CAC Rodeo Team visits Aravaipa Campus

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The Central Arizona College (CAC) Rodeo Team paid a visit to the CAC Aravaipa Campus on Fri. Oct. 19. The student athletes and their coaches talked to an audience about what it is like to be on the rodeo team, what they do to get ready and how they compete.

The CAC Rodeo Team is made up of 35 men and women athletes. The team competes in the Grand Canyon Region. They compete in ten rodeos within their region with other college teams in Arizona and New Mexico.

The top two teams in the region and top three individuals in their events qualify to compete in the College National Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. The CAC Rodeo Team has made it to the Nationals 42 consecutive years. The Men’s and Women’s Team is currently in fourth place in the Grand Canyon Region.

Head Rodeo Coach Joe Moody, Skyla Teel, Professor of Reading and a “Cow Girl” and the members of the team were on hand to answer questions about rodeo and the team.

The team competes in bareback riding, tie down roping, break away roping (girls), saddle bronco riding, goat tying (girls), steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing (girls), and bull riding.

Rodeo is an expensive sport as each member of the team must have a horse which they must feed and take care of. They also have to pay their own entry fees to rodeos. The individual competitors can win money at each rodeo.

The CAC Rodeo Team will be hosting a rodeo on March 3-4 2013 at the Johnny Whitlow Rodeo Arena in Florence Arizona. Come down and watch a great bunch of athletes compete.


Men’s Team Roster

Matt Loose Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Tanner Judge Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Tyrell Hill Rexburg, Idaho

Tanner Fuchs Chester, Idaho

Tyler Kenyon Las Vegas, Nevada

Lane Wilson Motague, California

Austin Woods Newburg, Oregon

Jordan Smith Canada

Cole Robinson Moorcroft, Wyoming

Spencer Dickens Fountain, Colorado

Shane Morin Sherwood, Oregon

Ryan Luke Morgan Hill, California

Jake Mangus Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Will Schwable St. Johns, Arizona

Armando Flores Buckeye, Arizona

Chance Stone Queen Creek, Arizona

Tristan Mahoney Florence, Arizona


Women’s Roster

Kaleigh Hertz Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Danni Severance Prineville, Oregon

DeeAnna Pasquale Winnemuca, Nevada

Savannah Hull Salmon, Idaho

Callie Knifong Buffalo, Wyoming

Kaylie Schall Rigby, Idaho

Emily Bailey Tualatin, Oregon

Shannon Robertson Gilbert, Arizona

Nicole Fayden Gilbert, Arizona

Caryn Skalon Gilbert, Arizona

Kristen Summerfield Sierra Vista, AZ

Devin Cordova Florence, Arizona

*Kelsey Lutjen Florence, Arizona

*Kelsey Lutjen is a freshman at CAC. She is the 2012 National High School Rodeo Association 2012 Goat Tying Champion.

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