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Laurel Springs residents among top riders at cowboy race

Cowboy Church Pastor Roger L. Blevins holds the reins tight as he and his horse jump a log in
Saturday’s cowboy race.

Originally published: Aug. 21, 2013
Last modified: Aug. 21, 2013

Heather Samudio

Organizers of the Rough Cut Cowboy Race were pleased with the Saturday, Aug. 17th event and deemed it a big success.

The event featured competitions for area riders with the top three winners qualifying for the Rough Cut Cowboy Championships in Midland in October.

Winners on Saturday were: First place, Alex Vines of Boone on Otoe; second place, T.J. Brown of Mountain City, Tenn. on Doc.; third place, Megan McCoy of Laurel Springs on Skip; fourth place, Alexa Kapp of Elk Park on Susie; and fifth place, Brandon Guy of Laurel Springs on Red.

In the youth division, first place went to Skylar Segraves of Laurel Springs, riding Too Much, while Cody Johnson of Wilkesboro took second place while riding Little Bit.

“It was a terrific success,” said Donnie Goodman, co-chair of the event with wife, Cindy. “Lots of folks said it was the most fun they’d had either riding in or watching an event. We were blessed with no injuries as well as the threatening rain that held off until the race and festivities were over. We will definitely do it again.”

The event was sponsored by the Happy Trails Cowboy Church of Ashe with the help of area sponsors.

“We especially want to thank our sponsors in the community, including Matt and Laurel Baker, Don and Phyllis Parsons, Stockyard Feed and Supply of Boone, Jefferson Rent-All, James River Equipment of Wilkesboro and Tractor Supply,” Goodman said.

Goodman recognized others who helped make the event possible, including Eric West, Roger and Teresa Blevins, Charlotte and Hollie Council, Linda and David Brown, John and Ann Lisk, Patti Ann Fairchild, Barbara Martin, Danny Lambert of Burnt Hill Stables, Deena Bost Painting, High Country Trail Blazers, Laze L Farms Photography and Ingles Food.

“We would ask for people to support all the businesses if they can,” Goodman said. “We want to say thanks to all the spectators that came to watch and bought concessions and t-shirts.”

The group is planning a Cowboy Challenge obstacle course for Sept. 6 and 7. More information will be presented as the event gets closer.

For more information and stories, see Ashe Mountain Times.