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We are Panhandle!




Goodwell, Oklahoma






GENERAL INFORMATION School: Oklahoma Panhandle State University Location: Goodwell, OK Founded: 1909 Enrollment: 1,200 Nickname: Aggies Color: Red and Navy Blue President: Dr. Tim Faltyn Athletic Director: Meghan Mulcahy Assistant A.D.: Victor Esparza FAR: Patrick Maille Head Athletic Trainer: Brian Lankford

COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Robert Etbauer Years as OPSU Head Coach: 5th Rodeo Phone: (620) 655-3829 Assistant Coach: Shelbie Rose Rodeo Assistant: Sue Etbauer

FACILITY INFORMATION Home Arena: Lynn Gardner Arena (campus) / Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena (Guymon, Okla.) Home Rodeo: Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo April 23-25, 2020 (final Central Plains Region event of the year)

AFFILIATIONS National Affiliation: NAIA Conference: Sooner Athletic Conference

2018-19 RODEO INFORMATION Final Central Plains Region Rankings: Women- 2nd; Men- 2nd Final CNFR Rankings: Women- 10th; Men- 7th

MEDIA INFORMATION Sports Information Director: Dave Beyer Assistant SID: Ethan Herrera PA/“Voice of the Aggies”: Derek Barton Office Phone: (580) 349-1354 Email: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 430 323 W. Eagle Blvd. Goodwell, OK 73939 Website: Facebook: OPSUAggieAthletics Twitter: @OPSUAthletics Instagram: opsuaggies

RODEO SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: OPSURodeo FOLLOW THE AGGIES AT THE 2020 CNFR ON THE COVER: Jade Taton (upper left) was the Central Plains Region all-around winner in 2019 and Beau Peterson (at right) was the 2019 CNFR co-champ in Goat Tying. PHOTOS BY: Dale Hirschman, Danae Moore, Nick Tuttle, Chris Urias, Ethan Herrera. Inside cover by Anthony Ingo. Beau Peterson’s cover image and inside portrait images by Stacy Renee Photography.



2019-20 RODEO SCHEDULE FALL SEASON Sept. 20-22 (Fri.-Sun.) Oct. 3-5 (Thur.-Sat.) Oct. 10 -12 (Thur.-Sat) Oct. 31-Nov. 2 (Thur.-Sat.)

at Colby Community College at Southeastern Oklahoma State at Oklahoma State University at Northwestern Oklahoma State

SPRING SEASON Feb. 14-16 (Fri.-Sun.) Mar. 13-15 (Fri.-Sun.) Apr. 3-5 (Fri.-Sun.) Apr. 9-11 (Thur.-Sat.) Apr. 17-19 (Fri.-Sun.) Apr. 23-25 (Thur.-Sat.) June 14-20 (Sun.-Sun.)

at Kansas State University Manhattan, Kan. at Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott, Kan. at Garden City Community College Garden City, Kan. at Southwestern Oklahoma State Weatherford, Okla. at Fort Hays State University Hays, Kan. vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State University Guymon, Okla. “Doc” Gardner Memorial Rodeo (at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena) at College National Finals Rodeo Casper, Wyo.



Colby, Kan. Durant, Okla. Stil water, Okla. Alva, Okla.

THIS IS AGGIE RODEO! Legendary, Famous, Excellence: these are synonyms that embody the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team and those responsible for creating the tradition of winning. It is a program that is unmatched in championships achieved and respect garnered from competitors across the nation. The seven national team titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2013, 2017, and 2018) speak to Panhandle State’s tradition of winning inside the rodeo arena, but there is more to the Oklahoma institution than championship buckles. Nestled in the heart of one of the largest agricultural regions, Panhandle State provides students with a first-class educational experience in a small rural community. It’s not just any community though. It has been rightfully dubbed “Saddle Bronc Capital of the World” due to the continuous outpouring of championship-caliber athletes. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world champions such as Robert Etbauer, Tom Reeves, Jhett Johnson, Rocky Patterson, Jeff Willert, Taos Muncy and Spencer Wright all trace back to the Oklahoma town. With a large team of roughly 60 students, Panhandle State is a top runner as one of the best collegiate rodeo programs. The regional university has also produced 24 individual champions in every CNFR event (with the exception of barrel racing). The program would not hold the legendary status that it does if it were not for those who dedicated a lifetime to the team and its members. 3



2 7

10 3 13

Other than the U.S., number of countries represented by the Aggies

Number of international cowboys and cowgirls on the Aggies’ roster (five from Canada and two from Australia)

Aggies competing at the 2019 CNFR

Highest OPSU women’s team CNFR finish (twice). Number of consecutive years that the OPSU men’s team has placed either first or second in the region.


Number of events at the CNFR in which OPSU has never won an individual title (Barrel Racing).


Number of states represented on the 2019-20 OPSU men’s & women’s rodeo rosters.

Percent of Rodeo Team members on Panhandle State Dean’s List or President’s Honor Roll




Guiding the Aggies


Coaches Robert Etbauer & Shelbie Rose OPSUAGGIES.COM

OPSU ADMINISTRATION DR. TIM FALTYN President Oklahoma Panhandle State University


DR. JULIE DINGER Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs

Vice-President for Fiscal Affairs



Vice-President of forOutreach Outreach

Director of Athletics

AGGIES’ COACHING STAFF BASEBALL........................................................ Shawn Joy BASKETBALL, MEN......................................Mark Laird BASKETBALL, WOMEN.........................Victor Esparza COMPETITIVE CHEER......................... Audrey Brooks CROSS COUNTRY, MEN.........................Denise Levine CROSS COUNTRY, WOMEN.................Denise Levine EQUESTRIAN................................... Hannah Hammack FOOTBALL....................................................Bob Majeski


GOLF, MEN........................................ Dewayne Mauldin GOLF, WOMEN................................. Dewayne Mauldin RODEO, MEN..........................................Robert Etbauer RODEO, WOMEN...................................Robert Etbauer SOCCER, MEN..................................Brandon Misuraca SOCCER, WOMEN....................................... Mike Rosso SOFTBALL........................................................ Chad Kerr VOLLEYBALL............................................................ TBA 6

FROM THE PRESIDENT It’s a great time to be an Aggie! Being the President at Oklahoma Panhandle State University is one of the greatest honors of my life. It is an honor to work with people who come to work every day always thinking of ways to help, support and create ways to make our students better. It’s an honor to be a part of building brighter futures for our students, their families and our region. It’s an honor to be part of an over 100 year legacy of excellence. For us excellence is more than just a slogan, it is a way of life for our students, our faculty, our staff and our community. That’s what We are Panhandle! means. Keeping with the spirit of our mission, “Progress Through Knowledge” we strive to be a university that is always progressing forward. Our commitment to truth, hard work, respect, and humility makes us family. I believe what makes us so great is that we surround our students with faculty and staff who care just as much about the students success as they do. With alumni in all 50 states and 26 countries, we can honestly say, from here you can go anywhere. With a future so bright, all you have to do is decide on a direction, make the commitment to work hard and we will get you there. When you are a part of our family, people here will always be on your side and our campus will always be home, no matter where you go or what you do. As President, there are three commitments I can make to you. First, I am going to be your biggest fan as you compete. I love athletics and believe in the value it brings, not just to you as an individual, but to the fabric of our campus life, overall. Second, I’m also going to be your biggest supporter as you navigate through your academic career at Panhandle State. I look forward to that day when you move your tassel, walk across that graduation stage, and I get to shake your hand and present you with your diploma. Finally, know that your well-being will be in my thoughts and prayers daily. You see, no matter what your belief system or culture, OPSU is a family first and upholding one another in all ways possible is a privilege we enjoy. I speak for all of us when I say that we would be excited to come alongside you as your teachers, guides, and lifelong partners, as you consider this new chapter in your life. We are Panhandle!

