The Laramie County Community College men’s rodeo team finished fifth and the women’s sixth in the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo on Oct. 11-13.
The LCCC Rodeo team and their coach, Seth Glause, hosted more than 300 contestants in three days of competition.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole rodeo,” LCCC team member Ian McGivney said. “A lot of people came to support us, and that was amazing.”
LCCC had nine rodeo students qualify for finals.
“The team competed well,” Glause said. “Though we could’ve had a couple do just a little bit better. The women really showed a lot of improvement this past week, so I think we are on track to have a successful spring season.”
Caydee Johnson made finals Sunday in the Women’s Breakaway Roping and placed third with a time of 7.4 on two runs.
“I feel I ended the season well,” Johnson said.
McGivney ended up tying for first place in the Saddle Bronc event with a score of 78 points.
“I ended up splitting the round in the bronc riding,” McGivney said. “Then my team roping member and I were one spot out of making the short round.”
Many other LCCC rodeo students earned spots in finals Sunday including Cord Roberts, placing second in the average for steer wrestling with a time of 9.1 on two runs and
Jhet Murphy sixth in the same event with a time of 12.8. Peyton Feyder and Justin Skarohlid finished fourth in the team roping with a time of 17 flat. Feyder also earned fourth for breakaway roping with a time of 15.8. Morgan Darnell was unable to rope her calf and finished fifth in the average.
“It was a great rodeo because of how hard Seth, the team and other people at LCCC worked,” McGivney said.
With the Shawn Dubie being the last rodeo of the fall season, the LCCC rodeo team will continue to practice for the spring season, which starts March 20.
“We’ll practice all the way through Thanksgiving break,” Glause said. “They’ll have a little bit of a break when they go home, and then we’ll start back up when we come back to school and give them an opportunity to keep getting better.”
McGivney said he will work hard in the offseason.
“The way that I will prepare is to just continue to rodeo, get on practice horses and get in the gym,” McGivney said. “I’ll try to go to some other pro rodeos.”
Johnson sees the offseason as a way to get back to basics.
“We can get sharp again,” she said. “The offseason is a great way for preparation and a chance to practice hard. “Johnson said.
“We’ll practice all the way through Thanksgiving break,” Glause said. “They’ll have a little bit of a break when they go home and then we’ll start back up when we come back to school and continue to practice and give them the opportunity to keep getting better.”
LCCC rodeo teams spring season will begin in March from the 20-22.