December 26, 2010 saw the passing of a great supporter of our sport, one Henry (Hank) Battenfelder. Henry was a unique individual who worked hard, played hard and slept very little. He packed more into his 71 years than most could in 171. Henry was still planning on riding in the 2011 rodeo and undoubtedly would have passed many other riders half his age on his old Kawasaki 700.
A phrase made famous by the immortal George Carlin is a perfect reflection of how Henry lived his life.
Life’s journey is not to
arrive at the grave safely
in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways,
totally used up and worn out, shouting
‘…man, what a ride!
Henry, along with being an avid rider himself, started the first quad rodeo on his property in May 2001 with 6 teams which grew to as many as 18 teams in the spring of 2010. Henry’s widow, Margaret has given her blessing on continuing the tradition which will be called the “Henry Battenfelder Memorial ATV Rodeo”. Monies earned from the rodeo will be used to keep the property and the memory of Henry’s rodeo alive in the years to come.