For 63 years, bullriders, team ropers, barrel racers and the like have gathered in Tilden to compete in the arena while raising funds for maintaining the grounds and providing scholarships, eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need, as well as any other charity projects done by the Tilden Lions Club throughout the year.
Not only is the rodeo a local tradition, but it also raises about $20,000 according to Tilden Lions Club secretary Warren Wheeler.
“After 63 years, we’ve got to keep the tradition alive,” Wheeler said. “We do things with the kids, and they love to come; then later on they bring their kids, and that perpetuates it.”
About 1,000 people attended, and roughly 100 people rode, not counting the dozens of children who raced around the arena in the calf scramble and mutton busting.
“It’s good Texas entertainment,” Wheeler said.
Lester Meier Rodeo Company was hired for the second year in a row to organize the event and provide the bulls and horses, said co-owner Holly Meier. One of their bulls scored an 85.5 on Friday night, and another scored an 86 on Saturday.
Cheyenne Haylund from Hondo was one of this year’s winners, taking home the gold in the barrel racing competition.
Johnny Bush performed after the rodeo on Saturday night.
This year’s winners were as follows:
• Barrel racing – On Friday, Kasidi Smart placed first with 17.552, Judi Teal placed second with 17.759, Ashley Huizar placed third with 17.890.
On Saturday, Cheyenne Haglund from Hondo placed first with 17.403, followed by Hailey Kinsel in second with 17.846 and Lindy Dollery in third with 17.866.
“All my success goes to God and my amazing horse,” Haglund said. “Everything happens for a reason.”
• Bull riding – Sterling Furr from Boerne came in first with an 86. Pistol Preece came in second with 85.5. Ralph Benson came in third with 77.
• Saddle bronc – Mac Coleman from Kerrville won with a 72.
• Calf roping – Wes Wyrick from Hondo came in first with 10.62. Austin Posey from Devine came in second with 13.16 and not far behind was Cody Prescott with 13.67.
• Breakaway – Kaylin Culpepper from Pleasanton came in first with 3.51. Delfina Bregman from Tilden was second with 6.51. Meggi Olson came in third with 12.63.
• Team roping – Wes Rix and Louie Molina placed first with 5.16. Chase Wiley and Clint Johnson placed second with 5.36. Rusty Wright and Clint Johnson placed third with 5.57. Kevin Rodgers and JB Treland placed fourth with 6.29.