Ropers Sports News

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • • R OPERS S PORTS N EWS JUNE 2019 V OL . 51, N O . 7 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs • NCJRA Postage Pre-Paid By Lane Karney Special To Ropers Sports News CLOVIS, Calif. – The James Pickens Jr. Founda- tion Charity Roping has spent the past 10 years becoming a popular part of the California spring run of rodeos. In re- cent times, it’s joined forces with the Clovis Rodeo, so that team ropers don’t have to travel to take part and win good money between rodeo runs. Tanner Baldwin and Nano Garza get that after getting the Pickens Roping W this year. They roped five steers in 38.31 seconds at this year’s April 23 roping, and won $6,175 a man and Coats Saddles. “Nano did an amazing job for me,” said Baldwin, 24, who with Garza was second callback behind the high- call team of Cody Snow and Cesar de la Cruz. “That last shot of Nano’s in the short round was so aggressive. I couldn’t believe he threw that fast, but it was awesome.” “Jackpots like this one are the highlight of the Cali- fornia rodeo season,” said Garza, 39, who’s roping with Brooks Dahozy at the rodeos, and splits his time between Las Cruces, New Mexico and Cave Creek, Arizona. “I saw Jim over there at the Cervi. I told him I was going to come out here and win this. Sur- prisingly, I did. This roping always has a positive vibe. Good people, good sponsors, and it’s for a great cause. Jim reaches out to so many people in his community, and it’s awesome what his char- ity stands for. It’s the same mission I have in my life—to help people and be the best person I can be.” The charity of choice on this one is the James Pick- ens Jr. Foundation, which is based on the mission state- ment of “bringing increased value to the lives of people of this generation and the generations that follow. The organization seeks, selects, supports and/or partners with individuals and community groups that work tirelessly to revitalize local communities. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Pick’s motivation for producing an open roping? “I do it because of my pas- sion for team roping, and also for kids and trying to recog- nize and bring attention to where kids are in our soci- ety today, where we should elevate them to and how we should celebrate them and recognize their value,” said Pickens, who ropes every chance he gets when he’s not on set. “To celebrate our young people and couple that with my passion for the West- ern lifestyle is reason enough to do it. I thought acting was hard, but it’s nothing com- pared to what a professional cowboy’s life is like.” The communities he helps sure appreciate all he does, and the cowboys who com- pete in this roping are grate- ful, too. Baldwin, who lives See JAMES PICKENS ROPING On Page 4 Open winners with (left to right): Randy Bloomer, Cory Wiese, host James Pickens, Jr., Nano Garza, Tanner Baldwin and Neal Williams. – Sal Owen Photography Baldwin & Garza Win 10th Annual James Pickens Jr. Roping TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Dominic Patino and Ali Bilkey were the winners of the #7 Handicap Roping. Don Brumley presenting. See Page 21 Woodlake Lions Has Successful Premier Event

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