Dr. Tim Faltyn, President



MEET THE HEAD COACH ROBERT ETBAUER Head Rodeo Coach Oklahoma Panhandle State University 2015-present (5th season)

Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team members are blessed to be coached

by a living legend in Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame member Robert Etbauer. Etbauer took the reins of the Aggies storied rodeo program in the fall of 2015, after serving as an assistant coach from 2011-14 under Craig Latham, bringing his pedigree in the sport to the cowboys and cowgirls who don the Crimson & Blue vest.

Etbauer is also a member of the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He and his brothers were inducted together in 2013. With Etbauer as its head coach, the OPSU men have placed lower than third in the nation only once. Etbauer has been a part of three of the Aggies’ seven national championship teams (2013, 2017, 2018). In the regional rankings, the Aggies men have placed either first or second with Etbauer as a part of the program’s coaching staff, while the women have been in the regional top-5 in all but one year (when they finished eighth). Etbauer-coached cowboys have five College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) individual national titles to their credit, including two – Clay Elliott (2015) and Jake Finley (2018) – in his Saddle Bronc specialty. Additionally, OPSU cowgirl Shelbie Weeder earned the highest honor given by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association – the Walt Garrison Award – in 2015 - and Beau Peterson won Goat Tying in 2019. Weeder is currently Etbauer’s assistant coach, as well. Born July 10, 1961 in Huron, South Dakota, Etbauer was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. He won back-to-back Saddle Bronc Riding World Championships in 1990 and 1991.



MEET THE HEAD COACH Below is a career synopsis about Etbauer from the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame:

Etbauer was the first of the legendary Etbauer brothers to venture out from their home in rural South Dakota and establish himself as a champion on the rodeo road – the eldest brother who took the lead. He was the PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding Rookie of the Year in 1985 and won back-to-back world championships in 1990-91. A dozen times he qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (1988-92, 1994-2000), and he competed at such a high level that 11 of those times he finished among the world top 10 and was seven times in the top five. In addition to those two gold buckle years, he was reserve world champion in 1992 to his brother, Billy Etbauer. The three brothers, Robert, Billy and Dan, along with their friend Craig Latham – often referred to as “the fourth Etbauer” – dominated the event through the 1990s. Over an 11-year span, Robert and Billy accounted for seven world championships. They traveled together, pooled their resources and thought of themselves as a team. They performed as a team in much the same way that the 1950s Yankees or 1960s Packers did. Together they accounted for 52 NFR qualifications, including 10 for Dan Etbauer and nine for Latham. The Etbauers set of three brothers qualified for the NFR in the same roughstock in the same year eight times!

Robert Etbauer (second from left) at the 2012 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony



MEET THE STAFF SHELBIE ROSE Assistant Rodeo Coach Oklahoma Panhandle State University

The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team expanded its coaching staff in 2016 with the addition of Shelbie Rose (formerly Weeder) to serve as the Assistant Women’s Rodeo Coach. She joined current rodeo coach, Robert Etbauer, and rodeo assistant, Sue Etbauer, to lead the multi-time national championship team.

Rose is a familiar face on the campus, as she earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Panhandle State while being an active member of the rodeo team. During her time on the Panhandle State Rodeo Team, Rose served a two-year term as the Central Plains Region Student Director. This position enabled Rose to have a better understanding of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rules, entry system and eligibility requirements; all skills necessary for the new position. She was named the 2015 Walt Garrison Award Recipient. The Walt Garrison Award, given through the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) each year, highlights numerous qualities that are part of the cowboy code of ethics including loyalty, commitment, honesty, perseverance and most importantly, leadership. The award was established in honor of former Dallas Cowboys football player and professional cowboy, Walt Garrison. On the OPSU campus, Rose was involved in FFA, Women in Ag, Block and Bridle and the Rodeo Team, where her impact has been felt to the highest degree. Her teammates sought her guidance in the practice pen, as Rose was known for her advice in the roping box, as well as her positive and uplifting spirit. In the medical absence of Coach Craig Latham,Rose played an instrumental role in the leadership of the team and was always the first person people called when they need a helping hand. Aside from her peers, Rose loves to help the younger generation of cowboys and cowgirls. Throughout junior rodeos, a flock of little cowpokes looked up to Rose as a role model both in and out of the arena. The Holly, Colo. native also boasts an impressive resume inside the arena. Rose was named the All-Around Champion Cowgirl at the 2016 Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo hosted by Panhandle State in Guymon each year. She was also a two-time Kansas High School Rodeo Association Breakaway Roping Champion. In addition to coaching responsibilities, Rose recruits for both the rodeo team and agriculture department. A current resident of Gruver, Texas, Rose was married to husband Kalen Rose in March of 2019.



MEET THE STAFF SUE ETBAUER Rodeo Assistant Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Glue is a unique substance; it fastens without being seen. For the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team, Sue Etbauer is just that. “Sue means more to OPSU Rodeo than most people will ever know. She’s the glue that holds us all together,” Shelbie Rose, OPSU Rodeo Team Women’s Coach said. In 2015, Sue joined the Panhandle State family as the Rodeo Team Assistant. But long before Sue joined her husband and head coach, Robert Etbauer, at the helm of the legendary rodeo team, she played an integral part of the program. She not only assisted Robert whenever the practice stock needed fed or computer work completed, but also kept track of the points for the all the weekly jackpots and made sure each student was filmed at the rodeos. From welcoming college kids to their family home to making emergency room runs when inevitable occurred in the roughstock events, Sue made sure every student athlete was taken care of. After moving into her new position, Sue began taking care of those who rodeo at Panhandle State to an even higher degree. “Sue is definitely a big part of the OPSU Rodeo Team by doing everything behind the scenes and making sure all the paperwork and not so fun stuff is taken care of properly, and most importantly, on time. She did everything to make sure us college kids were lined out to rodeo,” said Katie Hughes, Panhandle State Rodeo Alumna. Her qualifications exceed the job description. One can bet Sue kept Robert on track during his professional career, as he claimed two world championship titles in the saddle bronc riding. But aside from keeping Robert going down the rodeo trail, Sue raised three top-caliber rodeo athletes: Chancy, Trell and Shade Etbauer. All of the Etbauer children have accomplished greatness inside the rodeo arena and are paving their own way into the history books. Sue attended every youth, high school and college rodeo with her children. With her camera bag over her shoulder and clipboard in hand, the veteran rodeo mom never missed a time, score or filming a run. Often times, she had the points figured before the official sheets even made their way to the rodeo office. She was the rodeo mom others in the stands aspired to be like, and now, she is helping to make the Panhandle State Rodeo Team one other programs across the country compare themselves to. Panhandle State graduate Preston Kafka said, “Sue has always been a crucial part of the team and its success. She does a lot of work behind the scenes that keeps the program moving forward. Her hard work shows through the program and her family’s success.” “We would be lost without her. She makes sure we have everything that we need and gets us to where we need to be,” Weeder said. “She doesn’t get near enough credit and I can’t thank her enough for all that she does.”



