Posted at 6 p.m. March 8, 2017

Rodeo season right around the corner

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You talkin’ ‘bout practice:

Top: Timber Kelly practices calf roping at the LCCC Arena. Bottom: Coach Beau Clark and Reed Johnson practice steer wrestling at the LCCC Arena.

Photos by Cody Fox

The 2017 rodeo season is upon us and the Laramie County Community College rodeo team, led by coach Beau Clarke, is preparing for the beginning of its season starting March 17-19 at the Gillette Rodeo.

Denton Ward, a saddle bronc rider with the rodeo team, said, “To prepare for the rodeo season, the rodeo team will ride actual practice broncs and work on their riding form. The college just got us a new bucking machine that we now practice on.” Denton is in his second year at LCCC and has high expectations.

LCCC’s top performers from the 2016 fall rodeo season include Cameron Fanning who won the steer wrestling competition at the Shawn Dubie Rodeo. Fanning is from Parkston, South Dakota. Megan Turek also qualified for the finals in goat tying. Turek is from St. Paul, Nebraska. Team ropers Brady Joseph and Doug Finney finished in fourth place at the Shawn Dubie Rodeo. Joseph is from Eaton, Colorado and Finney is from Anselmo, Nebraska.

“The team practices almost every day, it is the hardest I’ve saw anybody work in a long time,” Tom Kelly, the agriculture and equestrian facilities manager, said. The rodeo team spends its time practicing on the bucking barrels, bucking machine, live practice horses and bulls. The team ropers practice with live calves as well as a roping dummy.


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