**For Immediate Release**
Plenty of Work on the Way for Rodeo Team
- Released by OPSU Campus Communications 01-25-2008
By Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. -- It’s that time of year again! The OPSU Rodeo Team’s annual Top Hand Auction is set for Saturday, February 2 at the Pickle Creek Center beginning at 7 p.m. Once again, about 20 pairs of team members will be sold to the highest bidder for 4 hours of any kind of manual labor the buyer can come up with. In addition, the members have been rounding up donated items for Auctioneer Clay Myers of Texhoma Livestock to sell. Coach Craig Latham’s father Paul will again provide a piece of log furniture and the sale will also feature some other special items including a hand-beaded belt and checkbook cover. According to Coach Latham, “This is a great opportunity for anyone who collects Western items to purchase one-of-a-kind things not available anywhere else. We offer everything from fine art to furniture to tack.” The Auction helps fund scholarships, travel and costs associated with maintaining practice stock and all proceeds directly benefits OPSU Rodeo.
Two more rodeo team activities will take place that weekend and the following weekend. Three-time National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) goat tying champion Lynn Smith will hold a goat tying school at the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo arena in Goodwell scheduled for February 2 and 3. The school is open to all ages and Lynn will cover anything anyone ever wanted to know about the event. For more information, visit Lynn’s website at www.goattyer.com.
The following weekend, February 8-10, Brian Fulton, who holds 19 Badlands Circuit titles as well as a number of All-Around and Steer Wrestling titles, will hold a steer wrestling school at the Doc Gardner. For more information about this school, contact Latham at 620-428-2288 or 580-349-3667. Coach Latham said, “Bringing in Lynn and Brian to run these schools is similar to having Michael Jordan work with a basketball team. Both are considered experts in their respective rodeo sports and will bring a wealth of knowledge about technique and winning to area rodeo athletes.”
While the rodeo prepares for all of these events, they are also hard at work practicing their skills for the upcoming spring Central Plains Region NIRA rodeos. The first rodeo is scheduled at Kansas State in Manhattan February 22-27. The men’s team currently enjoys first place with 2,100 points, far ahead of the #2 (835 points) Garden City Community College team. The women’s team runs a close second place against Southeastern Oklahoma State with 495 points to SEOSU’s 580 points. If you would like more information about anything associated with OPSU Rodeo, contact Latham at 580-349-1348 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.