Stands Packed for 1st Lexington Homecoming CPRA Rodeo
The stands were packed for the first CPRA Rodeo held for the Lexington Homecoming on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5th. The rodeo was hosted by the Lee County Texas Stars 4-H Club and their families. The weather was brisk for slack on Thursday evening. However, Friday warmed up nicely and the temperature was just about perfect on Saturday evening. Members from the Lee County Texas Stars 4-H opened the rodeo with the Posting of the Colors, then a prayer by Brother McManus, followed by the National Anthem.
The rodeo brought in cowboys and cowgirls from as far away as Washington and South Dakota. Rodeo stock contractor, Wesley McManus of Diamond Cross Rodeo said, “I am very happy and proud of the quality of the contestants and the turnout of the crowds.” Eight time world champion roper, Joe Beaver of Huntsville, along with heeler, Reno Gonzales of Magnolia, won team roping. CPRA2012 Year End and Average Champion, Ethan Crouch of Bryan won bareback bronc riding. Garet Aldridge of Huntsville won saddle bronc riding and Justin Hendrix of Academy won bull riding. Another 2012 CPRA champion, Cade Staton of Bastrop, won steer wrestling and Chip Brandes of Buffalo won calf roping. Dawn Anderson of Sealy took home the prize for barrel racing with a time of 17.178 seconds.
The local highlight was Lindsey Knobloch of Elgin, a member of the Lee County Texas Stars 4-H Club, winning Women’s Breakaway Roping with a time of 3.0 seconds. Lindsey said, “Not only was winning exciting, but it felt really good to do well in front of the hometown crowd, and people who have helped me.” This was Lindsey’s first win in a CPRA rodeo.
The club will now focus on District and State 4-H Horse show competitions in June and July. They will also host the Denim & Diamonds Gala on June 8th in Lexington. They are finalizing dates for the next Fall Playday series which should start in late August.