Memorial Roping Event To Benefit Cancer Society

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The 4th Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping will benefit the American Cancer Society this year in memory of Marsha Marcanti.

The former Globe resident, a longtime fixture on the county rodeo and roping circuit, was also an accomplished musician with three CD releases. Marcanti was 48 years of age when she succumbed last year to cancer.

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The 4th Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping is expected to draw cowboys from around the county, some of whom participated in the recent Payson pro-rodeo held at the event center.

Since her death, several other events, including the Cowpunchers Reunion and Gila Championship Rodeo, have featured benefits for the Susan G. Koman for the Cure breast cancer fund.

Meredith Memorial Roping sponsors Garrett and Sarah Haught say 10 percent of all donations will be given to the breast cancer fund in memory of Marcanti.

The roping, which will be held July 19 and 20 during Pleasant Valley Days in Young, traditionally draws some of the finest headers and heelers from throughout Gila County.

Throngs of spectators also turn out to watch the cowpunchers ply their trade.

The competition will be conducted similar to past years with a two Ruger 44 Magnum pistols going to the high-money header and heeler during the weekend. A master trophy saddle will be awarded the high-money roper of the open draw competition, which organizers say is the most anticipated event of the weekend. Buckles, breast collars and saddle blankets will be awarded the winners of the Marsha Marcanti Memorial All-Girl Round Robin.

On July 20, a "Scrambled Egg" roping for boys and girls teams 16-years-and-under will be held at 9 a.m.

A Cowboy Church is also traditionally held on the Sunday of the weekend roping.

The entry fees are $60 a person for the roping and $125 for the all-girl round robin.

Cash-only entries will be accepted on the days of the event.

Last year, Amos Clendon, Joe Lavin, Joe Haught, Billy Jack Ewing, Pete Green, Julie Ewing and Ronnie Cyr won division championships.

Ewing and Cyr won the all-girls events and Joe Haught captured the buckle award as the weekend's high-money winner.

The high-money header, Ewing, pocketed $2,110 in prize money.

Shawn Shirley, the high-money heeler, earned $1,434. Garrett and Sarah Haught say they expect many of last year's winners to return to defend their titles.

At the roping arena, concessions will be open both days, free shower facilities will be available and RV hook-ups given out on a first come, first served basis.

The ropings are held each year in memory of Meredith, who was a longtime Northern Gila County rancher.

For more information, call Garrett or Sarah Haught at (928) 462-3800.

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