The spring rodeo season opens this weekend for Chadron State College contestants and the others in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. Gillette College will host the first of the five spring events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The CSC cowgirls did particularly well during the five autumn rodeos. Led by the top three goat tiers in the region, they are second in the team standings heading into the spring.
The Chadron State women compiled 1,540 points to trail Gillette by just 50 points in the team calculations. The third place team is nearly 1,000 points behind CSC.
The top three teams and top three individuals in each event from the region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo at the end of the school year.
CSC’s Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff leads the region in goat tying with 535 points, Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., is second with 430 and Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., is third with 300.
Winchell didn’t win first in goat tying at any of the fall rodeos, but she placed second at three of them and was third at another. Hance won a first, a second and a third during the fall season. Tierney won the goat tying at one rodeo and was third at another.
All three are proven performers.
The past two years, Winchell has finished second and third, respectively, in the region in goat tying, and was third in the final national standings in 2011-12 when she was attending Eastern Wyoming College. She reached the finals in the event at the national rodeo last June for Chadron State.
Hance was the regional goat tying champion and finished fourth in the competition at the CNFR in June 2013 when she was still representing Central Wyoming College at Riverton.
Tierney placed third in goat tying at the national rodeo last June for CSC. She also is the student president of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association this year.
Another CSC cowgirl, Amy Deichert of Spearfish, S.D., is third in the region’s barrel racing standings with 355 points at the season’s halfway point. She placed second, third, fourth and sixth in the event at rodeos last fall.
Although she did not place at the remaining four rodeos in the fall, Chadron State’s Danni Jo Hinman of Hay Springs showed what she’s capable of doing by winning the breakaway roping at the CSC rodeo last September with times of 3.2 and 2.9 seconds.
Two more CSC cowgirls, Brooke Nelson of Philip, S.D., and Kaycee Werdel of Chadron, also showed potential in breakaway roping. Nelson has placed once and reached the finals at another fall rodeo fall while Werdel placed twice.
“I’m really pleased how well our women did last fall,” CSC coach Dustin Luper said. “They are a competitive group with lots of experience and determination. I anticipate that we’ll be battling Gillette College all season for the top spot.”
The only CSC cowboy to rank among the top 10 in an event through the fall rodeos is Russell Hipke of Stuart. He’s fifth in steer wrestling with 210 points, just 80 points out of first place. He won the doggin’ at the Lamar College rodeo and finished fourth another time.
Hipke missed qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo in the steer wrestling by just five points a year ago and was only 10 points behind the regional winner at the conclusion of the 2012-13 schedule.
Kelby Bond of Avondale, Colo., also finished second in steer wrestling once and made the finals in the event at two more rodeos during the fall. A broken barrier cost Bond top honors at one of the fall rodeos.
The Chadron State contestants may have received a boost by being able to practice in the new 25,000-square foot Coffee Agricultural Pavilion on the CSC campus the past three weeks.
The remainder of the spring schedule: March 29-31—Colorado State at Fort Collins, April 5-7—Eastern Wyoming at Torrington, April 19-21—Casper College, May 3-5—University of Wyoming, June 9-15—College National Finals at Casper.
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