Fundraiser Ropes Big Rewards for Arizona’s Wildlife
By Ron Pittman, Arizona Regional Director
On October 18, teams of “headers and heelers” from around Arizona gathered to strut their stuff and support wildlife conservation at the Prescott Chapter’s first annual RMEF Benefit Team Roping Event.
More than 100 teams participated in two events held at the Five M Ranch Arena in Chino Valley. After the warm-up, teams of cowboys and cowgirls (a few as young as 12) tried their hand at the 10 Steer Progressive. During this event there can be up to 10 rounds of roping. Teams that miss during a round are out; those who “catch” advance to the next round. Winners are decided by who completes the most rounds, or if more than one team makes all 10, then the team with the fastest combined time on all 10 rounds wins.
Prizes included a Ruger .280 rifle for first place, a Marlin .22 Magnum for second, and a TruGlo Scope for third. The 10 Steer Progressive winners that took away the $2,000 in cash and prizes were: Shelly Garside and Tom Richards who took first place catching nine head; Beano Kimbell and Troy Stahl who won second catching eight head; and Beano Kimbell and Austin Carmen who grabbed third place catching seven head.
The roping event raised over $6,000 to benefit Arizona’s elk and other wildlife. In addition, the Prescott Chapter picked up 11 supporting and two family memberships for RMEF.
Thanks to all who participated in this exciting and successful event!