College Rodeo Season “Kicks” Off

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Photo by Shawnee Sagers

Photo by Shawnee Sagers

The Snow College Rodeo team is in full swing! This past weekend on September 5-6, the team traveled to Cedar City, Utah to compete in the Southern Utah University rodeo. This was the kick off rodeo for the Rocky Mountain region.
Competitors show up knowing they will compete at least one time but they are shooting to make the short-go or the “championship round.” This means they will take the top ten in each event to battle it out for the first place title. They award points to the top seven that the contestants will accumulate over the year hoping to come out in the top three and represent their school at the National Intercollegiate Finals Rodeo.
The Snow College Rodeo Team represented Snow College very well. Snow had five contestants representing us in the short go. From the men’s team there was Colton Carter in the saddle bronc, Casey Singer in the saddle bronc and the team roping, Kolbey Hughes in tie-down roping andsteer wrestling and Jake Perkins in the team roping. From the women’s team there was Shawnee Sagers representing the school in the barrel racing, team roping and the goat tying.
Hughes finished second in the steer wrestling and sixth in the tie-down roping. Perkins finished second in the team roping. Sagers and Singer finished seventh in the team roping. Sagers also finished seventh in the goat tying, third in the barrel racing and fourth in the all-around. Sagers was one of two girls to make the short go in more than two events and one of two freshman girls to even qualify for the short-go.
Before the short-go started on Saturday, there were many scholarships awarded to various students from the region. Snows very own Colton Carter received a very sought after scholarship. He was awarded the Rachel Hendrix Memorial Scholarship, which was presented by the Snow College rodeo coach Kendra Sagers. This was very emotional for both Carter and Coach Sagers not only
because of the prestige that came with winning this scholarship but also the personal connection and friendship that Carter and Coach Sagers had with late Hendrix.
The team will next travel to Pocatello, Idaho to compete in the Idaho State University rodeo and the Rocky Mountain Region rodeo. This will be one of the biggest rodeos that the team will compete in all year. It will start on Thursday September 11 and continue on to the final round on Saturday September the 13.

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