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Rough Cut Cowboy Race welcomes competitors

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Donnie Goodman of the Boone Police Department qualifies for the Rough Cut Cowboy Championship Race, set for October. Goodman will be at this weekend’s Rough Cut Cowboy Race as a co-chair of the event with his wife, Cindy.

Originally published: Aug. 16, 2013
Last modified: Aug. 16, 2013

Heather Samudio

Cowboys and cowgirls throughout the region are invited to compete in the Rough Cut Cowboy Race this weekend.

The Happy Trails Cowboy Church of Ashe is hosting and sponsoring the event on Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, on the Baker Farm at 3460 Dick Phillips Road in West Jefferson.

“This is the first one that has been held in this area,” said Donnie Goodman, a member of the church and event organizer.

Goodman, a lieutenant with the Boone Police Department, is chairing the event along with his wife, Cindy. He won a race in Virginia three weeks ago. He then moved on to win at Rockwell, qualifying him for the Rough Cut Cowboy Championship Race at Midland Magic in October.

“Donnie beat the rest of the field by 37 seconds,” said Ann Lisk, a Cowboy church member and event organizer.

This weekend’s race will be a timed event with various obstacles, including jumping three logs, turning the horse 360 degrees in both directions inside a 10 foot square, crossing a bridge, opening and closing a gate on horseback and crossing a creek.

Practice runs are set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The race will officially begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The cost to enter is $30 and $5 for each practice run.

The cowboy or cowgirl who takes first place will earn $100. The top three riders on Saturday will qualify for the championship race Oct. 5, at Midland Magic.

The Midland race features the chance to win $1,000 and is held in cooperation with the Celebrate Midland Magic Festival.

Pre-registration is not required and competitors can sign up Saturday morning. There is no minimum age limit; however, anyone under 18 years of age “must have a parent or guardian’s signature before they can ride,” Goodman said.

In addition to the race, the church will offer concessions for sale, including breakfast and dinner on Saturday. Goodman said tee shirts will also be sold and they may offer a 50/50 raffle.

Goodman said the race would probably end by noon.

Following the race and the awards’ ceremony, the event organizers and participants plan to take a trail ride that is open to anyone.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

“The race is sponsored by the church and it will be a family atmosphere,” Goodman said. “Bring the kids and watch the show.”
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