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May 1, 2014

RODEO INSIDER: Bearkat men’s rodeo team qualifies for National Finals Rodeo

WHARTON — In the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the top two teams in each geographic region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo.

During the past weekend, Sam Houston State’s men’s team earned a berth to the nationals after finishing second in the Southern Region.

Sam Houston State earned a CNFR berth by a very narrow margin. After finishing third at the Wharton County Junior College Rodeo last weekend, which was the final rodeo of the regular season, Sam Houston finished No. 2 in the regional race with 3,966.50 points, only 8.92 ahead of McNeese State, which finished the year in third place with 3,957.58.

Hill College won the regional men’s team title after earning 4,030.33 points during the 2013-2014 regular season, which consisted of 10 rodeos.

Sam Houston’s men’s team thrived on stalwart competitors such as Jack Garet Aldridge, who finished No. 1 in the regional saddle bronc riding race, and Bill Tutor, who finished No. 2 in the regional bareback riding standings.

Tutor also is thriving on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit. He is ranked 10th in the PRCA world bareback riding standings with $20,913.

Sam Houston State also was aided by Dustin Cole Jackson, who finished second in the Southern Region’s men’s all-around title race and third in the regional bareback riding standings.

In the NIRA Southern Region women’s title races, Sam Houston finished third in the regional women’s team standings. However, SHSU’s Cacee Sue Taulman will advance to the College National Finals after finishing third in the regional barrel racing standings. The top three in each single event and in the all-around standings also advanced to the CNFR.

PRCA update

During week of April 21-27, some of the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls saddled up to compete rodeos the Texas city of Corpus Christi and in the California community of Clovis. One of them was defending PRCA world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur who won the all-around title at the April 25-27 Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo after earning $6,485 in roping events. At the April 24-27 Buc Days ProRodeo in Corpus Christi, Brazile, won the all-around title after earning $2,327. In the PRCA’s world all-around standings, Brazile is ranked No. 1 with $64,774. Clayton Hass is No. 2 with $30,758.

Many of the world’s top pros will compete in Guymon, Okla., this weekend. The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, at the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. Pete Carr, who is from Dallas and has a rodeo stock ranch in the East Texas town of Athens, will provide the stock for rodeo.

Following Champion

Richmond Champion of Tarleton State clinched the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region 2013-2014 bareback riding title. On the weekend of April 24-26, he finished second at the Tarleton State Rodeo in Stephenville. From there, he will move onto the June College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Champion also has thrived on the pro circuits this year. On March 2, he earned $1.1 million after clinching the bareback title at RFD-TVs The American at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

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