Archives for May 2011

Kylie Whiteside

2011 Rope N Run


Kelli Mackenzie & Amy, Saturday Junior 1D Winner ~ Bernie Hudyma photo

Pam Evenson is one busy lady.  Give her a call and her answering machine announces that you have reached the office of Gamache Trucking, Crooked Horn Ranch, Rope N Run Events and the home of Chad, Pamela, Cassidy and Brayden Evenson.

For the third year in a row, Evenson has undertaken the intimidating job of putting on the ROPE N RUN, a three day event held April 29th, 30th and May 1st at the Mount Paul Centre (KXA) in Kamloops, BC.  The 2011 event featured Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Ranch Horse Competition and Barrel Racing in conjunction with the Horse Sale.

Kelle Noble & Ace, Saturday Open 1D Winner ~ Bernie Hudyma photo

Evenson said the number of barrel racing entries were up from 2010, with a total of 347 runs for the weekend.  When asked how many hours it took to pull this three day event together, Evenson replied, “A lot!  I didn’t keep track.  There were three of us and we started working on it in December.”

Harley Antoine & Jolee, Saturday & Sunday Peewee 1D Winner ~ Bernie Hudyma photo

The inspiration for the ROPE N RUN came about when rodeo announcer, auctioneer and businessman, Tim Terepocki, approached Chad and Pam Evenson with the idea of having a horse sale.  Evenson felt that a horse sale alone would not bring in a lot of people but by incorporating the sale with Team Roping and Barrel Racing events, people would come.

To get the job done and survive, Evenson has learned to delegate.  This year, Lisa Whitman acted as manager for the Barrel Racing.  They used the Barrel Race America software to speed things up and maintain accuracy.  Evenson insisted on proper care and maintenance of the ground and said it was excellent this year. “If you have good ground, people will come back.  We wanted this to be a family event and I think we have succeeded with that.”

Evenson felt that the Ranch Horse Competition was popular with people.  “The high selling horses were the ones who placed well in this competition.  Buyers wanted the aged geldings with ranch experience, a horse they could take home, saddle up and ride.”

Cindy Mussel on Goldie, Saturday Senior 1D Winner ~ Bernie Hudyma photo

Saturday’s Open 1D winner was Kelle Noble riding Ace running a time of 17.793 to win $676.00.  Janet Cunningham and her horse, Zipper, put in the fast time of the weekend, 17.630, to win Sunday’s Open 1D and fatten up her wallet with $693.00.

Kelli Mackenzie won Saturday’s Junior 1D, running a 18.468 on her horse, Amy, to win $77.00.  Tosha Seitz was the Junior 1D winner on Sunday with a time of 18.396 on her horse Sarge, winning $172.00.

Saturday’s Senior 1D winner was Cindy Mussel riding Goldie.  Cindy clocked a time of 18.202 to win $87.00.  Sandra Thomas riding Starz Six put in the winning time of 18.213, placing her first in the Senior 1D on Sunday and earning her $129.00.

Peewee Harley Antoine, riding her horse Jolee won the 1D on Saturday and Sunday.  Harley ran times of 20.914 and 19.967, earning her $230.00 for the weekend.

Evenson says she enjoyed the good atmosphere this year and has plans in mind for the 2012 ROPE N RUN EVENTS, even though she considers herself crazy for adding anything else to her already full schedule.  I say, “Crazy is good”.

Cowgirl Celebrates 106 Years


When Isora DeRacy Young saw her first day of life in 1904, it was without the fanfare that she has since experienced as an independent woman who developed a national reputation in the rodeo arena, as well as a rancher and business woman.

Set to celebrate her 106th birthday on May 20, Isora Young of Stephenville, Texas, is the oldest living member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. She may also be the oldest living woman in Texas following the death of Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas, on January 2011, at the age of 114.

The Texas Legislature will honor Young with a proclamation on May 20th and will fly a flag over the Texas Capital Building that will be later presented to her.

Young was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1979 and was honored for her role as a champion calf roper and barrel racer from a time when women in rodeo were very rare. She began competing in the early 1930s and was promoted as one of only two cowgirl calf ropers in the world. She followed the rodeo circuit all across the country and aided in the organization of the GRA until she retired to ranching.

“Isora is a great testimony to the resiliency of women raised in the West,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Pat Riley. “Women of today can learn so much from her life that included fame, a long marriage and the birth of her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Young, who still lives independently with a cat named Sugar, was recently profiled in Erath County Living where she speaks of a life that did not include public school until she was 15 and being named a deputy sheriff in Reeves County where she carried a pearl-handled revolver while she collected taxes.

She married I.W. “Dub” Young in 1939 and the two traveled throughout the West competing in rodeos before buying a ranch near Stephenville. After leasing their ranch in 1947, they moved to South Dakota to ranch and continue rodeoing until their retirement from the sport. The couple returned to Erath County and Isora began an income tax service business. When Dub died in 1976, Isora had 400 customers and moved to Stephenville.

“I wanted to stay on the ranch but Dub told me when he was gone, I should move to town,” she related to the magazine. “So that’s what I did.”

Young enjoys a family that includes three granddaughters, six great-grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

“I’ve sure had fun,” she said. “I can eat anything I want and I really like spicy food. I haven’t been sick that much; my hearing and eyesight are not what they used to be, but I can still get around all right. I’ve got wonderful memories, but all my old friends are gone.”

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.

Located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the museum includes interactive exhibit galleries, three theaters, a retail store and a grand rotunda housing the Hall of Fame. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Please visit or call 817.336.4475 or 800.476.FAME (3263) for more information.