MEET THE STAFF DR. NELS PETERSON Rodeo Advisor Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Professor of Agriculture Education Nels Peterson was born and raised in Turtle Lake, North Dakota on his family’s farm and ranch. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, he taught for two years before returning to the family farm to work with his dad. Following his father’s passing, Dr. Peterson and his wife Kathy bought out the estate and continued to farm for five years until he returned to the classroom to teach at Halliday High School. In 1994, he was recruited into corporative extension work and took a job in Nelson County, North Dakota and served as the Extension Agent for 15 years focusing on Agricultural, 4-H, and economic development. Nearly each of those years, he was fortunate enough to take students to the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City and almost every trip saw his students walk the stage to receive awards with a national runner-up in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Peterson was the national winner for Outstanding Crop Production Education Programs, a county and regional needs driven agriculture program designed to help crop producers. Through opportunities presented to him at the national contest in Oklahoma City, Dr. Peterson learned of Panhandle State. He completed his doctorate degree in education in the spring of 2009 and began teaching in Goodwell that very next fall. Throughout his time at the university, he has taught the Agriculture Education courses, Soil Science, Natural Resource Conservation, and Horse Science. He also serves as the Collegiate FFA advisor and the past year he served as the Academic Advisor for the Rodeo team. Dr. Peterson and his wife have four sons and three grandchildren he loves to spoil. As time allows, the couple has been remodeling their house, and Dr. Peterson has a number of hobbies he enjoys including woodworking, gardening, and reading. He likes taking courses at the college and has taken an art class each semester since 2013. They are also active at the Oslo Lutheran Church.



2019-20 Aggies


Jade Taton, 2018-19 Central Plains Region All-Around Cowboy OPSUAGGIES.COM




Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel So. Barrel Racing

Southington, Conn. / Southington H.S.

John Robert Barger

Sr. Tie-Down

Pawnee, Okla. / Pawnee H.S. / NE Oklahoma A&M

Ethan Beasley

So. Tie-Down

Guymon, Okla. / Guymon H.S.

Logan Becker

Sr. Team Roping, Breakaway

Beaver City, Neb. / Southern Valley H.S./Colby C.C.

Chase Becker

So. Team Roping

Beaver City, Neb. / So. Valley H.S. / No. Central Tech.

Trase Bell

Sr. Tie-Down, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping

Paradise Valley, Nev. / Lowry H.S. /Eastern Oregon U.

Quint Bell

So. Tie-Down, Steer Wresting, Team Roping

Paradise Valley, Nev. / Lowry H.S.

Brett Blackwood

Jr. Team Roping

Liberal, Kan. /Sublette H.S. / Kansas St.

Bailey Brown

Sr. Breakaway, Team Roping

No. Platte, Neb. / Maywood H.S./Laramie Cnty. C.C.

Felicity Buesig

Jr. Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Breakaway

Pahrump, Nev. / Pahrump Valley H.S./Weber St.

Trenton Burd

Sr. Saddle Bronc

Emporia, Kan. / Northern Hts. H.S. / Ft. Scott C.C.

Lane Clark

Jr. Bull Riding

Woodward, Okla. / Woodword H.S. / SWOSU

Mason Crisp

So. Breakaway Roping, Team Roping

Clayton, N.M. / Clayton H.S.

Whitt Crozier

Jr. Tie-Down, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling

Neola, Utah / Union H.S.

Chandler Dearmin

So. Tie-Down, Team Roping

Balko, Okla. / Balko H.S.

Ira Dickinson

So. Saddle Bronc, Steer Wresting, Tie-Down, Team Roping Rock Springs, Wyoming / Green River H.S.

Sierra Fearno

Jr. Breakaway Roping, Team Roping

Lakin, Kan. / Lakin H.S.

Trenton Ferguson

Jr. Team Roping

Texhoma, Okla. / Texhoma H.S./Sterling College

Cara Genenbacher

Jr. Barrel Racing

Quincy, Illinois / Quincy H.S./John Wood C.C.

Lane Giovanetti

Jr. Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc

Miles City, Mont. / Custer Cnty. H.S. / Miles City C.C.

Sam Goings

Jr. Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping Fallon, Nev. / Churchill County H.S.

Tatum Hall

Fr. Breakaway Roping, Team Roping

Springfield, Colo. / Springfield H.S.

Alex Hamilton

Jr. Breakaway

Craig, Colo. /Moffat County H.S./Black Hills State

Cody Harter

So. Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down, Team Roping

Amarillo, Texas / Bushland H.S. / Dodge City C.C.

Taylor Jacobson

Sr. Breakaway, Team Roping

Lincoln, Calif. / Lincoln H.S.






Jackie Jones

So. Barrel Racing, Breakaway

Santa Rosa, Calif. / Petaluma H.S.

Kassie Kautzman

Sr. Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Breakaway, Team Roping Fargo, N.D. / Kindred H.S./Central Wyoming Coll.

Sarah Lamplugh

Fr. Barrel Racing

Pittsgrove, N.J. / AP Schalick H.S.

Sam Martin

Sr. Saddle Bronc, Team Roping

Zwingle, Iowa / Cascade H.S.

Hadly McCormick

Sr. Tie-Down, Team Roping, Steer Wresting

Scotts Bluff, Neb. / Mitchell H.S./Central Wyoming Coll.

Trevor Meier

So. Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down, Team Roping

Garden City, Kan. Manhattan Virtual Academy

Bridget Merrigan

Sr. Breakaway, Team Roping

Gower, Mo. / East Buchanan H.S.

Jordan Monical

So. Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding

British Columbia / Peter Skene Ogden Secondary

Braxton Morgan

Fr. Tie-Down, Team Roping

Elbert, Colo. / Elbert H.S.

Savanna Morgan

So. Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping

Lincoln, Calif. / Laurel Springs Private / Fresno St.

Wyatt Murray

So. Team Roping, Tie-Down

Neola, Utah / Union H.S.

Beau Peterson

So. Breakaway, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing

Council Grove, Kan. / Council Grove H.S.

Wade Pettijohn

Fr. Tie-Down, Team Roping

Pueblo, Colo. / Pueblo County H.S.

Cheyenne Pinkston

Jr. Barrel Racing

Dade City, Fla. / Pasco H.S. / NE Oklahoma A&M

Ean Price

Jr. Saddle Bronc, Tie-Down, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping Leedey, Okla. / Leedey H.S. / Garden City C.C.

Colton Reed

Jr. Tie-Down, Team Roping

Wiley, Colo. /Wiley H.S.

Tyrel Roberts

Fr. Saddle Bronc, Tie-Down, Team Roping

Charlie Lake, B.C., Canada /No. Peace Secondary

Wade Roberts

Fr. Steer Wrestling, Team Roping

Charlie Lake, B.C., Canada /No. Peace Secondary

TJ Schmidt

So. Bull Riding

Bell Fourche, S.D. / Bell Fourche H.S.

Bailey Small

Fr. Saddle Bronc, Tie-Down, Team Roping

Fall River Mills, Calif. / Fall River H.S.

Sierra Smith

Sr. Breakaway, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing

Winterset, Iowa / Winterset H.S./Frank Phillips C.C.

Ayvree Smith

So. Barrel Racing, Breakaway

Lower Lake, Calif. / Lower Lake H.S.

Mathew Swaim

Sr. Saddle Bronc

Altoona, Iowa / Southwest Polk H.S.

