Ranch Rodeo a hit in second year


Fundraiser for youth, great way to remember a great man

It was only fitting the Green Livestock team won this event.

Green Livestock team members Trevor Aldrich, Bobby Alexander, Trevor McCoin and Chance Pelia won the overall top prize at the second annual Tom Green Memorial Ranch Rodeo, held Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madras.

The rodeo, held to raise money for the Tom Green Memorial Livestock Fund, and in remembrance of Green, who died in 2011, nearly packed the stands at Corwin Arena.

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Chance Pelia of Green Livestock ropes a calf in the muley team roping event during the second annual Tom Green Memorial Ranch Rodeo, held Saturday night at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Pelia helped Green Livestock to the all around team victory.
The competition consisted of 10 teams, with four cowboys each, testing their ranch skills in a variety of events designed to simulate everyday ranch work.

Points were awarded on placement in each of the five events: team branding, muley team roping, calf doctoring, cowboy rescue and ranch bronc riding.

The Green Livestock team won two events, the team branding and calf doctoring, third in muley team roping, fourth in ranch bronc riding and fifth in the cowboy rescue race to earn the top spot.

In second place was 44 Cattle, featuring Gus King, Brandon Clark, Deven Thompson and Michael Wilson. They won muley team roping and finished second in ranch bronc riding, team branding and cowboy rescue, but didn't record a time in calf doctoring.

Empty Loops placed third in the competition. The team of Nick Nyman, Travis Weinke, Craig Neher and Willy Stoddart finished second in calf doctoring and fourth in team branding.

In its first year last season, the event raised around $7,000 for the livestock fund. Sammee Green, one of the event organizers, wasn't sure how much they made this year, but with a successful calcutta auction before the rodeo, plus the large attendance, the event could have very well hit the committee's goal of $9,000.

"We'd just like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the event," Green said. "We have a great time, and a lot of people stayed for the after-party with the band."

At the end of the night, it was the FFA and 4-H members of Jefferson County that will benefit from the event through the Youth Livestock Fund who were the real winners, and that's exactly what Tom Green would have wanted, Sammee Green said.

"This event would be right up his alley," Sammee said. "This is such a great way to remember him, and help out the kids."