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.sumpter@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 2014 - 2015

OJC’s Rattlers 2014 - 2015 Rodeo Team Members include:

Back row (l-r): Cody Hill, Beau Hall, Zach Devol, Tyler Garcia, Tyler Brown, Walker Schubauer, Casey Guerrerrie.

Middle row (l-r): Head Coach Linsay Sumpter, Sydney Garcia, Stacey Minix, Hannah Stehl, Miranda Johnson.

Front row (l-r): Courtney Singleton, Kassidy Wright, Alyssa Conklin , Danielle Cracraft.



OJC Rodeo Back in the Saddle: 2014 - 2015 Outlook

Courtney Singleton finished fifth in the Goat Tying

LA JUNTA — Otero Junior College Rodeo is back in the saddle again for its sixth season within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. OJC Rodeo participates in ten regional rodeos within the Central rocky Mountain region, five fall rodeos and five spring rodeos.

PHOTO RIGHT: Courtney Singleton finished fifth in the Goat Tying event.

This fall the team will travel to Central Wyoming College September 12-14, Chadron State University September 19-21, Sheridan College September 26-28, Lamar Community College October 3-5 and Laramie County Community College October 10-12.

“This year’s team is full of talent, our returning students have some experience under their belts and the freshmen are ready to compete.” Said Coach Linsay Sumpter.

This past weekend OJC woman’s rodeo team had a good showing with two of the four girls on the team in the championship round. The woman’s team finished seventh for the weekend, led by Courtney Singleton (Pueblo) who finished fifth in the Goat Tying and Alyssa Conklin (Agua Dulce, Calif.) finishing seventh in the Barrel Racing.

Also new to the OJC Rodeo program, the Rattlers are hosting a weekly Barrel Racing competition at our practice facility located in the industrial park every Tuesday evening. Exhibitions will start at 6 p.m. and the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for some exciting barrel racing competition.



Otero Junior College Rattler Rodeo Fall 2013 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.



  

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