Eric: A day in Oakdale

March 26, 2020  •  5 Comments

0405-05460405-0546Eric was a natural when it came to his riding and roping ability. He loved roping and made it seem so easy but don't get me wrong, he was a competitor. He strived to be at the top , a winner and he worked very hard at every practice session. He was a good listener and applied what he learned. He was also a prankster and even today I can get a good chuckle remembering some of the things he did or said. Jerold Camarillo

"Eric was a natural when it came to his riding and roping ability. He loved roping and made it seem so easy but don't get me wrong, he was a competitor. He strived to be at the top, a winner and he worked very hard at every practice session. He was a good listener and applied what he learned. He was also a prankster and even today I can get a good chuckle remembering some of the things he did or said. "-    Jerold Camarillo
 

0630-002800630-00280Eric explains some of the theory behind roping to Candida Benson. Candia was there to write a story on Eric about his roping days for National Dragster. See the story by clicking this National Dragster link.

Eric explains some of the theory behind roping to Candida Benson. Candida was there to write a story on Eric about his roping days for National Dragster.

See the full story in National Dragster.

 

0630-002830630-00283Champion bareback rider and team roper Ace Berry and Eric visiting and discussing old times.

Champion bareback rider and team roper Ace Berry and Eric visiting and discussing old times.
 

0630-000060630-00006Eric illustrating the correct way to hold the rope (for roping) for Candida Benson from National Dragster.

Eric illustrating the correct way to hold the rope (for roping) for Candida Benson from National Dragster.
 

0630-000210630-00021Eric warming up on the roping dummy before going to the arena.

Eric warming up on the roping dummy before going to the arena.

0630-003930630-00393Eric looks on as Courtney feeds a rescued baby bird that fell from its nest that Ashley is hold while papa John looks on.

Eric looks on as Courtney feeds a rescued baby bird that fell from its nest that Ashley is holding while papa John looks on.

0630-003470630-00347Eric & John enjoy lunch at the House of Beef with Uncle Steve & cousin Butch.

Eric and John enjoy lunch at the House of Beef with Uncle Steve and cousin Butch.
 

 

0630-000300630-00030This is Eric and Jerold probably discussing the rules of the bet.

This is Eric and Jerold probably discussing the rules of the bet.
 

0630-000750630-00075Jerold thinks that this was a bet on how many steers Eric would miss. Jerold & Eric would always say, I bet you a hundred! So, one of them must have pulled the $100 and stabbed it with the knife, for show purposes;who knows? Those guys were always kidding around!

Jerold thinks that this was a bet on how many steers Eric would miss. Jerold and Eric would always say, I bet you a hundred! So, one of them must have pulled the $100 and stabbed it with the knife, for show purposes;who knows? Those guys were always kidding around!
 

0630-003010630-00301Coach Jerold stands in front of the roping simulator explaining the basics,

Coach Jerold stands in front of the roping simulator explaining the basics,
 

0630-000850630-00085Eric and his friend Talya warming up horses before roping.

Eric and his friend Talya warming up horses before roping.
 

0630-001670630-00167Eric heading another steer as Talya looks on.

Eric heading another steer as Talya looks on.
 

0630-001210630-00121The girls, Courtney and Ashley watching the action.

The girls, Courtney and Ashley watching the action.
 

0630-001540630-00154Riding ; Eric is looking for his position to throw the loop.

Riding Gonzo, Eric is looking for his position to throw the loop.
 

0630-001710630-00171Got him!

Got him!
 

0630-001570630-00157Eric heading a steer as World Champion Team Roper and Coach, Jerold Camarillo comes in for the heels.

Eric heading a steer as World Champion Team Roper and Coach, Jerold Camarillo comes in for the heels.

0630-000810630-00081Hey guys, watch this.

Hey guys, watch this.
 

 

0630-001460630-00146Ashley, Courtney, John and Laurie looking in disbelief that Eric is a real cowboy.

Ashley, Courtney, John and Laurie looking in disbelief that Eric is a real cowboy.
 

0630-002110630-00211John asked Eric, see if you can rope me. Silly question!

John asked Eric, see if you can rope me.  Silly question!
 

0630-002170630-00217Eric aboard Gonzo, tightening the slack on John, good catch!

Eric aboard Gonzo, tightening the slack on John, good catch!
 

0630-002580630-00258The girls, Laurie, Ashley and Courtney, deciding whos up next?

The girls, Laurie, Ashley and Courtney, deciding who's up next?
 

0630-002370630-00237Laurie, John's wife getting in the action and learning the ropes.

Laurie, John's wife getting in the action and learning the ropes.

0630-002740630-00274Laurie Force has John just where she needs him.

Laurie Force has John just where she needs him.
 

0630-004720630-00472Why settle for one, when you can get all three. Ashley, Courtney and Laurie Force

Why settle for one, when you can get all three. Ashley, Courtney and Laurie Force

0630-004730630-00473Eric caught the girls in one big loop! Ashley, Courtney and Laurie were good sports about it.

Eric caught the girls in one big loop! Ashley, Courtney and Laurie were good sports about it.

0630-004040630-00404Eric and Talya having a quiet moment.

Eric and Talya having a quiet moment before the roundup.

0630-004110630-00411Eric and Talya bringing up the cattle to the roping chutes.

Eric and Talya bringing up the cattle to the roping chutes.
 

0630-004140630-00414Eric in his happy place.

Eric in his happy place.

0630-005000630-00500John looks plum tuckered out after a day at the ranch.

John looks plum tuckered out after a day at the ranch.
 

0630-005050630-00505Calling it a day at Camp Jerold! Eric Medlen, Candida Benson and Jerold Camarillo.

Calling it a day at Camp Jerold! Eric Medlen, Candida Benson and Jerold Camarillo.
 

0643-001400643-00140Cord McCoy, Champion Bull rider, and Eric Medlen swap rides for a photo shoot in Las Vegas. Eric appears just as comfortable on a Brahma as in his 10,000 HP Mustang.

Cord McCoy, Champion Bull rider, and Eric Medlen swap rides for a photo shoot in Las Vegas. Eric appears just as comfortable on a Brahma as in his 10,000 HP Mustang.
 

0643-001410643-00141Eric trades in his Mustang for a Brahma for a photo op.

Eric trades in his Mustang for a Brahma for a photo op.
 

0630-001800630-00180As the sun sets on on this blog, take a minute to remember Eric, and go grab a dish of Ice Cream. You can never be sad eating ice cream.

As the sun sets on on this blog, take a minute to remember Eric, and go grab a dish of Ice Cream. You can never be sad eating ice cream.
 


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d2d2dd2(non-registered)
Great photo tribute Richard...A lot of info other than Eric's racing adventures...Thanks...
Great photo tribute Richard...A lot of info other than Eric's racing adventures...Thanks...
Great photo tribute Richard...A lot of info other than Eric's racing adventures...Thanks...
Dave Densmore(non-registered)
Thanks, Richard. Brings back great memories. Great person. Gone too soon.
Mike Bradford(non-registered)
Great photo tribute Richard...A lot of info other than Eric's racing adventures...Thanks...
Lois Covert ( Eric’s Aunt)(non-registered)
This is so cool to watch, but sure brings the tears
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