Cowboy WT advances to National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals
CANYON – Hayden Cape, a senior major in Earth’s agro-industry, placed second in the Southwest region as a team hooker as the West Texas A&M University rodeo team completed a successful season.
Cape’s success throughout the season means he will advance to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals, which will be held June 11-19 in Casper, Wyo.
“Hayden has put endless amounts of hard work and dedication into his stringing skills. He is one of the most consistent rope access technicians on the market and I am excited about his future professional success and his many titles in this industry, ”said Jordan Jo Fabrizio, assistant coach. “And we are proud of all of our athletes for the work they have done throughout the season.
Cape ranked well in rodeos throughout the spring season: winner of the University of Eastern New Mexico rodeo held in Levelland from March 18-20; long-round winner and second in average and points at Ranger College Rodeo in Sweetwater, March 25-27; long-round winner and second in average and points at Howard College Rodeo in Big Spring, April 8-10; and second place overall at Tarleton State University Rodeo in Stephenville, April 22-24.
Other winning cowboys and cowgirls this season include:
• Owen Wahlert, a senior agribusiness and economics specialist from Grover, Colo.: Average and won points in tie-down rope at Odessa College Rodeo Feb. 25-27;
• Kallen Johnson, first year agribusiness and economics student from Canyon: was ranked long and medium and won points in tie-down line in Odessa, and placed long and medium and won tie-down points at Big Spring;
• Brian Gillen, second-year plant, soil and environmental science student from Greeley, Colo.: Won a long round, averaged, and earned points in tie-down rope at Levelland;
• Shelby Espenson, a senior general affairs major for Hart: was placed in the long round and won points in a breakaway string at Levelland;
• Weston Hollowell, a senior agribusiness and economics major from Booker: won the long round, placed second on average and won points in team stringing at Sweetwater, and placed long round in team stringing in Stephenville;
• Calli Montague, equine industry and business leader in San Saba: averaged and earned points in breakaway rope at Snyder; and
• Amie Hennen, a junior major in sports and exercise science from Sanger: Placed in long round and earned points in barrel racing at Snyder.
The rodeo team – which has 40 members from across the country – has been a staple of the WT for over 25 years, with four regional champions and four CNFR qualifiers in the past five years. The team was featured in “Around Texas with Chancellor John Sharp,” a new TV show that airs Sundays on Panhandle PBS. The episode can be viewed online: youtu.be/4RuwcyRG9c8.