Rodeo Club places fifth in Rocky Mountain Region
By Irene Gudmundson
October 2, 2006 | After a long-go-round of riding,
tieing and an injured member, five Utah State University
Rodeo Club members helped bring the USU club into the
Rocky Mountain Region's fifth place spot Saturday night
"We've got some really young [members] this year,"
said club adviser Jeff Hall. "Some [are] a little raw
and some at their prime."
Bareback rider and rodeo club president Derik Page,
who won regionals the last two years, is in his prime,
said Hall. Page got 131 points after his ride Saturday.
According to the Rocky Mountain Region standings on
as of Oct. 2 he is in second place with 285 points.
"It's you against the animal, not you against another
person," said Hall.
Competitors Randy Muir, Cole Smith, Zach Schofield,
Dustin Larson and Page went against the animal and made
it to the short-go-round (final competition) Saturday
night. The top 10 competitors for each event from the
long-go-round (first round of competition) compete in
short-go-round. The long-go-round was in two parts,
Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Muir, rodeo club vice president, said the female members
of the club fared well in the earlier rodeo but didn't
make it to Saturday's big night.
Muir added that a lot more students joined the club
this year than in the past.
Individual rodeo scores are a combination of scores
for the rider and the animal; that way a tired or distraught
animal's behavior is accounted for. The final scores
for Saturday's rodeo are a combination of the long-go-round
and the short-go round.
Before the short-go-round Page said that in the long-go-round,
the team did well but had areas needing improvement.
One loss to the club during the long-go-round was Jeff
Hearty, a bull rider, who was "doing very well," said
Hall. When he was bucked off during the long-go-round
the bull fell on top of him, Hall said, dislocating
a shoulder. Hearty will not be able to compete again
The club has two members who've made it to the College
National Finals: Page and Smith, a calf roper.
Smith won second place in calf roping with a score
of 22.7. In the regional standings he is in fifth place
with a total of 120 points.
Muir also competed in the calf roping event with a
score of 35 putting him in seventh place in region standings.
Muir's 35 points and Smith's 22.7 points paint a confusing
picture of the scoring method used in rodeo but the
final points and standings for each event are a combination
of the long-go rounds-- in this case Smith placed fourth
in the first long-go and third in the second whereas
Muir placed second in the first and sixth in the second
-- Smith's average is higher putting him at second place.
The rodeo club members practice roping with actual
animals about twice a week and use dummies on other
days Muir said.
"It takes a lot of time and money," he said.
Club members use their own animals and personal money
to pay entry fees and travel costs. When they don't
win they don't get anything in return, said Hall.
Larsen, a bull rider, and Schofield, a saddle bronc
rider, didn't place at the short-go-round but in their
respective events, Larsen is in third place in the region
with 100 points and Schofield is in ninth with 10.
"We've got some great [members] this year," said Page.
"We're doin' well."
Hall, who paid most of his way through college doing
professional rodeo, is confident that at this weekend's
rodeo in Pocatello the club will do better.
"It's stressful at a home rodeo because you're all
doing so much" he said. "If they can all come together
[in Pocatello] we'll be doin' really well."
After the club travels to Pocatello this weekend, their
final rodeo for fall is in Ceder City on Oct. 14. Rodeo
club will begin competing again in March.