Tawny Barry


General studies major Tawny Barry rides her horse in the LCCC arena on March 31.

Photo by Casey Chandler

Posted on April 28, 2014

Rodeo riding
into home stretch

Three riders on the Laramie County Community College rodeo team are currently qualified to compete at nationals June 15–21 in Casper, Wyo. Freshman Blayne Bradley in tie-down roping, sophomore Brandy Brown in breakaway roping and sophomore Tawny Barry in goat tying will have to win all remaining round competitions to continue qualifying. Their qualification also depends on other competitors not placing well.

After the first three spring rodeo events, the men’s team is ninth and the women’s team is eighth in the conference. The men’s team has a total of 908 points while the first place team, Gillette College, has a total of 3,850. The women’s team has a total of 560 points while Gillette College has 2,585 points.

There are several rodeo athletes in the top ranks in the conference for their respective event. The top three riders from each event in the conference will be invited to nationals.

Sophomore Chance Englebert is ranked seventh in the conference in the bareback riding event with 303 points. Bradley, who competed in the tie down roping event, is tied for seventh with 180 points. Peter Walnofer, sophomore, is ranked No. 10, and Dillon Simonson, sophomore, is ranked No. 12 in steer wrestling.

Freshman Jorry Lammers is ranked fifth in the conference in the Barrel racing event. Brown is the highest ranked Golden Eagle on the rodeo team; she is ranked second in breakaway roping and has accumulated 310 points. Senior Katelyn Ellis is No. 12 in breakaway roping, Ellis is also ranked No. 14 in goat tying just behind Barry, who is number 12.

The rodeo team visited Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyo. for their second rodeo of the spring season on April 4–6.
The men’s team overall finished tied for ninth overall.

Englebert finished sixth in the bareback riding earning points toward the overall team score.

The women’s team finished sixth overall. Lammers finished sixth in barrel racing. Brown competed in the breakaway roping event and finished third.

One week later, on April 11–14, the rodeo team went to Fort Collins, Colo., for their third rodeo of the spring season.

The men’s team finished tied for seventh overall and finished right below host team, Colorado State University, who finished sixth overall. Englebert placed sixth in the short go and overall in the bareback riding. Sophomore Cash Merritt and junior Chris Beyer got second in the long go but missed the short go to finish seventh overall.

The women’s team finished seventh overall placing ahead of University of Wyoming as well as the competition’s host college, Colorado State University. Freshman Kelsey Knust finished fifth in the long go and third in the short go. She finished second overall but was not one of the riders representing the school in this rodeo. Brown finished ninth overall in the breakaway roping and Lammers placed second in the long go and then fifth in the short go, earning a spot tied for third overall in barrel racing. Lammers is ranked fifth in the regional standings for barrel racing.

LCCC Rodeo