By Norma Green
Special To Ropers Sports News
CERES, CALIF. – The Jesus Is Lord Memorial Roping was held at Shane Parson’s Diamond Bar Arena on Easter Sunday, April 17. It was by far one of the best Easter Ropings we have ever had. It’s been 11 years since the last one. The Green family has had a few hard years since then, with Rickey leaving us in 2018 and then Vernon in 2021. These two men left a huge void in our families’ hearts. I’m not gonna lie, for me it’s been the hardest thing to move forward without Vernon, my life partner of 57 years. Vernon and Rickey built a legacy, their passion was for the ropers who didn’t know Jesus, ropers who never had time for church. They wanted them to know how easy it is for them to have eternity where there are no tears and no pain, forever. Instead of in a fiery pit with so much agonizing pain forever. We all have a choice. So, they brought church to the roping arena. We felt like we needed to move this legacy forward and make this a Memorial for these two great men who loved their roping buddies. Apparently a lot of you ropers also thought this roping should come back as we had an overwhelming amount of support. We are so thankful and blessed with your support, there are so many to thank. This roping was a huge success thanks to everyone who showed up and those who supported in any way. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.
A special thank you to Shane and Kim Parson for the use of their facility. Also, thank you to Corey Ross for coming out to deliver an excellent message at church service. To Jeff Henley for flagging all day long. Also thank you to Eric Cozzitorto, Brenda Robbins and Bobbie DeMaria for keeping the roping running smoothly. Appreciation and gratitude to Jenny Sherbo for organizing and running the Dummy Roping. Rochelle Stewart for organizing the Easter Egg Hunt and kids prizes. We could not have done it without all of you.
Thank you so much to our sponsors:
Saddle Sponsors: Shane and Kim Parson, Diamond Bar Arena; Ralph Fagundes; Monty and Kathy Petska; Patrick and Amie Grohl, Premier Equine Center; Kelly Green.
Buckle Sponsors: Matt Wilson, Outlaw Saddles & Silver.
Breast Collar Sponsors: Patrick and Heather Benedict.
Youth Event Sponsor: Wyatt and Carol Gibbs, The Trailer Specialist.
Additional Sponsors: Jack and Bev Sparrowk; Joe and Lori Nevis; Mike Bettencourt; Equibrand Classic, Classic Equine; Nicole Erickson; Ropers Sports News; Gus and Stephanie Anderson; Tanner James; Colton Haynes; Lee’s Feed Steve and Andrea Brents; Yeti; Danielle Lee; Cinch; Jeff Henly; Hank Brown; Adney Family; Darlene and Walt Woodard; Dennis Odum; Dave and Julie Moore; Les Weidman; Kingdom Ranch Ministries; Grant and Jami Hirdes; Kjeldgaard Family; Linda and Steve Grandov; Seth and Barbara Hoyt; Jamie Cole; Mike Christianson; Blair Wheatley; Jeff and Wendy Sparrowk; Darrick Hoskins; Marcy Hanson. Also thank you to the many others who offered support the day of the roping. You know who you are, it was hard to keep track of everyone. Please know that we really appreciate you.