Posted at 3:00 p.m., Sept. 25, 2014

Ups, downs for team at first rodeo

Laramie County Community College’s rodeo team members turned in top performances at the first rodeo of the season, including the top all-around performance on the men’s side.

Kalane Edmond Anders placed first in men’s all-around, scoring 180 points, at the Central Wyoming College rodeo Sept. 12-14.
The LCCC men came in seventh overall with a score of 210 points, while Casper College and the University of Wyoming tied for first place with scores of 435 points.

The women’s team placed sixth with 130 points while Northeastern Junior College earned first with 390 points.

Individual performance highlighted the event for the Eagles. Anders placed third in steer wrestling with a score of 14.8 and also placed fifth in tie down roping with a score of 24.4.

Two LCCC women, Kelsey Rae Knust and Tawny Tee Barry, took third in their events.

Knust took third in breakaway roping with a time of 6.1 seconds, and Barry took third in goat tying taking only 18.7 seconds.
Coach David Browder said there are a number of new faces on the team this season. But he added there are a lot of hard workers, which leaves him optimistic about the team’s chances.

He said his goal is to get a handful of the team’s competitors to nationals.

The team competed in a rodeo at Chadron State College Sept. 19-21. Results were unavailable as of press time.

The team also has upcoming rodeos in Sheridan Sept. 26-28 and Lamar, Colorado, Oct. 3-5, but none means more to the team than the college’s own rodeo at home Oct. 10-12.

Browder said a home rodeo is important to the team and is like having home field advantage in another sport.

The college’s rodeo, named the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo, is also a source of pride for the team because rodeo team members help organize and run the event, Browder said, and it is important to them to put on a high-quality rodeo.

The rodeo is an annual tribute to former LCCC alumnus Shawn Dubie, who was killed at the 1988 Greeley Stampede. The rodeo is held in his honor at the LCCC arena, and all the profits from the rodeo go toward a scholarship fund in his name.

Dubie attended LCCC for two years, during which he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 1987 and 1988. Dubie won the 1988 Central Rocky Mountain Region All-Around Cowboy award as well as the LCCC rodeo athlete of the year. That same year, Dubie competed in the saddle bronc riding event at the Greeley Stampede. While competing, he was thrown from, and then kicked in the head by, his horse. Dubie was in a coma for almost a month until dying on July 16, 1989, at 21.

Recipients of the scholarship must be active member of the LCCC rodeo team while attending LCCC and have a 2.0 or better grade point average. The rodeo brings in more than 400 athletes from around the Central Rocky Mountain Region.

Slack begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, with the performance at 7 p.m. Slack starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, with the performance again at 7 p.m. Finals start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

The Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo is free to LCCC students and children 10 years old and younger; $5 a day for members of the military, seniors and children ages 11-17; and $10 a day for all others. Slack performances are free, and three-day passes are available.

Tehla Bates Stayer contributed to this story.