Snow College Rodeo Saddles Up for a Strong Season

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Merrisa Grant competes in barrel racing and is part of the Snow College Rodeo team. Photo courtesy of Merrisa Grant.

Merrisa Grant competes in barrel racing and is part of the Snow College Rodeo team.
Photo courtesy of Merrisa Grant.

With nearly 40 team members this year, there is no doubt that the Snow College rodeo team is bucking into a rodeo season destined for greatness. The team has already competed in three fall season rodeos and is practicing nearly every day for the upcoming spring season.

On Friday, Sep. 11, the team set off to compete in their first rodeo together at Southern Utah University. The team had a few key competitors that weekend, with Shawnee Sagers taking 4 in the average in goat tying, Chelsea Osborn taking 9 in the average in breakaway, Shakota Peterson taking 10 in the average in breakaway and  freshman Cody Ruby stealing the spotlight and winning the average in the saddle bronc division. When asking Cody about his win and how he feels about the team so far, he said, “It feels real nice to win and I feel like that gives me an advantage over the other saddle bronc riders. We’ve got all around good kids on the team with good work ethic and motivation.”

The team also hit two rodeos the next weekend, Sep. 17-19, in Pocatello, Idaho.

At the Rocky Mountain Region rodeo Marissa Grant placed 6 in the barrel racing and Shawnee Sagers won the goat tying with the only six-second run of the rodeo. At the ISU rodeo Jesse Hopper won the breakaway roping average and also placed 2 in the average in goat tying, Cody Ruby was 3 in the average in saddle bronc and Jake Perkins took 2 in the average in the tie down roping.

To conclude their fall season, the team hit the Utah State University Rodeo September 25-26, motivated to finish the season strong. Snow was represented well with Shawnee Sagers, Marissa Grant, Kacey Quarnberg and Savannah Pratt making it to the short go in barrels, Jesse Hopper, Chelsea Osborn and Shawnee Sagers making it to the short go in goat tying, and Cody Ruby making it to the short go in tie down roping and saddle bronc and Crystal Ruby making it to the short go in break away.

We wish the best of luck to the Snow College Rodeo team as they prepare to spur down their upcoming spring season.

Seirra Steele is 19 and a sophomore at Snow College. She is from Genola, UT and went to Payson High School. She wrote for her High School newspaper her senior year. She likes to write Sports and Opinion articles for The Snowdrift. During her free time she likes to rodeo and watch wrestling.

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