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(Yoder, CO | Nov. 16, 2020) - In rural America and the western lifestyle, we see things black, white, and blue. We believe there are two kinds of people—those who break the law and those who honor it. There's a thin blue line that separates the two, and if that blue line were to fade, a civilized nation would be lost.
While "Defund the Police" is being chanted in big city streets, Freeman Ranch brought cowboys, cowgirls, and cops together to protect that thin blue line and preserve law and order.
On October 17 in Yoder, Freeman Ranch hosted a Back the Blue Team Roping and Barrel Racing with all proceeds going to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
"At Freeman Ranch, we believe there are two kinds of people we can't afford to lose, and that's cowboys and cops," says Freeman Ranch spokesperson Jolene Hamilton. "One keeps us fed, and the other keeps us safe."
"Not only has EPCS served us with pride and honor since 1861, but they also continue to uphold the rights and liberties of every American during these unprecedented times," says Hamilton.
Several police officers, first responders, and even top state officials were present at the ranch located an hour from the nearest city.
Members of the EPCS mounted unit presented the colors before the event, and rural Americans mingled with police officers of many different ranks.
The barrel racing and team roping raised over $10,000 for EPCS. According to ranch owner Russell Freeman, the funds will be used to purchase needed supplies and equipment for the police department.
“Donations and contributions continued to pour in after the event, and after tallying the total numbers, we are very humbled by the incredible support of our rural and rodeo community,” says Freeman. “Their generosity will allow us to buy essential equipment and supplies for EPCS that they otherwise may not have been able to afford due to lack of funding and budget cuts.”
The winners of the barrel racing, number 13 and number 10, were awarded a buckle and cash prizes, while the winners of the benefit drawpot won Scott Thomas saddles.
Ropers Sam Hartung and C.L. Morgan walked away with top honors and the benefit trophy saddles.
Several local businesses have partnered with the Freeman Ranch, including Rocky Mountain Roosters, Watts Upfitting, Paninos, Pikes Peak Bone Cleaning, Emergency Network, Debbies Bookkeeping & Tax Service, LLC., Blue Ribbon Disposal, Edison Propane, Branding Iron Trailer Sales, Service and Supply, and the Pikes Peak Range Riders.