By LIBBY CLUETT
The 76th annual Palo Pinto County Livestock Association Pro Rodeo came to a close Saturday night and left several winners with some extra cash in their hands.
Sara Price didn’t compete in the arena, but won money for just sitting in her seat and watching. In honor of the rodeo’s 76th anniversary, Ram Country offered a ticket holder a special incentive of $760 in cash. Although they originally offered the prize for a Thursday-night ticket holder, no one was present to claim the cash. The drawing rolled over to Friday night, where Price took home the prize.
This year’s rodeo queen, crowned Saturday night is Ashlynn Robinson and the princees is Ambra Burkheimer, who was uncontested.
PPCLA Queen Robinson was sponsored by The Sleep Shop, HMW Fabrications, Awesome Blossoms, Hayes Station Old Fashion Soda Shop, D&F Battery, Robinson Service Center, Coco’s Boutique, Penny’s Floral Shop, Emerald Lane Boutique and The Bead Barn.
PPCLA Princess Burkheimer was sponsored by Fiberglass Systems, Palo Pinto County Cowboy Church, Lisa Ellestad-Boer Goats-R-Us, Matheson Gas, Phillips and Accuracy Products.
The competition saw many event winners vying for a part of a $40,129.50 total payout.
Morgan Grant was the all-round champion and left Mineral Wells $1,019.35 wealthier.
Riding the bucking horse “Citation” Thursday night, Tom McFarland of Bowie, Texas, won the bareback riding, scoring an 83 and winning $820.80. In saddle bronc riding, Wade Sundell, of Coleman, Okla., rode “Black Orchid” with a winning score of 79 and took home $1,064.
The bull riding champ came from Down Under. Cody Heffernan of Australia won the event, scoring 84 points on the back of “Niknak” and winning $1,903.80.
Cory Solomon, of Prairie View, Texas, won tie-down roping. He scored 7.5 seconds and took home $1,322.40.
Morgan Grant, of New Waverly, Texas, won steer wrestling, with a score of 13.9 seconds. He gathered $1,019.35.
For team roping, Blaine Vick, of Dublin, and Chad Williams, of Stephenville, won with a time of 4.8 seconds. They took home $1,460.15.
Emily Efurd, of Pittsburg, Texas, and Alicia Stockton, of Stephenville, tied with a top barrel-racing score of 14.67 seconds. Both women took home $1,457.91 for winning the local Womens’ Professional Rodeo Association event.
Rafter G Rodeo Company managed the competition, providing the rough stock and pickup riders, as well as scorekeepers and producers.