Rodeo Insider: Tarleton State clinches regional collegiate titles

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Tarleton State will host the school’s 48th annual rodeo this weekend with both the men’s and women’s team regional team titles already lassoed.

Tarleton competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region, an NIRA super conference.

In the men’s team race, Tarleton will enter the Stephenville-based rodeo with 5,260 points. Odessa College is ranked second with 3,646. In the women’s standings, TSU has 2,587 points and second-ranked Texas Tech has 1,683.

The Tarleton Rodeo is the last of 10 regional regular-season shows for 2012-2013. After the season concludes this weekend, the region’s top two teams, and the top three competitors in each single event, will advance to the June 9-15 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

The Tarleton Rodeo is Thursday through Saturday (7 p.m.) at Lone Star Arena. The slack performances are 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 per day for adults while children under 10 are free.

Up and comer

Brennon Eldred has been a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association membership card holder for only eight weeks. But the 18-year-old Hill College freshman is serving notice that he’s a bull rider to be reckoned with.

Eldred won the traditional Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo in Oakdale, Calif., last weekend and earned $3,107 after turning in a score of 85.

“That’s going straight into my bank account,” Eldred told “It will help keep me out on the road.”

PBR update

Bushwacker, the Professional Bull Riders’ top bull in 2011, bucked off his 41st consecutive cowboy last weekend at a Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Louisville, Ky.

After dumping Ben Jones in 2.04 seconds during the final round, Bushwacker, who is owned by Julio Moreno and managed by Kent Cox of Dublin, received a score of 48.25. He won the Pabst Blue Ribbon High-Marked Bull Award at the Louisville tour stop.

Cody Nance won the Louisville show and earned $42,710. In the world title race, Shane Proctor leads with 5,199 points, Marco Eguchi is second with 4,754 and defending world champion Silvano Alves is third with 4,511.

This weekend, the BFTS tour stops in Des Moines, Iowa. The PBR also has scheduled an May 10-11 Las Vegas tour stop called the Last Cowboy Standing. The winner will receive $100,000 and can earn an additional $80K if he stays on a designated bounty bull in a promotion called the Monster Energy Money Bull Bonus.

NCHA update

Jaylee Hall of Weatherford and Mae C Grey won the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes Classic unlimited amateur division title after turning in a score of 219.5 ($3,843) in the finals. The Super Stakes concludes its 24-day run Saturday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. For more information, visit

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