Tarleton’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams opened their 2013-14 season this past weekend competing at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M. where they earned reserve champion honors in the team standings.
“The team was been working hard at practices and would love to repeat their 2012-2013 performances as the Southwest Region year-end men’s and women’s team champions,” said assistant rodeo coach Tibba Smith.
Tarleton also had three event champions in the bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing events, and also brought home reserve champion honors in steer wrestling.
Richie Champion, a 2013 College National Finals Rodeo qualifier and reigning Southwest Region champion bareback rider, won the average at the ENMU Rodeo. He collected 165 points over the weekend by splitting second and third in the long round with a 67-point ride and won the short round with a 75-point ride. Shon Gibson rode his horses for scores of 66 and 60 placing him in the top six in both rounds and fifth in the average to collect 55 points.
Colton Miller rode exceptionally well, winning the long round with a 78-point ride, short round with 67 points, and average title. Miller collected 180 points and currently leads the Southwest Region after the first rodeo.
Samuel Williams won second in the steer wrestling average. He collected 120 points by placing sixth in the long round with a time of 6.0 seconds, won the short round with 5.3, and second in the average with an 11.3-second effort.
2013 CNFR qualifier Jaime Barrow, who transferred from Western Texas College, captured the win of the average in the barrel racing event. Barrow ran very consistent with 17.5-second runs in both the long round and short round. She placed fourth in the long round, won the short round and average, collecting 150 points. Shaylee Williams collected 100 points by winning second in the long round with her blazing fast 17.43-second run, sixth in the short round with a 17.81, and third in the average. These two ladies helped the women’s team to be runners-up in the team standings for the weekend.
Kortni McConnell placed in the top six of both rounds in the breakaway roping, and finished fifth in the average. McConnell collected 55 points for the weekend.
In the goat tying, Baili Collins and Meaghann Winkler were solid, both placing in the long round, short round and average. Collins was 8.4 in the long round and Winkler was 8.5 placing fourth and fifth respectively. In the short round, Collins and Winkler both had a time of 9.3 and split fourth and fifth. With a total of 17.7, Collins ended up splitting third and fourth in the average earning her 90 points for the weekend. Winkler split fifth and sixth in the average with a time of 17.8 seconds and earned 60 points.
Other students qualifying for the short round were Brittany Adams- breakaway roping, Ben McAdow- tiedown roping, and Emily Eford- barrel racing.
The teams will have the weekend off, but will be helping with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo, held at Lone Star Arena this weekend.
The next rodeo will be at Vernon College the first weekend of October.
For more information about Tarleton rodeo’s team schedules and results, visit www.tarleton.edu/rodeo.