Shane McGregor Donates Winnings To WTC Victims
by Nancy Patterson
There was no doubt that patriotism was alive and well when an estimated 1,000 people turned out for the John Deere BULL-A-RAMA 2001 Saturday, Sept. 15 at Northwest Mississippi Community College's Multipurpose Livestock Arena at the college farm.
Winner Shane McGregor of Coldwater donated his winnings for the contest to help the victims and families of the World Trade Center attack.
McGregor scored 149 on two bulls to win the purse of $705. The Lord put this (to donate the winnings) on my heart, said McGregor. I don't know exactly how I'm going to donate the money yet. All that matters is that it helps out.
In the competition two Northwest students made it back to the championship round. Jamie Raymond of Hernando scored a 72 to finish in fifth place, while Lee Todd, also of Hernando, came in sixth with a 70 score.
Others placing were Jared Kizer of Memphis, second, with a 148 on two bulls; Carl Goolsley of Potts Camp and Mike Henry of Horn Lake split third and fourth places with scores of 73.
I was proud of our guys for making it back to the final round in this field of competition, said Rodeo Coach Bud Young.
The flags flew in grand style when Northwest cowgirls participated in the grand entry. Shelley Brawner of Walnut and April Trusty of Olive Branch carried American flags in the ceremony which featured the national anthem, patriotic music, and the crowd joined in singing God Bless America led by Northwest Counselor Phyllis Johnson. Other flags were carried by Jency Walker and Samantha Self, both of Kilmichael, Janice Blaine of Clarksdale, and Samantha Proctor of Kosciusko.
The event was held to provide funds for the colleges intercollegiate rodeo team to travel to events across the Ozark Region.
THE JOHN DEERE BULL-A-RAMA, a championship bull riding competition, will be at the Northwest Multipurpose Livestock Arena in Senatobia, Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. Professional, student, and amateur riders will be trying to make the eight-second whistle. Tickets are $10 at the gate, and $9 at chute sponsor locations. Children under 6 will be admitted free. Early arrival is recommended. Proceeds from the event will benefit the college's intercollegiate rodeo team. That's JOHN DEERE bull-a-rama 2001, September 15.
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