CALF ROPING WINNER -- Hayden Ford of Whitehouse, Texas won top money in Calf Roping at last weekend’s Top of the Divide Rodeo. He is shown here competing on Thursday, July 21st during a slack performance. Ford finished with a time of 9.59 seconds to claim first place and $1,055.36 in prize money. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
CALF ROPING WINNER -- Hayden Ford of Whitehouse, Texas won top money in Calf Roping at last weekend’s Top of the Divide Rodeo. He is shown here competing on Thursday, July 21st during a slack performance. Ford finished with a time of 9.59 seconds to claim first place and $1,055.36 in prize money. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Schleicher County Rodeo Association held its 53rd annual Top of the Divide Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, July 22nd & 23rd at the rodeo area south of town.

Eldorado’s Page Williams placed 3rd in barrel racing while Logan Moore placed fourth.

Winners of the Bob Johnson Memorial Team Roping were Blas Chavez and Alan Marth. They split the $3,960 in prize money. Second place went to Blas Chavez and Robert Zupata. Charles Barber and Misa Hernandez placed third. The top 10 teams from that event went on to compete in the Top of the Divide Rodeo.

The rodeo actually got underway on Thursday, July 21st, with several contestants, who could not appear in the main performances of the rodeo, competing during slack.

Ayla Doran was crowned the 2022 Rodeo Queen during the Saturday night performance. She was joined by queen contestants Destiny Alanis and Takoda Engdahl.

Among the winners at the Top of the Divide Rodeo were:

• Bareback: 1. Payton Lackey, 79, $808.60.

• Barrel Racing: 1. Sydney Graham, 18.201,$602.40; 2. Margo Smith, 18.212, $451.80; 3. Page Williams, 18.271.$301.20; 4. Logan Moore, 18.489, $150.00.

• Breakaway: 1. Sarah Angelone, 3.13, $654.10; 2. Harley Meged, 3.25, $431.70; 2. Faith John, 3.25, $431.70; 3. Chainey Weitz, 3.720, $261.64.

• Bull Riding: 1. Jacob Rodriguez, 78, $1,524.20.

• Calf Roping: 1. Hayden Ford, 9.590, $1055.36; Dylan Hancock, 9.650, $824.50; 3. Clint Singleton, 9.710, $593.64; 4. Cameron Crow, 13.440, $494.70; 5. Chisum Allen, 14.030, $329.80.

• Ranch Bronc: 1. Laine Bownds, 76.0, $513.97; 2. Rowdy Bradley, 70.0, $395.34; 3. William Hancock, 69.0, $276.75.

• Saddle Bronc: 1.Reginald Lecourt, 75.0, $575.40; 2. Kevin Boyles, 71.0, $209.76.

• Steer Wrestling: 1. Tyler Bauerle, 4.800, $543.17; 1. Trace Harris, 4.800, $543.17.

• Team Roping: 1. Kolby Krieger and Cutter Thomison, 4.430, $1,575.12 each; 2. Riley Kittle and Logan B. Moore, 4.970, $1,230.56 each; 3. Cory Clark and Blaine Vick, 5.000, $886.00 each; 4. Cody Russell and Tyler Manion, 5.160, $738.34; 5. Mason Rust and True Lacina, 5.290, $492.23 each.

Always a crowd favorite, the Mutton Bustin’ event was held both nights with youngsters trying valiantly to hang on to a sheep as it scurries out of the chute.

Results of the Mutton Bustin’ were not available as this edition of The Eldorado Success went to press.

The Britt Ballenger Band provided the entertainment at a dance held following the Saturday night performance.

Proceeds from the Top of the Divide Rodeo are used to support numerous worthy causes, including scholarships for local students heading off to college.

SCRA officers include Clint Griffin, president, Tammy Criswell, secretary and Michael Jenkins, arena boss.