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The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team hosted the 2020 Top Hand Auction on February 1. Every year friends, family and community members come together to raise money to support the rodeo team.
The top selling items this year were the five-day bear hunt donated by Wesley Henderson, which brought $2,000, 100 bales of alfalfa sold for $1,100, and a handmade wooden box with western accessories for $675. These were only a few of the items that made the night a success.
Along with the items, the Panhandle State Rodeo team members were auctioned off in pairs of two or three for a day of work. The highest selling top-hand members were Kassie Kautzma, Sarah Lamplugh, and Sierra Smith for $750. The second top selling pair was Jordan Monical and Cooper Thatcher for $675. With Robert Etbauer and Shelbie Rose following for $650.
Robert Etbauer commented, “Our team members did an outstanding job putting the auction together. We appreciate all of the support shown over the years from our community members.
The event is made possible with the help of local sponsors and donors. Clay Myers and the Texhoma Livestock Auction were recognized as Top Hand Sponsors of the Year. Kim Peterson, owner of Hunny’s, generously provided a delicious meal for the evening. The night ended with Ken Stonecipher and The Wooden Nickel Band entertaining a full dance floor.
Shelbie Rose stated, “This year was another reminder of how much the community believes in our team and our program. We could not do any of this without their support.”
All proceeds from the Top Hand Auction are put towards the Panhandle State Rodeo Team. These funds will go towards scholarships, practice stock, facility upkeep and the professional rodeo schools.
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