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OPSU Alumni Key Member on Champion Ranch Rodeo Team

By Shelbie Weeder on 11/19/2014 OPSU graduate and former Panhandle State Rodeo Team member Jesse Jolly was a member of the World Champion Ranch Rodeo Team. They competed Nov. 7-9 in Amarillo, Texas.—Courtesy photoOPSU graduate and former Panhandle State Rodeo Team member Jesse Jolly was a member of the World Champion Ranch Rodeo Team. They competed Nov. 7-9 in Amarillo, Texas.—Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University Alumni and Colorado native Jesse Jolly along with four other team members captured the World Championship at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo (WCRR) held in Amarillo, Texas Nov. 7-9. The Jolly Ranch/Lord Ranch team consisted of Jesse Jolly, Phy Lord, Nick Peterson, Kyle Spitz and Dustin Bowling.

The five man team competed in ranch bronc riding, team stray gathering, team penning, wild cow milking and calf branding. Most of the events that take place at the ranch rodeo finals are part of the practices that cowboys perform on a day to day basis. There were 22 teams that competed at this year’s finals.

To earn a trip to the WCRR the teams had to win at one of the sanctioned rodeo events held around the country during the year. Ranch rodeos are a way to showcase the talents of everyday cowboys and cowgirls. Ranches of all sizes from all over the country compete for the chance to call themselves the World Champions.

Jesse Jolly was a key member of the rodeo team during his time at Panhandle State. Jolly was a team captain during his two-year stay with the Aggies. He began attending OPSU in August 2007 and graduated in May 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agriculture Business. Jolly has not left the rodeo world since graduation, as he has been pursuing his roping and saddle bronc riding career while still working on the family ranch in Agate, Colo. He will always be one to keep your eyes on in the world of rodeo as well as ranch rodeo.