After a few delays, which we apologize for, we had a great night full of action. We started the night with our wonderful announcer Shane Anderson welcoming everyone to the event. Shelby Haynes gave the invocation to bless the arena, its participants and spectators. The crowd was moved by the beautiful singing voice of Rachel Wheat as she sang our Nation Anthem, while Kaleigh Anderson and Kendra Smith posted the colors. We had the most participants we have ever had; it was a wonderful sight to see all the talented young people having a great time.
We had two different age groups for the Dummy Roping this year. In the Pee Wee Division, we had eight participants entering and Lane Lowak coming in first place. In the Junior Division, we had five participants enter with Hannah Hulburt winning the rope. Then off to the races were our stick horse contestants. In the 5 and under group, we had eight speedy racers and Jaycie Gloor came out on top and won the buckle. Next was the 6 to 8 year old stick horse racers; we had two competitors running for the buckle and Skylar Wagner was the winner. The main event started up and we had 29 children from the ages of 2 thru 17 enter the horse riding competitions. There were five events for four different age groups.
The first event was the Cloverleaf Barrels. Winners in the Lead Line Division were: Kinidi Moore, first place; Racheal McGill, second place; and Andrea Huriega, third place. In the Pee Wee Division, Kaitlin Sutherland won first place. Junior Division results: Hannah Hulburt, first place; Colby Turner, second place; and Grey Grote, third place. In the Seniors Division, P.J. Pickett took first place, Kaleigh Anderson followed with second, and Kendra Smith placed third.
In the Straightaway Barrels Lead Line, Kinidi Moore came in first place, Racheal McGill in second, and Andrea Huriega took third place. Kaitlin Sutherland won first place in the Pee Wee Division. In the Junior Division, winners were: Colby Turner, first place; Avery Klepac, second; and Grey Grote, third. In the Seniors Division, Elizabeth O’Day placed first, Kaleigh Anderson in second, and Devon Branch took third place.
We switched over to the rough stock events. Mutton Bustin’ was first with six participants; Hunter West hung on for a full 1.81 seconds and got first place. Moving on to Calf Riding, we had Bryce Fry coming in first with a 2.31 second ride and Grey Grote came in second place. In Steer Riding, we had four riders and Corey Gathright won first place. Then, we moved back to more horse riding events.
In the Pole Bending event, Lead Line Division winners were: Kinidi Moore, first place; Racheal McGill, second; and Andrea Huriega, third. In the Pee Wee Division, Kaitlin Sutherland was again the first place winner. Juniors Division winners were: Colby Turner, first place; Hunter Goodman, second; and Hannah Hulburt, third. In the Seniors Division, PJ Pickett was on top with first place, followed by Devon Branch with second, and Johnny Gourley with third.
The Keyhole Race Lead Line Division was won by Kinidi Moore; Racheal McGill came in second and Ty Gourley was third. Kaitlin Sutherland was first in the Pee Wee Division. In the Juniors Division, Hunter Goodman came in first, Lane Lowak was second and Colby Turner came in third. Seniors were putting on the speed with Elizabeth O’Day getting first place; Shelbi Haynes had Johnny Gourley second and Lydia Yachimski third.
The last of the horse events for the buckle was a Goat Ribbon Pull for the lead liners. Results were: Kinidi Moore, first place; Andrea Huriega, second; and Madelyn Brown, third. The Pee Wee Division also pulled the ribbon off the tail; Bryce Fry got first and Kaitlin Sutherland took second place. Now the Juniors had to actually tie three legs together; Colby Turner tied the goat in 35.24 seconds for first place and Lane Lowak came in second. Seniors Division followed and PJ Pickett tied her goat in 10.77 seconds and got first place, while Kaleigh Anderson took second and Kendra Smith third.
We added our own event this year, Breakaway Steer Roping. Colby Turner was the only Junior that caught and Seniors Johnny Gourley was the only one to catch out of seven participants.
Our Buckle Winners were as follows: Leadline Cowgirl and Cowboy - Kinidi Moore and Ty Gourley; Pee Wee Cowgirl, Kaitlin Sutherland; Juniors Cowgirl and Cowboys - Avery Klepac, Colby Turner and Lane Lowak; Seniors Cowgirl and Cowboy - PJ Pickett and Johnny Gourley.
So many people helped to put on this great event and they are all greatly appreciated. First, the sponsors that donated money so we could get all the wonderful awards: Blanco Auto Parts, Blanco Heating and Cooling , Blanco Regional Clinic, D.A.D. Services Inc., Ruiz Construction, Theresa Turner Aussie Logic Horse Feed, Black Toppers, Cattleman’s National Bank, Choppy and Sylvia Romero, Cox Paving, Express Care, Remax Gensis, Sidco Enterprises Inc., United Country J. Myane Realty. Secondly, Blanco General and Super S Feed for working with us to get a great price on all of our awards!! Third, our stock contractors: Bailey Moore, Tom Murrah, Linda Anderson, Bradley Wagner and Travis Gourley, I appreciate all of you for volunteering to haul in stock for this event; we couldn’t do this without livestock. We are also grateful to the men of the hour for saving the event by getting us water and a water truck to wet down the arena at the last minute. Dobie Benson from Benson Body and Paint , Shane Anderson and Riley Comm L.L.C. with Water Hauling, you guys were our heroes for getting the ground softened up for the horses. To all the help that night: Andrea, Beverly, Brandon, Bailey , Bryum, Bradley, Cheyenne, Christi, Jimbo,Linda, Lynn, Penny, Robin, Margaret, Medo, Opie, Shane, Susie, Theresa, Tito, Tom, Travis, Wesley, the EMS, the Pajama Mama’s, all the parents of the contestants and the many others that helped. Thank you! Your service was greatly appreciated!