Ropers Sports News | September-October 2023

PAGE 34 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2023 Safe & Easy To Use! Contact Jim Yarbrough (559) 875-8548 3385 N. Academy Ave. • Sanger, CA 93657 US Patent 6775965B2 Roper’s Quick Release Looking for RANCH PARTNER/FRIEND • 54-Year-Old Male Rancher Raising Cows, Calves, Corrientes and Horses • Have 10 Acres & 2-Bedroom House Plus 400 Calf Huts (would add another 200 huts if I found right person) For Info Call or Text Charlie Tollini (509) 930-8692 White Swan, Washington ✍Dear Editor: When Billie Hanner, Jim Hanner’s wife, called to let me know that Jim had passed away, I felt sadness as another amazing man, husband, father, friend and roping partner to many was no long with us. So many memories of Jim and what he meant to all those lives he touched and how he will be missed by many. Jim and my Dad used to rope together and after roping we all gathered around the camp for great food and story telling. Jim always made everyone feel welcome and part of his extended family. As many of you do not know, he found my heel horse when I decided to get back into roping. My Dad called me at school to say that Jim had found me a horse. So off to Shafter we go to try this palomino gelding. He was a perfect fit for me and I roped off him that night. A few weeks later, Bandit bucked me off and when people found out, they commented to Jim, “How could you sell that horse to that little girl?” Something that I will always remember. I ended up with 12 stitches in my eyelid, a black eye and some pretty bad bruising – but kept the horse even though he asked if I wanted to sell him back to the guy. No, I replied, Bandit was here to stay. ACTRA will miss this man and all the hours he devoted to the team roping world. I will miss his ready smile and hearing his name called to rope. Jim, you will be missed by many and may you rest in peace. Toni Hackamack-Martinez Hollister, CA Letter To The Editor EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters must be signed to be printed in Ropers Sports News. August 17, 2023 President JT Bradley called the meeting to order at 7:00pm Secretary Daphne VanStavern took roll. The following directors were present: Billy Fulton, Marlin Russum, Larry McGrady, Billy Armendariz, Hank Brown, Lisa Jones, Ken Paddock, Bill Horner, Rikki Perezchica, Tres Porter, Jessica Cardoza, Karen Russell, Jim Waggoner, Dominic Patino, Donald Ornellas. Minutes: Minutes from the July meeting shared and approved. Financial report: July 2023 financial documents were shared and approved. Next JT shared up-to-date financial numbers. We will meet the added money goal from the budget but it looks like we will be low on our membership and $1/team numbers due to the rainy winter and slow start to our season. We are very grateful for the Friends of Jim Hanner to step up with their sponsorship. National Director Report: membership is down slightly in all chapters except the Northwest. Jeff Frietas was hired as the new webcaster. This will be a huge upgrade to the service provided. Team names and upcoming teams will be displayed, there will be an outside fixed camera feed, and there will be instant replays in the short round. There is a lot of work behind the scenes right now with efforts to improve the software program that interfaces with our database and website. Nevada/ Idaho is working towards implementing a year end awards system similar to ours. The Southwest Chapter is getting closer to coming back. Arena Updates: McGrady Livestock is roping every weekend in August. All ropings are getting bigger team numbers as we move closer to the qualification deadline. 2023 State Finals: A signup genius was sent to directors to sign up to help in certain ways at the Finals. Carie Hayes from Oregon will run the office. She has tons of experience and will be great. Lee Legasey will run the timing equipment and be a back-up flagger. We have requested a timer clock with barrier time information in the indoor and outdoor arenas. Billy Butler will be our main flagger. EZ Stall is up and running. The team has been great to work with. There have been a few kinks, but it seems to be working. No vehicle with fuel will be allowed to park under any buildings in Paso Robles. We can park dead trailers, but trucks must be immediately unhooked and moved. Vehicle parking will be across the street in the main parking lot. Anyone who doesn’t have stall/RV reservations when they arrive will have to come to the ACTRA booth. Scott Hutchins with RCR Arena sponsored a saddle for the high money winner of the allgirl. JT Bradley with Bradley Builders has added $2,000 to the Open roping. We still need a DJ and an auctioneer for the banquet. The wine tasting will start at 5:30 Friday night and will be held outside of the banquet hall. It is a free event. It will shut down right before the banquet starts at 7:00. We would love to build up our catastrophe fund. Please bring items to donate. NorCal Finals: MD Barnmaster & JD Machado have stepped up to become the title sponsor of the NorCal Finals. They are donating $3,000. Brenda