ONE OF THE ORIGINALS  -- Bob Johnson, one of the founders of the Top of the Divide Rodeo watches from the stands Thursday, July 25th as cowboys and cowgirls took pant in Slack events. Johnson won the calf roping at the first rodeo in 1970 and was the heeler on the winning team roping duo. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
ONE OF THE ORIGINALS -- Bob Johnson, one of the founders of the Top of the Divide Rodeo watches from the stands Thursday, July 25th as cowboys and cowgirls took pant in Slack events. Johnson won the calf roping at the first rodeo in 1970 and was the heeler on the winning team roping duo. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

Takoda Engdahl, of Eldorado, was crowned Saturday evening, July 27th night as the 2019 SCRA Rodeo Queen before a packed crowd at the 50th annual Top of the Divide Rodeo. Takoda is the 13-year-old daughter of Dawn Engdahl and Derek Engdahl.

10-year-old Snyder Davis of San Angelo sang the National Anthem to begin each night’s performance.

American Legion Post 257 members Floyd Fay and Gordon Jones presented the colors to open Friday night’s performance while Jones and Phil Edmiston presented the colors on Saturday night.

Rodeo Queen candidates Takoda Engdahl, Emmie Grace Mynatt, Savannah Torres, Nuvea Hernandez and Cassidy Arendt during the Friday night performance and previous rodeo queens who were in attendance were introduced, along with a large group Schleicher County Rodeo Association past presidents.

Saturday evening entertainment was the Stateline Band and Pat Green. A crowd of more than 2,000 were in attendance for their performances and the dance following the Saturday night show.

The 2019 Top of the Divide Team Roping winners were Baiz Chavez and Adrian Arispe. Their score on three head was 35.07. They each won $1,345 and a Tres Rios Buckle.

More than $29,000 was claimed by winners in the individual events. Their names appear below with their times, points and prize money.

• Bareback: 1. Kolt Dement, 80.5, $830.77; 2. Justin Lewis, 80.0, $553.84.

• Barrel Racing: 1. Shayna Gattis, 18.357, $1.073.25; 2.Riley Welch, 18.553, $838.48; 3. Logan B. Moore, 18.610, $603.70; 4. Callie Albrecht 18.694, $503.08.

• Break Away: 1. Whitley Whitewood, 2.530, $1,258.09; 2. Rylie Smith, 2.600, $943.57; 3. Martha Angelone, 2.610, $629.04; 4. McKaitlin McKee, 2.730, $314.52.

• Bull Riding: 1. Hunter Behrens, 84.0, $3,009.88

• Calf Roping: 1. Braden Harris, 8.240, $1,582.71; 2. Brody Baugh, 8.50, $1,309.83; 3. Tim Erickson, 8.420, $1,036.95; 4. Chet Weitz, 8.910, $764.06

• Saddle Bronc: 1. Blaise Freeman, 78.0, $613.63; 2. Cale Newman, 78.0, $613.63; 3. Andrew Counts, 75.0, $306.81

• Steer Wrestling: 1. Colton Greene, 5.600, $981.36; 2. Cooper Hurt, 5.800, $588.81; 3. Mitchell Hutto, 6.300, $392.54

• Team Roping: Logan Currie and Logan Moore, 5.290, $1,473.94; 2. Tommy Edens and Corey Hendrick, 5.440, $1,219.81; 3. Peyton Walters and Martin Lucero, 5.640, $965.69 each.

The Top of the Divide Rodeo is sponsored each year by the Schleicher County Rodeo Association and is produced by the Cadillac Rodeo Company of Mexia. The event is sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association.
Dan Ray is SCRA President. Arena Boss is Mike Calcote and Kim-et Nelson is SCRA Treasurer. Steve Nelson, Kim-et Nelson, Leonard Lloyd and Maggie Lloyd were in charge of concessions. Clint Griffin managed the arena grounds, while Beckie Simmons handled the Queen Contest.
The SCRA puts the money it raises with the rodeo back into the Eldorado community by funding several worthy causes, including student scholarships.