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SHSU Rodeo Students To Participate In National Finals

Nov. 29, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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Sterling Crawley
Sterling Crawley is one of the SHSU rodeo students who is competing in the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.


Seven current Sam Houston State University rodeo students and one former student have qualified to participate in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo taking place Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas.

The elite rodeo will feature 10 nights of events for contestants from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association who have earned awards placing them in the “Top 15” in the world in their respective events.

“To my knowledge, this is the largest representation the university has ever had in a Wrangler Rodeo,” said SHSU rodeo coach Bubba Miller. “To have so many students participating is a reflection of the high quality of our program.”

Up for grabs is more than $6 million in prize money and world championship titles in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding.

“Our students travel across the country throughout the year, paying their own entry fees and all their expenses associated with traveling,” said Miller. “With each competition they hope to earn enough money to be among the elite athletes that advance to the Wrangler National Finals.”

Among those representing SHSU are Cody Teel, of Kountze, who is the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo Champion Bull Rider and currently the No. 1 bull rider in the world; Trey Benton, of Rock Island, 2012 CNFR qualifier in bull riding and currently No. 3 in the world; Sterling Crawley, of College Station, 2012 CNFR qualifier and ninth-ranked saddle bronc rider; and SHSU rodeo alumnus Colby Lovell, of Madisonville, currently ranked eighth in the world in team roping.

Also competing at the Permit Challenge event for upcoming stars are bareback riders Blake Dornak, of Cypress; Taylor Price and Bull Tutor, both of Huntsville; and saddle bronc rider James Greeson, of Okeechobee, Fla.

“The Permit Challenge is a great place to recruit upcoming stars from many junior colleges around the United States,” said Miller.

Each contestant will compete in 10 individual rounds which will pay the winner $18,257. On Dec. 15, their total scores and times will be added together for average placings. First place in that category will win $46,820 and a saddle as the WNFR champion.

World champions are determined by adding a contestant’s WNFR and regular season earnings together. The champions will have the honor of wearing the traditional gold buckle that signifies they are the world’s best in the sport of rodeo.



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