Not even a year has elapsed since Western Nevada College launched its rodeo club and already four club members have qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo.
Courtney Wood, Kayla Norcutt, Sydney Howard and Quincy Crum have each cinched spots in the June 11-17 national competition in Casper, Wyo.
Heading into the CNFR, WNC’s women’s club received national recognition with a No. 13 ranking. The women excelled in the National Intercollegiate West Coast Region throughout the season, taking second place.
WNC’s women are led by Wood, who is rated third nationally in goat tying after claiming the West Coast Region title in the event. Norcutt and Howard will compete in goat tying, with Norcutt also participating in breakaway roping.
Crum showed his versatility as a cowboy, ranking 23rd nationally in all-around coming into the CNFR, and nearly breaking into the top 10 in saddle bronc riding at 11th.
This all became possible when the college added a rodeo club late last summer. They have thrived under the direction of coach Jesse Segura.
“When we started the rodeo program last fall we hoped that they would compete well and we are so excited that they have far outreached our expectations,” said Fallon Campus Director Sherry Black. “We owe much of the success to great coaching, committed students and the local Fallon community for the financial support of the rodeo team.”