|Kirk Welch of PTCI, right, awards the men's all-around saddle to OPSU student athlete, Trell Etbauer. -photo by Lori Latham
**For Immediate Release**
Men’s Championship Trophy Stays Home
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 04-04-05
Fans attending the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo this weekend enjoyed some of the finest spring weather this area offers. Taking place in the Henry C. Hitch arena in Guymon, everyone was treated to some thrilling bull and bronc riding and some fast action during the timed events in the warm, breezy weather.
The OPSU team had a great rodeo with the men’s team taking the first place trophy sponsored by Bank of the Panhandle, and OPSU’s Trell Etbauer winning the Men’s All-Around sponsored by PTCI.
OPSU was well represented in the short go of the saddle bronc riding with Logan Hodson, Dusty Hausauer, Trell Etbauer, Shank Stephens, and Matt Hebbert all competing. Hebbert went on to win the average and the short go of that event and placed second in the long go. Etbauer placed third in the short go and split third and fourth in the average with teammate Shank Stephens.
Etbauer split second and third in the first go of the steer wrestling, and went on to win the short go and the average by posting a quick 4.1 second catch.
In the bareback riding, Travis Sharp split fourth in the first round, won the short round, and split first and second in the average.
The bulls of the McCloy Rodeo Company of Morse, Texas, won the short go of the bull riding as no cowboy managed to stay aboard the full 8 seconds. Cal Peterson split third and fourth in the first go of that event.
On the women’s side, Erica Brown was the only competitor in the short round. She placed fourth in the long go and the short go of the goat tying, and ended up splitting third and fourth in the average.
Other winners include Lainee Shearer of Southeastern Oklahoma State University with the women’s all-around sponsored by Tri-County Electric, and SEOSU also took home the women’s championship, made possible by Guymon Convention and Tourism.
One nontraditional timed event was the steak eating contest at Saturday evening’s performance sponsored by KGYN Radio and the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. The Panhandle State Association Alumni and Friends team polished off their steak and all the fixings in 29 minutes!
Rodeo is indeed a team effort, and the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo is made possible through the help of a number of sponsors and supporters. Thanks again to the following for all your help and hard work:
Event sponsors including Texhoma Livestock Auction, steer wrestling; Murphy Farms, barrel racing; First National Bank of Texhoma and Goodwell, team roping heeler; Pride Feeders, team roping header; Absolute Endeavors, breakaway roping; Cactus Feeders and Frontier Feeders, goat tying; CRI, bareback riding; Newman Real Estate, saddle bronc riding; L&J Auto Parts, tie down roping; and Express Ranches, bull riding.
Other generous sponsors are Farmers Elevator of Goodwell, the Crazy House in Liberal, Kansas, as well as Hitch Enterprises, Our Place Sports Lounge, and the Super 8 Motel, all of Guymon.
Special thanks to Robert and Sue Etbauer and Chuck Hoss, Ed Hoss, and Jerry Webb of H&H Cattle for their hard work and support of OPSU rodeo. They help in a number of ways, including sponsorship of the jackpot and team roping that helps the team raise funds.
If you missed the rodeo, it will be broadcast on RFD-TV this June, and more information will follow when the broadcast date is available.
The OPSU Rodeo Team travels to Weatherford this weekend to compete in Southwestern Oklahoma State’s rodeo.