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World class calf roping to benefit food bank

Carol Ryan Dumas
Top PRCA tie-down ropers will again be in Idaho to help raise money for Beef Counts, a program of Idaho's cattle industry to provide beef to the Idaho Foodbank. This year's event will also include a calf roping qualifier for RFD TV's The American rodeo.

JEROME, Idaho — Caring Cowboys, a nonprofit organization, is once again teaming up with Beef Counts to provide high-quality beef to Idaho’s hungry through a professional-class, calf roping fundraiser with top PRCA tie-down ropers from across the country.

In addition, this year’s event will include a qualifier for RFD TV’s The American rodeo, “the world’s richest one-day rodeo,” set for March 1, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The roping weekend is set for Aug. 16 and 17 at the Jerome County Fairgrounds and promises top-notch rodeo competition, said Timi Lickley, Caring Cowboys event coordinator.

The open calf roping draws top PRCA cowboys and phenomenal horses and makes for great competition worth coming out to see, she said. Reigning world champion tie-down roper Shane Hanchey is already signed up for the event.

The competition will begin at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, with three full go rounds and one short run. It is limited to 40 ropers, and entries close Aug. 1.

This year’s event, on Sunday, will be preceded by The American tie-down qualifier on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The qualifier is an opportunity for the top 10 ropers to advance to semifinals to compete with top ropers from the other nine qualifiers and go up against PRCA ropers in the finals, Lickley said.

The American finals winners take home $100,000 and an additional $1 million if they were qualifiers, she said.

The Jerome competition is the only American calf roping qualifier in the West and is open to anyone of any age, she said.

A cowboy auction, silent auction and junior calf roping are also part of the roping extravaganza. The youth roping will include competition for ages 16to 18, 13 to 15, and under 12 and is set for Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.

Onsite concessions, including a beer garden, will be available. All events are open to the public. Admission is by free-will donation of cash or canned goods.

All cash proceeds will go to Beef Counts, Idaho’s Beef Industry United Against Hunger, which provides a consistent supply of beef to the Idaho Foodbank.

Last year’s calf roping raised $8,000 for beef donations and totaled $12,000 with Agri Beef Company’s commitment of a 50 percent match for all Beef Counts donations.

Since 2010, Beef Counts has donated more than 600,000 servings of beef to the Idaho Foodbank

To enter the calf roping or for more information, contact Lickley at (209) 280-2496.

Caring Cowboys is dedicated to preserving the Western lifestyle by conducting charitable activities and supporting local ag charities, events and people.

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</URL>Beef Counts: www.beefcounts.org



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