Payson Event Center coordinator Charlene Hunt’s concerns about the future of team sorting in the summer equestrian program were unnecessary.
Her worries turned superfluous when 33 teams showed up for the inaugural Cowboy Tri Fall Stampede, which was held Oct. 11 at the PEC.
“It was wonderful to have such a good turnout,” Hunt said. “We now know team sorting can be popular.”
In addition to competition in the team sorting event, pole bending, barrel racing and team roping was held over the course of the day.
The highlight of the stampede was the awarding of the Tri All-Around championships to those who had accumulated the most points during the summer season and at the finals.
In the senior division, Leslie Thompson rode her way to first-place honors.
Teddy Tomerlin took top honors in the male division and Jackie Dawes was first among the female competitors.
Among the juniors, Pine cowgirl Chelsie Stodghill was crowned champion.
Although competitors had to compete in only three events to be eligible for the all-around title, Tomerlin, Dawes and Stodghill entered all four.
“That helped them win,” Hunt said.
In the senior division of team sorting, Kenny Calloway dealt his way to first place.
Among the juniors, Mason Ridley took the title winning his first championship buckle.
Peggy Randall and Hunt tied for the women’s championship.
The overall winner was Reed Hunt, Charlene’s son.
Reed rode Candy, a mixed breed mare, to the title.
Although the event was held in windy, cool weather, Charlene Hunt proclaimed it a hit.
“It was a huge success,” she said. “A lot of people came and competed and had a lot of fun.”
The stampede marks the end of the Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored summer equestrian program. It will tip off again in May of 2009.