- Celebrity Event Co-Chair
Rope Myers (ropemyers.com
) was born to be a rodeo cowboy. Not only were his parents, Butch and Fanchone, actively competing in the sport, so was most of his entire extended family. The 1992 PRCA Rookie of the Year, Myers has qualified for the WNFR nine times in the steer wrestling event. In 2001, Rope became the World Champion Steer Wrestler, while smashing the NFR arena average and the record for steer wrestling earnings in one year. His record of 37.4 seconds on ten head of steers still stands today. He was also the 2002 Gold Medalist at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo in Salt Lake City. His career is peppered with championships and titles and he’s been featured in several national print publications, in addition to television shows and news programs such as CBS’ 48 Hours, Samarai Sportsman, Cowboy Church on RFD-TV, and Proud of East Texas. Rope was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2009, an honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business, and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas. Rope and his wife, Candice, a three-time nominee for the Christian Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award, have combined their talents and influence into a ministry designed to evangelize the lost, build up the believer, and encourage unity in the Body of Christ. Their ministry includes services at rodeos, cowboy and mainstream churches, Bible studies, and concerts. In 2004, Rope began a consultant relationship with Sky Ranch Camps, and now serves there full time, serving as Director of Cowboy Ministries. In addition to the camp’s horse program, Myers developed and directs Sky Ranch Champions Rodeo Camps, a series of events, camps and clinics designed for the next generation of rodeo competitors – developing their skills, character, and faith. The Myers’ ministry, White Riata, is based in east Texas, where they live with their four children, Layton, Holden, Tierney and Storey.
Walt Garrison - Celebrity Event Co-Chair
Walter Garrison is a retired fullback who played for the Dallas Cowboys. Garrison was drafted in the fifth round of the 1966 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State University where he was a two-time All Big Eight Conference choice. Known for his toughness and dependability, Garrison took over at fullback after the
retirement of Don Perkins in 1968. He led the team in receiving in 1971 with 40 catches and a 9.9 per catch average. He finished his career with 3,886 yards rushing and 1,794 yards receiving. A "real" cowboy, Garrison spent time on the professional rodeo circuit during the football off-seasons. His signing bonus with the Cowboys in 1966 included a horse trailer. A knee injury he sustained in an exhibition steer wrestling accident at the College National Rodeo Finals in 1974 ended his pro football career. In 1988 he published his biography "Once a Cowboy" with writer John Tullius. One of the more humorous sports quotes was attributed to Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith speaking about Garrison's dependability, "If it was third down, and you needed four yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, he'd get ya five. And if was third down and ya needed 20 yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, by God, he'd get you five."