‘Cowhands’ Stampede To Season’S End

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Charlene Hunt, Payson Parks and Recreation Equestrian and Event Center Coordinator, shows off the bounty of awards to be presented at the season-ending Cowboy Tri Fall Stampede Saturday.

An eventful summer, highlighted by riding, roping and team sorting, wraps up tomorrow, Oct. 11, at the inaugural Cowboy Tri Fall Stampede.

The three events, which will be held at the Payson Event Center, include finals in team sorting, the Turn ’n’ Burn series and team roping.

The Turn ’n’ Burn finals will include both barrel racing and pole bending.

Town Parks and Recreation Equestrian and PEC Coordinator Charlene Hunt hooked up with Destry and Terri Haught to host the stampede, which they hope becomes an annual season-ending event.

During the summer, the three series drew some of the Rim Country’s finest cowpunchers.

While some couldn’t participate in all the events, the stampede will give the cowboys and cowgirls a chance to go head-to-head with the winners taking home bragging rights.

The highlight of tomorrow’s finals will be the crowning of the Cowboy Tri All-Around champions in male, female, youth (17 years and younger) and senior (50 years and older) age/sex divisions.

“The emphasis on these awards is ‘Tri,’” Hunt said. “To qualify, you must participate in a combination of three events.”

For example, entrants who wish to compete for the all-around title can choose to sort, rope and do either the barrels or poles.

Also, qualifiers could choose to do barrels and poles as well as rope or sort.

The events

In the team sorting finals, championship buckles will be awarded in three groups — youth, senior (over 50 years), women and overall high points.

“Points gathered during the (summer) series will count toward the awards,” Hunt said.

The entry fee is $10 per sort pick or draw.

“We have lowered the entry fee and we will not hold a jackpot,” Hunt said. “However, prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.”

For the finals, books open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8:15 a.m. The competition begins at 8:30 a.m.

Following the team roping finals, trophy buckles will be given to the champion header and heeler.

The entry fee is $45 for three steers and the format is pick one draw two or

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