Ranch rodeo memorial
John Barry Rose will not be forgotten.
The 15-year-old cowboy from Crane was killed in a car accident in November of 2016, and friends and family put on the Bid, Boogie & Benefit the following February. The dinner and auction raised $87,000 to cover not only the medical expenses for his brother and cousin who were injured in the wreck, but it set up a scholarship in his name.
Now, those same folks are putting on the John Barry Rose Memorial Invitational Ranch Rodeo and seeking sponsorships to raise money for a memorial scholarship for other rodeo children.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Crook County Fairgrounds indoor arena. A Calcutta starts at 6 p.m., and the rodeo will follow at 6:30 and go until around 9 p.m. Tickets are $10, and children 5 and younger are admitted for free.
"The reason it's a ranch rodeo is because John Barry was more than just a team roper, more than a calf roper. He liked the rough stock, he liked to cowboy, he liked to ranch, he liked to rodeo, so having a ranch rodeo encompassed everything that he liked to do," said Kasey Every, a friend of the family who is coordinating the event.
The Rose family, although they live near Crane in Eastern Oregon, have connections to Crook County and were involved in the Central Oregon Pee Wee Rodeo Association. John Barry's mother, Kelli Rose, graduated from Crook County High School, and his grandmother, Wanda Schnabele, lives in Paulina.
Profits from the sale of John Barry Rose patches and monetary donations have allowed the family to give scholarships in John Barry Rose's name, but with this event, they have set a goal to raise enough money to give to every senior member in Oregon High School Rodeo who will graduate in 2020, the same year John Barry would have graduated. They also want to have enough funds to award scholarships for many years ahead.
"They never want him to be forgotten, and they want to carry his name on with the kids he would have been competing with," Every said of the memorial scholarship.
Their goal is to raise at least $10,000 every year as a contribution to the scholarship fund, and the John Barry Rose Memorial Invitational Ranch Rodeo has been put in motion to help achieve this goal.
It will be an annual event, open to 12 teams comprised of competitors that either knew John Barry personally or were acquaintances through rodeo. The teams, totaling 48 competitors, will be made up with at least one member of each team being under 18 and at least one member of each team being over 40.
"It's not your traditional rodeo, it's a ranch rodeo. Ranch rodeo takes into account the events that you would do out when you're being a rancher," Every explained.
Events include team branding, team tying, trailer loading, ranch bronc riding and a cowboy rescue race.
The 12 teams will be auctioned off during the Calcutta right before the rodeo action begins, and the winner will get part of the money with the remaining going to the scholarship fund.
John Barry Rose memorial patches, sweatshirts and hats will be for sale at the rodeo, and there will also be a 50/50 raffle.
There are several sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations, and they will also accept cash donations.
"It's one way to give back to the High School Rodeo community in John Barry's name, and there is exposure for being at the event and showing the support for the rodeo community," Every said of potential sponsors.