Annual event brings in $10,000 for scholarships

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    More than 200 ranch management students and alumni participated in fellowship and tradition at the annual Roundup event Saturday.Janelle Davila, administrative assistant for the ranch management program, said Roundup was a total success, raising more than $10,000 for program scholarships.

    She said more than 200 people attended Saturday evening’s auction, which raised most of the event’s funds.

    Out of all of the events, which included a seminar and a clay-shooting contest, ranch management student Chad McCormick said he enjoyed the auction the most.

    “I liked the auction because the alumni would basically sacrifice to help pay for the scholarship fund,” McCormick said. “There was even someone that bid $250 for two pies.”

    Neal Daniel, another ranch management student, said he enjoyed the auction because it was an event to raise money for the program and that it was fun to watch the bidding war.

    The highest bidder at the auction was ranch management alumnus Chris Scharbauer, who bid $850 for two roping pictures of himself, Davila said.

    “Scharbauer is a big supporter of the program and was formally recognized as outstanding alumni and has a Roundup scholarship in his name,” she said.

    The morning session had two speakers, Jim Ansley and Charles Taylorfrom the Texas Agricultural Extension.

    Jeff Geider, assistant director of the ranch management program, said the men spoke about brush control problems in the state of Texas and implemented prescribed burning to help restore land to its original state.

    The day continued with a clay-shooting tournament at Rock Creek Range in Joshua with 36 participants and was won by ranch management student Clay Richardson.

    “I really enjoyed the skeet-shooting tournament because it was fun to spend time and compete with friends and alumni,” Richardson said. “I also like the wildlife intertwined with skeet-shooting because you have to know about gun safety and hunting ethics.”

    Most people who attended Roundup said that they enjoyed different segments of the event but Geider, who is also a TCU ranch management alumnus, said the whole idea of coming back together and seeing friends and alumni was the most important to him.

    “This event was a true Roundup,” Geider said. “It gives all of us a chance to come back together and I really enjoyed that.