This year ropers were used instead of the table. This is Les, one mighty fine roper
Keith, another well trained roper. These two hauled calves in faster than I've ever seen before.
Another shot of Les.
My niece Jess and my nephew Mikey working as a team.
My Father-in-law, Pops. At pretty near 70 he still gets his hands dirty and shows the young 'uns how it's done :)
And here's the youngest cowgirl on the ranch, my granddaughter Lexi :)
Rick, a neighbour from Fountain Valley, seems to be enjoying all that dust!
Here's my BIL Doug gettin' ready to throw a calf.
Hubby made a new iron for this year, it's a lot smaller for the really young calves (It's the one on the right).
Here he is using one of the irons.
As Jess reaches for a calf....
...she had a really close call! She got between the roping horse and the calf in what we call "the bite."
She goes down and is dragged on her butt.
But she jumps back up, smile on her face and everyone breathes a sigh of relief.
My BIL Mike.
Kelvin looks way too clean! He had to work today and came out pretty much in time for supper so he missed all the getting down and dirty part.
Supper was buffet style served outside. Turkey, chicken, beef and every salad under the sun was available... the desserts were amazing and I think we all ate way too much! Here's a few of the ladies that brought food.
Betty, Grandma (MIL), and Eileen are on the bench. Standing is Mrs Dew on the left, Nan (Hubby's Aunt), and Clare on the right.