An energized crowd nearly filled the stands at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds to watch Francisco Garcia Torres claim the champion’s buckle at this weekend’s Ana’s Chute Out.
The third annual Chute Out featured riders competing in one of three sections in the long go round with the top 15 riders advancing to the short go round. The rider with the top combined scores from each round would walk away with the top prize – the champion’s buckle and cash payout. If a rider didn’t have two qualified rides, the rider with the highest overall score on his ride would win.
Garcia Torres, from Saltillo, Mexico, earned his spot in the short go round with an 89 in the third section of the long go round atop J.D. Nix Rodeo Company’s “Running Through the Jungle.”
When no other rider could top him, the member of Team Mexico in the Professional Bull Riding Global Cup was crowned the Chute Out’s champion.
Garcia Torres wasn’t the only rider to notch a successful ride on the evening. Most of the scores were in the mid-80’s as bulls from the J.D. Nix Rodeo Company gave everything they had and came out on top more times than the riders.
In the short go round, only one rider was able to notch a successful ride. Jonathan Brown was the only rider in the short go to reach the eight-second buzzer, but he finished with an 86.
The event began in 2017 as a fundraiser for Ana Cadena Gallegos to help offset costs associated with her battle with liver disease. She was able to receive a liver transplant, but unfortunately her body rejected the donor liver and she passed away in November of that year.
Her family decided to keep the event going in her memory, and since then they’ve carried on the tradition of giving back. Last year they presented four $500 scholarships to Del Rio student-athletes.
This year, organizers of the event will present $2,000 in scholarships to the Del Rio High School cross-country booster club.
Despite the cool weather, which evolved into light rain by the end of the show, hundreds of fans stayed for a performance of La Alianza Norteña.