Champions Crowned at 30th Annual OCA Range Round UpMon, 25 Aug 2014 11:50:17 CDT
A large crowd was on hand Friday and Saturday night for the 30th Annual Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Range Round Up. The annual fundraiser raises money for the Children's Miracle Network. Sixteen ranches competed in six events ranging from saddle bronc riding, stray gathering, wild cow milking, team branding, team penning, and the wild horse race.
The Top Horse Award was presented Joe Wayland of Davison & Sons Cattle Co. of Arnett, Okla. The Tough Hand Award went to Justin Peterson of Buford Ranches of Welch, Okla. The Top Hand Award was presented to Jeremiah Campbell of Davison & Sons Cattle Co. of Arnett, Okla.
This year's Champion Range Round Up Team went to Davison & Sons Cattle Co. of Arnett, Okla. Second place went to Alfalfa County Land and Cattle of Cherokee, Okla. Third place went to McCoy Ranch & Beebe Livestock of Ada, Okla. Fourth place went to Hitch Ranch of Guymon, Okla. Fifth place went to Hall Ranch and Daube Cattle Co. of Comanche and Ardmore, Okla. Sixth place was Buford Ranches of Welch, Okla.
The championship team was made of Weston Givens, Jeff Wayland, Jeremiah Campbell, Joe Wayland and Garry Brown. After Saturday night's performance, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Leslie Smith caught up with Weston Givens to congratulate his team on the victory.
"It's feel really good to come down here and do well," Givens said. "We're happy to be apart of a event that benefits something positive like the Children's Miracle Network, it's such a positive thing that it does for those kids."
"There are ranch rodeos all summer long every where and you can go to them and its always a lot of fun but to know that you are actually doing something that helps somebody that is in need it feels good and to go in and to be able to do well as a bunch of old guys feels even better," he said.
Whether you talking about competition in this past weekend's range roundup or every day at the ranch takes the whole team.
"Our team has worked together for a lot of years," Givens said. "We have one guy that came to work for us the day he got out of high school and he's now 51 years old and he is still there. He lives 35 miles from town and he will be there an hour before day light every time.
"Every one of those guys are like that," Givens said. "When you're a rancher and you depend on people to help you get the job done, you can't express how great it is to have good employees and you've to take care of them."
At this year's event, Jeremiah Campbell of the Davison & Sons Cattle Co. was also was honored with the top hand award.
"Jeremiah is just one of those guy's he will get it done," Givens said. "If you ask him to get it done, he will figure out a way and that's just the type of personality is."
For winning the OCA Range Round Up, Davison & Sons Cattle Co. team has qualified to compete in the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Finals in Amarillo, Texas in November 5th - 9th.
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