Former town sports and recreation leader Charlene Hunt has a new job with the Payson Police Department, but she’s hanging around Payson Event Center long enough to finish her job as host of the Cowboy Tri-Stampede.
“This event will be my last with parks and recreation, they are hiring a replacement,” Hunt said.
The Tri-Stampede begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 at PEC with competition in team sorting, team roping and the Turn ’n’ Burn Barrels and Pole competitions.
Team sorting begins at 9 a.m. and there is a $15 fee per sort.
Turn ’n’ Burn books open at 8 a.m. and begin after team sorting is complete. Books for team roping open at noon. The fee is $60 for three steers.
The Turn ’n’ Burn finals will include both barrel racing and pole bending.
Hunt has hooked up with Destry and Terri Haught to help host the stampede, which Hunt hopes will become 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.
For the inaugural stampede, which was held Oct. 11, 2008, the turnout of 33 teams surprised even Hunt.
She had earlier been concerned that there were not enough locals who competed in team sorting to have the skills to attempt the Cowboy Tri.
Watching the Tri unfold, she said, “We now know team sorting can be popular; it was wonderful to have such a good turnout.”
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’s teenage 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.
Hunt says entering four events gives the competitors a better chance at winning.
In the senior division of team sorting, Kenny Calloway worked 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.
To register for team roping or team sorting, call either Haught at (520) 705-5919.
For more details, call the P&R Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.