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Top Hand Sponsors honored Saturday night include from left to right, Chuck Hoss, Jerry Webb, and Ed Hoss.

Top Hand Sponsors honored Saturday night include from left to right, Chuck Hoss, Jerry Webb, and Ed Hoss. - Hector Cobos photo

**For Immediate Release**
Top Hands Bring Top Dollar
- Released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-07-2008
By Laura Hays

Goodwell, Okla. -- The Pickle Creek Center in Guymon Saturday night, February 2, was filled with OPSU rodeo fans and supporters at the team’s biggest fundraising event of the year. This year’s annual Top Hand Auction brought in over $10,000 that will be used for scholarships, practice stock, and travel costs. Those attending enjoyed a free barbecue meal provided by Kim Peterson and Hunny’s as well as refreshments sold by members of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Committee.

Clay Myers of Texhoma Livestock once again donated his professional auctioneer services and began the bidding with groups of rodeo team members on the block who agreed to donate 4 hours of work to the winning bidder. The team of Chancy Harrington and Becky White brought in a whopping $400, by far the most expensive “hands” sold for the evening.

Rodeo team members also provided donated auction items that included tack, furniture, fine art, jewelry, and everything in between. Top sellers included a deer/elk hunt in the Rockies near Craig, Colo. and a beautiful log pole dresser with mirror handmade and donated by Coach Craig Latham’s father Paul.

Every year the rodeo team also honors Top Hand Sponsors – those who have been instrumental during the past year for supporting OPSU rodeo. This year’s winners were Chuck Hoss, Ed Hoss, and Jerry Webb. They provided pasture and care for much of the team’s practice stock, a service that freed up money and time for other uses.

Latham would like to thank all of those who attended and donated or purchased items. He gives special thanks to Whitney Harding, a rodeo team member who helped organize and set up the auction as well as those who provided the food, drinks, and the Wooden Nickel Band for holding the dance afterwards.

Spring rodeo in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association gets underway at Kansas State University in Manhattan February 22-24. The OPSU men’s team currently sits in the first place and the women in second regional standings. After the 7 rodeos this spring, the team hopes to repeat last year’s achievement of taking a men’s and a women’s team to the College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, Wyo. in June.

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