Benefit Rodeo Held in Andrews

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - Katie Kirkes was 27-years-old when she was killed in a drunk driving accident.
Today family, friends, and the community gathered for an all girls benefit roping contest in her honor.

"You can rope three calfs and the top twelve come back and win money," Katie's Mother, Kitten Kirkes, said.
Katie was involved in rodeos all her life. "She started when she was a child and we went through all rodeo ranks with her and she got a scholarship in College and had a successful business in Carlsbad," Katie's Father Kirk Kirkes, said.

The Kirkes family is donating some of Sunday's proceeds to the American Cancer Society in memory of their daughter, plus a winner will take home a saddle in memory of Katie.

"Memorial ropings are the norm in the area. We're a close knit family, we just come together to support the families that lost loved ones," family friend Clabe Pearson, said.

A memorial roping that brought a community together in memory of a young woman who loved the rodeo lifestyle.

"The best part about today is the support. The kids come together, the people come together to help a family," Pearson said.