Tammy Lewis, Cody Pearson Duo Top Money Winners At Two-Day Ted Meredith Memorial Roping

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Big winners among the cowpunchers lassoing in the fourth annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping held July 19 and 20 were Tammy Lewis and Cody Pearson.

The hard-charging duo finished as high money header and heeler during the two days of almost continuous competition.

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Header Garrett Haught has his rope around a calf as he waits for heeler Travis Ericsson to unleash his lasso. Action took place in the Ted Meredith Memorial Roping held in Young.

For their efforts the two champs received Ruger .44 Magnum pistols.

The pair also pocketed $552 each for their win in the No. 12 Pick division and $500 each for a victory in the No. 14 Draw class.

The annual roping, which drew a record 729 teams, is held in Young as part of the Pleasant Valley Days celebration.

In the Scrambled Egg roping, which featured teams with both a male and female contestant, Jamie Ewing and Randy Bran joined forces for first place and $632 each in prize money.

Julie Taylor was the top header in the all-girl round robin and won $331.

Ashley Graves pocketed $304 for being the top heeler.

The all-girls event underwent a name change this year. It is now being called the Marsha Marcanti Memorial Roping and 10 percent of the proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Marcanti.

The former Globe resident, a longtime fixture on the Gila County rodeo and roping circuit, was also an accomplished musician with three CD releases.

She was 48 years old when she succumbed last year to cancer.

Several other events, including the Cowpunchers Reunion and the Gila Championship Rodeo now donate their funds to the American Cancer Society in memory of Marcanti.

In the open draw, Will Wells and Shad Chadwick took first and earned $574 each.

In addition to the prize money that was doled out at the Meredith and Marcanti ropings, prizes included buckles, breast collars and blankets.

Sarah Haught, who sponsored the event along with her husband, Garrett, said the annual team roping was an overwhelming success thanks to the support of its sponsors.

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