Tarleton State can celebrate the school’s 50th annual rodeo this weekend with a regional men’s team championship.
After winning the Ranger College Rodeo last weekend, Tarleton has clinched the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region men’s team title. The Texans are ranked No. 1 with 5,507.5 points. Western Texas College is ranked No. 2 with 3,030.
This weekend’s Tarleton Stampede is the last of 10 regional rodeos scheduled for the 2014-15 regular season. The top two teams will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo, June 14-20 in Casper, Wyo.
In the regional women’s team race, Tarleton is ranked No. 2 with 1,710.17 points. Eastern New Mexico is ranked No. 1 with 1,992.
The 50th Tarleton rodeo is Thursday through Saturday at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The slack performances, which feature competitors who are not part of the main shows, are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Admission to the Tarleton Stampede is $10 per day for adults while children under 10 are free. For more information call 254-968-9187.
On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Nathan Schaper clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Billings, Mont.
Schaper, who was the only cowboy who stayed on all four bulls, won the title after earning 460 points during the weekend. Schaper turned in scores of 83.25, 84.5, 85.25 and 87.5.
After winning the title, Schaper is ranked No. 7 in the PBR world standings with 1,662.5 points. Joao Ricardo Vieira of Decatur, who finished 15th at the Billings show, is ranked No. 1 with 2,627.5.
This weekend, the tour stops in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Jeana Brooks of Aledo won the break-away roping title at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo on Saturday after turning in a time of 3.64 seconds at Cowtown Coliseum. Brooks is a former Professional Women’s Rodeo Association world champion.
Ronny Kitchens of Fort Worth won the bull riding title during the Friday night performance after turning in an 80. Kitchens is a former PBR World Finals average winner.
A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the Nothin’ But Try Steer Wrestling event on May 9 in Coleman, Okla., with the proceeds going to help Julie Mankin, a rodeo publicist and writer who worked for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association from 1998-2001.
Mankin was involved in a serious car accident March 24 near her home in Fairfield. She underwent surgery to repair facial lacerations on March 25 and had another surgery March 27 to fuse three fractured vertebrae in her neck. She is expected to make a full recovery.
To donate items for Mankin, contact Susan Kanode at 817-307-6336.
Tie-down roper Trent Walls, a former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Stephenville, was elected to the PRCA Contestant Executive Council, and he began his two-year term April 1.
Walls took the place of former NFR qualifier Mike Johnson.