Tarleton rodeo teams maintain first place in Southwest Region

Tim Sparing

Tarleton State University

Monday, March 4, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams each earned championships this past weekend at Ranger College, helping to keep them atop the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s (NIRA) Southwest Region leaderboard.

Continuing their hot streak, the men collected 575 points over the weekend to add towards their team’s season total (3,265) after six rodeos. Tarleton’s cowboys now have a 769-point lead over second-place Odessa College.

The women’s team also outpaced the competition, earning 375 points to up their total to 1,800 points for the season after six competitions. Tarleton’s women are currently in first place in the region with a 677-point lead over Texas Tech.

Of the nine events, Tarleton won four, including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. The Texans also captured reserve champion honors in the goat tying and bull riding events, while placing third in the breakaway and tie-down roping. Tarleton’s team ropers also won the long round in their respective event.

Bareback riders Richmond Champion and Jake Self continue to have outstanding performances. Champion collected 175 points over the weekend, winning the long round with 81 points, splitting first and second in the short round with 77 points, and taking the average win with 158 points. He is currently leading the Southwest Region standings with 820 points after six rodeos. Self is currently third in the region after picking up 79 points in the long round to place third. He also collected 73 points in the short round for fourth place, and finished third in the average.

Saddle bronc rider Chet Smith collected 150 points to move him into the No. 3 position in the region rankings. He split first in the average with Dylan Henson of Vernon College. Smith won the long round with his 74-point ride and split third and fourth in the short round with 71 points.

Leading the event after six rodeos is teammate Dustin Moody, who placed fifth in the long round with his 63-point ride. Moody also won the short round with 76 points, and placed fourth in the average.

Bull rider Nic Lica jumped into the fourth place position in the Southwest Region after he gathered 130 points by winning fourth in the long round with 75 points, second in the short round with 73, and second in the average (148 on two). Cole Ponce won third in the long round and fourth in the average, while Wil Burgess took fifth in the long round and average.

Freshman tie-down roper Russel Ilse won fourth in third in the average after placing fifth in the long round with his 10.4-second run, and third in the short round with an 11.5. He collected 100 points for the weekend.

Tarleton senior and 2012 PRCA Rookie of the Year Reese Riemer split first and second in the long round with an 8.6-second run, but unfortunately, he didn’t have any luck in the short round. Tarelton’s Clayton Shaw and Billy Bob Brown are currently second and third, respectively, in the region standings, with Riemer in seventh place.

College National Finals Rodeo-qualifier Timmy Sparing moved into the top spot of the region’s steer wrestling standings after he won every round and the average at Ranger College. Sparing collected 180 points and dogged his steer with times of 3.7 and 5.3 seconds.

In team roping, duo Bernard McGuire and Charlie Putnam won the long round with their five-second run, however, the pair didn’t get a qualified time in the short round but still placed fourth in the average. Billy Bob Brown is currently leading the heading standings, while Chase Williams maintains third place, and Cadee Tew holds onto sixth in the region.

Freshman barrel racer Kynder Star has had a great year, so far. The two-time International Finals Youth Rodeo champion has moved into the No. 2 position after six rodeos. She collected 120 points this past weekend by winning the short-go round and average. Michellle Allison also made the short round, but unfortunately tipped a barrel to place behind Star.

All-Around Cowgirl and CNFR-qualifier Cassidy Boggs moved into the No. 1 position of the breakaway roping after her great performance at Ranger. Boggs leads the event with 370 points. She collected 120 points over the weekend by splitting first and second in the long round with a time of 2.7 seconds. Boggs also earned fourth in the short round with a 3.8, and split third and fourth in the average. Ashley Roberts made a good run in the long round to split third and fourth place.

Trailing Boggs in the regional standings are three Tarleton teammates—Katey Anthony with 340 points, Jayci Miller with 252, and Cadee Tew with 175.

Another All-Around cowgirl Katey Anthony moved into fourth place in the goat tying standings and second place in the all-around. She tied her long round goat in 7.9 seconds, splitting third and fourth; then came back with a 7.1-second run in the short round to place second, and second in the average.

Tarleton’s rodeo teams will enjoy a two-week break before returning to the arena, March 21-23, at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.

Rodeo team members are currently offering advertising spaces for the upcoming Tarleton Stampede Rodeo. For more information and to reserve your space in the official program, please contact the Tarleton Rodeo Activities office at 254-968-9187.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Tibba Smith, assistant rodeo coach

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