Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
Garza County News

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Tom Butler Bronc Rider
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Capacity Crowd Enjoys Butler Bronc Riding Event

Sheiw, Luke & Lewis place first

Published Oct. 17, 2011 @ 9:36 p.m.
Updated Oct. 19, 2011 @ 7:40 a.m.

The 6th Annual Tom Butler Memorial Ranch Bronc Riding (TBMBR) event was held at the Post Stampede Arena on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th with an approximate 5000 fans in attendance.

Event organizer Traci Butler was very pleased with the event saying it was "shock-n-awe" with how things worked out.  Butler added "we're scheduled and looking forward to next year."  The date is set for the weekend of October 20, 2012.  Butler said "we need more food booths next year."

On Saturday two riders from Arizona took the top spots with Matt Shiew placing first followed by Cooper Dewitt.  The rest of the Open Bronc Riding category was Reece Clark of Texas, 3rd, and Tell Good of New Mexico who came in 4th.  The Wildest Ride prize was given to Texas' Caleb Rice.

The rookie category was filled with finalists from Texas.  Placing first was Tyler Luke, Willie Morris second and the wildest ride went to Kolton Burnett.

The Shetland Bronc Riding for kids was a great hit again with all top placers from Texas.  First was Jaci Lewis, followed by Tristin Lewis, Rowdy Bradley, Kaden Welch and Lane Oles.  Tristin Lewis had the Wildest Ride.

Saturday started at 7:00 a.m. with a chuckwagon breakfast, the silent auction and the vendors' booths opened at 9:30 and lasted through the day.  The Calcutta Bronc Riders including live auction started at 11:00 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony.  The riding events got going about 1:15 p.m.  The presentation of awards was scheduled for 5:00 and then the dance got started about 8:00 with Jake Hooker and The Outsiders playing to 1750 people.

Sunday morning opened with a chuckwagon breakfast followed by a worship service in the stands with Jeff Gore. 

According to the TBMBR web site the event is a way to honor Tom Butler, of Guthrie, Texas.  Butler was an 18-year-old Texas Tech University student when his life was tragically ended in a vehicle accident in February 2006. Butler was one of the shining stars of the cowboy and ranching community, having earned many awards and titles in ranch rodeos and horse competitions, as well as athletic and scholastic activities.

The main focus of the TBMBR is to raise enough funds to keep the event going and continue providing financial assistance to individuals wanting to pursue higher education. Tom attended college funded by scholarships and this is a way to give that back and keep his dream alive.

The Calcutta itself raised $8670 for scholarships for 2012 graduates.

Post ISD students benefited greatly from the TBMBR scholarships that were awarded last year.  The recipients were Sydnee Jones, Brittney Miller, Morgan Williams, Macy Blair, Lana Kitten, Jackie Milton, Cassadie Pitts and Ben Mason.  Click here to find out more about scholarship opportunities.

Event producer Traci Butler expressed her delight with all who made the event a success including the Post Stampede Rodeo Association board of directors, the Post Area Chamber of Commerce and all the businesses and individuals who supported the event.

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