sofia Contreras; Leighton Arispe; Camila Garza.

Pony Express Riders - Isaiah Garza; Sammy Sandoval; Emileah Rogers; Karley Montalvo; Baeln Chancellor; Sandra Espinoza; Larissa Martinez; Hennessy Trevino

Barrel Race - Sammy Galindo; Tyler Hernandez; Brianna Sandoval; Ximena Trevino; Mario Salinas; Pierson Castillo; Aliyah Vasquez; Tyler Hernandez

Ropers - Jesus Gloria; Fernando Gomez; Emma Luedecke; Linda Rivas; Bryce Stevens; Tyler Cook; Cash Williams; Kevin Sierra; Josuel Sanchez; Arron Triplett

Clowns - Carmen Coronado; Juan Cruz