Dec 9, 2019
The Justin Harrington Memorial Jackpots have become a tradition for the Panhandle State Rodeo Team. It started in 2013 to honor the loss of the rodeo team member, Justin Harrington. The jackpot started as a single day with the events of goat tying and breakaway.
Coaches Etbauer and Rose have continued to grow it to bring more opportunity to the contestants with the addition of events and added money. They have worked with ‘The American’ to make a few of these events American Qualifiers, which has drawn more contestants to attend.
This year was a weekend full of action, with Saturday hosting Steer Wrestling and Open Team Roping. Jarek VanPetten won the Steer Wrestling in the morning, and Wyatt Murray and Colton Reed finished the day out, winning Team Roping out of 43 teams. Sunday started with goat tying, which was won by our own aggie Beau Peterson. She continued with her momentum to win the breakaway as well that had 72 entries. The day ended with the calf roping won by Trevor Hale, which was one of the 38 calf ropers.
Justin Harrington Memorial Jackpot awarded the $500 bonus and a buckle to the top combined money winners for both men’s and women’s events, as well as a $250 bonus to the runner-ups.
This year our aggies came out on top with Quint Bell and Beau Peterson winning the bonus and buckles. The runner-ups were Panhandle State alum, Kaylee Gregg, and current aggie, Whitt Crozier. This year was the largest jackpot, with 184 total entries for the weekend. Both coaches stated, “We want to say thank you again to everyone who helped make this event possible. We couldn’t do it without you.”
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