“Loopin’ for the Ducks” is a huge hit
Abilene, Kansas - The weather was certainly made for a team roping event rather than preparing for the upcoming duck season. So, team roping they did as the first ever Ducks Unlimited Team Roping event was held on October 7 by the Dickinson County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
252 teams competed at the 1st annual event to help conserve critical wetlands habitat and their chance for a buckle and a saddle. District Chairman Corey Powell and his brother Travis Powell, the area chairman for the local DU chapter, came up with the idea of a roping event to benefit DU’s waterfowl conservation efforts last summer. Both of them and DU Regional Director John Ritchey are team ropers, so the plans quickly started coming together.
“What a great way to hold a second event” said Travis Powell while sitting on his horse waiting for his turn to get into the box. “We have lots of outdoorsman that like to rope. They may not all be waterfowlers, but they all care about declining wetlands.”
“We wanted to do something different that still helps the ducks”, said Corey Powell. “Most every person I know that team ropes is involved in the outdoors, either through their livelihood or recreation. Not all of them may follow their passion for waterfowl like I do, but they are all concerned and great stewards of the land.”
A special thank you goes out to 3J ranch and Jamie Stover for holding the event at his arena and his expertise in putting on a team roping event. Next years event will be even larger and plans are already being made for the 2nd annual “Loopin for the Ducks”.
1st Place Prize - Custom DU Saddle & Buckle
From left to right: John Ritchey- DU Regional Director, Travis Powell - Dickinson County Chapter Area Chairman, Jim Townsend- Chapter Treasurer, Jamie Stover- "Loopin' for the Ducks" Event Director, Corey Powell- KSDU District Chairman
Over 250 teams competed at the first-ever event