Otero Junior College
OJC Rattler Rodeo

About the OJC Rodeo Program



Rodeo Team

When the 2009 college rodeo season began in the Central Rocky Mountain Region, Otero Junior College had an official team entered; a feat that had not happened for over 25 years. The OJC Rattler Rodeo Club was first established in 1957. Up until the mid 1980s’ the club and its competitive teams were an active group on the OJC campus, hosting annual Rattler Roundup Collegiate Rodeos for over 15 years.

With interest from students and support from the OJC administration, the Rattler Rodeo Team was revived on a full scale for the 2009-2010 Academic Year. The program is funded under the OJC Athletic Department and recognized as a varsity sport on the campus.

OJC is located in La Junta, Colorado, an area that has a great history of rodeo and rodeo competitors. La Junta has one of the best climates in the state making this an excellent area to practice year-round.

Linsay Rosser-Sumpter

Questions? Contact:
Linsay Rosser-Sumpter
Rodeo Coach:
McDivitt Gym 119
Phone: 719-384-6876
linsay.rosser@ojc.edu

Financial and Support Opportunities:

  • Tuition and Room & Board Scholarships
  • Financial Aid is available to eligible students
  • Practice facilities and stock
  • Travel support for team members
  • Study tables and tutoring support
  • Physical conditioning program


Rodeo Club Members 2013 - 2014

OJC’s Rattlers 2013 - 2014 Rodeo Team Members include:

Back row (l-r): Walker Schubauer, Luis Lahoz, Jake Trujillo, Wyatt Cox, J.T. Prather, Asa Brown, Reece Roberson, Zach Devol. Casey Guerrerrie, Tyler Brown, Brandon Campbell, Teel Hawkins, Jesse Cebulski.

Front row (l-r): Head Coach Linsay Sumpter, Cody Hill, McKayla Vashus, Justine Klaiber, Kendra Taylor, Taylor Prather, Raquel Frazzino, Ali Bilkey, Kenzie Gordon and Ian Duzik.

Not Pictured: Garrett Bukowski and Cade Sallee.



Otero Junior College Rattler Rodeo Fall Recap

Zach Devol, Elbert, Colo.

LA JUNTA — The 2013 Otero Junior College fall rodeo season came to a close this past weekend in Cheyenne, Wyo. at the Laramie County Community College rodeo. With five rodeos under their belt, the Rattler Rodeo team has had a successful fall season.

PHOTO RIGHT: OJC men's rodeo team captain, Zach Devol, Elbert, Colo., is in the top 15 in the region in bull riding.

Leading the team in points are freshmen JT Prather (Acton, CA) and Wyatt Cox (Arroyo Grande, CA) in the team roping competition. They are currently fifth in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional Standings and they are planning to practice through the break and compete at other competitions to stay sharp.

“I am so proud of my team this year,” said Coach Linsay Sumpter. “They have been performing very well and I know that next semester they will do even better. I have had so many athletes come close to making the championship round and a few months of practice will help get them to the next level.” Sumpter added.

With another top ten finish at the Laramie County Community College rodeo Cody Hill (Thatcher, Utah) is currently in the top ten in the regional standings in the tie down roping. Also in a strong position is men’s team captain Zach Devol (Eaton) who is in the top 15 in the region in bull riding.

OJC Rattler Rodeo will continue to compete this spring at Gillette College and Colorado State University in March and Eastern Wyoming College, Casper College and the University of Wyoming in April. After the spring competitions, the top three competitors in the region will qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June.



Otero Junior College Rodeo Signs New Mexico Standout

Jake Trujillo Signs With OJC Rattler Rodeo Team

LA JUNTA — Otero Junior College Rodeo program is proud to announce the signing of New Mexico High School's rodeo standout Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Trujillo signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent with Otero Junior College Rattler Rodeo. The Las Animas High School senior is a standout steer wrestler and team roper.

PHOTO LEFT: Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu, New Mexico, signs a letter of intent to rodeo for the OJC Rattler Rodeo Team.

Trujillo is in the last semester of his senior year, where he competes in the National High School Rodeo Association in New Mexico. He is a National High School finals rodeo qualifier and is currently second in the state standings in the steer wrestling and sixth in the team roping.

Jake Trujillo Signs With OJC Rattler Rodeo Team

“I am very impressed with OJC’s rodeo program and I look forward to the education that I will receive in and out of the arena. Said Trujillo, “I hope to learn a lot from Coach Sumpter and I look forward to practicing with her husband Wade.”

Trujillo will be majoring in an Associates of Arts degree at OJC with a concentration in Agriculture Business. Linsay Sumpter, head coach of the Rattler Rodeo team said she is looking forward to having Trujillo join the Rattlers.

“Jake is a standout student and rodeo cowboy. The team is very lucky to have Jake as a member and I think he will bring OJC Rodeo to a new level of competition. His achievements both in and out of the arena are very impressive. I look forward to working with Jake” said Coach Sumpter.



  

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