HUNTSVILLE, Texas—The Sam Houston State University rodeo team began the new season with winning performances at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo in Mt. Pleasant, Oct. 1-3, and at the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo in Uvalde, Oct. 8-10.
The men’s team won second place in the team race at both Mt. Pleasant and Uvalde. This exceptional start can be credited to the new team, including All-Around Cowboy Cade Rice. In Mt. Pleasant, Rice won the steer wrestling, and won second place in team roping with his partner, Chase Taylor.
At Uvalde, the Rice-Taylor team placed fourth, moving them to second place in the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).
Montana-born cowboy, B.J. Brown, also had a winning season opener in the steer wrestling events, winning second place in Mt. Pleasant and first place at Uvalde. With these two events, Brown now stands in first place in the Southern Region in steer wrestling. Rice ranks second in the region in steer wrestling.
Huntsville native Matthew Love had a winning season opener in roping events, placing second at Uvalde with a 9.90 second run in the tie-down roping event. This score ranks him in second place in the Southern Region.
Other SHSU rodeo team members who placed at the Uvalde rodeo were Derek Robinson, who scored 73 and won second place in saddle bronc riding, and Cory Baudoin, who scored a 78 and won third place in bareback riding.
The women’s team also began this year with winning performances from former Southern Region Breakaway Roping Champion Ashley Moreau and Southern Region Reserve All-Around Cowgirl Kaki Herring.
At Mt. Pleasant, Herring won the goat tying event with a time of 6.7 seconds. She also placed second in goat tying and third place in the breakaway roping at Uvalde. Herring currently leads the standings in goat tying and is in fifth place in the breakaway roping for the Southern Region.
Senior Ashley Moreau won second place in breakaway roping at Mt. Pleasant and continued a winning performance at Uvalde, where she placed second in breakaway roping and third in barrel racing. With the scores on those two events, she won All-Around Cowgirl for the Uvalde rodeo. In the Southern Region, Moreau is currently ranked second in breakaway roping and fifth in barrel racing.
The SHSU Rodeo team is preparing for an upcoming rodeo at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13-14 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off FM 1484 in Conroe.
The SHSU rodeo team is coached by Edward “Bubba” Miller.