Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:00 am
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A record breaking 548 teams roped into the evening Saturday in support of the second annual Strathmore FFA’s benefit Team Roping event held at the indoor arena at the Porterville Fairgrounds.
The beautiful day led to a great roping and silent auction which raised $4,732 to benefit Strathmore FFA, and a cowboy payout of $10,298 plus average awards to first through third places, said Strathmore High School FFA Advisor Danell Daniel. Assisting Daniel was FFA Advisors Nicole Amaral and Amanda Larson, as well as 23 students from the FFA and the Emerging Agriculture Technology Pathway.
“They ran the roping flawlessly. It couldn’t have been a better day,” said Daniel. “Steve Simons, S-J Cattle, provided a great pen of steers. Brent Daniel worked the ground perfectly, and he Porterville Fairgrounds provided an impressive new indoor facility that couldn’t be beat.”
The snack bar, run by the Strathmore FFA boosters, raised almost enough money to give an additional scholarship to an active Strathmore FFA member heading to college.
New this year was a silent auction, and an additional pot of money to benefit the Porterville Fairgrounds.
“The silent auction had ropers and spectators trying to outbid each other to be the lucky one to end up with one of many auction items generously donated to benefit our program,” Daniel said.
One roping event, named “After the roping” was created as a way to give back to the fairgrounds for allowing the event to be held at the facility. It was supported by 35 teams which stayed behind to support the cause. They received fuel gift cards donated by EZ Angus Ranch and RM Parks.
By the end of the evening, Leroy Chico had the highest points of any roper and was declared the winner of the Running P Saddle award. Other wins include Brittany Diaz with the Bob Berg buckle for the high point of No. 2.5 and above. It was donated by Hyder’s Hay. Danell Daniel won the Bob Berg buckle for the high point No. 2 and below, donated by Circle N Arena; and Danny Clark won the Bob Berg buckle for the novice roper, donated by Porterville Rock and Recycle.
Among the team awards given was hair-on Martin Breast collars for first place, rope halters with cowhide nosebands, made by Strathmore FFA students, for second place; and horseshoe bridle racks, made by Strathmore FFA students for third place.