**For Immediate Release**
Hodson All-Around Cowboy at Doc Gardner
OPSU men’s team moves to second
place in Central Plains Region
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 04-02-2006
by Laura Dahl
Guymon, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle
Logan Hodson won All-Around Cowboy honors at the Doc Gardner
Memorial Rodeo this past weekend. Hodson, a Canadian student
from Telkwa, B.C., turned in great performances in the bareback
and saddle bronc events. His performance led the OPSU men’s
team to post an additional 500 points in the Central Plains
Region standings, which moves the team from third to second
place. First and second place teams in each region take a team
to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June
as well as qualifying individuals.
Coming off a personal best 90 point score in the bareback
riding at the professional rodeo in Nacogdoches, Texas, last
week, Hodson placed second in the long round of the bareback
riding, tied for first in the championship round, and placed
first in the aggregate scoring at the Doc Gardner.
In the saddle bronc, Hodson tied for third in the average.
In the same event, Jordan Furnish, from Guymon, placed third
in the long and short rounds, and placed first the average
of that event. Taos Muncy added team and individual points
with a fifth/sixth split in the short go and a sixth place
finish in the average. Trell Etbauer, Seth Schafer, and Weston
Ireland also competed in the short go of that event.
After the Thursday and Friday night performances of the bull
riding, only two qualified rides had been posted. During the
last long round performance on Saturday afternoon, Taos Muncy
made the short go with a 77 point ride and Winston Kusler made
the cut with a 64 point ride. During the championship round,
only two cowboys covered their bulls. Bandy Murphy of Southwestern
Oklahoma State University won the short go with a 77 point
ride and placed first in the average, and Corey Atwell of Coffeyville
Community College in Kansas made a 76 point ride, placing him
second in the short round and second in the average. Muncy
ended up fifth in the average.
With Eli Eastman competing with a broken
ankle, the heeler and his teammate, Levi Swafford, turned
in a sixth place win in the short round and the average of
the team roping. Another OPSU duo, Cody Dees and John Wright
also made the championship round of that event. Coleman Proctor
of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Jake Long of
Northwestern Oklahoma State University out-roped all competitors
by taking first in the long and championship rounds, which
secured them a first place in the aggregate.
Rounding out the men’s events,
Buster Holland competed in the short round of the steer wrestling,
an event won by Travis Camac of Fort Hays State. Tyrel Turner
made the championship round of the calf roping, with A.J.
Ormand of Northwestern taking first place in both rounds
and the average.
Chancy Etbauer tied for first with Amy Younger of Bacone College,
both with a 2.5 second run in the long round of the breakaway
roping. Etbauer placed sixth in the average while Younger,
with a tie for second in the short go, won in the aggregate
Kaylee Holt, an Oklahoma State University student from Gruver,
Texas, placed first in the championship round of the barrel
racing and took first in the aggregate scoring. In the goat
tying, Sarah Ellingson of Southwestern Oklahoma State University
placed first in the long and short rounds of the goat tying
with times of 9.6 seconds in both.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
won the men’s
team competition, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University
won the women’s team competition. Sarah Ellingson of
Southwestern was the all-around cowgirl.
Thanks to Aaron Loewe and Evan Schmidt for their bullfighting
skills, used to protect the bull riders from the stock. Schmidt
broke his leg in the line of duty on Friday night, and the
latest report indicates he will fully recover. Wacey Munsell
stepped up to help Loewe during the Saturday performances.
OPSU would like to thank the major sponsors,
including CRI Feeders, L&J Auto Parts, Absolute Endeavors, 54 Gas ‘n
Go, Texhoma Livestock Auction, Cactus and Frontier Feeders,
Samson Ropes and First National Bank of Texhoma, Goodwell,
and Guymon, Murphy Farms and Duke Energy. Thanks to PTCI and
Tri-County Electric for providing saddles for the men’s
and women’s all-around titles as well as chute sponsors
including Farmers Elevator, Crazy House, and Hitch Enterprises.
The Bank of the Panhandle and the City of Guymon Convention
and Tourism Board sponsored the men’s and women’s
OPSU Coach Craig Latham said, “I’m proud of the
kids for doing so well at their own rodeo, especially after
they’ve worked hard for weeks to put it together. I’d
like to thank all of the sponsors who support us as well as
the fans who come out to cheer us. We couldn’t be as
successful without them.”
Coach Craig Latham
presents Jordan Furnish with a buckle for winning
the saddle bronc riding. -Trey Scales photo