The 53rd Cowboy Homecoming held its first ever Team Roping and dedicated it in loving memory of Cody Lawrence who tragically lost his life on Feb. 15. A dedication ceremony held at the Pleasanton Young Farmer’s arena before the beginning of the Friday night roping was held with an opening prayer from Cowboy Fellowship’s Jr. Martinez. The Pleasanton Express introduced the ceremony and read a poem written about Cody by a former CPRA rodeo partner and friend Austin Harbour. The 2019 Cowboy Homecoming Queen, Elena Ortiz presented a plaque to Cody’s parents, Donny and Melody Lawrence, who were accompanied by his girlfriend Rozlyn Reeves.
Melody shared a little about Cody, who would have turned 28 on April 17, 2019, with the Pleasanton Express. Melody said that Cody never met a stranger and he loved to share his long-time passions for land, cattle, horses, calf roping, hunting, and dogs with everyone he met. She said that he was a “straight shooter” and didn’t mince words or hesitate to give his two cents about politics or his advice on a multitude of subjects. His great passion in life was to use his talent in the rodeo arena. He attended Jourdanton High School and participated in Tiedown Calf Roping, Team Roping, and Steer Wrestling. Later Cody held his professional cards in the CPRA (The Cowboys Professional Rodeo Assn.) and the PRCA (The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assn.) and focused his skills on Calf Roping. She said that he loved traveling on the weekends to rodeos and spent his time on the road having long discussions about the meaning of life with friends and family.
“We will Miss ‘Our Cody,’ but we had so many moments to be thankful for,” said Melody. “Yes, we will mourn and grieve, but Donny and I feel so blessed to have had almost 28 years of moments. Lots of fun. Many wonderful friendships because of Cody’s broad reach and deep faith in Christ. And, most of all — A Lifetime of LOVE. Cody was a special one.”
In addition to this Team Roping, there were several dedications held in Cody’s name throughout Texas and there will no doubt be many more in the days and years to come.
Tejas Rodeo Company held a tribute in honor of Cody, Sat. March 9. It was the first time, Cody’s horse had been saddled up since he passed. In another event, Cash Fretwell was awarded The Cody Lawrence Memorial All Around Cowboy buckle for the Texas High School Rodeo Association Region 8 Finals. The Pleasanton Express will be doing a separate story on each of these honors in a future issue.
This young man lived a large life in his short 27 years here on earth. His story is not finished being told. If you hear of a Cody Lawrence event or dedication, please send the news to the Pleasanton Express. We want to help continue to share Cody’s story and keep his big bright light shining as his life is celebrated through these dedications.
A Cody Lawrence memorial fund to go toward scholarships has been set up at SouthTrust Bank, Pleasanton or George West. Contact Lisa Contreras at 830-281-8108.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce who organized the 53rd Cowboy Homecoming festival Team Roping dedicated to Cody Lawrence would like to give a big thank you to the following sponsors for making the team roping such a huge success:
16 Sand LLC
WL Contracting; Ayala Ranches;
Wiley Engergy, Straitline Pumps,
Rentals and Well Service; NXS
Oilfield Services; Truck N Tire;
Gaydos Construction; Casa Ocho,
LLC; Diamond W Services; Schuster Trucking; Security State Bank;
The results of the March 8
#10/5E Saddle to High Point
Team Roping were:
Emery Menchaca was the big
winner for the High Point Saddle
1st place team
Header: Oscar Garza
Heeler : Sergio Tijerina
2nd place :
Header: Wyatt Chapa
Heeler: Keegan Booth
Header: Emery Menchaca
Heeler: Tanner Jackson
The results for #12 Slide held on
March 7 were:
1st with win of $1,020 each
Header: Ty Burger
Heeler: Junior Martinez
2nd place with take home pay of
$ 620 each
Header: Reno Stoebner
Heeler: Brooks Dahozy
3rd place with take home pay of
Header: Randy Gaydos
Heeler: Blaine Greener
A smile that never quit.
A laugh that always fit.
A cocky calf roper through and
But a better friend I never knew.
A cowboy to the fullness of the
Now he’s up gathering the good
The type of man you want by your
The good times we had, boy it was a
hell of a ride.
Cody you will be greatly missed by
those left behind.
You were truly one of a kind.
We all hold amazing memories in
And even though it is hard for us to
We know that you will ride that
glorious range in the sky,
With the one true Father by your
Until we see you again my friend.
Watch over us all until it’s time for
our eternity to begin.
You are loved my brother.
Austin Harbour, CPRA, wrote this poem within five minutes of hearing Cody had passed.
FOR PHOTOS of the winners of the Friday night #10/5E Saddle to High Point Team Roping 2019 Cowboy Homecoming Roping see page 6 A.