Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier -

This past June, Heel-O-Matic Train­ing Sys­tems do­nated two “Bones” rop­ing dum­mies, as well as one Ground Driven Trainer. In an auc­tion held on the first night of the Wran­gler BFI in Reno, Nev., pa­trons bid $7,000, $9,000, and $10,000 on the three Heel-O-Matic prod­ucts for a grand to­tal of $26,000 to sup­port the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion War­riors and Rodeo (W.A.R.).

W.A.R.’s mis­sion is three­fold: (1) Op­er­a­tion Not on My Watch, which aims to min­i­mize sui­cide and the ef­fects of PTSD and de­pres­sion, (2) Op­er­a­tion Ar­mor, which pro­vides pro­tec­tive gear for in­di­vid­u­als who do and have pro­tected our coun­try, and (3) Op­er­a­tion Not For­got­ten, which of­fers thanks in the form of care pack­ages. Its mem­bers are ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary, com­bat vet­er­ans, fire­fight­ers, EMTs, and law en­force­ment.

Led by Sheri Smith, a Navy vet­eran and a rodeo ath­lete agent, the or­ga­ni­za­tion of about 145 mem­bers aims to of­fer net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that tie the rodeo com­mu­nity to the com­mu­ni­ties that serve. For WSTR and USTRC mem­ber and Ma­rine vet­eran Jesse Strait (pic­tured), who now serves as W.A.R.’s Team Rop­ing Team Leader, W.A.R. “al­lows for a com­mu­nity of peo­ple who un­der­stand and can re­late to come to­gether, en­cour­age each other, and sup­port each other in a com­mon goal—Rodeo.”

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