Jade Taton

Sr. Bareback, Saddle Bronc

Coleman, Texas / Platte Valley H.S.

Cooper Thatcher

Jr. Saddle Bronc Riding

Darbalara, New South Wales, Australia / Yanco Agricultural H.S.

Linzie Van Horn

Sr. Goat Tying, Breakaway

Page, Neb. / Ewing H.S. /Sterling College 15




So. * Plantsville, Conn. Southington H.S.

So. * Paradise Valley, Nev. Lowry H.S.

Event(s): Barrel Racing

Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping; Steer Wrestling



Sr. * Pawnee, Okla Pawnee H.S. / Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Event(s): Team Roping; TieDown Roping

Sr. * Paradise Valley, Nev. Lowry H.S. / Eastern Oregon University Event(s): Event(s): Tie-Down; Team Roping; Steer Wrestling



So. * Guymon, Okla. Guymon H.S. Event(s): Tie-Down Roping

Jr. * Liberal, Kan. Sublette H.S. / Kansas State Event(s): Team Roping



So. * Beaver City, Neb. Southern Valley H.S. / North Central Tech. Event(s): Team Roping

Sr. * North Platte, Neb. Maywood H.S. Laramie County C.C. Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping


Felicity BUESIG

Sr. * Beaver City, Neb. Southern Valley H.S. / Colby C.C. Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping

Jr. * Pahrump, Nev. Pahrump Valley H.S. / Weber State Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping





Sr. * Emporia, Kan. Northern Heights H.S. / Ft. Scott C.C. Event(s): Saddle Bronc

So. * Rock Springs, Wyo. Green River H.S.



Jr. * Woodward, Okla. Woodward H.S. / SW Oklahoma State Event(s): Bull Riding

Jr. * Lakin, Kan. Lakin H.S.



So. * Clayton, N.M. Clayton H.S.

Sr. * Texhoma, Okla. Texhoma H.S. / Sterling College Event(s): Team Roping

Event(s): Saddle Bronc, Tie-Down; Steer Wrestling; Team Roping

Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping

Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping



Jr. * Neola, Utah Union H.S.

So. * Quincy, Ill. Quincy H.S. / John Wood C.C. Event(s): Barrel Racing

Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping; Steer Wrestling



So. * Balko, Okla. Balko H.S.

Jr. * Miles City, Mont. Custer County H.S. / MILES CITY C.C. Event(s): Saddle Bronc; Steer Wrestling

Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping





Jr. * Fallon, Nev. Churchill County H.S.

So. * Santa Rosa, Calif. Petaluma H.S.

Event(s): Saddle Bronc; Tie-Down; Steer Wrestling; Team Roping

Event(s): Barrel Racing; Breakaway Roping



Fr. * Springfield, Colo. Springfield H.S. Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping

Sr. * Walcott, N.D. Kindred H.S. Central Wyoming C.C. Event(s): Barrel Racing; Goat Tying; Breakaway; Team Roping



Jr. * Craig, Colo. Moffat County H.S. Black Hills State Event(s): Breakaway Roping

Fr. * Pittsgrove, N.J. AP Schalick H.S.



So. * Amarillo, Texas Bushland H.S. / Dodge City C.C. Event(s): Steer Wrestling; Tie-Down; Team Roping

Sr. * Zwingle, Iowa Cascade H.S.



Event(s): Barrel Racing

Event(s): Saddle Bronc; Team Roping

Sr. * Scotts Bluff, Neb. Mitchell H.S. Central Wyoming C.C. Event(s): Steer Wrestling; TieDown Roping; Team Roping

Sr. * Lincoln, Calif. Lincoln H.S. Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Team Roping





So. * Garden City, Kan. Manhattan Virtual Academy / Dodge City C.C. Event(s): Steer Wrestling; TieDown Roping; Team Roping

So. * Neola, Utah Union H.S.



Sr. * Gower, Mo. East Buchanan H.S.

So. * Council Grove, Kan. Council Grove H.S.

Event(s): Breakaway; Team Roping

Event(s): Goat Tying; Barrel Racing; Breakaway Roping

Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping

2019 Co-Champion: Goat Tying

JORDAN MONICAL So. * 100 Mile House, B.C., CA Peter Skene Ogden Secondary Event(s): Saddle Bronc

BRAXTON MORGAN Fr. * Elbert, Colo. Elbert H.S. Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping

SAVANNA MORGAN So. * Lincoln, Calif. Laural Springs Private / Fresno State Event(s): Barrel Racing; Breakaway Roping





Fr. * Pueblo, Colo. Pueblo County H.S.

Fr. * Charles Lake, B.C., CA North Peace Secondary

Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping

Event(s): Steer Wrestling; Team Roping



Jr. * Dade City, Fla. Pasco H.S. / Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Event(s): Barrel Racing

So. * Belle Fourche, S.D. Bell Fourche H.S.



Jr. * Leedey, Okla. Leedey H.S. / Garden City C.C. Event(s): Saddle Bronc, TieDown; Steer Wrestling; Team Roping

Fr. * Fall River Mills, Calif. Fall River H.S.



Jr. * Wiley, Colo. Wiley H.S. / Eastern Wyoming College Event(s): Tie-Down Roping; Team Roping

So. * Hidden Valley, Calif. Lower Lake H.S.

Event(s): Bull Riding

Event(s): Saddle Bronc; TieDown Roping; Team Roping

Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Barrel Racing

TYRELL ROBERTS Fr. * Charles Lake, B.C., CA North Peace Secondary Event(s): Saddle Bronc; TieDown Roping; Team Roping





Sr. * Winterset, Iowa Winterset H.S. / Frank Phillips C.C. Event(s): Barrel Racing; Goat Tying; Breakaway Roping

Sr. * Altoona, Iowa Southwest Polk H.S. Event(s): Saddle Bronc

2019 Participant: Goat Tying


In 2018-19, there were 11 OPSU cowboys and cowgirls named as NIRA SCHOLAR AMERICANS: Bailey Brown, Zane Grigsby, Hadley McCormick, Dustin Martinez, Beau Peterson, TJ Schmidt, Kaylee Smith, Sierra Smith, Linzie Van Horn & Caitlyn Wiswell. 21




Sr. * Coleman, Texas Platte Valley H.S.

Jr. * Darbalara, NSW, Australia Yanco Agricultural H.S.

Event(s): Bareback; Saddle Bronc

Event(s): Saddle Bronc

2019 11th place: Saddle Bronc Participant: Bareback

2019 tie 4th place: Saddle Bronc



Sr. * Page, Neb. Ewing H.S. / Sterling College Event(s): Breakaway Roping; Goat Tying



2018-19 in Review


Dustin Martinez, 2019 CNFR Participant OPSUAGGIES.COM

2018-19 SUMMARY DATE September 14-16, 2018

RODEO Colby C.C.



September 27-29, 2018

Southeastern Oklahoma



October 11-13, 2018

Oklahoma State

t. 1st


October 25-27, 2018

Northwestern Oklahoma



February 15-17, 2019

Kansas State

t. 2nd


March 8-10, 2019

Fort ScottC.C.



April 5-7, 2019

Garden City C.C.

t. 3rd


April 11-13, 2019

Southwestern Oklahoma



April 18-20, 2019

Fort Hays State University



April 25-27, 2019

Panhandle State



June 9-16, 2019




DID YOU KNOW? Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s home rodeo - The Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo - was selected as the Central Plains Region 2018-19 “Rodeo of the Year” by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.