Robbins, Mac Mullins, and Sadie Mullins will be the office staff. Billy Butler will be the flagger. B & R Sales and MD Barnmaster will have booths. We would like another vendor or two. Classic Barrel Racing approached us about hosting a barrel race on Saturday night in the indoor arena. They would run everything and sanction it with all barrel racing associations in the area. Terry is fine with the idea and they will provide their own insurance. Spring is always helpful to ACTRA and offered to produce our entry tickets and sponsor awards to add a dummy roping in Corning. We approved the race. SoCal Finals: Bruce Elliott’s Sponsorship will be used to produce the SoCal Finals. Mac Mullins, Sadie Mullins and one additional person will work the office. Membership: 1,717 paid members. 1,920 total members NEW BUSINESS: Hardships: We have a list of members requesting a hardships qualification to the State Finals and a few who are requesting a hardship directly to Reno. A committee will go over the requests and approve or deny on a case by case basis. Daphne will send a list to all directors once finalized. Director Ballot: Director nominations have closed and Daphne is creating a ballot. OLD BUSINESS: ACTRA hats have been ordered but have not been received. Daphne will check on the status. Catastrophe Fund: We have received several donations in memory of Dorothy Basso. Several members who have received catastrophe funds have sent thank you notes. They were shared with the Board. One member in need was sent $1000 this month. The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 There will not be a meeting in September. We would like to host our Director roping in October and will reach out to everyone about a location and dates. California ACTRA Board Meeting Minutes world champion in 1963 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena behind eight-time world champion Dean Oliver. When he retired as sheriff in 1991 he continued to compete in a few senior rodeos and also taught boys and girls how to rope. He went on to beat longtime incumbent Sandy Robinson in an election and began his 24-year run as sheriff in 1967. After Wiley retired in 1991, the newest jail which had opening in 1987 was named in his honor. Wiley also served as president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, the same office Boudreaux now holds. Wiley was also the subject of a column written by Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Red Smith for the New York Times in 1972. The syndicated column which appeared nationwide covered Wiley’s experience in rodeo while competing at the Woodlake Rodeo while serving as sheriff at the same time. Under Wiley TCSO had an inmate farm that produced corn and onions along with raising swine and having a livestock farm. His department was also one of the first to have K-9 units, having up to 10 dogs. Retired Sheriff & Rodeo Cowboy Bob Wiley Dies At 87 The Porterville Recorder Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced that retired Tulare County Sheriff Bob Wiley passed away on August 19 at the age of 87. Wiley served as the county’s sheriff from 1967 to 1991 and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility north of Visalia in named in his honor. Boudreaux stated he contacted his wife, Sonja to express his sympathy and placed TCSO Honor Guards to stand by him at the funeral home. Wiley graduated from Kingsburg High School where he was a standout in football and track. He competed in both sports with Rafer Johnson at Kingsburg. Johnson went on to win the decathlon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Wiley went on to play football at Porterville College. In one game against Reedley College, Wiley gained 279 yards on his way to being named to the Little All-America team. It was at PC where Wiley began doing what he was also known for beside being Tulare County’s sheriff and that’s competing in rodeo. Wiley began competing in calf roping, now known as tie-down roping. While he was at PC he worked as an extra help deputy and as a rodeo cowboy to support his family. In May 1965 he was wellknown in the Porterville area, working as an extra-help deputy at the Porterville substation. He also made a name for himself in calf roping, competing across the state, the country and Canada. He competed in the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming and the Calgary Stampede in Canada. He qualified the National Finals Rodeo five times and was the reserve Bob Wiley In the past Wiley stated two of the department’s units he was most proud of was the narcotics units and the search and rescue operation. Trained local volunteers long assisted in the search and rescue operation, including the Tulare County Sheriff’s Posse, which began in 1940. Wiley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sonja, and their three children, Andrea Hudson (Brad) of Riverside, Acia Bolen of Visalia, and Robert Wiley of Tulare. Boudreaux stated he has spoken with the Wiley family, and they ask for privacy during this time.

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