While it may seem like the Laramie County Community College’s rodeo team has just started its season, it is just two rodeos away from concluding the fall season. The last rodeo is the biggest: the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo, hosted by LCCC.
The rodeo team is unique compared to other sports teams; while other sports have a single season, rodeo competes in the both the fall and spring semesters. The team practices four days a week leading up to three-day competitions.
The fall season is going just the way first-year head coach Seth Glause wanted it to.
“Season’s going good, both boys and girl are both doing solid making short rounds, we just need to continue to capitalize on Sunday,” Glause said.
The Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at the LCCC Arena. The rodeo memorializes Dubie, who was a top-performing bronc rider for LCCC when he tragically died while competing in the Greeley Stampede rodeo in 1989. When Dubie was jumping off his horse he was kicked in the head. Dubie went on to spend several months in a Denver hospital before passing away.
LCCC also offers a scholarship in remembrance of Dubie. The scholarship goes to one LCCC rodeo athlete that shows the heart and grit that Dubie showed during his life. This year’s recipient was LCCC standout Houston Brown.
“He just exemplifies a tough cowboy, the same that Shawn did, and it’s just great that we can recognize Shawn and use this as a time to remember him and the great things he did as a part of LCCC and as a person,” Glause said.
The rodeo will feature several special events. Friday, oct. 12, is Military Night,when military members and their families receive free admission to the rodeo. Also on military night, members of the rodeo team and 30 volunteers hold an American flag while a local member of the military sings the National Anthem. According to Glause, there will be additional events announced for Oct. 13-14.
According to Glause, this rodeo means a lot to the community, the school, and himself. The rodeo brings in dozens of athletes from all over region.
“You have some of the best athletes come to this rodeo, many of the cowboys that will be at College Finals Rodeo, will also be at this rodeo,” Glause said.
Glause competed in this rodeo as an athlete himself when he was in college.
“ Some of the best bulls and best horses come rodeo,” Glause said.