Carter follows rodeo dreams to Silver State

Hood River’s Chantelle Carter will soon be headed to one of the largest rodeos in the world: the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., June 27-July 5. Carter, an outgoing freshman at Horizon Christian School, qualified for the renowned high school rodeo in two events, barrel racing and the Queen competition, after finishing at the top of her class in both during the 16-event 2013-14 season that ended over Memorial Day weekend.

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Chantelle Carter

Although Carter is no stranger to rodeo circuits, a chance to compete at Silver State International is something she’s dreamed about for the last several years but has only been able to pursue this year as a high school freshman. Among other accomplishments, last year Carter won the 4-H intermediate Barrels State Championship at the Oregon State Fair and traveled around the Northwest competing in junior rodeos on the NPRA circuit. She also rode in the opening ceremony of the 48th Annual Fort Dalles Days Rodeo with friend Jayden Shelton and competed in the rodeo’s NPRA barrel contest against the pro circuit riders..

At SSIR, top contestants from the U.S., Canada and Australia compete in dozens of events in what has long been known as the largest high school rodeo in the world. Carter will compete in the time-based barrel racing category as well as the Queen competition, which is judges on horsemanship as well as categories like speech, modeling, rodeo knowledge, impromptu speaking, personal appearance and academics.

Although she lives in Oregon, Carter will be competing for the state of Washington in the rodeo. Riders can choose which state they want to compete for, and since almost all of her rodeo friends are from southern Washington, Carter decided to compete with them.

In addition to barrels, Carter also competes in poles, breakaway roping, goat tying and cow riding events. This weekend she’ll be at barrel racing Saturday at the Glenwood Rodeo and at the Bickleton Rodeo Sunday, defending a buckle she won last year.

Carter is currently looking for sponsorships to help pay for her trip to Nevada. Anyone interested in sponsoring her is asked to call 541-806-3900.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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