Rousche, Harlow win team roping at ag complex

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Mandee Moore (from left), Ron Shober, Carson Long, Clay Fordyce, Will Lambert and Rusty Roush hang on to their winnings after the Handicapped Drawpot competition held at the Ag Complex Nov. 18.

Mary Stewart

The jeans were freshly pressed, the saddles were double checked and the horses were ready to work. With that, the Southern Campbell County Ag Complex was full of team ropers ready to compete for the top prize Nov. 18.
“We’ve been seeing a lot of great ropers and horses competing in the Winter Buckle Series,” organizer Janie Norlin said.
The competition featured Pick and Draws, Handicap Draw Pot and Steer Breakaway Roping and highlighted the roping talent in the area with low times on the board and money won. Competitors came from all areas including Buffalo, Casper, Upton and Douglas.
The top winner in the #10 Handicap Pick and draw were Janelle Rousche and Landon Harlow with $756 won. Second place were Gregg Callaway and Carson Long, with Trent Mills and Cody Collaway placing third.
In the Handicapped Drawpot, the Buckle Series, coming out on top were Will Lambert and Clay Fordyce with a purse of $672. Coming in second were Rusty Rousche and Carson Long, with Mandee Moore and Ronnie Shober coming in third.
The Steer Breakaway had one winner with KeeKay Baeza winning $70 in the event.
Ropers from surrounding areas have been coming to Wright to compete in the Winter Buckle Series with more competitions scheduled for the future.
Team roping riders aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the Ag Complex this fall. Barrel racers can practice in the complex on Fridays at 6 p.m. Professional barrel racer Britney Jacobsen will be putting on a horsemanship and barrel racing clinic at the complex Jan. 26 and spots are filling up fast.
“We started the roping competitions in October,” Norlin said. “This recent competition doubled in size and we are really excited about that.”
The total number of ropers that the Ag Complex hosted was approximately 100 ropers and has been growing since the start.
“We want to put on events that are more accessible to everyone with lower fees and family oriented events,” Norlin said. “Our deal is to have events for all ropers with all levels of experience.”
The youngest group that participated is the 11-and-under group with dummy roping. Getting the little kids involved is important according to Norlin.
“We don’t want to compete with the big, high-dollar events,” Norlin said. “We want people to have lots of fun and enjoy the beautiful complex.”
Any and all different ag events are welcome to use the complex according to Norlin.
“We went to encourage people to come in and put on clinics, livestock sales and other competitions like sorting,” Norlin said.


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