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Dedication Produces Success for Moyer

—By Laura Nelson on 07/12/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—Kaylee Moyer put together a model 2011-2012 rodeo season, and her hard work and determination earned her the women's Reserve All-Around title at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in June.

In the 10 regular season rodeos, she earned goat tying titles at three of them—Pratt Community College, Fort Hays State, and at the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo in Guymon. The win in Pratt coupled with a fourth place in the breakaway roping also got her named the women's All-Around there. In addition, Moyer won first in the breakaway roping at the Garden City Community College rodeo and won third in that event at Colby Community College.

Her consistency secured her second place in goat tying in the Central Plains Region, ensuring her a spot for the second consecutive year at CNFR. At last year's college national finals, she posted two good times, but one goat running in circles cost her precious seconds and put her out of contention for a title. This year in Casper, she earned two qualified times of 6.8 seconds in rounds one and three, but her round two goat came untied, resulting in no time.

The Simla, Colo. native fared much better in her second event, the breakaway roping, even though she got a rocky start. In round one, she roped her calf in 3.3 seconds, but leaving the box a little early left her with a 10-second broken barrier penalty. The veteran hand didn't let that shake her, posting a 3.8-second time in round two and then a blazing 2.6-second run in round three to get to the championship round on Saturday night. She used that opportunity to make a 3.4-second run in the short round to tie for third in the round and finished fourth in the nation.

Moyer also gets the job done in the classroom, securing places on the president's and dean's honor rolls and actively serving in OPSU's Chapter of the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA). She returns to OPSU in the fall to complete her student teaching internship, and then plans to attend graduate school. Before she transferred to Goodwell, she considered several 4-year institutions with strong rodeo programs, and the single deciding factor was the commitment of head coach Craig Latham. She said, "When I visited Goodwell, Craig was pumping water out of the middle of the arena. I knew I wanted to be coached by someone with that kind of dedication." Congratulations to Kaylee for exhibiting that same dedication to her education and OPSU rodeo.

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