Community Celebrates OPSU Rodeo

Submitted by OPSU Rodeo Team on 08/26/2014 Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Wayne Manning (left) gets an autograph from 2014 College National Champion Bull Rider, Joe Frost (right) at a cook-out on Aug. 21 celebrating the Panhandle State Rodeo Team's success throughout the 2014 season. — Photo by Danae MooreVice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Wayne Manning (left) gets an autograph from 2014 College National Champion Bull Rider, Joe Frost (right) at a cook-out on Aug. 21 celebrating the Panhandle State Rodeo Team's success throughout the 2014 season. — Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — There is no doubt that without the support of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, the community of Goodwell, and the entire Texas County the Panhandle State Rodeo Team would not be nearly as successful as it is. This was proven once again during the OPSU Rodeo Championship Celebration. The celebration was held at the Bell Tower Plaza on the beautiful OPSU campus on the evening of August 21.

The OPSU men’s team had another very successful year at the College National Finals held in June in Casper, Wyo. The OPSU men who were coming off of a national title in 2013 gave it their all to try and repeat this great title. They ended up as the third ranked team in the nation for 2014. It wasn’t however for lack of trying.

Orin Larsen earned the title of National Champion Bareback Rider, a title that he has now taken home for the past two years. He will definitely be missed by the men in red and blue vests as pursues a career in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Joe Frost, a key member in OPSU’s 2013 National Team Title, did his part at the CNFR in being the only bull rider to cover all four bulls earning the title of National Champion Bull Rider. Larsen and Frost were joined by Logan Glendy in the bareback riding, Caleb Bullock in the tie down roping, Shade Etbauer in the steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding, John Stratton in the saddle bronc riding, Joe Harper in the saddle bronc riding and Jeff Bertus in the bull riding.

Community members, faculty, and students gathered this past Thursday afternoon to show their support and congratulate the team on their achievements. Dr. David Bryant was the first to share his congratulations to the team and coaches Craig Latham and Robert Etbauer on another very successful year. Dr. Bryant also presented the men with special recognition on behalf of Oklahoma State Representative Gus Blackwell. The men’s team was on hand to sign autographs with National Champion Joe Frost being the man in the spotlight.

There is no doubt that main focus was on the athletes, but the night was concluded when Ken Stonecipher presented head coach Craig Latham with a special award on behalf of the Guymon Chamber of Commerce. Latham received a very special belt that he was first awarded in 2000. With a grin on his face coach Latham was very humbled and honored with this presentation. Craig is a very key ingredient in the success of the OPSU rodeo team.

The Aggies look to try and make the 2014-2015 season another great one. With the support of such an awesome community, faculty and staff, they should have no problem working towards their goals for this upcoming season.


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