Cade and the cowboys

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Three-year-old Cade Hemphill poses for a photograph with three of the top saddle bronc riders in ProRodeo, from left, Chad Ferley, Cort Scheer and Chet Johnson.
Three-year-old Cade Hemphill poses for a photograph with three of the top saddle bronc riders in ProRodeo, from left, Chad Ferley, Cort Scheer and Chet Johnson.

My favorite thing about rodeo is the people, and I have hundreds of examples why.

A long day at the National Western Stock Show was met with much needed rest when Cade got to the family car.
A long day at the National Western Stock Show was met with much needed rest when Cade got to the family car.

The most recent is when I wanted to have 3-year-old Cade Hemphill meet real professional cowboys, so I contacted saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. He was competing at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Friday afternoon, and I knew the Hemphill family was heading to the rodeo that night.

Not only did Chet agree to meet with the youngster’s family, he took with him two bronc riding friends, 2006 world champion Chad Ferley, a four-time NFR qualifier, and Cort Scheer, the fourth-ranked bronc rider at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Here are three elite athletes in their chosen event, and they take time to meet with a young fan and his family.

Mom Karla Hemphill said the gathering made young Cade’s year, which is a pretty strong sentiment considering today is just Jan. 22. But the reality is, Cade has proven his love for rodeo at a very young age.

I hope the meeting just fosters that hunger into a lifetime passion. Ride on, Cowboy Cade; ride on.

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Karla Hemphill / January 23, 2011

Ted, once again thank you for getting us set up with Chet Johnson. Cade had a ball. He has talked non- stop about his new friends, Chet, Chad and Cort! He has looked at the picutres and has picked up on the fact that all his new friends name even start with HIS letter “C”. A huge thanks to Chet for always returning my calls and leaving voice mails when I couldn’t hear my phone at the National Western; it took us multiple calls to get this set up! Thanks to Cort Scheer and Chad Ferley for coming to meet Cade, as well. These young men went out of there way for a little boy that loves their sport so much. They talked to him and listened, they cared! All three have a fan for life! Real soon he wants to watch you all ride!!!! Thanks for making such a postive impact on a young boy!!!!

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