Team ropers from all over the state of New Mexico helped raise nearly $80,000 for the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center during the 21st annual Cowboys for Cancer Research rodeo in Las Cruces. This year, about 1,500 teams competed in the two-day event, which was held in March.
Team roping involves a team of two people: one ropes a steer by its horns, while the other ropes its hind feet. Each team has the chance to rope three steers and the team roping all three steers in the best time is the winner. More photos from the Team Roping
The event was established in 1983 by Rawley Jackson of Las Cruces as a memorial to his friend Alma Cohorn, who was from a well-known New Mexico roping family, who lost her battle with breast cancer. Since then, Cowboys for Cancer Research has become southern New Mexico's largest team roping event and has raised more than $400,000 for cancer research at UNM.
Dinner and Dance
To kick off this year's event, nearly 400 people attended a dinner and dance held at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Activities included entertainment by New Mexico's famous country and western swing band, the Desperados, and a silent auction, which raised $6,500. More photos from the Dinner and Dance