2018-19 IN REVIEW The Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team fulfilled the high hopes at the first college rodeo of the year in Colby, Kan. The men’s team won second place and the women’s team won the rodeo. Panhandle State had athletes come back in the short round in the barrel racing, goat tying, team roping, tie-down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding.

Colby C.C. Sept. 14-16, 2018 at Colby, KS Women: 1st Men: 2nd

Beau Peterson started off her college career with a dream weekend. Peterson won the long round in the goat tying with a time of 6.6 seconds. She then came back in the short round with a time of 6.5 seconds placing her second and a win in the averge for goat tying. Not only did Peterson win the goat tying title, but she also made it back in the barrel racing, making her the all-around women’s champion of the weekend. Jade Taton also had a successful weekend. Taton won the first round of the bareback riding. Taton then split first place in the short round and earned the bareback riding champion title. Taton also made it back in the saddle bronc riding along with Cooper Thatcher, Rowdy Chesser, and Dawson Dahm, who won the reserve title. Thatcher and Chesser split the third place for the weekend.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University competed at the second rodeo of the fall season at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The women’s team was second and the men’s team in third place. Beau Peterson proved to everyone once again that she is one to watch out for this year, bringing home her second All-Around title in as many rodeos. Peterson won her second goat tying champion title of the semester. Peterson was also present in the short round in the barrel racing, unfortunately, hitting a barrel in the short round.

SE Oklahoma St. Sept. 27-29, 2018 Sierra Smith secured a spot in the goat tying short at Durant, OK round as well. Alexandra Daigle had a great weekend in the barrel racing, placing fifth in the average. Women: 2nd On the men’s side, Taton led the way. He won second in both the bareback riding and saddle bronc riding long rounds. Taton ended up winning third in the average in the bareback riding and sixth in the saddle bronc riding. Men: 3rd Aside from Taton, Panhandle State had five more men in the saddle bronc riding short round. Sam Goings, Tanner Hayes, Will Reynolds, Cooper Thatcher, and Cody Ballard were all present in the short round. Ballard won third in the long round, second in the short round and second in the average.

The rodeo athletes have got some hefty laundry ahead of them after a muddy mess this past weekend in Stillwater, Okla. at the college rodeo, Oct. 11-13. The conditions were not ideal but the Panhandle State Rodeo team hustled through it. The women’s team tied for first and the men’s team won second. Panhandle State left Stillwater with four event wins in their pocket.

Oklahoma State Oct. 11-13, 2018 at Stillwater, OK Women: 1st tie Men: 2nd

Beau Peterson showed no mercy, winning her third rodeo in a row in the goat tying. Peterson came into the short round with a 7.3 seconds putting her outside of the money, but proved that she is a winner by tying a 7.2 seconds in the tricky short round conditions giving her the fastest time in the short round and the average win. Kaylee Smith had the fastest time of the weekend in the long round of Goat Tying, 6.9 seconds. Unfortunately, the muddy conditions slightly slowed Smith down in the short round, but still earned third in the average. Sam Goings had a very successful weekend in the steer wrestling. Goings was 4.4 seconds in the long round placing him second in the round. He then came back with the fastest time of the short round, 4.2 seconds earning him the first place in the average. The saddle bronc riding title also went to Panhandle State’s Dawson Dahm. Dahm was 69 points in the long round and won the short round with 76 points. Jade Taton made the short round in the bareback riding, with a score of 72 points and earn the reserve title.



2018-19 IN REVIEW The Oklahoma Panhandle State University women’s rodeo team took the win once again at Northwestern Oklahoma State. The tiny indoor arena did not phase the team as they came in with one goal in mind: winning. The women’s team scored a total of 305 points putting them 134 points ahead of the runner up team. The men’s team finished fifth.

NW Oklahoma St. Oct. 25-27, 2018 at Alva, OK Women: 1st Men: 5th

Beau Peterson had a great weekend once again. Peterson won the long round of the goat tying with an impressive time of 6.0 seconds. Peterson placed second with a time of 7.2 seconds in the short round and won the Reserve Title. Kaylee Smith won third in the long round with a time of 6.4 seconds. Smith was then 8.0 seconds in the short round, placing her in a three way tie for fifth place in the average. Sierra Smith also had a successful weekend in the goat tying. Sierra was a 6.6 seconds in the long round and 7.0 Panhandle State took the saddle bronc riding champion title. Dawson Dahm won both the long round and the short round and earned the champion title. Tanner Hays tied for third place in the average and Sam Martin won sixth in the average. It was a chilly weekend at the Kansas State University rodeo. Even with the less than ideal weather conditions, the men’s team won the rodeo and the women’s team tied for second.

Kansas State Feb. 15-17, 2019 at Manhattan, KS Women: 2nd tie Men: 1st

Trase Bell and his partner Blain Jensen were one of three Panhandle State teams to make it back in the Team Roping, placing third in the short round and third in the average. The cousins, Wyatt Murray and Whitt Crozier placed fourth in the average. Trey Hall and his partner Taylor Lagasse from SWOSU won the rodeo. Jade Taton won second in the Bareback Riding. In Saddle Bronc Riding, Australian Cooper Thatcher, was fifth in the long round with 77 points and was 74 points in the short round, which tied him for fourth in the average. Canadian, Dawson Dahm, won the rodeo. Dahm won second in the long round with a score of 82 points. Then came back and won the short round with 80 points making him the average champion of the weekend. Baylee Henderson and Sierra Smith tied for first in the Goat Tying long round with a time of 6.6 seconds. Henderson had no luck in the short round but Smith tied an 8.0 seconds in the short round placing her fourth in the round and second in the average. Two Panhandle State cowgirls made the short round in a tough long round of breakaway roping. Shyanna Cahoy tied for second in the long round, but unfortunately got a no time in the short round to for sixth in the average. Bailey Brown also made it to the short round with a time of 2.8 seconds. Brown broke out in the short round giving her a time of 12.4 seconds with the 10 second penalty placing her fifth in the short round and fifth in the average. The Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team traveled to Fort Scott, Kansas, this past weekend for their second college rodeo of the semester. Both teams placed third in the final standings. Although the Aggies teams didn’t have the points it wanted over the weekend, they still left with some important performances.

Ft. Scott C.C. Mar. 8-10, 2019 at Ft. Scott, KS Women: 3rd Men: 3rd

Panhandle dominated the goat tying, winning both first and third in the average. Kaylee Smith had a time of 7.0 seconds in the long round placing her fourth coming into the short round. Smith then brought the heat with a time of 6.7 seconds in the short round, being the fastest time of the entire weekend for the Goat Tying Champion title. Baylee Henderson was right behind her, placing third in the average. Jade Taton had a successful weekend, winning the all-around title and an event. Taton was the Bareback riding champion of the weekend and also made the Saddle Bronc riding short round along with four other Panhandle State cowboys. Aggies won first through third place in the Saddle Bronc riding. Australian Will Reynolds won the event with a score of 69 in the long round and 70 in the short round, which also gave him the short round win. Tanner Hayes won the reserve title, with scores of 65 and 66 points. College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) qualifier and reserve champion, Dawson Dahm, won third in the average.



2018-19 IN REVIEW In Garden City, Kansas the men’s team won third and the women’s team tied for third. The red and blue vests were all over the short round with competitors in every event but the barrel racing.

