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Former Aggie Qualifies to Ride at Ram National Circuit Finals

Submitted by Kashly Schweer on 10/31/2017 Hardy (Chad) Braden cashed his ticket for the  Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) through his stellar performance in the saddle bronc riding at the Prairie Circuit Finals. (Courtesy photo) Hardy (Chad) Braden cashed his ticket for the  Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) through his stellar performance in the saddle bronc riding at the Prairie Circuit Finals. (Courtesy photo)

Goodwell, Okla. — Throughout the years, numerous Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team members have experienced success on both the collegiate and professional level. The winning tradition of Panhandle State continued at the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals in Duncan, Okla. Oct. 19-21.

The top contestant in the aggregate when the dust settles at the each of the 12 circuit finals across the nation qualifies for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) in Kissimmee, Fla. April 5-8, 2018. The year-end circuit champion also secures their spot in Florida next spring.

Hardy (Chad) Braden cashed his ticket for the RNCFR through his stellar performance in the saddle bronc riding in Duncan. Braden earned a paycheck in each of the three rounds, including a round win aboard New Frontier Rodeo’s Toy Box. He secured the aggregate championship by 10 points over fellow Panhandle State alum, Tyrel Larsen.

Larsen spurred his way to the pay window in the third round with his 84-point ride. He also put an additional $2,027 in his Wrangler jeans for his second place finish in the aggregate.

More cowboys represented the blue and red in the saddle bronc riding: Jake Finlay, Preston Kafka and Shade Etbauer. All three cowboys secured paychecks throughout the rounds. Finlay cashed in during the first and third night of rodeo action, while Etbauer placed second in the second round for his 78-point effort. Kafka was fourth in the first round and fourth in the aggregate.

All-Around talent, Trell Etbauer, qualified for the circuit finals in both the steer wrestling and tie-down roping. Trell Etbauer earned fourth place in the first round of the steer wrestling. However, that was the only time the Goodwell native was able to compete as he was kicked prior to the tie-down roping, causing him to sit out the duration of the finals.

One former Aggie was still represented Panhandle State in the tie-down roping, and did so with flare. L.D. Meier won the second round with his smoking 8.2-second run. He turned around and placed third during Saturday night’s performance. Meier’s consistent runs gave him a combined time of 26.9 seconds on three head to place third in the aggregate.

Also qualifying for the Prairie Circuit Finals included Will Martin, Taylor Tupper, Tyler Hessman and Laramie Mosley. The success of former Aggies is a true testament to the quality of rodeo program at Panhandle State.


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