Sending two boys to Wyoming for a week is never an inexpensive venture. But for team ropers Ty Baggerly of Sunnyside and his teammate Taylor White of Prosser, the expense is the only thing between them and competing in the national high school rodeo set to take place July 18-25 in Wyoming.
According to Sylvia Baggerly, Ty's mother, the two boys competed in several Washington State High School Rodeo Association events before qualifying for nationals. She explained that the two-man team competed in four rodeos in the fall, then spent every weekend from the beginning of April through May competing. Baggerly and White were able to make it to the state finals in Ellensburg, where they qualified for nationals.
Sylvia said the cost of getting the boys to Wyoming could be as much as $3,000 each, with funds going toward travel expenses, a hotel room for seven nights, the entry fee and keeping the two in Western attire for the entire event.
To help raise money to get Baggerly and White to nationals, Sylvia is working to organize a roping fund-raiser and barbecue at Van de Graaf arena. She said the event is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 10, and will include a roping competition for people of all ages and a barbecue. The cost of the barbecue will be $7 per person. The cost of taking part in the competition will be by donation. Sylvia said all of the money raised through the roping competition and the barbecue will go toward helping Baggerly and White make it to Wyoming.
Sylvia said making it to nationals is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her son, who just graduated from Sunnyside High School.
Sylvia said the roping benefit should serve as a good fund-raiser for the two boys. She added that those who don't rope, but want to support the two team ropers can come out and take advantage of the barbecue.
Anyone interested in taking part in the roping competition can contact Sylvia at 830-6188 or Sharra White at 786-4666.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org