Roping has become a family affair

by marlys good

It was 1975 when brothers and team roping enthusiasts Gary and Bob Good gathered their team roping friends together for what became an annual roping event. It became the Bob Good Memorial in 1985 after Bob’s untimely death on Nov. 11, 1984. Still going strong, it will kick off for its 29th year Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Greybull rodeo grounds.

Three generations of the founding fathers will be competing this weekend, either in the team roping itself or in the kids barrel racing.

Sandwiched in with the Friday, Saturday and Sunday ropings are barrel racing contests (the Pat Good and Gerritt Swiftney memorials) for two age groups — 8 and under, 9 to 12 — and a calcutta, complete with a dinner and live music at Lisa’s Saturday night at 7:30.

Ronna Good Collingwood, daughter of Myrna and the late Bob Good, said, “You never know how many (ropers) there will be until they show up,” adding that numbers dipped about five years ago, “I think because of the economy and the cost of gas).”

You might not know how many ropers will show up, but one things if for certain: there will be at least three generations of the two founders in the arena at one time or another.

The late Bob Good will be represented by his four offspring, sons Curt and Pablo and daughters Ronna (her husband Scott Collingwood) and Teresa Pollen; his grandchildren Matt Paumer, Janelle Roush, Jake Olson, Gene Good, Lacee Good, Misty Irvine and Heather Garson; and his great-grandchildren Maddy Miller, Brendan Boyd, Daya Olson, Josie, Emerald and Colt Collingwood and Isabel Irvine.

Gary and the late Pat Good will be represented by their son “Sam,” their granddaughter and grandson, Bobbie Sue Hoflund and Casey Good, and their great-grandchhildren, Cash and Devlin Hoflund.

Gary’s daughter Sherri Wilkinson, and her cousin Ronna have become important cogs that keep the event running smoothly year after year.

Collingwood emphasized that all the events at the rodeo grounds are free and the public is welcome to attend. There will be a concession stand so stop by, watch the fun and enjoy an afternoon(s) of roping and barrel racing.