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Hundreds gather to remember Payne with roping event

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 18th, 2012

"Remembering Johnie Payne" team roping 1st place winners with event coordinators and Jackie Payne; from left to right Eddie Garcia, T.J. Mackinolty, Jessica Garcia, Jackie Payne & Arlin Lepp.

ALAMOSA—Heat neither rain nor wind could keep friends and family from honoring the memory of a good friend.

Family and friends of Johnie Payne, Alamosa, came together to honor his memory on July 14 at the Alamosa Rodeo and Fairgrounds with the “Remembering Johnie Payne” team roping. Over 227 teams, traveling from throughout New Mexico and Colorado, vied for the prizes. Prior to the roping event, a lone steer was released from the roping chute followed by two of Johnie Payne’s close friends while competitors and friends lined up for a moment of silence.

Prize money paid out exceeded expectations with the payout being over $10,900, plus prizes. Each contestant that entered the “Remembering Johnie Payne” team roping received a free memorial t-shirt. Event coordinators, Eddie Garcia and Arlin Lepp also presented Jackie Payne with a “Remembering Johnie Payne” memorial belt buckle in honor of his memory.

Sponsors of the event included Garcia Ranches, T&A Roping Productions, Monte Vista Coop, Rocky Mtn. Memorabilia, Rainbow Trout Ranch-Dave & Jane VanBerkum, Greg & Kim Howard, Absmeier Construction, Alamosa County, Dewey Dyer, Tim DeHerrera, Brett Murrulle, Don Porco, Flying 8 Bucking Bulls and Stuck on You Designs- Stacy Holland.

Jackie Payne and event coordinators, Eddie & Jodi Garcia and Arlin & Tammy Lepp, presented prizes to the event winners. Prizes included the traditional first, second and third prize: belt buckles, knives and saddle pads respectively along with cash prizes through paid out through twelfth place. Creative prizes included horse tack to the team with the longest time, saddle blanket to the roper with the most entries and a memorial plaque to the winners of the egg toss.

Lacy Dyer & Brittany DeHerrrea won the L ongest Time on one steer award with a time of 22.29 seconds of the “Remembering Johnie Payne” team roping, winning a headstall and cinch. Earnie Padilla won the Most Entries award as he was entered 36 times to win the saddle pad.

Ramon’ Espinoza and Fernando Gonzales were the egg toss winners.

Event winners:

# 13 Handicap Warm up Team Roping

Fast time: Arlin Lepp & Taten Koenig—$256/team, $128/each

Placings: 1, Arlin Lepp & Taten Koenig –$830/team, $415/each, 20.90; 2, Grant Koenig & Ryan Kuykendall—$552/team, $276/each, 26.33; 3, Grant Koenig & Albert Claunch—$440/team, $220/each, 26.70; 4, Greg Howard & Albert Claunch— $322/team, $161/each, 27.44; 5, Earnie Padilla & Grant Koenig—$160/team, $80/each, 27.86.

# 11 Handicap “Remembering Johnie Payne” Team Roping

Fast time: 1, Timmy DeHerrera & Lee Knox—$250/team, $125/each, 5.34; 2, Kalob Lepp & Albert Claunch—$166/team, $83/each, 5.37.

Placings: 1, Jessica Garcia and TJ Mackinolty (Buckle Winners)—$1,902/team, $951/each, 35.41; 2, Kalob Lepp and Albert Claunch (Knife Winners)—$1,190/team, $595/each, 36.86; 3, Jessica Garcia & Fernando Gonzales (Saddle Pad Winners)—$950/team, $475/each, 37.11; 4, Tel Honeycutt & Grant Koenig—$714/team, $357/each, 37.23’ 5, Ernie Padilla & Taten Koenig— $634/team, $317/each, 38.06; 6, Grant Koenig & Dewey Dyer—$556/team, $278/each, 38.32; 7, Grant Koenig & Johnny Torres—$476/team, $238/each, 38.79; 8, Lee Knox & Johnny Torres –$396/team, $198/each, 40.07; 9, Grant Koenig & Lee Knox—$318/team, $159/each, 40.29; 10, Fernando Gonzales & Arlin Lepp—$318/team, $159/each, 41.49; 11, Ramon’ Espinoza & Kalob Lepp— $238/team, $119/each, 43.00; 12, Fred Casanova & Arlin Lepp—$238/team, $119/each, 45.07.

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