Kyla and Jake DeHaven are proud members of the Grimes County Sheriff’s Jr. Deputy Mounted Posse, which represent the county at several events throughout the year. Their dad and ranch manager of Cross Creek Cattle Company is the Assistant Drill Master of this youth organization.
One of the highlights of the year took place June 4th and 5th at the 59th Annual Grimes County Fair in Navasota, Texas. They opened the rodeo with a performance dedicated to the United States Armed Forces. Each member of the Posse is carrying flags from all branches of the military as well as the United States of America and State of Texas flags.
If you have never loped a horse in front of a large crowd while holding onto a flag doing a routine, you cannot fully appreciate the difficulty that these young riders overcome. They even make it look easy. The youngest member of the Posse is Jake, who just turned 10. The oldest girl just graduated high school.
Cross Creek Cattle Company is a proud sponsor of the Grimes County Mounted Posse. We are also proud that our family participates in this organization. We also join with the Posse in remembering the sacrifices that military families make every day.
As the song, “If We Ever Make It Home,” by Wade Bowen states, “If we ever make it home, there’ll be peace like we’ve never known. Nobody’s gonna walk alone. We’ll be leaning on each other.” We stand with our troops and hope that they make it home soon. We also thank them for their continued service to our country.
We might not be surrounded by heroes on a daily basis, but my hero of this performance was Randi Farquhar. She is riding the white gelding at the end. Her horse rears up seemingly on cue while they announce her name. In doing so, the flag pole slipped out of its holder. With sheer determination and strength, Randi held the flag until she exited the arena. She told me, “All I could think was do NOT let the flag touch the ground.”
I hope you enjoy the performance.