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Rockdale’s Loehr honored at senior pro rodeo event

Eighty-five-year-old John Ray Powell, of San Angelo, was the oldest competitor at Saturday’s rodeo. Loehr, Churchill and Powell are 1-2-3 in seasonal combined standings in breakaway event. Eighty-five-year-old John Ray Powell, of San Angelo, was the oldest competitor at Saturday’s rodeo. Loehr, Churchill and Powell are 1-2-3 in seasonal combined standings in breakaway event. If you don’t consider rodeo a lifetime sport here’s three cowboys you should meet.

• Bob Loehr, 79, of Rockdale was honored with a “gold card” Saturday by the Texas Senior Pro Rodeo Association which brought a day of “old timers rodeo” action to the Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club’s Fair Park Arena.

Loehr was third in the 70-andabove breakaway roping event on Saturday. He’s currently the TSPRA combined point leader in the event for 2010.

• Hal Churchill, 84, of San Angelo, won the 70-breakaway event Saturday. Churchill roped two calves in a combined 7.613 seconds, more than 2 seconds better than anyone else in the field.

• John Ray Powell, 85, was the oldest cowboy in the arena Saturday. (He’s from February to September older than Churchill). Powell is currently third in the 70-breakaway standings.

Bob Loehr (center) picks up Gold Card from TSPRA vice-president Kelly Wampler (L) with help from wife Flo, daughter Mary Lou Wagner (holding the honoree’s great granddaughter Alyssa Luxton) and great grandson Jordn Villalon. Bob Loehr (center) picks up Gold Card from TSPRA vice-president Kelly Wampler (L) with help from wife Flo, daughter Mary Lou Wagner (holding the honoree’s great granddaughter Alyssa Luxton) and great grandson Jordn Villalon. Honor— The TSPRA bestows gold cards to its active members age 70 and above and decided to surprise Loehr with the honor Saturday at his home arena.

Loehr’s family made a surprise visit and were called into the arena for the presentation.

The honoree then went out and roped his first calf in 5.154 seconds and his second in 4.893. The combined 10.047 was good for first place and kept in first place for the season with 890 combined points to 710 for Churchill and 560 for Powell.

BARRELS

40—1. Rhonda Dracoulis, 16.832; 2. Lori Pate, 17.449;3. Debbie Starr, 18.077; 4. Lori Pate, 21.977’ 5. Bridgette Adkison, 30.316.

50—1. Dana Richman, 16.700; 2. Marti Orlando, 16.971; 3. Beverly Shoaf, 17.173; 4. Becky Skipper, 17.423; 5. Juanita Clopton, 17.567.

60—1. Pat Tobolka, 16.717; 2. Nancy Mayes, 17.028; 3. Peggy Youngblood, 17.176; 4. Beverly Shuck, 17.349; 5. Rose Parker, 17.363.

ROPING

40 breakaway—1. Dale Dove, 2.049; 2. Jamie Free, 2.170; 3. Dee Stephens, 3.160; 4. Chad Thames, 3.536.

50 breakaway—1. Bubba Kendrick, 1.949; 2. Bill Nevill, 2.205; 3. Frankie McLewis, 2.583; 4. Buster Orlando, 2.807; 5. Rex Sandifer, 2.865.

60 breakaway—1. Gar y Clopton, 2.586; 2. Rex Sandifer, 2.588; 3. Bobby Hoff, 2.769; 4. James McDaniels, 3.798; 5. Jerry Cass, 4.186.

70 breakaway—1. Hal Churchill, 7.613;

Loehr,

18.089;

Chad

Thames,

Blandford,

3.

McReynolds,

24.412; Sanders,

5.

23.741;

Hoff, 27.636; 4. Bubba Kendrick, 44.206.

70 tiedown—1. Ron Davis, 29.739.

TEAM EVENTS

Ribbon roping—1. Rex Sandifer-Debbie Starr, 5.648; 2. Kyle Thomas-Juanita Clopton, 5.998; 3. Bill Shoaf-Beverly Shoaf, 6.409; 4. Todd Parks-Lori Pate, 6.424; 5. Kelly Wampler-Donna Hardin, 6.541.

40 team roping—1. Tommy Welch-Jim Bays, 7.766; 2. Larry Borth-Jim Bays, 8.571; 3. Lanham Mangold-Clint Pate, 11.801.

60 team roping—Ronnie Parks-Ralph Shuck, 15.610; 2. Ronnie Parks-Jim Armstrong, 16.757.


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