Trell Etbauer - Campus
**For Immediate Release**
From Oklahoma to Oman
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-13-05
by Laura Dahl
Goodwell - One Oklahoma Panhandle State
University student will spend part of his Christmas holiday
in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Trell Etbauer, an
OPSU sophomore and Goodwell native, will join citizens from
all over the world in Oman’s
Royal Calvary Equestrian and Camel Show.
Since the country’s inception 30 years
ago, this free event for its citizens has taken place on New
Day in the capital city of Muscat. The Commander of Oman’s
Royal Calvary extended an invitation to the United States to
participate, specifying rodeo as the American theme. The Commander
contacted Jerome Robinson of Fort Collins, Colo., who has many
years of experience producing and coordinating this type of
Robinson asked Etbauer to demonstrate saddle bronc riding,
an event he competes in at the college level as well as professionally.
Other American rodeo hands in the exhibition will display bareback
riding skills, barrel racing, and team roping. In addition,
two children included in the group will exhibit trick roping
and trick riding.
Bronc Rumford, a rodeo stock contractor
of Abbeyville, Kan., is providing the American Quarterhorses
for the event. Three bucking horses, three barrel racing
horses, two pick up horses and two ponies will make the overseas
journey in an airplane. Etbauer, along with Bronc and Justin
Rumford will drive the horses in a trailer to Chicago, where
they will be quarantined. The next day, Sunday, December
18, Trell and Justin will meet with a professional groom
who will accompany them. The horses will be loaded in special
containers for the overseas trip. They fly from Chicago to
Brussels, Belgium, transfer the horses to another plane,
and fly on to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The final leg
of the journey from Dubai to Muscat will be driven. The horses
making the trip have been sold to Oman’s Royal
Calvary and will not return to the U.S.
The details of coordinating such an event
are staggering, and Robinson said in a telephone interview
that it is nearly impossible to plan everything. “The rodeo portion of
the event will only take 10 minutes. My impression is that
the rest of the time, officials in Oman plan to entertain their
guests and show them their country,” Robinson said.
Trell, whose international travel so far has been limited
to Canada, said he looks forward to experiencing a completely
different culture. He said he expects to answer many questions
and hopes to acquaint the citizens of Oman with American rodeo.