Benefit Roping

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For years, working in the oilfield equipment manufacturing business, Rick worked with our friend, Becky Casanova.  She had a knack for even being able to complete Rick’s sentences.   Becky’s husband, Roley, is an accomplished cowboy and competes in Team Roping events. Team roping is depicted in this beautiful drawing by Wyanne Chase.


A few months ago, Roley was severely injured in a horseback riding accident.  Residents of the  Falfurrias, Texas and Premont, where Roley grew up and where many family members live, decided to have a team roping benefit in his honor.  The object is to raise funds to help offset medical bills.

Since it is only 60 miles away, we wanted to go to the event and see Becky and Roley.  When we arrived, the kids were getting their ring side positions.


Roley’s daughter, Mia, mounted up to assist.


Judging from the size of this “cowboy”, apparently there is no limit to when you start riding.  It is at least 18 inches between his feet and the stirrups.


It started to get dark when the  competition began.  The cowboys waited for their turn.


It was great to see Becky, Roley and Mia since it has been more than a year.


We were happy to see Roley take his first steps away from his wheelchair since his accident.  We are hopeful that the recovery continues without incident.

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