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One of the highlights of Gene Teixeira’s roping career was winning the prestigious Dr. Lane Falk Roping with his son David. It was held in February each year at the famous outdoor Chowchilla, Calif. arena. 247 teams entered the 1976 event in the 5 for $40 a man, enter twice roping. Their time on five was 81.94 seconds, which might seem long but in very sloppy conditions over a 35’ score, they edged out NFR ropers Julio Moreno and Denny Watkins. They each won $975. (Dr. Lane Falk presenting award to David and Gene Teixeira. Photo reprinted from March 1976 issue of Ropers Sports News).


By Steve Sherwood
Bill Sherwood’s son

PIMA, ARIZ. – On May 5, Bill Sherwood passed away due to cancer.
  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marcia Lyn and four sons: Steve (Leigh), San Tan Valley; Dale (Deena), Casa Grande; Matt (Kim), Pima; and Kit (Sawnya), Pima, as well as 25 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son JC.

By Bob Feist
As told by Tom Casselberry, DVM

NAPA, CALIF. – Claudia Casselberry passed away on May 13, 2020 from injuries sustained due to a horse related accident at her home on April 14.

Tex Earnhardt with his grandson "Tex" Earnhardt.

Tex Earnhardt didn’t just wear a cowboy hat and boots as props to sell cars. He lived the Old West lifestyle and adopted a philosophy as no nonsense as his slogan: “That ain’t no bull.”
The Chandler-based auto magnate lived on a working ranch, took outdoor showers before dawn every day and built one of the largest family businesses in the Southwest.
His death at age 89 on April 19 was announced on the company website, earnhardt.com.