ELKO – When someone encounters hardships, communities step in – especially true in western lifestyle and throughout rodeo families.

Elko County Fairgrounds Superintendent Jonathan Taravella experienced a troubling situation last summer, getting out of bed and collapsing to the floor.

Taravella went limp, unable to perform any tasks or find strength and movement in the right side of his body – suffering an ischemic stroke.

Although Taravella has since returned to work, he has undergone extensive tests and occupational and physical therapy – still not making a full recovery.

Taravella, his wife and their children have been pushed to the brink mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.

The task of undergoing numerous treatments in Salt Lake City has placed a large monetary burden on everyone involved, but Carrie Eary and countless others have done their parts in providing aid.

A benefit rodeo will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 at Spring Creek Horse Palace – the event fittingly titled Ridin’ for JT.

Peewee events – including stick barrel racing and dummy roping – will take place at 2 p.m.; with the junior events – including steer riding and sheep riding – will run from 4-6 p.m.

The night performance of the rodeo will kick off at 6 p.m.

Open events for the rodeo will include saddle bronc riding, stock-horse bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, women’s steer stopping, breakaway roping and barrel racing.

Entries will remain open through Tuesday, Feb. 6.

As of Wednesday, Eary said she had 125 contestants entered in the event “with about a week to go.”

She would like to extend the opportunity for more cowboys and cowgirls to sign up over the next few days.

There are three ways to enter the rodeo: phone, email or physical mail.

Call Eary at 775-304-2223, email cnjeary@yahoo.com or send entries to Carrie Eary, PO Box 8358, Spring Creek, NV 89815.

For full event times and listings, call or email Eary for the order of events, age limitations and events for each group for peewee and junior competitions.

Admission to the rodeo is $10 for adults, and everyone 10 or younger is free of charge.

A silent auction will be conducted throughout the duration of the rodeo, with 100 percent of the proceeds of the auction and the gate going to benefit Taravella and his family.

Head on out Feb. 10 to Spring Creek Horse Palace and support a great cause.

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