This weekend was the first college rodeo of the year at Tsaile, Arizona hosted by Dine College. The Cochise College team, led by Coach Rick Smith traveled the nine hours to get there for the Friday and Saturday Rodeo. The Women’s Team won first place, and the Men’s Team won second place.
Sophomore Maddee Doerr from Creighton, Nebraska won the All-Around Cowgirl position and belt buckle. This is the second year in a row winning the All-Around. This comes as no surprise since Maddee has won many recognitions last year to include:
- 2018 National Reserve College Champion Goat Tyer
- 2018 Grand Canyon Regional Goat Tying Champion
- National Rookie Cowgirl by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA)
- NIRA’s Canyon Region Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper & All-Around Cowgirl
To earn All-Around Cowgirl at the Dine College Rodeo Maddee won the Goat Tying with a 12.6 second average on two runs. That means she came out of the gate at the end of the arena, rode 100 feet, got off her horse, to goat tethered on a 10-foot rope. She did that twice taking 6.3 seconds each time to complete the run. She also finished 6th in the average of the Breakaway Roping taking 3.4 seconds in the long go on Friday and 3.9 seconds in short round on Saturday. She is undoubtedly a cowgirl worth watching.
Other event winners include freshman Hope Luttrell from Pineville, Oregon who won the Breakaway Roping with 5.8 seconds on two calves. She tied for the 4th/5th place in the long go with 3.1 seconds, and then took 1st place in the short go with 2.7 seconds. Jill Donnelly, a freshman who is from Elk Point, South Dakota, won the reserve All-Around Cowgirl. She placed 2nd in the Goat Tying by winning the 2nd place in the short go on Friday with 7.1 seconds and then tying for 3rd/4th place in Saturday’s long go with 7.5 seconds to finish 2nd in the average. Jill also finished 5th in the Barrel Race taking 17.57 seconds in short go. Barrel Racing is a cloverleaf pattern. On her second go on Saturday she did he run in 17.73 seconds. Catherine Clayton, a freshman from Stephenville, Texas made a fast goat run in the short go, but her goat didn’t stay tied for the required time, so she did not score. She still managed to take 8th place in Goat tying and 10th place in Breakaway Roping.
The Men’s Team won the second place in the men’s competition. Freshman Ben Anderson from Alberta, Canada won the Saddle Bronc Riding competition and buckle for taking first place. He averaged 152 points on two rides earning the 1st round with 71 points and the 2nd with 81 points. Another freshman, Hayden Cole also from Alberta, Canada, finished 3rd in the average of the Saddle Bronc Riding after placing 2nd on his 1st round horse and 3rd on his 2nd round horse. Sophomore Wyatt Hershberger from Litchfield Park, AZ and freshman Sam Garside from Prescott finished 3rd in the Team Roping average after winning the 1st round with the fastest time of the rodeo of 6.4 seconds. OT Edwards, a freshman from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, finished 4th in the Tie Down Roping.
The next rodeo of the season will be September 27 in Las Cruces, NM for the New Mexico State University Rodeo. Then on Friday, September 28 and Saturday the 29, the Rodeo team will be at the Cochise County Fair. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams have started the season well and promise some exciting action this year. Come out and support the team!