Thursday, April 10, 2008
Northwest hosts rodeo April 17-19
By JONATHAN WILLIAMS
More than a hundred college rodeo athletes will participate in an Ozark Region Rodeo April 17-19 when Northwest Mississippi Community College hosts a three-day event at the Multipurpose Livestock Arena at the college farm.
The rodeo consists of events for men and women. The men’s events are saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Team roping is for men and women. The women’s events will include barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
The students and rodeo coach are very optimistic about the upcoming rodeo.
“This will be the third rodeo in as many years that we have had the joy of hosting. We are expecting this to be the best one of the three for Northwest,” said Bud Young, the rodeo coach and agricultural business and management technology instructor.
The Northwest men’s team this year consists of Ryan Parker of St. Cloud, Fla., Brad Romedy of Olive Branch, Ross Hester of Amory, Bud Whitehead of Flora, and Matt Gray of Monticello, Ark. Women participants are Tanna Halfacre of Hernando, and Callie Alexander of Yazoo City.
There will be participants from 13 other schools, including Arkansas State University, Missouri State University, and Troy State University.
The rodeo is a part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The NIRA is comprised of more than 135 colleges and universities across the nation. The finalist from each category will earn a trip to the biggest event in college rodeo, the College National Finals Rodeo.
This year the Northwest event will feature a new event for nearby high school students. The calf scramble will take place Thursday night between Senatobia and Independence, and Friday night between Magnolia Heights and Strayhorn.
The high school students have yet to be named.
Performances this year will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 in advance. Advance tickets are available at the Tate County Co-op and from the Northwest Alumni Office. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Thursday night is Northwest Night. Anyone who presents a Northwest student ID on Thursday night will be admitted free of charge.
Rodeo alumni and boosters are volunteering behind the chutes, in the concession stands or wherever they are needed to make this event a success, according to Dolores Wooten, manager of Alumni Affairs and organizer of the event.
Chute sponsors include Ross Motors, Cat and Cow Veterinary Clinic and Parker Tractor and Equipment.
For more information, call 562-3430 or visit the rodeo link under athletics on the Northwest Web site at www.northwestms.edu.
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