CHC Justin Insurance Charity Team Roping Biggest Success Yet
Author: Alex Taft
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular is a marathon, and given the record-high temperatures, the days can be trying. But the hot sun didn’t stop teams from coming out the Cutting Horse Central (CHC) Justin Insurance Charity Team Roping.
First up was the Rich Timmons Benefit Goat Roping, with all proceeds going to the Timmons’ family. The goat roping is always a fun event, and the youth ropers that came out were incredibly impressive! There was a big turn out, and with just a $10/man entry fee, there was still $2,150 raised for the family! That young talent helped set the stage for the CHC Justin Insurance Charity Team Roping, where a record 145 teams came in to rope for a great cause, the Caring Cutters Fund.
While the biggest draw to the event may have been raising money for causes, generous prize sponsors gave ropers an extra incentive to bring their best. Every team put in a great effort, and a handful of talented ropers drove away with a trailer full of winnings.
In the first round, Clay Johnson (header) and David Taylor (heeler) had the fastest time of a swift 5.32 seconds. With Kade Smith on the head side and Riley Williams on the heel side, they put together a 6.27 second run in the second round, which held up for the fastest time. Both teams were awarded with buckets of Platinum CJ, Mamma Monica gift cards and Classic Equine rope straps.
Clay Johnson and David Taylor had the fastest time in the first round.
The short go brought some tough competition, and the top five teams picked up some premium prizes. Kade Smith (header) and Riley Williams (heeler) took top honors after their time on three was just 18.95 seconds. They were given $2,900, Classic Equine embroidered Zone saddle pads and rope straps, Dennis Moreland pulling collars and buckets of Platinum CJ.
Kade Smith & Riley Williams acepting their awards after having the fastest time on three.
Austin Robertson (header) and Kurt Crawford (heeler) took second place with a time of 19.3 seconds and took home $2,260 and Classic Equine embroidered ESP saddle pads and rope straps, Dennis Moreland pulling collars and Platinum CJ.
Austin Robertson and Kurt Crawford took second place in the short go.
The third-fastest time was put together by Chris Bates (header) and Riley Williams (heeler) with their 19.86 second time on three. Those solid runs were worth $1,640, and the team was also awarded with ABC Halters Custom water bottle holders, buckets of Platinum CJ and Classic Equine Zoom ropes.
Chris Bates and Riley Williams took third place in the short go.
With Adan Banuelos on the head side and Cooper Robertson on the heel side, they put together a 21.44 second time for a fourth-place finish. They took home $1,360 and Kenny Kern's Saddlery headstalls, Classic Equine Zoom ropes and rope straps.
Adan Banuelos and Cooper Robertson finished fourth in the short go.
Brody Magby (header) and Riley Williams (heeler) rounded out the top five with their 23.65 second time on three. They garnered $900 and were given Thomas Moore Feeds gift cards and Zeno's On The Square gift cards.
Brody Magby and Riley Williams took home fifth-place honors from the short go.
In addition, a few special prizes were given out in various categories. Kelle Clarke and Cindall Rachner showed that roping isn’t just for the cowboys and were given CR Ranch Wear Custom Shirts and Classic Equine Merchandise for being the fastest females of the night! Brody Magby, who will be showing Monday, July 23, in the Junior Youth World Finals, was the fastest youth time and was given a toy roping dummy and Classic Equine merchandise for his strong efforts. Jeremy Olson was a random prize winner and took home a bucket or Platinum CJ, as well.
Kelle Clarke and Cindall Rachner were the fastest girl ropers!
Brody Magby had the quickest youth time!
During the roping, a watercolor print of Trey Hunt by Mark Kohler, donated by Bobby Hunt, was auctioned off and was sold to Tyler Merril for $1,000. Half of those proceeds went to the Caring Cutters Fund, and the remaining half went to the Gonzales, Texas, Cutting Horse Association Trey Hunt Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Trey Hunt print was auctioned off and was sold for $1,000!
All told, the CHC Justin Insurance Charity Roping raised nearly $10,000 for the Caring Cutters Fund, and we are thankful to everyone who made that possible!
We are beyond grateful to our sponsors, contributors and everyone who came to enjoy a great night. It is always a pleasure to bring our industry members together, but it is especially meaningful when we can help a fantastic cause in the process.
Support the folks who supported our Charity Roping:
Holy Cow Performance Horses
High Brow Cat
Thigpen Ranches Ltd.
Ward Heid – Iconclast
EXP – Miller Cutting Horses
Cannon Quarter Horses
North Star Equine Veterinary Services
Thomas Moore Feeds
Cowboy Trailer Sales
Dennis Moreland Tack
Zeno's On The Square
Kenny Kern Saddlery