Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eating their Wheaties for the wild cow milking competition and more

Headed to Amarillo in November. (Provided photo)
Wild cow milking, stray gathering, bronco riding, calf roping and branding, and team sorting and penning.

That's what's on the to-do list of  Jason McKendree, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s cattle manager, and Stevie John, the Ranch’s citrus production manager, Nov. 10-13 in Amarillo, Texas.

They are part of a team that will be competing in a world championship rodeo competition. McKendree and John, and their teammates, Jimmy, Robert and Corey Fussell, all from Arcadia, took first place at the  Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association ranch rodeo this month at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena.

“It has been known to snow in Amarillo in November,” said McKendree, “so we will have to make sure our horses and our team are ready for anything!”

The WRCA uses Ranch Rodeo to bring attention to its cause and generate money for its foundation. The organization provides funds for working ranch cowboys and their families in time of need. The WRCA has been helping people for 14 years and gives scholarships for working ranch cowboys and their children.

“We could not be more proud of Jason and Stevie,” said Rex Jensen, SMR’s president and CEO. “Jason has worked here since 1991 in various roles and is an integral part of our cattle operation and Stevie has been here since 2000. We know they will represent SMR well in front of the world at the Texas competition.”


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