About

The TBMBR event is a way to honor Tom Butler, of Guthrie, Texas. Butler was an 18-year-old Texas Tech University student when his life was tragically ended in a vehicle accident in February 2006. Butler was one of the shining stars of the cowboy and ranching community, having earned many awards and titles in ranch rodeos and horse competitions, as well as athletic and scholastic activities.

Even though he had yet to reach his 20th birthday, Butler was already a legend in many respects. He was one of those rare individuals that had a memorable, positive impact on everyone he met, young and old. He lived life with infectious passion and purpose, with the wisdom of someone three times his age. At the young age of 17 he prophetically wrote: “We focus so much on what we’re waiting for that we miss or forget to appreciate what we have.”

Providing financial assistance to college bound seniors showing interest and promise in continuing their education in a collegiate, trade, or vocational program at a brick and mortar recognized college, university, or technical college.

Tom Butler WRCA 2005

Event Purpose

Providing financial assistance to college bound seniors showing interest and promise in continuing their education in a collegiate, trade, or vocational program at a brick and mortar recognized       college, university,  or technical college.
Along with continuing the legacy of Tom Butler, the main focus of the TBMBR is to raise enough funds to keep the event going and continue providing financial assistance to individuals wanting to pursue higher    education. Tom attended college funded by scholarships and this is a way to give that back and keep his dream alive.

 

Event Growth

From 2006 to 2013 the TBMBR has been through significant growth and change. There continues  to be a large increase each year in the number of volunteers that help to make this event possible. Volunteerism and all our wonderful supporters made this event the success that it is. The TBMBR venue was changed from Seymour, TX to Post, TX in 2008 to support the growth and make the event locale more appealing. Post is now the official home of the TBMBR.
In 2006 the TBMBR created its own ‘Ridin’ High Butler Style’ apparel line, including t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, etc. The apparel line is always popular at every event and purchased throughout the year.
A signature t-shirt is designed for each annual event. All proceeds from apparel sales goes to the scholarship fund.
In 2008 vendor booths were added to the event, along with the now infamous Shetland Bronc    Riding event.  That number of vendor booths doubled from 7 to 14 at the 2009 event, while once again surpassing to 18 at the 2010 TBMBR..  The Shetland Bronc Riding has become the crowd pleaser, not only for family and friends of the contestant, but a huge favorite amongst the         contestant itself, and in 2013 a Amateur Division was added for the graduating Shetland Bronc  Riders paving the way to opportunity and experience to eventually enter in the Rookie or Open Bronc Riding.
 The main focus is raising scholarship funds, and in order to do so a successful event is imperative and the goal each year.
Thanks for coming out to the 9th Annual TBMBR, sit back, don’t relax  too much…..and get ready for some outstanding rough stock bucking horses and some hardcore tough bronc riders!