**For Immediate Release**
A Horse Named “Oklahoma Panhandle State University”
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-17-2006
Goodwell, Okla. — One of the challenges of running a rodeo program is finding, financing, and taking care of practice stock. A paint mare, donated by Daniel Jones of Guymon, is the newest member of the string of bucking stock owned by the OPSU Rodeo Team. Dubbed “Oklahoma Panhandle State University,” the team received a “two-fer” as the mare gave birth to a filly recently. Coach Craig Latham will use the mare and her colt in his newly started “Born to Buck” program. He hopes to use the pair to breed more practice bucking stock for his saddle bronc and bareback riders.
Bill Newman, former OPSU saddle bronc riding champion and honored last year as the Top Hand Sponsor along with wife Vee, donates the pasture for the practice stock and also generously supplies the jackets to the rodeo team. In addition, he serves as a mentor to many rodeo team members. Latham said, “His outstanding support is greatly appreciated along with the support of the Guymon Convention and Tourism organization that sponsors our weekly jackpots.”
The jackpots will start again February 5 at the Doc Gardner Memorial Arena, and admission is always free. The team will also be holding its annual Top Hand Auction on February 3, 2007 at the Pickle Creek Center in Guymon. The Auction features OPSU rodeo team members sold for 4 hours of work to the winning bidder, and also includes a variety of donated items including western art and tack. Support OPSU rodeo team members on their way to another successful season!