Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Rodeo to Begin in Colby Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 09/18/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—With a talented roster and recent national championship, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team is set to begin their season in Colby, Kans. Sept. 20-22. The team has high expectations for the upcoming year with multiple returning competitors as well as new faces with a great deal of talent.
"I hate to make predictions," Coach Craig Latham said. "I like for our actions to speak for themselves."
On the men's side, only one of the six-man national championship team graduated last spring meaning much experience is left in the arena. Two-time Central Plains Region Bull Riding Champion and All-Around Cowboy, Joe Frost, will pursue his dreams in the professional ranks this year. However, the cowboy will still compete at the collegiate level when his schedule allows with hopes of a three-peat for both titles. Fresh off Casper success are Joe Harper and Jake Watson in the saddle bronc riding. Watson is known for his wild, all-out style and will be sure to score high points when matched with top bucking horses. Dusty Moore gained CNFR experience in the steer wrestling while Jeff Bertus will return for his senior year in the bull riding.
Shade Etbauer will begin his sophomore season with the Aggies with great things in his future and Caleb Bullock will also be one to keep an eye on in the calf roping event. Both young cowboys secured world championship titles in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association this summer.
The Panhandle State women's team is working hard to make sure they join the men in Casper this June. Led by strong seniors, the team is looking to accomplish much success in the arena this season. Samantha Foos and Kashly Schweer are expected to help anchor the team with consistency. Juniors Shelbie Weeder and Libbie Meier should be strong forces in the breakaway roping. Laremi Allred, a Utah-native, brings quick feet and fast hands to the goat tying event in her rookie season with fellow freshman Randi Buchanan serving as an all around talent for the OPSU women.
"It is time to go win two more national titles," Latham stated in respect to both a men's and women's team top finish.
The rodeo team will compete in three rodeos this fall and seven in the spring for a total of ten rodeos for the year. They will conclude the year in Guymon for the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo in April. Until the final points are tallied, the team aims for improvement and consistency throughout the season.
"I want to help every single kid that wants to be a part of this team," Latham said. "However much effort they are willing to put out is how far they will go. I've got high expectations."