Posted at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15, 2016

First spring rodeo preparation

Purposeful practice is key

Cody Fox

The Laramie County Community College rodeo team’s first rodeo of the spring is in Torrington at Eastern Wyoming College, March 4-6.

According to coach David Browder, “There has been a lot of improvement” since the fall semester. The team had a slow start at the first couple of rodeos, and then started to climb in the standings near the end of the fall semester.”

According to Browder, “Practice is the key to having consistent performances at the rodeos for these athletes. The athletes in timed events need a lot of runs and practice in order to be consistent.”

According to Trey Yates, a tie-down roper and team roper for LCCC, “purposeful practice is the key to making improvements, if you go to practice without a purpose it’s pointless.” Yates said he has learned excellent practice skills from his grandfather and father, who both competed in the National Finals Rodeo.

According to Browder, “The team has more than enough talent to send a whole team to the College National Finals Rodeo. Trey has a large impact on the team because he is a leader on the team.”

Browder preaches to the team that they can’t rodeo if they don’t keep their grades up. “College is the first word in College Rodeo, so school is the priority.”

Yates added, “I owe it to my team and the school to get good grades.”

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