At the Cochise County Fair, Cochise College participated in the local intercollegiate Rodeo. Men’s team finish second, and women’s team captured third at hometown rodeo. Activities began at 3 pm on Friday with a Meet the Team event. 18 students from the college’s Rodeo team were introduced. At 6 p.m. the Rodeo began with a great start with the Bare Back riding in front of full grandstands.
At the end of the Rodeo, the Cochise Men’s team accumulated enough points to win second place. Freshman OT Edwards from Truth or Consequences, NM placed 4th in the average of the Tie Down Roping while teammate Wyatt Hershberger from Litchfield Park, Arizona took 6th place. Another Cochise cowboy, freshman Logan Bates from Florence, Arizona placed 2nd in the long round of the Tie Down Roping.
Saturday evening Hayden Cole, a freshman from Alberta, Canada won the round in the Saddle Bronc Riding with a score of 77 points and teammate Ben Anderson, also from Canada, took 2nd. Ben won the average with the score of his combined rides from Friday and Saturday, so he won the championship buckle. Both the event and the buckle were sponsored by longtime Cochise College and Rodeo supporter, State Senator Gail Griffin. Senator Griffin and College Rodeo Booster Club member Kelly Glenn-Kimbro presented the buckle to a happy but tired Ben Anderson in front of the grandstands.
Cochise Team Captain Wyatt Hershberger & teammate Sam Garside from Prescott, AZ won the long go of the Team Roping while Cochise cowboys Logan Bates & OT Edwards placed 5th in the long go.
Coach Rick Smith was not disturbed by the men’s second place to win. He said, “Anytime the team scores over 500 points, whether they take first or second, it still keeps them in the running for the regional title at the end of the year.”
The women’s team placed 3rd in the Rodeo excelling, as usual, in the goat tying event. Freshman Catherine Clayton of Stephenville, TX finished 5th in the average of the Goat Tying after placing 4th in the short round competition. Another freshman, Hope Luttrell of Prineville, Oregon won long go, then placed 3rd in the short go of the Goat Tying to earn the average. As the event winner, Luttrell won the championship belt buckle for the event. The sponsor for the goat tying event and buckle was Ruth Evelyn Cowan Giles who was the champion in goat tying on the 1966 and 1967 Cochise College Rodeo Teams. She met Hope in front of the grandstands for the presentation of the buckle. Hope also qualified in the top 10 in the short round of the Barrel Racing.
The next rodeo will be the final rodeo of the fall season. It will be held at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico on October 12 & 13.