Both Tarleton State Rodeo Teams Qualify for CNFR with Regional Titles


STEPHENVILLE — The Tarleton State University men’s and women’s teams clinched spots in the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) over the weekend with dominating wins at the Tarleton Stampede.

Saddle bronc rider Bailey Small’s two head 162 was good for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region event title and Hadley Tidwell’s 31.31 time on two barrel racing runs, earned the regional reserve championship. Both will advance to the June 9-15 CNFR in Casper, Wyo.

Small notched a pair of 80-point rides, including a finals-best 82, to win the Stephenville event. Teammates Lance Gaillard and Travis Handley took second and fifth with scores of 82-78–160 and 73-78.5–151.5.

Clay Guthrie, Landris White and Cole Walker all finished in the steer wrestling top 10. Guthrie’s 4.5-4.6–9.1 was good for second, White turned in a 4.2-5.4–9.6 for fourth, and Walker’s 13.0 time came on runs of 4.9 and 8.1.

Bareback rider Roedy Farrell was seventh with his 77.5-61–138.5, and Colter Ellis’ two-head 19.2 was ninth in tie-down roping.

Tidwell’s barrel racing crown came on cloverleaf runs of 15.74 and 15.57. Three other Tarleton state barrel racers earned spots in the finals — Acey Pinkston, third with a 15.66-15.7–31.36; Lindsey-Kay Reichert, fifth with her 15.97-15.78–31.75; and Emery Mask, 36.56 on runs of 15.73 and 20.83 for 10th.

Tarleton State goat tyers accounted for five finals qualifiers as Keni Labrum finished fourth with a 6.3-6.1–12.4 effort, one spot ahead of Rayme Jones’ 6.0-6.6–12.6. Sixth place went to Emily McDeavitt, who posted a 5.8-7–12.8. Shyanne Baurle’s 6.3-6.6–12.9 was seventh, and Courtney Stalvey finished ninth with a 6.2-7.2–13.4.

Megan Smith added fifth-place points in breakaway roping, flashing a 2.2-2.5–4.7.

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