A community of rodeo lovers came together to celebrate and take part in the Douglass Triple “D” Rodeo Saturday at the Stephens County fairgrounds.

More than 100 men, women and children participated in the events, including Chuck Morgan of Comanche.

Morgan, who participated in the calf roping portion of the rodeo, has been roping for a long time.

“I just love it,” he said. “You can rodeo from here to California to the north to Florida. You can rodeo anywhere.”

The Douglass Triple “D” Rodeo was a fundraiser for the National Triple “D” Rodeo organization and to help with the upkeep of the Douglass Complex, which has a school reunion every two years.

There were several events in the rodeo, including mutton bustin’, barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and others.

Morgan’ s performance in calf roping resulted in a time of 14.73 seconds.

He said he came from a family of ropers, which got him involved and helped him to become a multi-award winning roper.

“I come from a long line of rodeo family members,” he said.

His wife, Patty, also participated in the rodeo in the barrel racing competition.

“We usually go to about 180 rodeos a year,” Morgan said. “I’ve been to almost every IRA. As many as I can get to.”

During the year, Morgan works in the oil fields for six months and then participates in rodeos for six months.

“I used to rodeo more,” he said. “But I’m turning 44 this year.”

The awards he has won have been in open rodeos, including the Interational Professional Rodeo Association competition. The IPRA competition is where he received the title “Rookie of the Year” in 1991. Since then, he has been a finalist in the rodeo seven times.

He started in open rodeos when he was 14. Before that, he participated in junior rodeos.

One thing he said he enjoyed about rodeo life was the people.

“In most competitions, people will try to win and root against others,” Morgan said. “We’re trying to win but everyone helps everyone.”

He said the people were also great when traveling for a rodeo.

“There are people who will let you into their homes to stay for a month,” he said. “They treat you like family.

“There are people who know where I live and will stop by to pen up their horses and rest when we’re not home.

“The people are outstanding people.”

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