Saturday, Aug. 17 marked the 4th annual Pink Hat Classic memorial team roping in honor and remembrance of Kimberly Jones at Mad Cow Arena, Dublin.
Jones, daughter of Larry and Janet Jones, lost a very long battle to Aplasticanemia March 16, 2010. Her family has chosen to take this tragedy and set up the Kim Jones Foundation to benefit patients with medical needs, as well as presenting college scholarships to deserving youth.
The team roping event had over 500 teams made up of ropers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee competing in ropings based on their abilities for prize money, belt buckles and five championship trophy saddles.
Numerous volunteers offered concessions, face painting, T-shirt sales, and many tables full of items for a silent auction. The foundation is able to make all of this happen through donations from caring friends, family and businesses.
During the roping, B.J. Ratliff, board member of the foundation, was able to present two donations to cancer patients, Don Ratcliffe, member of the local community, and Keith Goble, member of the team roping community. Both men are at Duke University, where Jones received her treatment. Ratcliffe is preparing for a double lung transplant, and Goble is going through chemotherapy for brain cancer.
At the Virginia High School Rodeo state finals held in July, as well as during the Pink Hat Classic, Jones’ parents and brother, Josh, presented four outstanding young individuals with college scholarships.
The overall goal of the foundation, according to Ratliff, is to make sure others with such illnesses are being provided for all, while “keeping the memory of this amazing little cowgirl in the pink hat alive.”
“Kim absolutely loved her horses, and her ‘rodeo family’ as well as simply helping others,” said Ratliff. “She was so selfless. So it is just amazing to see so many people come together from all walks of life to put on this team roping and the other many activities we do to help others and remember Kim.”
For more information on the Pink Hat Classic Kim Jones memorial team roping, like the Kimberly Jones Foundation on Facebook at facebook.com/KimberlyJonesFoundation.