Like many couples, Landon Williams and girlfriend Cadee Tew are getting away after the rigors of another year in college.Wyoming, they say, is nice this time of year, especially for a pair of college rodeo team ropers seeking a national championship.Williams is representing Weatherford College, the ninth consecutive season in which the Coyotes have had a representative in the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo in Casper. Tew is representing Tarleton State University in the elite rodeo that finished Saturday.Tew is a former WC roper. She qualified for the CNFR in 2011, four years after her older brother, Cody, won a national championship in team roping."It’s very special, having qualified with her," said Williams, a sophomore who has already committed to coming back for a third season to WC. "This is something we are going to remember for the rest of our lives."Tew is competing in a pair of events this year. She is also making a return in breakaway, in which she finished in the top 10 in her previous trip.Tew is one of three former Coyotes competing at nationals for TSU. Reese Reimer, a 2011 qualifier in tie down roping for WC, is back in that same event. Also, Clayton Shaw, who was at WC from 2009-11, is now a senior at TSU and in his first CNFR as the Southwest Region champion in tie down roping."Landon is one of the most talented two-event cowboys Weatherford College has ever had," said WC coach Johnny Emmons.Although he didn’t reach nationals in the event, Williams is also a standout tie down roper.Williams is the 23rd member of the WC rodeo team to qualify for nationals in the program’s history. He is the eighth team roper, and he chuckles when he’s told he’s the first to qualify roping with a woman."She’s just about as good as they come," said Williams of Tew. "Of course, I’m a little biased, but she is one heck of a roper."While they will be in Casper together, Williams and Tew won’t be competing together. When a roper was disqualified, Williams was reassigned to rope with Tarleton’s Chase Williams, and Tew was also given a new partner. Chase Williams is making his third consecutive trip to the CNFR."I roped with him one time, and we won at Stephenville," said Landon. "Hopefully, we can keep that percentage going."Emmons said he believes Landon has the talent to win WC’s third national championship. Along with Cody Tew, Arena Robertson (now De La Cruz) won in 2008 for reserve team roping and women’s all-around.The ideal, Landon said, would be a 1-2 finish."Yeah, that would definitely give us something to talk about," he said.
WC qualifiers for CNFR :
2005: Amber Porter, barrel racing; Timber Moore, tie down roping; Kyle Crick, team roping.
2006: Clay Dan Alexander, team roping; Timber Moore, team roping; Nick Rawlings, team roping.
2007: Cody Tew, team roping (national champion); Justin Brashear, tie down roping; Brady Threadgill, tie down roping.
2008: Clif Cooper, tie down roping; Kody Engle, goat tying; Arena Robertson, breakaway roping, team roping, all-around (national champion).
2009: Clif Cooper, tie down roping; George Rowland, tie down roping; Jake Cobb, team roping.
2010: George Rowland, tie down roping; Chris Demases, tie down roping.
2011: Reese Reimer, tie down roping; Jayci Miller, breakaway roping; Cadee Tew, breakaway roping.
2012: Sierra Kunesh, breakaway roping; Will Woodfin, team roping.
2013: Landon Williams, team roping.