Garden City C.C. Apr. 5-7, 2019 at Garden City, KS Women: 3rd tie Men: 3rd

Jade Taton did not disappoint again this weekend, bringing back the bareback riding title. Taton won the long round with a score of 74 points. He then won second in the short round with a score of 70 points, making him the average winner. In the saddle bronc riding, Tanner Hayes won third in the average. Quint Bell, the younger of the two Bell brothers, represented Panhandle State in the steer wrestling. Quint turned in a time of 5.8 seconds in the long round and the same time in the short round. His consistency placed him fifth in the average. It was another successful weekend in the goat tying. Senior, Kaylee Smith, won the event title. Sierra Smith also had a great weekend, tying for the fifth place in the average. Sam Martin made the short round in the team roping with his older brother and Panhandle Alumni, Will Martin. The Martin brothers won second place in the average. In the bull riding, Dustin Martinez was third in the average The Oklahoma Panhandle State University men and women’s Rodeo teams took home the second place at SWOSU. Taylor Jacobson was third in the average of Breakaway Roping. Beau Peterson won the average in Goat Tying. Kaylee Smith tied for third in the average, as well.

SW Oklahoma St. Apr. 11-13, 2019 at Weatherford, OK Women: 2nd Men: 2nd

The red and blue vests dominated the saddle bronc riding this weekend taking home the first through third places in the average with Cody Ballard, Cooper Thatcher, and Rowdy Chesser, respectively. In the team roping, newly formed team Jade Taton and Zane Grigsby turned in a time of 8.4 seconds in the long round and 8.7 seconds in the short round placing them fourth in the average. Dustin Martinez stole the show in the bull riding. Martinez won the long round with the highest marked ride of the weekend, 84 points, and only three riders making the whistle in the long round. Martinez won second in the short round with a score of 74 points making him the average winner. The short round this past weekend was painted in red and blue as Oklahoma Panhandle State University had 23 team members qualify. Jade Taton won the All-Around title on the men’s side. Both the men’s and the women’s team won second overall.

Ft. Hays State Apr. 18-20, 2019 at Hays, KS Women: 2nd Men: 2nd

Taton had a score of 69 points in the first round and won the second round with a score of 73 points. With a cumulative score of 142 on two, Taton won the bareback riding title. In the tie-down roping, Wyatt Murray placed fourth in the average. In the breakaway roping, Caitlyn Wiswell placed sixth and Hagen Brunson tied for second in the average. Once again, Dustin Martinez won the rodeo in the bull riding. Martinez split second in the long round with a score of 79 points and placed second in the short round with 83 points giving him the average win. The girls in the goat tying had another successful weekend. Kaylee Smith left with another goat tying title. Smith had the second fastest time of the rodeo in the long round, 6.9 seconds, and tied teammate Linzie Van Horn with the fastest time of the short round, 7.2 seconds. Van Horn placed fourth in the average. Beau Peterson won second in the average with two solid times of 7.1 and 7.4 seconds. Sierra Smith tied for sixth in the average.



2018-19 IN REVIEW The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team hosted the regional rodeo of the year with its own Doc Gardner Memorial. The women’s team won the rodeo and the men’s team placed third.

Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo Apr. 25-27, 2019 at Guymon, OK Women: 1st Men: 3rd

On the year as a whole, both teams won second place in the Central Plains Region, which allows them to take a full team to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) consisting of six men and four women. Jade Taton had a great weekend in the bareback riding winning the first round with a score of 80 points and placing second in the second round with a score of 68 points. Not only did Taton win the weekend, he also won the year-end title making him a CNFR qualifier. Hadly McCormick was very consistent this weekend in the tie-down roping, giving him the reserve champion title for the weekend. Quint Bell was sixth in the average. Five out of the 10 breakaway ropers in the short round were from Panhandle State, led by Hagen Brunson in third place in the average, Beau Peterson in fourth and Ayvree Smith fifth in the average. Panhandle State won the first through fourth place in the goat tying. Kaylee Smith had a perfect weekend in the goat tying, with the two fastest times of the rodeo. Baylee Henderson won second in the average and Sierra Smith and Linzie Van Horn tied for third. Luke Meier and his partner won second in the long round of the team roping with a time of 6.9 seconds. The team then placed third in both the short round and the average.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University freshman Beau Peterson etched her name in the Aggies’ Rodeo history book by winning the Goat Tying national championship at the 2019 College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center.

College National Finals Rodeo June 5-15, 2019 at Casper, WY Women: 10th Men: 7th

In all, OPSU had four team members competing in the finale of the week-long competition. It’s a great feeling,” Peterson said after finishing as the co-champ at the CNFR finale. “Just to have my hard work pay off! I’ve had so many people support me, it just made it more special.” In Saturday’s short round in the finale of the CNFR, Peterson entered the round in third place overall, one full second behind the leader in the average. Needing a great effort to overcome the deficit, Peterson provided just that. Her 5.9 seconds matched her best round of the competition and vaulted her to the top of the leaderboard with a 25.1 average with two cowgirls still to compete. The very next competitor, Mia Manzanares from NCAA I McNeese State, posted what ended up being the low time of the short round – 5.8 seconds – to place her in a deadlock with Peterson. Weber State’s Emma Hodson, the leader entering Saturday’s final, posted a time of 6.3 and that left Peterson and Manzanares, a senior and defending national champion in Goat Tying, as co-national champions in 2019. In the Saddle Bronc, Aggie cowboys Cooper Thatcher (Darbalara, New South Wales, Australia) and Dawson Dahm (Tomahawk, Alberta, Canada) tied for fourth place in the event. In the short round on Saturday, Thatcher rode his way to a 77.5 score and a 290.5 average. Dahm’s time of 75.0 also gave him an average of 290.5 to knot him with his teammate in the standings. Panhandle State’s fourth team member in the finals was junior Jade Taton (Coleman, Texas) in Bareback. Taton scored a 64.5 in his short performance, placing him in 11th, overall, with a 279.0 average. In the final team standings, the Aggie men finished seventh. The OPSU women were 10th. Peterson is OPSU’s 19th individual CNFR event champion in the program. Peterson’s title is also the first-ever in Goat Tying in the long and storied history of Panhandle State Rodeo.



BEAU KNOWS RODEO! For OPSU, Beau became the G.O.A.T. of Goat Tying! Beau Peterson contributed to Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo in a big way from the outset as a freshman in 2018-19. She burst onto the Aggie scene with all the subtlety of a Sherman Tank, culminating in a College National Finals Rodeo co-National Championship in goat tying. That CNFR win was significant in that it was the first-ever national championship for an Aggie cowgirl in goat tying at the CNFR. As a mater-of-fact, only three times since goat tying was first recorded as a CNFR event in 1957 has an Aggie even placed in the top-10 of goat tying. In 1999, Karielyn Stalley was Panhandle’s first placer by finishing third. In 2005, Stacey Watland was seventh and Chancy Harrington fifth in 2009. (continued page 30)

Aggie Rodeo faithful gathered at Pub on the Bricks in Guymon - which hosted a Watch Party for the CNFR - to cheer Beau on to her National Championshp!



BEAU KNOWS RODEO! To the Victor Go the Spoils!

