QCS Senior Writer
The Mesalands Community College’s rodeo team finished with a fourth place men’s team and a bull riding championship as it hosted its sixth annual intercollegiate rodeo competition for the Grand Canyon Region last weekend at the Quay County Fairgrounds.
“The Sixth Annual Mesalands Rodeo was a huge success, and I don’t think the rodeo could have gone any better,” said Tim Abbott, head rodeo coach.
Abbot said he was extremely pleased with how smooth and quickly the events ran, which is one of the keys to producing a successful rodeo. He said the staff and personnel were able to keep the action moving that made for a great show not only for the rodeo contestants, but for the fans as well.
“Everyone I spoke with and had nothing but great things to say about our rodeo, from the hospitality to the accommodations and the rodeo itself,” Abbott said.
Abbot said he was very pleased with the individual results but felt the team could have finished higher than fourth in the team standings this weekend.
The sixth annual rodeo was Abbott’s third competition as the interim head coach of Mesalands’ rodeo team. He took over this fall, replacing long-time coach C.J. Aragon who resigned in July to accept the head rodeo coaching position for the Odessa College Wranglers.
“Although we’ve only had three rodeo this fall, I am pleased with where we are currently in the individual rankings in the region,” Abbott said.
Abbott said after this weekend, the rodeo team has several individuals among the top five in their events in the region including Devren Myers, currently in second place, and Kit Pettigrew, who also placed second in tie-down roping. He said individually, the team has been very successful and is pleased where they stand in the region, though as a coach he knows the team has the talent and ability to finish better in their team standings.
Abbot said he feels the team will get back on track and improve their team standings and placing in the seven upcoming rodeos scheduled in the spring. He said the team works hard during practice and they just need to find a way to translate the success they have during practice over to the rodeo.
Sophomore Myers of Santa Fe was the official championship title winner in the bull-riding event Friday night and was the only contestant that qualified for the championship round.
“I knew I had it sewed up the night before, so on Saturday I was just going out there to have fun! The second night was just for regional points,” Myers said. “I kind of wished some more people would have made it to the short round with me. There are a lot of guys out there that have been working just as hard as I have, or even harder. I felt kind of dead lucky to win it like I did.”
Myers earned a total of 180 points. He said that after his performance last weekend, he is hoping to move up to third or fourth place in the Grand Canyon Region. This is his first championship title win this season.
“I think it was a long time coming for Devren. He has worked very hard this year trying to get where he wanted to be. He drew two really good bulls at this rodeo and rode them both. He deserved the win that he got,” Abbott said. “Other team members, Edmiles Harvey, Sam Taylor, Mike McGinn, Kit Pettigrew and Hayden Moore also performed well last weekend and should have higher regional standings after this rodeo.”
Abbott said next the Mesalands Rodeo Team would be hosting the Taos Muncy and Cody Taton Bronc Riding School Friday-Sunday at the Quay County fairgrounds. He said they expect to have 25-30 riders attend the school and will have 100 head of bronc horses for the event.
Other individual results at the Mesalands Rodeo include:
4. average in Bareback Riding
2. average in Saddle Bronc Riding
3. average in Steer Wrestling
2. average of the Tie-Down Roping
2. long go of the Tie-Down Roping
“We had a great Mesalands 6th Annual Intercollegiate Rodeo last weekend,” said Thomas Newsom, president of Mesalands Community College. “I personally want to thank all of the staff members and students that volunteered their time to make Stampede Week a success. Coach Abbott and Assistant Staci Stanbrough should be commended for their hard work organizing this rodeo and leading such a great Rodeo Team. I also want to thank all of the community members and the sponsors for their continued to support of the Mesalands Rodeo Team. Our plans is to make Stampede Week a bigger and better event next year.”