Letters to the editor: Rodeo coach commendable

Tucumcari is a wonderful town with a wonderful community college. Above all, you have an amazing rodeo coach.

I hope you realize and appreciate the talents and accomplishments of C.J. Aragon.

Here in Idaho, we are so proud of our Idaho native and have sent students from here to be tutored under his expertise. We’ve even flown the Mesalands Community College flag at every Idaho High School Rodeo Association District 6 rodeo this spring in his honor.

Thanks to C.J. Aragon — three times coach of the year — and to the entire team, both the men’s and women’s all-around honors were brought to Tucumcari.

The possibility is high for national titles and more academic all-Americans at the College National Finals Rodeo this month.

Four of Aragon’s top women competitors were in an automobile accident that claimed the life of one and placed the remaining three in non-competition status. He was able to pull the remaining team together and found a strong competitor in Sydni Blanchard, the reigning Grand Canyon region women’s all-around and 2008 Womens Professional Rodeo Association rookie of the year.

It’s Aragon who draws this caliber of competitors and is the Grand Canyon region faculty director, on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rules committee, competes on the professional level and even represented the U.S.A. in Sydney, Australia.

To view Aragon’s accomplishments visit the Mesalands website.

His wife, Tiff, is also a former two-time NIRA barrel and breakaway champion and is the “mom” to the entire team.

The Aragons have formed a team and for many of us parents living so far away, it is comforting to know our children are in a safe town, getting an excellent education, with an extra set of parents and a wonderful rodeo coach.