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Teague Rodeo celebrates 85th $22,000 in prize money


By Brenda Matamoros


Photos by Sambo Burt Cowgirl At Heart Photography.


The Teague 4th of July Rodeo not only celebrated the countries 233rd the rodeo’s 85th


birthday but also year. As part of


the celebration, the rodeo welcomed over 500 contestants and paid out $22,935.86 in prize money.


The Teague rodeo has proved to be the one of the best and largest amateur rodeos in the State of Texas with this year’s rodeo entries numbers around 700. (Many contestants entered all three nights of the rodeo.) Sponsored by the Teague Rodeo Association, the event draws fans and participants from all over the state.


“There is a quite a history to our rodeo. The people who came before us have done a great job setting up the foundation for a lot of the success,” said Randy Barger, president of the association. “Most of us who are in the association have grown up in it. We are just trying our best to keep the traditions going.” Teague teems with tradition, not only the towns but rodeo families alike who have generations of memories.


“My mom barrel races and for years she has competed at Teague. It’s a tradition for us to go up Thursday and stay all weekend and cookout and camp out with friends and run every night. That’s what we’ve been doing ever since I can remember,” said Lauren Sparks, 22 from Conroe, winner of the gold buckle and approximately $1800 in barrel racing. “My horse was on fire, she had no problems. She rested well at night, and did good during the day and seemed very


Cassidy Boggs - breakaway, Jake Brown - bareback and Lauren Sparks - barrels all won their respective events this year in Teague. Their haul included buckles and most importantly, cash!


anniversary with


happy.”


Over the three days Sparks ran a 16.606, 16.530 and 16.7 to clench the win.


According to Barger, another reason the rodeo is popular is because it holds slack after the rodeo. “It helps the folks that are traveling to know they can kind of work us in one way or another,” Barger said. For example, it was about 1:30 a.m. on July 5 when Westyn Hughes, 16, roped his calf in 7.84 seconds in slack. It was that time that beat out 109 other calf ropers to win him the gold buckle, $2041.61 and pushed him over the $20,000 mark since the rodeo season began. He sits in first place in both the UPRA and CPRA standings.


“One of my goals this year was to break the season money earning in the calf roping and the Teague win definitely put me over that mark,” he said although he had no idea if he had succeeded. “Saturday night during slack they still had 74 guys to go and when you have more than 70 to go, you don’t know if you’re going to get a check. It’s one of the biggest rodeos I go to


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and you never know what time you will rope there but it pays really good.”


Hughes not only won Teague but he also won the rodeo in Buffalo, Texas and placed 2nd in Whitesboro. His entire Cowboy Christmas run garnered him $4300.


Jake Brown, 24 from Hillsboro, won the gold buckle at Teague last year in bareback riding and won it again this year with an 83 point score. It helped he knew the horse he was getting on at Teague since he had ridden it a week before at another rodeo. “You know what to expect and you aren’t caught off guard. You kinda know what they are going to do,” Brown said. But it is not


always the horse you know because on his own merit, Brown, sits in first place in the UPRA by approximately $5,000. Over all, Brown’s Cowboy Christmas won him $5,000 with $1,055.70 from Teague.


“The first time I competed at Teague, I was a sophomore in high school. I was 16. I haven’t hit it every year but I’ve hit it almost every year. That’s a good rodeo to end it with. It’s a big crowd, lots of people there, they give a good buckle, and it’s really good to be there the money night.”


Saddle bronc rider, Cody Anthony, 26 of Monahans won the rodeo with a score of 78 points and walked away with


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