UA Cossatot Colts Place Second in Nation
Casper WY – The UA Cossatot Colts Team Roping duo of Brody Brayden and Tanner Caudle both of Horatio, finished as Reserve Champions in the Team Roping event to secure a 10th place men's team finish at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo.
The UA Cossatot rodeo team finished the 2013-2014 season Saturday evening at the CNFR with UA Cossatot being represented in the prestigious finals for the first time since the program's inception in 2010.
The team of Braden-Caudle finished in 21st place in team roping in the first go Monday. Their time of 11.3 seconds was slowed with a 5 second penalty. Their second go around run of 5.6 seconds was good enough for a 3rd place finish. A 7.4 second run on their third steer placed them 10th in the third go. They were 6th overall in the event going into the finals on Saturday night. The top 12 qualifiers in each of the nine events qualify for Saturday's championship finals. When the dust settled in the Casper Events Center, Braden and Caudle's run of 7.0 was not only good enough for a 3rd place finish in the round but also earned them the title of reserve national champions in the team roping.
“I could not be more proud of these two guys,” said Rodeo Coach Valerie Stone. “They represented themselves, their college, and Arkansas with pride. This is the reward for all the long hours and hard work not only in the practice pen but also the classroom. This was their chance to prove that dedication and hard work does pay off."
“When we began UA Cossatot’s Rodeo Program, we had visions of being represented in Wyoming by our students,” said UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole. “This is something that not only Brody and Tanner have been working towards, but also our entire college. With Coach Stone and kids like these, the sky is the limit for our program.”
Additionally during the regular season, Coach Stone's rodeo teams finished sixth in the men's standings and eighth in the women's standings of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's Ozark Region. Individually, Braden and Caudle were ranked first regionally in their respective team roping header and heeler categories despite competing in only 8 of the 10 rodeos. The Braden-Caudle tandem claimed team roping titles at Murray State University, East Mississippi Community College and University of Tennessee at Martin rodeos to help seal their regional championship.
One of the greatest of all rodeos on the North American continent is the College National Finals Rodeo. The CNFR was held June 15-21. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. College cowboys and cowgirls compete all year in one of the eleven different regions in the United States and four Canadian Provinces for a chance to enter the CNFR arena in an effort to win national titles in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. The top three students in each event, and top two men's and women's teams from the NIRA's 11 regions, qualify for the CNFR. The 2014 event marks the 66th year for the rodeo.
The Saturday championship round was televised and will air August 15th on ESPNU. Check your local listings. For more college rodeo information, log on to www.collegerodeo.com.