CHADRON – Three Chadron State College rodeo contestants will be competing at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper this coming week.
They are Mitch McAdow, a senior from Littleton, Colo., in tie down roping, Amy Tierney, a senior from Oral and Hot Springs, S.D., in goat tying and Shelby Winchell, a junior from Scottsbluff, in goat tying and breakaway roping.
The rodeo will open on Sunday at 1 p.m. and conclude with the finals on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Casper Events Center. All of the rodeo’s nearly 500 contestants will be making three appearances in their events with hopes of compiling one of the top 12 scores so they can compete again in the finals.
Most of Sunday’s schedule will feature “broncs and bulls.” Matinees performances are set for 1 and 4 p.m. Aside from bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, the only event scheduled in either session is breakaway roping. Winchell will be among the entries late in the first matinee.
Huge slack sessions that will involve nearly all the contestants will begin at 7 o’clock both Monday and Tuesday mornings and run most of those days. For instance, all 48 tie down ropers will make runs both days.
The rodeo’s “regular” performances will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. About a dozen contestants will be involved in each event at all four performances.
McAdow, who won the Central Rocky Mountain Region’s tie down roping championship this year, will make his third run on Tuesday night.
After Winchell makes her first breakaway roping run on Sunday afternoon, she will rope again during Tuesday’s slack and make her third appearance during the Thursday night session.
Both Winchell and Tierney will tie goats during the Monday and Tuesday slacks. Tierney will make her third run Thursday night while Winchell will compete for the third time Friday night.
Winchell finished third in goat tying in the region to qualify for the CNFR in that event. She also was the region’s reserve all-around cowgirl for 2012-13, permitting her to also enter the breakaway roping at the finals rodeo.
Tierney earned the right to compete at the finals when she was elected the student representative on the region’s board of directors in the spring of 2012.
Both McAdow and Winchell have done well at the CNFR previously.
In 2008-09 when he was a freshman at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., McAdow won the regional tie down roping title and finished second in the event at the finals rodeo.
McAdow also qualified for the finals rodeo as a sophomore at NJC and missed qualifying again by only a handful of points again the following year, when he remained at the school to compete for a third year. In 2011-12, McAdow said he roped calves in the south much of the year, then decided to enroll at CSC this past year to use his final year of eligibility and earn more credits so he can graduate in another year.
McAdow said the friendship he formed with CSC rodeo coach Dustin Luper while he was attending NJC was the primary reason he chose to attend Chadron State this year.
Winchell finished third in goat tying at the CNFR last spring when she was attending Eastern Wyoming College at Torrington. She tied her four goats a year ago in Casper in 27.6 seconds, including a 6.1 mark in the finals Saturday night for the fastest time of the rodeo.
This will be Tierney’s first College National Finals Rodeo.
—CSC Sports Information