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First Annual Spencer Miller Tribute

Brian Gauck
Colorado Springs, Colo.

(L to R) Stuart Miller, Bill Miller, Art Leetch (winner/header), Maureen Miller, Jake Poppe (winner/heeler).

More than 500 people gathered the “cowboy way” and paid tribute to the late Spencer Miller at Latigo Trails Arena in Black Forest, Colo., on Sept. 25 and 26.

The inaugural Spencer Miller Tribute raised over $35,000 for youth agriculture events including Rodeo Bible Camps, 4-H, high school rodeos and the Little Britches Rodeos. Miller was a rodeo enthusiast, a true cowboy, and 24 years old when he died tragically last year.

“Spencer lived a life of faith and always had a warm smile and friendly handshake for everyone he met. He was a positive influence on many people, we are seeing that today,” said George Hess, one of the event organizers.

Thanks to the generosity of family members, friends and rodeo supporters, Spencer’s positive influence will continue for years to come. The fundraising money will be put in a restricted fund at Latigo Trails Arena under the care of the Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation.

“Spencer lived life to the fullest, and genuinely connected with many people. I’ve read through his Bible the past month. He believed in the ‘code of the west’ and the ‘cowboy way,'” said Bill Miller, Spencer’s father. “Our hope is this event can live on for many years to enable kids to experience all we hold dear.”

The two-day event had over 375 teams participate in both the jack pot and tribute roping, and included a worship service Saturday and Sunday morning.

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There were tears in the eyes of many who attended the worship service. Spencer’s brother, Stuart, read a tribute written by their mother, Maureen. His hands trembled as he read the words. The service was a somber start to a weekend of competitive, exciting rodeo events.

Winners of the tribute team roping (header/heeler) were: 1st place saddle winners Art Leetch, Jake Poppe; 2nd place spur winners Taylor Meeske, Josh Filmore; 3rd place breast collars JW McQuiston, Dale Atkinson; 4th place saddle pads Monty Lammors, Miguel Gorordo; 5th place rope bags Shy Miles, Art Leetch; 6th place jacket winners Brandee Lewis, Mixer Barr; 7th place leather headstalls Julie Atkinson, Mark Scheffe; and 8th place rope bags Bill Miller, Riley Pordro, and Fast Time buckle winners Butch Morgan, Josh Filmore.

Winners of the tribute No. EE calf roping were 1st go: Steve Mueller, 13.6; Lane Hinton, 15.19; 2nd go: Spencer Dickens, 11.63; Butch Terrell, 13.84; 3rd go: Lane Hinton, 13.60; Spencer Dickens, 13.90; Average: Spencer Dickens, 52.90/3; Edsel Rhodes, 54.48/3.

Winners of the Equal Opportunity Open Calf Roping were 1st go: Brian Gillen, 10.77; Britt Bath, 10.96; 2nd go: Eric Jiblits, 10.18; Doug Johnson, 10.20; 3rd go: Ross McAdow, 9.90; Jayce Johnson,   10.02; Average: Britt Bath, 33.22/3; Jayce Johnson, 35.43/3.

Winners of the Break Away Roping were 1st go: Jesse Marshall, 3.53; Jenna Jolly, 4.12; 2nd go: Lacey Holeman, 3.22; Steve Mueller, 3.47; 3rd go: Butch Terrell, 2.97; Jenna Jolly, 3.69; Average: Bonnie Blasingame, 29.99/3; Erin Johnson, 7.48/2.

Barrel racing winners with $250.00 added money were: 1D – Dawn Lazor 1st; Jody Knight 2nd; Therese Byorick 3rd; 2D – Cody McMillan 1st; Janine Barr 2nd; Kate Watson 3rd; 3D – Kim Tallent 1st; Erin McGinn 2nd; Sydney Blevins 3rd; and 4D – Debbie Jimeson 1st; Taylor Miniat 2nd.

“It was exciting to see people of all ages participate in this event,” said Joan Hathcock, entry coordinator. “We were pleased so many people enjoyed the roping and barrel race events.”

“This event far exceeded our expectations,” said Dennis Hathcock, another event organizer.

At the conclusion of the weekend, trucks and trailers left the parking lot and the arena sat empty. The building was still filled with the memories of cowboy hats, leather boots, and dirty jeans. Laughter and tears were shared by folks who wanted to pay tribute to a young cowboy whose life ended short.

“We have to thank the participants, sponsors and volunteers. So many great people contributed time and money to make this tribute a success,” said Hess.

