Tiedown Roping Fans and Sponsors Partner to fight Multiplpe Sclerosis

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Namgis Quarter Horses and RanchForeman, Ltd. have joined forces with the Multiple Sclerosis Center of South Texas (MSCST) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise funds for MS research through a benefit tiedown roping. The 1:00 p.m. event will host 40 tiedown ropers January 30, 2010. The Namgis facility is located on 5101 FM 462 South in Hondo, Texas.

The event will raise money for MS research and care while also giving payouts to the cowboys. The ropers will compete for over $30,000 in cash and prizes that includes $10,000 added money, a custom tooled trophy saddle by Cactus Saddlery, and a buckle by Hy O Silver.

“This isn’t your typical fundraiser. We've designed this event to raise money, as well as awareness while we all have some fun watching the best professional calf ropers in the world,” said James O’Brien, founder of RanchForeman, Ltd.

Stan Sigman, owner of Namgis Quarter Horses and former CEO of AT&T Mobility, wanted to give back to his community in a way that spoke to his roots – calf roping. He teamed up with the owners of RanchForeman, Ltd., a horse business innovation company, and based on their expertise and personal experience decided on a calf roping benefiting multiple sclerosis research.

“We appreciate Mr. Sigman's involvement and generosity throughout this entire process. Calf roping is a passion we both share and my wife was diagnosed with MS three years ago. So, the format of the event pretty much designed itself,” O’Brien said.

The cowboys will compete in two rounds with the top ten fastest average times advancing to a final round. While the cowboys will compete for prizes & money, sponsors of the event will be competing too. Each sponsor will be paired with a cowboy who made it to the final round. That roper will wear the sponsor’s name and colors as they rope their final calf. The sponsors also have a shot at taking home prizes if their roper wins. Sponsor prizes include a Hy O Silver buckle that matches the finals champion buckle and a fully tooled briefcase that matches the average winner's trophy saddle.

“This event would not happen without these sponsors. They're not typical sponsors and this is not a typical event, so we're giving them more than the standard banner-in-the-arena type of sponsorship,” said O’Brien.

Sponsors include Namgis Quarter Horses, RanchForeman, McCoys, Ranch at the Rim, Wood Group, Bisset Ranch Partnership, American Sales & Service, The Koehler Company, Morgan O’Brien Ranch, Burns Nursery, Rangel Foundations, Alamo Area Veterinary Clinic, Hondo National Bank, and Texas Ag Finance.

Additional funds will be raised from ticket sales. Spectators will have access to free food, up-close-and-personal seating and a chance at door prizes, including an autographed Clay Walker guitar. Walker, country music artist and founder of Bands Against MS was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 1996.

The Multiple Sclerosis Center of South Texas, is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to bettering the lives of individuals and families living with Multiple Sclerosis. It is their goal to provide comprehensive care, education, therapy and support to help MS patients achieve their highest level of wellness. Each month, the MS Center presents educational programs and seminars regarding making living with MS easier for patients and their families.

Regularly, individuals work with a licensed professional counselor and learn how to explore their emotions, work through their symptoms, and how to connect with the greater community. Additional services include free yoga classes, rehabilitation services including physical and occupational therapy, specialty clinics on wellness and nutrition, and one of the only art therapy sessions in San Antonio. Future plans include outreach efforts such as an on-site social worker, crisis management team, wellness classes, and under/uninsured patient support, to name a few.

MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. In the United States today, there are approximately 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS)—with 200 more people diagnosed every week. Worldwide, MS is thought to affect more than 2.5 million people. While the disease is not contagious or directly inherited, epidemiologists—the scientists who study patterns of disease—have identified factors in the distribution of MS around the world that may eventually help determine what causes the disease. These factors include gender, genetics, age, geography, climate, and ethnic background.

For more information regarding event sponsorship or to purchase tickets, please visit www.NamgisQuarterHorses.com/Premier or call Janet Kaufman, Executive Director of MSCST at 210-691-1245, or visit www.NationalMSSociety.org.


Barrel Racing / Team Roping Promoter, Bobby "Booger" Barter dies.

Father, friend, and legendary equine industry entrepreneur, Bobby "Booger" Barter, died yesterday, December 8, 2009. Mr. Barter was most famous for his rise in the team roping industry producing team ropings known as Booger Barter Productions and then selling the company in 2003. During his tenure 102 horse trailers, 277 trucks, 1344 saddles and over $8.5 Million was awarded to team ropers across the nation participating in Booger Barter Productions.

More recently, Barter dipped his toes into the barrel racing market. Actually, true to Booger's style, he jumped into the barrel racing market with both feet. Already, World Barrel Racing Productions was responsible for paying out nearly $4 Million in cash and prizes.

WorldTeamRoping.com calls him "a man of great stature in body and spirit". Well said guys. As a man who has demonstrated the possibilities of business within the equine industry, Mr. Barter will be missed dearly.

From WorldTeamRoping.com

The rodeo world lost one of its greatest producers and friends with the passing of Bobby “Booger” Barter, who passed away today at his home in Athens, Texas.

One of the most innovative producers in the roping and barrel racing industries, Booger did everything on a grand scale. From his truck ropings and barrel racings, Booger put some of the most beautiful prizes and largest checks in the hands of the barrel racing and team roping populace.

Sadly, some of the greatest barrel racing and team roping events will pass on into to legend with this great man.

A man of great stature in body and spirit, Booger Barter will be greatly missed by all who know him and had the privilege of entering one of his great events.

We know many of you had plans to attend the upcoming barrel race and team roping in Glen Rose, Texas. Those events have been cancelled, and World Barrel Racing and World Team Roping have ceased to exist as of today. Please give Booger’s family time to morn their loss. All financial responsibilities of those events and WBR memberships will be taken care of in due course.

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