Cowboy Classic raises money for 4-H clubs

The Crossroads Cowboy Classic on Friday and Saturday raised money for Victo= ria County 4-H clubs. The rodeo included open bull riding, junior bull ridi= ng, bareback riding, a pig scramble and mutton bustin'.

Bull riding is about the adrenaline rush and good times for 16-year-old Tyler Lassere, of Victoria.

"It's a mental game because you're on the back of a 2,000-pound animal, and you don't know what it's going to do when it comes out of the chute," Tyler said. "That's also part of the fun."

Tyler and 28 other entrants competed Saturday in open bull riding at the Victoria Jaycee's third annual Crossroads Cowboy Classic.

The two-day rodeo, which started Friday night, attracted an estimated 2,000 spectators to the Victoria Community Center over the weekend.

The proceeds from this year's event will benefit Victoria County 4-H clubs.

"We just ask that the clubs donate 100 volunteer hours, and three are participating so far," said Traci Shadle, co-chairwoman of the Crossroads Cowboy Classic.

The clubs include Guadalupe 4-H, Inez 4-H and Westwood 4-H.

"I know how expensive it is," said Shadle, who also manages the Guadalupe 4-H. "Not all the families are always able to pay dues, so we keep money in the checking account to cover it."

Victoria Jaycees hopes to raise twice the $5,000 made last year, Shadle said. Proceeds the first two years benefited the proposed Victoria County Event Center.

The rodeo also included junior bull riding, bareback riding, a pig scramble and mutton bustin'.

Tyler was last year's junior bull riding champion as well as the winner of Friday night's competition.

While he has suffered only minor injuries in competition, Colton Kelly, last year's open bull riding champion, has not fared so well. In addition to five concussions, he has broken his collar bone, ankle and wrist.

As of 8:30 p.m., two open bull riders had been injured. The doctor on duty attended to them, but no details were available.

"My friends tell me not to get cocky, but you have to be cocky to ride," Tyler said.