The first-ever fundraising rodeo event embodied exactly how Spencer Miller would have wanted it to – the “cowboy way” – as explained by a simple sign hanging in Latigo Trails Arena: your word is your bond, stewardship of resources, freedom to fail… and to succeed, quiet confidence, and fierce loyalty.

More than 500 people gathered the “cowboy way” and paid tribute to the late Spencer Miller at Latigo Trails Arena in Black Forest, Colo., on Sept. 25 and 26.

The inaugural Spencer Miller Tribute raised over $35,000 for youth agriculture events including Rodeo Bible Camps, 4-H, high school rodeos and the Little Britches Rodeos. Miller was a rodeo enthusiast, a true cowboy, and 24 years old when he died tragically last year.

“Spencer lived a life of faith and always had a warm smile and friendly handshake for everyone he met. He was a positive influence on many people, we are seeing that today,” said George Hess, one of the event organizers.

Thanks to the generosity of family members, friends and rodeo supporters, Spencer’s positive influence will continue for years to come. The fundraising money will be put in a restricted fund at Latigo Trails Arena under the care of the Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation.

“Spencer lived life to the fullest, and genuinely connected with many people. I’ve read through his Bible the past month. He believed in the ‘code of the west’ and the ‘cowboy way,'” said Bill Miller, Spencer’s father. “Our hope is this event can live on for many years to enable kids to experience all we hold dear.”

The two-day event had over 375 teams participate in both the jack pot and tribute roping, and included a worship service Saturday and Sunday morning.

There were tears in the eyes of many who attended the worship service. Spencer’s brother, Stuart, read a tribute written by their mother, Maureen. His hands trembled as he read the words. The service was a somber start to a weekend of competitive, exciting rodeo events.

Winners of the tribute team roping (header/heeler) were: 1st place saddle winners Art Leetch, Jake Poppe; 2nd place spur winners Taylor Meeske, Josh Filmore; 3rd place breast collars JW McQuiston, Dale Atkinson; 4th place saddle pads Monty Lammors, Miguel Gorordo; 5th place rope bags Shy Miles, Art Leetch; 6th place jacket winners Brandee Lewis, Mixer Barr; 7th place leather headstalls Julie Atkinson, Mark Scheffe; and 8th place rope bags Bill Miller, Riley Pordro, and Fast Time buckle winners Butch Morgan, Josh Filmore.

Winners of the tribute No. EE calf roping were 1st go: Steve Mueller, 13.6; Lane Hinton, 15.19; 2nd go: Spencer Dickens, 11.63; Butch Terrell, 13.84; 3rd go: Lane Hinton, 13.60; Spencer Dickens, 13.90; Average: Spencer Dickens, 52.90/3; Edsel Rhodes, 54.48/3.

Winners of the Equal Opportunity Open Calf Roping were 1st go: Brian Gillen, 10.77; Britt Bath, 10.96; 2nd go: Eric Jiblits, 10.18; Doug Johnson, 10.20; 3rd go: Ross McAdow, 9.90; Jayce Johnson,   10.02; Average: Britt Bath, 33.22/3; Jayce Johnson, 35.43/3.

Winners of the Break Away Roping were 1st go: Jesse Marshall, 3.53; Jenna Jolly, 4.12; 2nd go: Lacey Holeman, 3.22; Steve Mueller, 3.47; 3rd go: Butch Terrell, 2.97; Jenna Jolly, 3.69; Average: Bonnie Blasingame, 29.99/3; Erin Johnson, 7.48/2.

Barrel racing winners with $250.00 added money were: 1D – Dawn Lazor 1st; Jody Knight 2nd; Therese Byorick 3rd; 2D – Cody McMillan 1st; Janine Barr 2nd; Kate Watson 3rd; 3D – Kim Tallent 1st; Erin McGinn 2nd; Sydney Blevins 3rd; and 4D – Debbie Jimeson 1st; Taylor Miniat 2nd.

“It was exciting to see people of all ages participate in this event,” said Joan Hathcock, entry coordinator. “We were pleased so many people enjoyed the roping and barrel race events.”

“This event far exceeded our expectations,” said Dennis Hathcock, another event organizer.

At the conclusion of the weekend, trucks and trailers left the parking lot and the arena sat empty. The building was still filled with the memories of cowboy hats, leather boots, and dirty jeans. Laughter and tears were shared by folks who wanted to pay tribute to a young cowboy whose life ended short.

“We have to thank the participants, sponsors and volunteers. So many great people contributed time and money to make this tribute a success,” said Hess.

The first-ever fundraising rodeo event embodied exactly how Spencer Miller would have wanted it to – the “cowboy way” – as explained by a simple sign hanging in Latigo Trails Arena: your word is your bond, stewardship of resources, freedom to fail… and to succeed, quiet confidence, and fierce loyalty.

