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LCCC rodeo team prepares to host Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The rodeo takes place at LCCC Friday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 16.
It’s rodeo time in Old Cheyenne again. The chute opens on the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo Friday, Oct. 14, at Laramie County Community College.

The rodeo begins with slack at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 and the Friday performance at 7 p.m. Slack continues Oct. 15 at 9 a.m., and the Saturday performance starts at 7 p.m. The finals performance is Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. All rodeo action takes place at the LCCC indoor arena.

Rodeo competitors from 13 colleges and universities are heading for Cheyenne to take part in the last rodeo of the fall semester for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Central Rocky Mountain Region.

“We’ve seen steady improvement,” says LCCC rodeo coach David Browder. “We need to work on more consistent performances and take advantage of opportunities when they’re presented to us.”

He notes that the LCCC rodeo team is strong coming into this weekend’s event. The LCCC women’s team enters the weekend sitting fifth in the region’s standings, and the men’s team is eighth.

Browder says LCCC riders to watch include Loncey Johnson, who is currently holding first place in the region in bull riding; barrel racers Jesse Pichler, who is currently in third place in the region, Lacey Carroll (fifth), and Raelynn Keller (seventh); saddle bronc rider Gus Thoreson (fourth); and Shana Lyons, who is in eighth place in goat tying.

“We’re going to be getting some girls to the finals this year,” Browder says. The top three individuals from the region in each event are invited to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, as are the top two teams. Last year, LCCC was represented at the finals by Johnson in bull riding and Canler Sterkel (header) and Dillon Evenson (heeler) in team roping.
Admission for the rodeo performances is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for LCCC students and children younger than 5 years old. Three-day passes are available for $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Admission to slack is free.

Proceeds from this weekend’s rodeo will be put toward a scholarship fund established in the memory of Shawn Dubie. Shawn was a saddle bronc rider from Alpena, Mich., by way of Rock Springs, Wyo., who rode for LCCC on a rodeo scholarship. Recipients of the Shawn Dubie Memorial Scholarship must attend LCCC, actively participate on the LCCC Rodeo Team and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. This academic year, the scholarship was awarded to freshman Ben Juelfs, a bareback rider from Buffalo, S.D.

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