On Saturday morning, April 25th, Yett Park was the beautiful setting for Blanco Cowboy Church’s 2nd Annual “Roping for Jesus” team roping. Early in the morning, trucks and trailers began driving through the big rock entrance gates filling up the entire parking areas on the grounds; leaving the parking crews scratching their heads and wondering outloud ...”Where are we going to park the rest of the trucks and trailers and what a wonderful problem to have!”
At 10:00am, the Krause Cowboy Gospel Praise Team of Blanco Cowboy Church kicked off the day with their famous rendition of the Blanco Cowboy Church song. Ryon, Rene, Hesston and Wyatt Krause blessed the overflowing crowd filling the park pavilion with their cowboy gospel music. Pastor Frank Spillman preached the Word to the standing room only crowd of cowboys and cowgirls; many who had driven many miles to attend. At the close of the worship service, live action started in the arena with the Youth Mutton Bustin’ event, which awed the crowd with the tough young cowboys and cowgirls and their “high-flying” mounts. The Youth Mutton Bustin’ Champion was young cowgirl, Kelly Menz of Boerne, Texas, who outrode the cowboys to be awarded the championship Mutton Bustin’ Buckle.
Following the exciting Mutton Bustin’ event all the team ropers warmed up their horses while the Youth Dummy Roping was held under the pavilion. A happy young cowboy out roped his many fellow competitors in the other age divisions to be awarded the Dummy Roping Buckle.
The Team Roping event was kicked off with a ‘’breathtaking” 430 teams in the final draw. When the last steer was roped and the dust settled over the arena long after sunset, the awards were presented under the pavilion. Team Roper Shorty Robbins of Hondo, Texas was awarded the new silver two horse slant trailer for High Point Roper. Shorty Robbins and his team roping partner, Sage Rew, were awarded the Championship Header and Championship Heeler Saddles. Calvin Blaichke and Edward Villarreal received the Championship Header and Heeler Buckles and Daylon Maddox and Velma Ramirez were awarded the Reserve Championship Buckles.
The remaining team ropers qualified for prizes that were awarded and presented to the ropers through 50th place.
As the last truck and trailer drove out the front gate headed for Alpine, Conroe, North Texas, South Texas and many other destinations called home ...the tired and blessed family of Blanco Cowboy Church praised God for his many blessings!