More than 500 people gathered the “cowboy way” and paid tribute to the late Spencer Miller at Latigo Trails Arena in Black Forest, Colo., on Sept. 25 and 26.

The inaugural Spencer Miller Tribute raised over $35,000 for youth agriculture events including Rodeo Bible Camps, 4-H, high school rodeos and the Little Britches Rodeos. Miller was a rodeo enthusiast, a true cowboy, and 24 years old when he died tragically last year.

“Spencer lived a life of faith and always had a warm smile and friendly handshake for everyone he met. He was a positive influence on many people, we are seeing that today,” said George Hess, one of the event organizers.

Thanks to the generosity of family members, friends and rodeo supporters, Spencer’s positive influence will continue for years to come. The fundraising money will be put in a restricted fund at Latigo Trails Arena under the care of the Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation.

“Spencer lived life to the fullest, and genuinely connected with many people. I’ve read through his Bible the past month. He believed in the ‘code of the west’ and the ‘cowboy way,'” said Bill Miller, Spencer’s father. “Our hope is this event can live on for many years to enable kids to experience all we hold dear.”

The two-day event had over 375 teams participate in both the jack pot and tribute roping, and included a worship service Saturday and Sunday morning.

There were tears in the eyes of many who attended the worship service. Spencer’s brother, Stuart, read a tribute written by their mother, Maureen. His hands trembled as he read the words. The service was a somber start to a weekend of competitive, exciting rodeo events.

Winners of the tribute team roping (header/heeler) were: 1st place saddle winners Art Leetch, Jake Poppe; 2nd place spur winners Taylor Meeske, Josh Filmore; 3rd place breast collars JW McQuiston, Dale Atkinson; 4th place saddle pads Monty Lammors, Miguel Gorordo; 5th place rope bags Shy Miles, Art Leetch; 6th place jacket winners Brandee Lewis, Mixer Barr; 7th place leather headstalls Julie Atkinson, Mark Scheffe; and 8th place rope bags Bill Miller, Riley Pordro, and Fast Time buckle winners Butch Morgan, Josh Filmore.

Winners of the tribute No. EE calf roping were 1st go: Steve Mueller, 13.6; Lane Hinton, 15.19; 2nd go: Spencer Dickens, 11.63; Butch Terrell, 13.84; 3rd go: Lane Hinton, 13.60; Spencer Dickens, 13.90; Average: Spencer Dickens, 52.90/3; Edsel Rhodes, 54.48/3.

Winners of the Equal Opportunity Open Calf Roping were 1st go: Brian Gillen, 10.77; Britt Bath, 10.96; 2nd go: Eric Jiblits, 10.18; Doug Johnson, 10.20; 3rd go: Ross McAdow, 9.90; Jayce Johnson,   10.02; Average: Britt Bath, 33.22/3; Jayce Johnson, 35.43/3.

Winners of the Break Away Roping were 1st go: Jesse Marshall, 3.53; Jenna Jolly, 4.12; 2nd go: Lacey Holeman, 3.22; Steve Mueller, 3.47; 3rd go: Butch Terrell, 2.97; Jenna Jolly, 3.69; Average: Bonnie Blasingame, 29.99/3; Erin Johnson, 7.48/2.

Barrel racing winners with $250.00 added money were: 1D – Dawn Lazor 1st; Jody Knight 2nd; Therese Byorick 3rd; 2D – Cody McMillan 1st; Janine Barr 2nd; Kate Watson 3rd; 3D – Kim Tallent 1st; Erin McGinn 2nd; Sydney Blevins 3rd; and 4D – Debbie Jimeson 1st; Taylor Miniat 2nd.

“It was exciting to see people of all ages participate in this event,” said Joan Hathcock, entry coordinator. “We were pleased so many people enjoyed the roping and barrel race events.”

“This event far exceeded our expectations,” said Dennis Hathcock, another event organizer.

At the conclusion of the weekend, trucks and trailers left the parking lot and the arena sat empty. The building was still filled with the memories of cowboy hats, leather boots, and dirty jeans. Laughter and tears were shared by folks who wanted to pay tribute to a young cowboy whose life ended short.

“We have to thank the participants, sponsors and volunteers. So many great people contributed time and money to make this tribute a success,” said Hess.

The first-ever fundraising rodeo event embodied exactly how Spencer Miller would have wanted it to – the “cowboy way” – as explained by a simple sign hanging in Latigo Trails Arena: your word is your bond, stewardship of resources, freedom to fail… and to succeed, quiet confidence, and fierce loyalty.

