Heartbreaking news of the tragic passing of a local boy spread throughout Erath County back in April and now the Erath County Riding Club (ECRC) has rallied together to organize the Kreek Magin Memorial Gymkhana Rodeo kicking off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Cowboy Church of Erath County arena.

All proceeds will benefit the Kreek Magin Memorial Scholarship at Tarleton State University.

Matt and Brittany Magin (Kreek’s parents) have been involved in the ECRC — Matt a member of the board and Brittany helping with advertising.

“Matt is the arena director and him and his brother Mitch take care of the grounds and Brittany has been really instrumental in coming up with logos. When this happened we thought this was just something we could do to help,” said ECRC President Chris Walters. “We’re all really close so when this happened it was devastating.”

The age groups are divided with a six and under group, ages seven-10 group, ages 11-14 group and ages 15-18 group.

“A gymkhana is kind of the first step where little kids go to learn events before they go on to enter regular rodeos and that’s another reason we’re doing this,” Walters said.

There’s a $30 entry fee for lead line and a $10 entry fee per event, which includes clover barrels, flags, straight barrels, goat tie/slap, poles and dummy roping.

Entries will be open from 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday before the event starts.

All lead liners will receive a prize along with the top first and second all-around in each age group.

The memorial event will also feature a live and silent auction.

“We have had a tremendous turnout of donations. We’ve got a horse, pipe, guns and a couple of hunts — a dove hunt and a fishing trip up at PK (Possum Kingdom),” Walters said. “We will accept auction items until Thursday.”

The live auction will take place following the rodeo while the silent auction will go on throughout the day.

Hambone’s Redneck Paradise will cater the event and will donate a portion of their proceeds to Kreek’s scholarship fund.

To donate money, auction items and/or to become a sponsor, contact Walters at 254-592-4380.