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Successful Western Wishes Roping

Travis Hamblen
Ault, Colo.

Kathleen Bryan Jake Wager and Jimmi Jo Montera

In the early part of this year as I was surfing the PRCA’s Website I stumbled across an article about Cody Stevens and Lindsey Sears and how Western Wishes had helped to fulfill this young cowboy’s dying wish of meeting her. I was very touched. I instantly knew that I needed to be a part of this wonderful program. After a couple months of correspondence with Donnalyn Quintana, the Founder of Western Wishes, I was told to take the Colorado Chapter and run with it. Donnalyn then gave the contact info for the Ross family.

Garrett Ross is a super strong young cowboy from near Colorado Springs. I then began to look more into Garrett and his health problems, Garrett is 10-years-old and has had two heart transplants and nearly 25 heart surgeries. I was again teary eyed thinking of my own two young boys and how this family must feel so helpless as parents. I knew I needed to meet this tough little cowboy and his amazing family. My wife and I drove to Denver to meet with them the day before Garrett began his first round of his anti-rejection medicine to try to get his young body to quit rejecting his second heart.

When we arrived the Ross family was super, super nice. Garrett’s mom, Kathy, had coffee and food ready for us and our quick trip to Denver turned into an amazing afternoon with what seemed like old friends. Again, I knew instantly that we need to help out these western families as the Western Wishes slogan says “Leaving a Legacy of good will the cowboy way!”

The end of April rolled around and I chatted with Lee Hagler of Mountain States Cattle Company who also owns Fresh Rides, Inc., and he mentioned that he had spoken with Becky Meyring of Spicer Arena and that Spicer Arena was vacant Memorial weekend. With the other events locally that would be a good time to put on a benefit for Western Wishes to kick off the Colorado Chapter.

Then the fun began. In 30 days, with the help of our great sponsors along with an awesome dream team and Wish family, we put together a very successful Calf Roping, Break Away Roping, Mixed Team Roping and Open Roping. On May 29 we began to setup our auction and Calcutta on the porch of the Eaton Country club when a storm started rolling in. We had 50 great live auction items donated from custom jewelry to one-on-one roping lessons with NFR cowboys, numerous hunts, custom art, etc.

As the storm began, the great staff at the country club cleaned up a wedding and moved us in to their great facilities and in a matter of minutes we were setup inside. The evening began with the great entertainment of Chris Wilson and The Handy Men who donated their performance for our listening pleasure.

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JD Ross, Garrett’s dad, helped us kick off the auction with a little about what Western Wishes meant to the Ross family. Their story touched many hearts in that room. Ryan Rochalitz then presented Garrett a custom Tres Rios buckle from Western Wishes for his awesome struggles and for being such a champion! Sammy Hamblen did an awesome job for us auctioning off the live auction items along with a calcutta for the following two days of ropings.

When the dust settled, we had raised nearly $8,000 to launch our chapter in Colorado! On May 30 the roping began at 5:00. We had close to 20 contestants in each event all trying to qualify for the Super Star Round the following day where the top seven in the average and winners in each of the three rounds would progress. Monday the 31st the top 10 cowboys and cowgirls all arrived at Spicer Arena ready to rope. Western Wishes was very proud to have the Ross family there to present the championship buckles to all of our winners.

If you or anybody you know are interested in learning more about Western Wishes please feel free to contact me Travis Hamblen (970)324-0014 or go to our website at http://www.WesternWishes.org. Also if you would like to nominate a child or young adult who loves the western way of life and could benefit from Western Wishes, please let us know. Thank you everybody who turned out for your support and all of our great sponsors!

In the early part of this year as I was surfing the PRCA’s Website I stumbled across an article about Cody Stevens and Lindsey Sears and how Western Wishes had helped to fulfill this young cowboy’s dying wish of meeting her. I was very touched. I instantly knew that I needed to be a part of this wonderful program. After a couple months of correspondence with Donnalyn Quintana, the Founder of Western Wishes, I was told to take the Colorado Chapter and run with it. Donnalyn then gave the contact info for the Ross family.

Garrett Ross is a super strong young cowboy from near Colorado Springs. I then began to look more into Garrett and his health problems, Garrett is 10-years-old and has had two heart transplants and nearly 25 heart surgeries. I was again teary eyed thinking of my own two young boys and how this family must feel so helpless as parents. I knew I needed to meet this tough little cowboy and his amazing family. My wife and I drove to Denver to meet with them the day before Garrett began his first round of his anti-rejection medicine to try to get his young body to quit rejecting his second heart.

When we arrived the Ross family was super, super nice. Garrett’s mom, Kathy, had coffee and food ready for us and our quick trip to Denver turned into an amazing afternoon with what seemed like old friends. Again, I knew instantly that we need to help out these western families as the Western Wishes slogan says “Leaving a Legacy of good will the cowboy way!”

The end of April rolled around and I chatted with Lee Hagler of Mountain States Cattle Company who also owns Fresh Rides, Inc., and he mentioned that he had spoken with Becky Meyring of Spicer Arena and that Spicer Arena was vacant Memorial weekend. With the other events locally that would be a good time to put on a benefit for Western Wishes to kick off the Colorado Chapter.

Then the fun began. In 30 days, with the help of our great sponsors along with an awesome dream team and Wish family, we put together a very successful Calf Roping, Break Away Roping, Mixed Team Roping and Open Roping. On May 29 we began to setup our auction and Calcutta on the porch of the Eaton Country club when a storm started rolling in. We had 50 great live auction items donated from custom jewelry to one-on-one roping lessons with NFR cowboys, numerous hunts, custom art, etc.

As the storm began, the great staff at the country club cleaned up a wedding and moved us in to their great facilities and in a matter of minutes we were setup inside. The evening began with the great entertainment of Chris Wilson and The Handy Men who donated their performance for our listening pleasure.

JD Ross, Garrett’s dad, helped us kick off the auction with a little about what Western Wishes meant to the Ross family. Their story touched many hearts in that room. Ryan Rochalitz then presented Garrett a custom Tres Rios buckle from Western Wishes for his awesome struggles and for being such a champion! Sammy Hamblen did an awesome job for us auctioning off the live auction items along with a calcutta for the following two days of ropings.

When the dust settled, we had raised nearly $8,000 to launch our chapter in Colorado! On May 30 the roping began at 5:00. We had close to 20 contestants in each event all trying to qualify for the Super Star Round the following day where the top seven in the average and winners in each of the three rounds would progress. Monday the 31st the top 10 cowboys and cowgirls all arrived at Spicer Arena ready to rope. Western Wishes was very proud to have the Ross family there to present the championship buckles to all of our winners.

If you or anybody you know are interested in learning more about Western Wishes please feel free to contact me Travis Hamblen (970)324-0014 or go to our website at http://www.WesternWishes.org. Also if you would like to nominate a child or young adult who loves the western way of life and could benefit from Western Wishes, please let us know. Thank you everybody who turned out for your support and all of our great sponsors!