More than 500 people gathered the “cowboy way” and paid tribute to the late Spencer Miller at Latigo Trails Arena in Black Forest, Colo., on Sept. 25 and 26.

The inaugural Spencer Miller Tribute raised over $35,000 for youth agriculture events including Rodeo Bible Camps, 4-H, high school rodeos and the Little Britches Rodeos. Miller was a rodeo enthusiast, a true cowboy, and 24 years old when he died tragically last year.

“Spencer lived a life of faith and always had a warm smile and friendly handshake for everyone he met. He was a positive influence on many people, we are seeing that today,” said George Hess, one of the event organizers.

Thanks to the generosity of family members, friends and rodeo supporters, Spencer’s positive influence will continue for years to come. The fundraising money will be put in a restricted fund at Latigo Trails Arena under the care of the Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation.

“Spencer lived life to the fullest, and genuinely connected with many people. I’ve read through his Bible the past month. He believed in the ‘code of the west’ and the ‘cowboy way,'” said Bill Miller, Spencer’s father. “Our hope is this event can live on for many years to enable kids to experience all we hold dear.”

The two-day event had over 375 teams participate in both the jack pot and tribute roping, and included a worship service Saturday and Sunday morning.

There were tears in the eyes of many who attended the worship service. Spencer’s brother, Stuart, read a tribute written by their mother, Maureen. His hands trembled as he read the words. The service was a somber start to a weekend of competitive, exciting rodeo events.

Winners of the tribute team roping (header/heeler) were: 1st place saddle winners Art Leetch, Jake Poppe; 2nd place spur winners Taylor Meeske, Josh Filmore; 3rd place breast collars JW McQuiston, Dale Atkinson; 4th place saddle pads Monty Lammors, Miguel Gorordo; 5th place rope bags Shy Miles, Art Leetch; 6th place jacket winners Brandee Lewis, Mixer Barr; 7th place leather headstalls Julie Atkinson, Mark Scheffe; and 8th place rope bags Bill Miller, Riley Pordro, and Fast Time buckle winners Butch Morgan, Josh Filmore.

Winners of the tribute No. EE calf roping were 1st go: Steve Mueller, 13.6; Lane Hinton, 15.19; 2nd go: Spencer Dickens, 11.63; Butch Terrell, 13.84; 3rd go: Lane Hinton, 13.60; Spencer Dickens, 13.90; Average: Spencer Dickens, 52.90/3; Edsel Rhodes, 54.48/3.

Winners of the Equal Opportunity Open Calf Roping were 1st go: Brian Gillen, 10.77; Britt Bath, 10.96; 2nd go: Eric Jiblits, 10.18; Doug Johnson, 10.20; 3rd go: Ross McAdow, 9.90; Jayce Johnson,   10.02; Average: Britt Bath, 33.22/3; Jayce Johnson, 35.43/3.

Winners of the Break Away Roping were 1st go: Jesse Marshall, 3.53; Jenna Jolly, 4.12; 2nd go: Lacey Holeman, 3.22; Steve Mueller, 3.47; 3rd go: Butch Terrell, 2.97; Jenna Jolly, 3.69; Average: Bonnie Blasingame, 29.99/3; Erin Johnson, 7.48/2.

Barrel racing winners with $250.00 added money were: 1D – Dawn Lazor 1st; Jody Knight 2nd; Therese Byorick 3rd; 2D – Cody McMillan 1st; Janine Barr 2nd; Kate Watson 3rd; 3D – Kim Tallent 1st; Erin McGinn 2nd; Sydney Blevins 3rd; and 4D – Debbie Jimeson 1st; Taylor Miniat 2nd.

“It was exciting to see people of all ages participate in this event,” said Joan Hathcock, entry coordinator. “We were pleased so many people enjoyed the roping and barrel race events.”

“This event far exceeded our expectations,” said Dennis Hathcock, another event organizer.

At the conclusion of the weekend, trucks and trailers left the parking lot and the arena sat empty. The building was still filled with the memories of cowboy hats, leather boots, and dirty jeans. Laughter and tears were shared by folks who wanted to pay tribute to a young cowboy whose life ended short.

“We have to thank the participants, sponsors and volunteers. So many great people contributed time and money to make this tribute a success,” said Hess.

The first-ever fundraising rodeo event embodied exactly how Spencer Miller would have wanted it to – the “cowboy way” – as explained by a simple sign hanging in Latigo Trails Arena: your word is your bond, stewardship of resources, freedom to fail… and to succeed, quiet confidence, and fierce loyalty.