Empty Saddles

Empty Saddles - Obituaries


MORMON LAKE, AZ – National Team Roping/Yost Events produced a Labor Day Celebration and truck roping at Mormon Lake Arena.

Sixteen saddles and 24 buckles were awarded as well as the new pickup.

Sept. 2

Natl. 10 Megabucks

Short Go (not placing in average): Mary Vermedahl and Carl Luna, 8.78, $200..

Average: 1. Lethaniel Roamhorse and Gerard Gibson, 33.01, $5,920. 2. Skylar Gishie and Karlis Yazzie, 37.15, $4,440. 3. Jaken Todacheenie and Adrian Escalante Jr., 38.85, $2,960. 4. Blake Clerc and Nick Felix III, 40.72, $1,480.

#10 Truck Roping

Truck winner: Isaac Lopez

Short go: Ramon Alvarez Sr. and Jarrod Tee, 5.77, saddles.

Average: 1. Elmer Fernandez and Sherwin Dick, 23.53, $8,000. 2. Skylar Gishie and Brandon Bia, 23.96, $4,800. 3. Trey Emerson Begay and Chandler Begay 24.55, $4,000. 4. Ramon Alvarez Sr. and Jarrod Tee, 25, $3,200. 5. Trey Nez and Austin Bahe, 25.06, $3,000. 6. Carlos Lopez and Hector Dukes, 25.85, $2,490. 7. Luis Maranda and Isaac Lopez, 25.90, $2,200. 8. Benjamin Rascon and Marcus Begay, 25.91, $2,000. 9. Cy Singer and Isaac Lopez, 25.95, $1,600. 10. John Bahe and Larren Kayonnie, 26.26, $1,300. 11. Brennan Tallman and Kyran Tsosie, 26.31, $1,000. 12. Tito Dukes and Ben Dukes, 26.33, $1,000. 13. Rusty Helgerson and Ketch Kelton, 27.48, $1,000. 14. Tony Carbajal and Francisco Carbajal Jr., 28.36, $1,000. 15. Ivan Varela and James Williams Jr. 28.42, $1,000.

Sept. 3

Natl. 9 Megabucks

Short Go (not placing in average): Kyle Mickelson and Pete Mickelson, 13.30, $200.

Average: 1. Billy Barnett and Brian Raper, 52.53, $4,120. 2. Mary Phillips and Jarrod Tee, 53.75, $3,100. 3. Kyle Mickelson and Pete Mickelson, 55.76, $2,060. 4. John Nichols and Stephen Harper, 60.74, $1,020.

Rising Stars

5 & under: Kaydee Jojo Tallsalt. 6-8: Lysle Phillips. 9-12: Daunte Begay.

#7 Roping

Average (1st through 7th received buckles): 1. Rylee McRoberts and Casey Wood, 18.21, $3,100. 2. Evan Baker and Delbert Slim, 18.54, $1,940. 3. Candie Gurren and Anastacio Gallerdo, 19.16, $1,560. 4. Evan Baker and Erasto Garcia, 20.44, $1,300. 5. Cody Butler and Erik Rodriguez, 21.95, $1,160. 6. Alfredo Maldonado and Osvaldo Araiza, 23.06, $1,020. 7. John Morley and Latimer Yazzie, 23.41, $900. 8. Carlos Hernandez and Stade Riggs, 23.66, $780. 9. Kobe Monroe and Jeffery Tso, 25.31, $650. 10. Abel Aispuro and Joe Hazle, 25.55, $520.

#9 Bonus Roping

Short Go: Tony Montes and Trevor Hatch, 12.76, $200.

