Bob and Dorothy Lemmon Memorial Bronc Ride was a success
After his father’s death last year, John Lemmon wanted to find a way to honor his parents, Bob and Dorothy Lemmon. Being an owner of rodeo bucking stock, his mind turned in that direction. Calling on family members for support, John organized the Bob and Dorothy Lemmon Memorial Bronc Ride, held in the Old West Rodeo Arena in Crawford on August 5, 2011.
Family members filled the jobs of judges, timers, pickup men, announcer, national anthem singer, concession stand operator, ticket taker and chute help, with close family friends pitching in as pickup men, and chute and livestock help. Added prize money was provided by donations by the same family and friends.
Both bareback and saddle bronc riding were represented, with two go rounds in each event, and a final short go in saddle bronc. Although only two contestants entered the bareback riding, John Reece of Harrison, Neb., showed the spectators how it should be done with scores of 80 and 83 in the two go rounds, winning this event. Levi Waln gave a good try on both his broncs, but was less successful in the outcome.
In the saddle bronc riding there were eight contestants: Aaron Bond, Jesse Larson, Tyson Beck, Whit Peterson, Chase Miller, Ryan Heupel, Rand Selle and Callan Connelly. Four of the riders – Beck, Peterson, Miller and Heupel – came back for the short go with Chase Miller winning overall, covering all three of his broncs with scores of 70, 74 and 70.
Good bucking horses, good cowboys and an enthusiastic audience made for a successful event with all proceeds going to the Bob and Dorothy Lemmon Memorial Scholarship fund.
Plans are going forward to make this an annual event. More information, and pictures, can be found at the website http://www.dirtbrokerodeoco.com.