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01/27/2014 5:45 PM

01/27/2014 5:46 PM

The calves are OK

Jerry Wade takes good care of his cattle, including the ones used by 250 teams in the Stock Show’s team roping competition and about 275 cowboys who vie in the tie-down roping.

Two-year-old calves that were lassoed about the horns in team roping Monday in John Justin Arena, for instance, were fitted with horn wraps so the tough lariats wouldn’t burn them as the noose tightened.

“We brought 200 calves for today and tomorrow,” said Wade, owner of Jerry Wade Cattle Co. in Terrell, a Stock Show contractor. “I try to be as good to them as I can. I want to use them, but not abuse them.”

— Terry Evans

Stock Show goes pink

Breast cancer survivors will find a lot of support today at the Stock Show and Rodeo.

Fans, contestants and performers in everything from the tie-down roping to the Campfire Stories to the rodeo itself who want to show solidarity with the survivors will join them in wearing pink.

It's the seventh year in a row for FWSSR Goes Pink Day.

Half the proceeds from Stock Show general admission and rodeo ticket sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen of Greater Fort Worth. Last year, that amounted to $18,860.

A Pink Ribbon Rodeo Reception for survivors will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Amon G. Carter Cactus Room, where they and their families will meet rodeo contestants and receive gifts. Then the survivors will be treated to the 7:30 p.m. rodeo performance.

Susan G. Komen has invested more than $2.2 billion in research and programs since 1982, making it the global leader in the breast cancer movement and the world's largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to eradicating the disease.

One of 123 national affiliates, the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen uses 75 percent of the money raised by this and other events for education, treatment and prevention services in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties.

The Stock Show and Rodeo continues daily through Feb. 8. Tickets are available at 817-877-2420 or www.ticketmaster.com. Go to fwssr.com for more information.

— Terry Evans

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