Average (1st-4th received saddles; 5th place buckles): 1. Tony Montes and Garrick Chee, 25.71, $4,450. 2. Rene Rascon and Erik Rodriguez, 26.17, $3,160. 3. Wacey Francisco and Santos Martinez, 27.30, $2,400.  4. Rigo Carmona and Marcus Behay, 27.33, $2,000. 5. Jose Gonzalez Sr. and Jarrod Tee, 27.82, $1,800. 6. Cody Slim and Trevor Hatch, 27.92, $1,600. 7. Ivan Varela and Erik Rodriguez, 28.34, $1,400. 8. Kate Buchanan and Jason Belone, 28.74, $1,200. 9. Adrian Escalante Sr. and Sergio Navarrete, 29.35, $1,000. 10. Tony Montes and Larren Kayonnie, 29.98, $800. 11. Calvin Tsosie and Jeremy Butler, 30.24, $600. 12. Cohen Wauneka and Ty Dayzie, 30.32, $600. 13. Rene Rascon and Jose Chavez, 30.38, $600. 14. Meason Ybarra and Tyler Willis, 31.22, $600. 15. Adrian Escalante Sr. and Boots Maria, 31.69, $600.

Sept. 4

Natl. 8 Megabucks

Short Go: Rene Rascon and Osvaldo Araiza, 8.67, $200.

Average: 1. Rene Rascon and Osvaldo Araia, 38.55, $2,310. 2. Jerry Newsome and Billy Maynard, 58.99, $1,540.

#6 2-Steer

Average (1st-5th received buckles): 1. Riggin Reed and Michael Harvey, 18.26, $1,820. 2. Estevan Hernandez and Michael Harvey, 21.10, $1,200. 3. Tracy Spear and Tristan Encinias, 21.76, $960. 4. Ricardo Garduno and Daniel Ledezma, 22.15, $700. 5. Evan Baker and Erik Rodriguez, 22.22, $360.

Rising Stars

5 & under: Jace Hernandez. 6-8: Beau Holmes. 9-12: Keith Gorman, saddle winner.

#8 Bonus

Average (1st-4th received saddles; 5th place buckles): 1. Evan Baker and Tristan Encinias, 20.73, $1,640. 2. Rene Rascon and Erik Rodriguez, 24.14, $1,090. 3. Rene Rascon and Osvaldo Araiza, 24.95, $860. 4. Saul Delgado and Nichole Hull, 29.59, $640. 5. Ricardo Garduno and Santos Martinez, 30.83, $320.


National 9 Megabucks winners Rene Rascon and Osvaldo Araia.


#9 Bonus Roping winners Tony Montes and Garrick Chee.


National 9 Megabucks winners Billy Barnett and Brian Raper.


Winners of the #7 Roping were Rylee McRoberts and Casey Wood.

 Ben Bates, Sept. 4, 1933~Oct. 4, 2017  

SUN CITY, CA – Benjamin Henry Bates passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on October 4, 2017. He was born Sept. 4, 1933 in Texas to the late Herman C. Bates Sr. and Mattie Lou Thompson Anglin.

 Tom Powell, April 20, 1941 - August 11, 2017  

Tommy (Tom) Gene Powell, husband, father, friend and cowboy, passed away after a long battle from Parkinson’s disease on August 11, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 76 years old. Tommy was born in Salinas to Clifford and Della Powell.

 Roland J. Christiansen, Sept. 4, 1922 - July 15, 2017  

Roland Christiansen, 94, died at Highland Manor in Fallon, Nevada on July 15, 2017.

Roland was born in Anaconda, Montana on Sept. 4, 1922. He grew up helping on his family’s ranch and loved being able to hunt and fish. In 1940, he graduated from Anaconda High School. He worked for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company for awhile, but then enlisted in the Marine Corps and left for boot camp in December, 1941. He was deployed to Pearl Harbor in January, 1942. From there his unit was sent to various islands in the South Pacific, including Midway and the Marshall Islands.

 Byron Wilkerson  

Wordy Byron Wilkerson, age 54, passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, May 28, 2017 surrounded by the ones who loved him most.

Born in Morenci, Arizona, August 9, 1962 to William Gordon and Carol (Shelley) Wilkerson at 11 lbs. 2 oz. and 21.5 inches. Byron graduated from Duncan High School in 1980 and attended Cochise Community College and New Mexico State University on rodeo scholarships.