(continued from page 29)

Beau’s aggregate time of 25.1 seconds was also, by far, the fastest among the quartet of Aggie goat tying placers in the CNFR. Stalley had a time of 29.6 seconds, while Watland and Harrington amassed clockings of 30.0 and 30.2 seconds, respectively. If you question Beau’s immediate impact in 2018-19, just consider some of her numbers in goat tying alone, beyond winning the CNFR crown. In her first two rodeos in the Crimson and Blue - Colby College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University - Beau not only won the average in goat tying, but she was the women’s All-Around winner, as well. In all, Beau was the average winner in goat tying five times. In addition to Colby and SEOSU, she won at Oklahoma State, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Panhandle State celebrated Beau’s CNFR win with a congratulatory billboard locted westbound on U.S. Highway 54, as you enter Goodwell. This screenshot from ESPN’s coverage said it all! Beau had matched the defending champion to earn a piece of the 2019 CNFR Goat Tying crown!

and the CNFR. In all, Beau won six go-rounds during the year.

Beau was also honored at halftime of the Aggies’ football game on November 16. Pictured are (l-r): Dr. Nels Peterson (Rodeo Advisor), Coach Shelbie Rose, Beau, Dr. Tim Faltyn (President), Dr. Julie Dinger (VicePresident of Academic & Student Affairs), and Shawna Tucker (Dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Nursing).



Beau’s CNFR win was more than just another star in the brilliant sky of Panhandle State Rodeo. Her victory seemed the perfect end to one of the best freshman seasons in Aggie history. Likewise, her efforts seemed to bring together rodeo aficionados and the novice, alike, under the common denominator of rooting for Beau to get the gold buckle.

Panhandle Rodeo History

The 2018 CNFR Championship Presentation OPSUAGGIES.COM

AGGIES’ TITLES 7x MEN’S TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2013, 2017 & 2018


1986 – Deke Latham - Men’s All-Around & Bull Riding Champion (CNFR) 1988 - Craig Latham –Saddle Bronc Champion (CNFR) 1992 – Chad Hiatt – Calf Roping Champion (CNFR) 1993 – Cliff Norris – Saddle Bronc Champion 1994 – Marty McCloy – Calf Roping Champion 1996 – Andy Bolton & Ben Blue – Team Roping Champions 1998 – Josh McIntyre – Steer Wrestling Champion 1998 – Travis Goad & Brian Dunning – Team Roping Champions 2000 – Jesse Bail – Men’s All-Around Champion 2001 – Jett Hillman & Logan Olson – Team Roping Champions 2005 – Erica Brown – Breakaway Roping Champion 2005 – Trell Etbauer – Steer Wrestling Champion 2007 – Taos Muncy – Saddle Bronc Champion 2008 – Krista Johnson – Breakaway Roping Champion 2010 – Jordan Muncy-Taton – Women’s All-Around & Breakaway Champion 2014 – Orin Larsen – Bareback Champion 2014 – Joe Frost – Bull Riding Champion 2015 – Clay Elliott – Saddle Bronc Champion 2015 – Shelbie Weeder – Walt Garrison Award Winner 2018 – Jake Finlay – Saddle Bronc Champion 2019 – Beau Peterson - Goat Tying Champion

Joe Frost


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NATIONAL & REGIONAL FINISHES National Standings Regional Standings Year Men’s Team Women’s Team Men’s Team Women’s Team 1978*** 5 1984 1 2 1985 9 4 2 1986 3 1 4 1987 9 2 6 1988 2 1 5 1989 8 2 5 1990 3 4 1991 10 1 3 1992 6 7 2 2 1993 2 2 7 1994 3 2 3 1995 10 2 5 1996 3 4 1997 1 1 3 1998 1 1 3 1999 6 1 4 2000 1 1 2 2001 6 3 8 2002 3 5 2003 2 5 2004 1 16 1 4 2005 9 7 1 3 2006 16 3 3 2007 9/10 13 1 2 2008 4 3 1 2 2009 8 1 2 2010 5 3 1 1 2011 11 29 1 4 2012 18 13 2 5 2013 1 2 8 2014 3 1 3 2015 2 8 1 5 2016 3 1 5 2017 1 37 1 3 2018 1 1 3 2019 7 10 2 2 *** Prior to 1985, only list the top 4-6 placings (varies per year).













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1988 CRAIG LATHAM Saddle Bronc Champion

1986 - DEKE LATHAM Bull Riding Champion & Men’s All-Around NOT PICTURED: 1992 - CHAD HIATT Calf Roping Champion 1993 - CLIFF NORRIS Saddle Bronc Champion 1994 - MARTY McCLOY Calf Roping Champion

1998 - JOSH McINTYRE Steer Wrestling Champion

1996 -ANDY BOLTON & BEN BLUE Team Roping Champions

1998 - BRIAN DUNNING & TRAVIS GOAD Team Roping Champions

2001 -JETT HILLMAN & LOGAN OLSON Team Roping Champions 2000 - JESSE BAIL Men’s All-Around



2005 - ERICA BROWN Breakaway Champion


2005 - TRELL ETBAUER Steer Wrestling Champion

2007 - TAOS MUNCY Saddle Bronc Champion

2008 - KRISTA JOHNSON Breakaway Champion

2010 - JORDAN MUNCY-TATON Breakaway Champion & Women’s All-Around

2014 - ORIN LARSEN Bareback Champion

2014 - JOE FROST Bull Riding Champion

2018 - JAKE FINLAY Saddle Bronc Champion

2015 - SHELBIE WEEDER Walt Garrison Award 2015 - CLAY ELLIOT Saddle Bronc Champion

2019 - BEAU PETERSON Goat Tying Champion



AGGIES’ RODEO HISTORY by Sue Etbauer The Rodeo Club was started during the school year of 1953-54. At first they mainly sponsored western dances and hosted an annual amateur rodeo in the Spring of each year. They became members of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) in 1961. In 1966, the team hosted its first NIRA rodeo in Guymon. The Aggies have won seven national men’s team championships (1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2013, 2017 & 2018). In total, they have finished in the top six of national men’s teams 20 of the last 37 years. The women’s team’s highest placing, so far, has been in 2008 & 2010, when they finished in third place at the CNFR. Panhandle State has won 25 national individual titles, which includes both men’s & women’s events. They have won a Jake Finlay national title in all but one CNFR event. The lack of a buckle in Barrel Racing is the only thing keeping Panhandle State from completing the “CNFR Slam.” OPSU has also had a team member chosen for the “Walt Garrison Award”, which is the highest award given by the NIRA. That individual is now the program’s Assistant Women’s Coach, Shelbie Rose. She received the award in 2015 and was chosen from among the entire NIRA Membership. Currently, the NIRA is divided into 11 regions (it used to be fewer and in the 60’s-70’s era) and Panhandle State were originally members of the Southern Region. Today, they Aggies are members of the Central Plains Region, which consists of approximately 18 colleges across Kansas & Oklahoma. It is among the two largest regions of the NIRA, the other being the Southwest Region. Regional records can only be found from 1984 to present. But in that time span, the OPSU Men’s Team has won first place 20 of those 37 years and have finished second 10 times. Which means that OPSU has sent a men’s team to the CNFR 30 of the past 37 years. The OPSU women’s team has won one Regional title, which was in 2010, and it finished in second place eight times. Some of our team members who have gone on to join the PRCA, and won World Champion titles as well, include: Robert Etbauer, Tom Reeves, Jeff Willert, Spencer Wright, Taos Muncy, Rocky Patterson, Jhett Johnson.

