Rodeo Team Heads to Casper
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-08-05
This Sunday, June 12, marks the beginning of the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming. Oklahoma Panhandle State University belongs to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Plains Region where the men’s team currently holds the top spot. But, at CNFR, it doesn’t matter what place a team or qualifier holds in a region - all qualifiers and teams begin from scratch, so it’s anyone’s rodeo.
That said, OPSU will be represented by a very strong men’s team composed of six members, five of whom qualified for CNFR in individual events. Matt Hebbert, who graduated from OPSU in May, returns for his second and final CNFR in the saddle bronc riding. Last year he won 3rd in the average in that event as well as taking first place in both the second and short rounds. He also came in second in the men’s all-around last year. Freshman Trell Etbauer makes his first CNFR appearance in both saddle bronc and steer wrestling, and is also competing for the men’s all-around title. Other qualifiers include Buster Holland, a junior, in the steer wrestling, Senior Cal Reo Peterson in the bull riding, and recent OPSU graduate Travis Sharp in bareback riding. Dusty Hausauer, a senior, rounds out the men’s team and will compete in the saddle bronc, an event he has been competitive in all year.
On the women’s side, Stacey Watland, a senior and first time CNFR qualifier, will compete in the goat tying. Erica Brown, also a senior, returns to her second CNFR in breakaway roping, the event she placed fourth in the average in last year.
Coach Craig Latham credits all of the generous sponsors who contribute significantly to the success of the rodeo team. Many individuals and businesses have helped the team this year, including Dr. David Bryant, OPSU President and Dr. John Townsend, OPSU Rodeo Team Advisor. “We wouldn’t be sending so many student athletes to CNFR this year if we didn’t receive community support. Our donors have helped supply everything from practice stock to scholarships, and I can’t thank them enough,” said Latham.
Can’t get enough OPSU rodeo? Beginning today, RFD-TV will air the 2005 Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo. Check your local cable listings or it may be found on DirecTV channel 379, Dish Network channel 9409, or Mediacom channel 78. The first episode will broadcast Wednesday June 8 at 9:00 p.m., Thursday June 9 at 3:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and for the final time on Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. Episode two airs Wednesday June 15 at 9:00 p.m., Thursday June 16 at 3:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and for the final time on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m.