On March 5, 2014, OHSRA lost one of its beloved family members,
Ben “High Pitch” Samplonius.
Ben became a member of our Rodeo Family in April 2011 while shadowing another bullfighter. Ben continued on from there to become “our bullfighter”. He was an extremely talented and gifted young man.
Loved by all who competed in the arena requiring his expertise during rough stock events and by those of other events as he leant a helping hand to assist wherever he could and also by the Board of Directors and parents for his constant encouragement to the competing members.
Ben had an incredible sense of humour that we all had the benefit of seeing at every event. He also had a unique way of making friends with whomever he met and maintaining those friendships. We all looked forward to our next rodeo so we could see Ben and enjoy his stories and humour.
Ben enjoyed life, his friends, his animals and Rodeo. He exemplified humanity and kindness to all. He was also extremely gracious and could take the good with the bad. He never looked for recognition of his achievements and took advantage of learning from everyone and sharing that experience both in and outside the arena.
There is not a member of our Rodeo Family who would not call Ben a true friend. In remembering him, we will always remember his HUGE smiles, infectious laugh and loving nature.