Orin Larsen




FIRST-EVER OPSU RODEO CLUB IN 1953-54. FIRST ROW (l-r): J. Milliken, L. Chisum, J. BeasleyPresident. THIRD ROW (l-r): K. Cook, M. Brown, B. Hili, S. Thrall, D. Brune, B. McFadin- SecretaryTreasurer, N. Skelly, G. McMinn, J. Sommerour, G. Coots. FOURTH ROW (l-r): D. Thompson, D. Ponder, M. Clawson, J. Kenney, D. Peddy, K. Clawson, T. Casey- Vice President.

OPSU’s FIRST NIRA-AFFILIATED CLUB IN 1961-62. FIRST ROW (l-r): Dan Pearson, Billy Thompson, Sharon Layton, Sharon Adams, Roger Chockley. SECOND ROW (l-r): Sam Moore, Eddie Kloeckler, Jerry Schickedanz, Richard Farabee. 39



Richard Lynn Gardner - known to most as “Doc” - was an OPSU professor and rodeo coach for more than 30 years. As testimony to his lasting importance to OPSU , the Aggies’ arena bears his name, in addition to a Rodeo Foundation Scholarship and the annual college rodeo dedicated to his memory. Gardner was born at home on the family farm near Clearlake, Okla. on June 4, 1934. He attended a one-room country grade school and graduated as valedictorian in 1952 from Laverne High School at Laverne, Okla. During high school, Lynn met Gloria Marteney and the two became lifelong sweethearts and were married on July 18, 1954. Lynn and Gloria started classes at PAMC and lived in the “barracks”. Although excelling in mathematics, Lynn took his first chemistry class at PAMC and fell in love with the science. In 1957 Lynn completed his B.S. Degree in Math from Panhandle A&M College. During the second semester of his senior year, Lynn began teaching math and chemistry classes at the college and continued teaching for 3 years. He then attended Colorado State University and earned a PhD in Chemistry-Biochemistry in 1964. He returned to Goodwell as head of the Division of Math and Science and a professor of chemistry, a position he held until his death. As a scholar and outstanding teacher, he was voted Panhandle State University’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year for too many years to count. Rodeo would not have been a reality at OPSU if it weren’t for Doc Gardner. In 1965 two students came up to him and asked if he would help sponsor a rodeo team. He agreed to be their coach until they could find somebody else to take over. One was never found. So, for over 30 years until his death, “Doc” Gardner coached the Aggie Rodeo Team. He became somewhat of an icon in the world of college rodeo. His teams were well-respected locally, regionally, and nationally. He wasn’t a cowboy but he had a knack for finding talent and getting them to attend Panhandle. Because of it, PSU can boast many, many great cowboys and cowgirls. He was so greatly admired in the Rodeo community that a one of a kind, hand crafted belt buckle was bestowed to him by PSU rodeo supporters. The R. Lynn Gardner Arena was built and dedicated in the early 1990’s. “Doc” Gardner served from 1974-1982 as Faculty Director for the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. He was competitive! Although he accepted it graciously, Doc never liked to lose. He witnessed his young contestants become individual college champions. He saw several world champions. During his reign, since 1972 the highly successful PSU men’s and women’s rodeo teams qualified for the College National Finals all but one year. He never realized his dream of winning the college nation team championship. However Doc’s OPSU rodeo team won the national title the year following his death and dedicated the national championship to him! The OPSU rodeo has been renamed the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo. Gardner passed away on April 23, 1996 at the age of 61. Services were held on Easter Sunday to an estimated 1,000 observers. “Doc” was taken to his final resting place in a horse drawn hearse accompanied by the rodeo team members on horseback and numerous of his students walking the last mile for him. He was known by all as an honorable man.




HEAD COACH: 1996-99 (3 seasons) At the time of Doc Gardner’s death, his assistant coaches were Jim Boy Hash and Bret Franks. Bret Franks assumed the head coaching position and led the team to their first two national championships in 1997 and 1998. Bret went on to become the head coach at Clarendon College


HEAD COACH: 1999-02 (3 seasons)

In 1999, Kurt Hall was at the helm of the winning rodeo team and continued the streak by claiming the third national championship in 2000. He continued to coach the Aggies until 2002 when the program was transitioned into the hands of Craig Latham.

CRAIG LATHAM HEAD COACH: 2003-15 (12 seasons) Craig Latham was at the helm of the rodeo program for 12 seasons, during which the team won two national championship team titles (2004 and 2013) and numerous individual event titles. Not only did Latham inspire students to make high-point rides and fast times, but also put an emphasis on students’ academic careers by encouraging them to graduate in four years and pursue higher education. In 2015, Latham stepped down from his role due to medical reasons and handed the reins to Robert Etbauer. 41



Deke Latham was Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s first CNFR National Champion in 1986, winning Bull Riding, and also earned the men’s AllAround buckle that same year for the Aggies. He also qualified for the National Finals Rodeo and went into the NFR in 13th place and up to 5th in the PRCA World Standings. Sadly, for this 21-year-old young man, that was his final rodeo. He was killed in a car accident on December 18 of 1986 near his home in Kaycee, Wyoming. His family, friends and community were devastated. From 1987-2008, the Deke Latham Memorial PRCA Rodeo was held in Kaycee in his honor. Many of pro rodeo’s best bronc riders, including several world champions, have traveled to Kaycee to compete in “The Deke” - as it was known on the circuit - over the years. Deke Latham was a true giant in the sport of the rodeo and is truly missed...but never forgotten.




Whether the equine partner is responsible for half the points in the bronc riding or breaking fast to a calf, the success of the cowboy is dependent on the horse flesh beneath him. Robert Etbauer’s family is the owner of an equine athlete that has helped numerous cowboys and cowgirls reach their goals inside the arena. Rambo, a roan stud, is just as famous as his world champion owner. The powerhouse stallion has been used in multiple events over the years, oftentimes with just a bit change between events. From the tie-down roping, breakaway roping, team roping, goat tying, steer wrestling and hazing, he truly defines an all-around horse. His efforts have not gone unnoticed by competitors as he has been voted Central Plains Region “Horse of the Year” five times.




The Crimson & Blue vest - adorned today by the signature “P” of Oklahoma Panhandle State University - is more than just attire to members of the Aggie Rodeo team. It signifies excellence, commitment and pride when worn in competition. It is symbolic of some of the nation’s best young cowboys and cowgirls. To the current crop of Aggies each season, it is also emblematic of those who have ridden before them wearing those colors and the responsibility to compete with the same fervor as they did. To alums - many of whom have gone on to the professional ranks - it is a point of pride of their alma mater! And when the competition sees the Crimson & Blue vest at rodeos, they can know that the Aggies are in the house and they had better bring their “A” game!



Rodeo Facilities

Lynn Gardner Arena, OPSU’s Campus Rodeo Facility OPSUAGGIES.COM


The Lynn Gardner Arena is the on-campus home of OPSU Rodeo. Named after the Aggies’ first-ever coach “Doc” Gardner, who guided the program for 31 years - the facility features the competition arena, press box, seating, 78 partially-covered stalls, the Doug Wirtz Rodeo Building and plenty of acreage.




This City of Guymon facility is home to the Aggies’ Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo each year. The Gardner Memorial was voted as the 2018-19 Central Plains Region Rodeo of the Year. And it’s no wonder why, as this beautiful arena gives Aggie fans and friends a terrific venue, with stadium seating (with access from either top or bottom) and lights. Likewise, the city embraces the OPSU rodeo and supports it in a big way!






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