The second annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping in Young proved to be a favorite among ropers this year.
Perfect weather, excellent office efficiency and a great pen of steers provided by Jack Fuller, provided a fun and lucrative weekend for ropers and their families.
The Friday #14 Pick and #13 Draw were a great start to the weekend, paying out over $5,000 to the 125 teams entered, and two beautiful Red Bluff buckles to Hi-Money day winners: Garrett Haught and Travis Ericson.
Saturday's ropings started with a #8 Pick, followed by a Jackpot barrel race for the girls and a Jakesteer Dummy Roping for the kids, winning the girls a little cash and the kids a brand new rope and glove. The day finished out with a #10 and #14 pick, paying the almost 350 teams over $13,000 in cash and winning Willie Brown and Hooter Haught the Hi-Money Buckles of the day.
Sunday morning began beautifully and not just because of the weather.
The All-Girl roping was first up, with Jane Nichols and Jamie Ewing roping tough to win two more pretty Red Bluff buckles. Then everyone gathered at the grandstands to hear Texas Cowboy Church preacher Buster Reedy deliver a message to all the cowboys and cowgirls, some of them coming forward to share their own moving testimonies.
After Cowboy Church, the ropers were chomping at the bit to get in the Open Draw; the most anticipated roping of the weekend. Almost 200 teams roped hard and fast trying to win the two beautiful hand-engraved Ruger .44 Magnum pistols that were given to the average winners of the Open Draw, and those cowboys were Denton Payne and T.J. Brown, who won over $1,000 each to boot, but that wasn't the end of the prizes.
Two beautiful saddles were given to Hi-Money Header of the weekend, Garrett Haught and Hi-Money Heeler Chance Lewis. It paid off to be both young and seasoned, too, as Tom Richards found out when he won the 16 and under Hi-Money buckle, while local roper Les Johnson picked up the Hi-Money Senior buckle.
It was a great time in the cool pines of Young, and we'll see you next year for more family fun at the third annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping.
A big thanks to all our sponsors, we couldn't do it without you.
The Haught Family, Payson