A great lady that always had a smile, Teresa Leake, was born on May 15, 1967 and passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Teresa was a resident of Inola, Oklahoma at the time of her passing. She was married to Randal. She loved everyone she came in contact with. She loved trail rides, and Barrel Racing. She was the leader of the Barrel Racing and the Trail Ride Ministries at the Cowboy church called "Cowboy Country Fellowship" in Talala, Oklahoma 74080. She is missed dearly by her family and all her friends.
French Flash Hawk "Bozo" - 1987 - 2016
By Laura Lambert
He was a World Champion Barrel Horse. He was an AQHA Horse of the year. He was a Wrangler National Finals Qualifier. He was a champion Derby and Sweepstakes barrel horse. His accomplishments are pages long. Most importantly though, he was a member of the family.
Kristie remembered, "He was the first thing Chuck saw in the morning and the last thing he saw every night. He was an important member of our family, and we loved him more than words can say."
"Bozo," as the world knew him took on life on his own terms. He was deemed an outlaw when the Peterson's purchased him as a two-year-old, where he was ridden in the feedlot. It didn't take long for an incredible bond to form between Bozo and Peterson. She knew everything about him and understood his independence. To her, he was so much more than a barrel horse.
"Bozo was meant to do what he did. He absolutely loved running barrels, in fact, I believe it was his passion. Competing made him happy and he always ran with his heart - every single run. He was independent his whole life, never needing or wanting much affection. He liked to be on his own and do his own thing but, when it came to running barrels, he loved to please," Peterson said.
Not many of us will have the fortune to own a horse like Bozo and only a few will truly understand how much of a connection he and his owners had. He was a true champion that in keeping with his tradition, picked his own time to pass on.
"We were a little worried about him this year because he was 29 and we knew how hot it was going to be during the summer. He was so sensitive to mosquitos and bugs in general. With all the rain we were having we knew it was going to be hard on him. We had even considered taking him to Colorado with us this summer when we left, but we didn't know how well he would handle all the travel," Kristie said.
Bozo died peacefully at their home. He knew it was time and they did, too. He left an incredible legacy behind. It was him and his success that led the Peterson family to the Frenchmans Guy bloodlines. The family had also just decided to purchase a PC Frenchmans Hayday (Bozo's full brother) bred broodmare so that there would always be a little bit of Bozo on their place.
In a fast paced world where horses are bought and sold, traded, and people move on, Kristie Peterson and Bozo had that special bond where each loved and respected the other.
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Ms. Kalee Chandler, 12 of Butler, Missouri today, May 23, 2016 at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.Read the complete obituary here, and Ms. Kalee's story here.
Several fundraising events will take place in the upcoming days: There will be a benefit for Kalee on Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at Mo-Kan Livestock. Anyone wishing to donate an animal or funds to the benefit can call their office at 660-679-6535; A Boot Drive will be set up at the 4-Way Stop at Passaic on Saturday, 5/28; and donations can be deposited at the Community First Bank, 915 W. Fort Scott St. in Butler, MO, 64730. They can also be mailed to P.O. Box 407.
Our hearts go out to our friend Martha Wright on the death of Ed. Ed was one of the hardest working men in our field, traveling the country and teaching us all how to do it the Wright way. He was one in a million and we will all miss him greatly. Keep Martha and their family in your prayers.
Edwin Fuller Wright, 69, of Dublin, submitted his life to our Lord Father in Heaven on Monday, March 28, 2016. Ed was born in Onslow County, North Carolina to Edwin Chester Wright and Miriam Beryl Fuller on October 14, 1946. Ed was raised in Gatesville, Texas and at an early age developed a deep love and a special way with animals, especially horses. He spent his childhood riding, roping, and wanting to be a cowboy. He attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and met the love of his life, Martha Tompkins Wright at a college rodeo. They were married in January of 1972, settled in Erath County, and together became one of the most successful duos in the sport of barrel racing for over 40 years. Ed will gladly tell you that Martha's way with horses is a God given talent but, he on the other hand, did not come by it as easily and really had to work at his craft. Ed was a talented roper and steer wrestler, having qualified to the Texas Circuit Finals multiple times and later earning a PRCA Gold Card. Through the decades Ed and his wife raised, trained, and competed on some of the best horses in the country. The /W brand became synonymous with GREAT barrel racing horses. Ed was also a world renowned clinician, teaching barrel racing clinics for over 3 decades, nearly 40 weekends a year, in states from coast to coast and Canada. He loved helping students learn to better communicate with their equine partners through timing and feel.
LACOOCHEE - In this rural Pasco County community, Lara Dewees stood out.
A rodeo queen and national barrel racing champion, an accomplished singer and beloved schoolteacher, Dewees was somewhat of a celebrity in the town of fewer than 2,000 people.
So her death after a Feb. 20 fall while participating in a rodeo in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was all the more shocking.
A leap-year baby, Dewees would have turned 28 years old on Monday. She died from her injuries in a Hattiesburg hospital a few days before her birthday, leaving her lifelong friends and close-knit family devastated.
"This was a real tragedy," said Don Surrency, who attends First Baptist Church of Lacoochee with Dewees' family and watched her grow up. "Everybody here knew her. We're just all broken up."