Meet your 2016-2017 Rattler Rodeo Team
As a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), the OJC Rattler Rodeo team participates in 10 regional rodeos within the Central Rocky Mountain Region; five fall rodeos and five spring rodeos. Thanks to the generous support from the community and the City of La Junta, the team's practice facility provides students with timed event and rough stock practice facilities as well as modern horse stalls, all within a few miles of the OJC campus.
Otero Rodeo Finishes a Strong Fall Season
Otero Junior College fall rodeo season came to a close this past weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Laramie County Community College rodeo, with five rodeos under the rattler rodeo teams belt, OJC has had a successful fall season.
Leading the rattlers was sophomore Mason Mardesich (Gridley, CA) with first place finishes at both Lamar Community College rodeo and Sheridan College Rodeo in the saddle bronc riding Mardesich also won second at Chadron State College rodeo. Mardesich is currently sitting first in the Central Rocky Mountain Regional saddle bronc riding standings with 445 points.
Tyler Beebe (Bayfield, CO) also had a strong fall season in the saddle bronc riding. Beebe placed in the top ten at four of the five spring rodeo and is currently sitting fifth in the regional standings. Also placing in the regional standings are Bob Reynolds (Oakland, IA) is currently eighth in Bareback riding, Justin Hamilton (Flora Vista, NM) top 15 in the saddle bronc riding and Travis Booth (Castle Rock, CO) had success in the steer wrestling finishing in the top ten at two regional rodeos.
“The 2016 rattler rodeo team has a great work ethic and has shown their determination this fall. I am proud of all their hard work and it is going to pay off for them. I know that this team will continue their success and qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June.” Said Coach Sumpter.
The women’s team has had top ten finishes in the goat tying by Mariah Dermody (Eagle, CO) and Makayla Hamilton (Flora Vista, NM).
Currently after five rodeos OJC Rodeo is ranked in the top ten in the men’s team standings. OJC was represented in every championship round this fall.
OJC Rattler Rodeo will continue competition their spring season at Gillette College March 17-19, Eastern Wyoming College March 24-26, , Colorado State University April 7-9, Casper College April 21-23 and University of Wyoming in April 27-29. Then the top three competitors in the region will qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming in June and OJC Rattler Rodeo is on track for the CNFR.