Ranch Cowgirls Rodeo Association holds finals
The 2013 RCRA Finals were a success and a new champion was crowned when the top 14 all women ranch rodeo teams in the nation battled for the title in Clovis, NM,. The action started Sept. 27, with "Punchy in Pink" night. All of the contestants, and many spectators, donned pink to join in the fight against cancer. A portion of the gate went to the Punchy in Pink Foundation which helps cancer victims and their families in the ranching industry. The action included teams of four competing in branding, trailer loading, doctoring, sorting, and tie down/mugging. On top of all that, the mutton bustin' took place as well with Karlee Elliott, 7, of San Jon, N.M., taking home the buckle.
The second go round was Sept. 28, in the morning, with the same 14 teams competing in the same events. When the dust settled the top 9 teams were decided based on overall points, and the 10th team, WKS Cattle Co., was decided in a sudden death tie down/mugging contest.
Those top 10 teams returned for competition during the evening performance Sept. 28 for the short go. The contestants wore purple in honor of our military. RCRA held a 50/50 raffle, with the proceeds going to Horses for Heroes--Cowboy Up, a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set restructuring program based in Santa Fe, N.M., available to Veterans and active military, both men and women, who have sustained physical injuries or combat trauma during their time serving our country. At the end of the night, while the scores were being tallied, there was an Open Ranch Bronc Riding. John Kelly Walden came out victorious, winning $1,000 and Roger Brandt won $500 for 2nd place.
When it was all over, Calvary Cross came out victorious on the short go, but Queens of Hart won the overall finals average, winning handmade Marion Turner buckles as the 2013 Finals Champion Team.
The big champions were Quarter Circle Milliron winning the year end average and title of 2013 World Champion Team with a total of 381 points. Nikki Henard of Tatum, N.M., Keli Hatley of Hobbs, N.M., Stefanie Logan of Artesia, N.M., and Samantha Shugart of Hereford, Texas took home $3,000 cash and NRS prize saddles provided by a RCRA corporate sponsor, Oliver's Saddle Shop.
Queens of Hart were the Year End Runners Up with a total of 370 points, and Shana McIntosh, Kate Reagan both of Texas, Alyssa Bigon of Oklahoma, and Missy Holmes of Encino, N.M., took home $2,000 and handmade Aaron Koehn breast collars.
Third place in the average went to Broken Nail with a total of 272 points. The Texas cowgirls Jessica Wilson, Andrea Glenn, Christie Bohlender, and Kelly McDonald took home $1,500 in cash and handmade Miles Bell headstalls.
Top Hand was Stefanie Logan of the Champion Team, Quarter Circle Milliron, and she won a handmade set of Marion Turner spurs.
Top Horse went to Michelle Dyer, an Oklahoma cowgirl on the Rockin' P team, and she won a handmade bit by Marion Turner.
A full house of vendors were set up all weekend as well and each vendor donated at least one item to our silent and live auction, where all proceeds went to RCRA's Cowgirl Crisis Fund. The RCRA Cowgirl Crisis Fund is proud to be able to give monetary support to cowgirls and their families in times of crisis.
Each long go paid out $500 per event ($5,000 total). All 10 teams that made it back to the short go won a minimum of $900 per team, if not more based on their placing. All of these prize monies coupled with the prizes that were doled out over the weekend totaled over $32,000. Thanks to all over our great sponsors who made it necessary: Durrett Cattle Co., Ranch Royalty Clothing Co., Joe's Boot Shop and Country Junction, Whiteface Ford, Adobe Walls Nutrition, Texas, Oliver's Saddle Shop, Grab the Gold Ranch Rodeo, View From the Ranch, Punchy Pix, Pam Lewis Photography, Days Inn and Suites of Clovis, Taco Box and Pizza Hut on Prince Street.
The 2014 season will kick off next May. For more information visit the RCRA website at www.ranchcowgirlsrodeoassociation.com or add the RCRA as a friend on Facebook.