Northwestern Ranger Rodeo in Alva Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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Northwestern Ranger Rodeo in Alva Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Rodeo Team

2014 Rodeo Team

About 500 contestants will be in Alva Thursday through Saturday for the annual Northwestern Oklahoma State University Ranger Rodeo. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. at the Woods County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

So far in the regional standings, the women’s team has taken a more than 300-point first place lead, and the men’s team claims fourth in the standings against approximately 20 colleges and universities competing in the Central Plains Region.

The Ranger Rodeo team began its home rodeo weekend with a kid’s rodeo on the square Wednesday.  Thursday night will kick off the rodeo events with a “Student Night.”  Friday night will be “Family Night,” and Saturday will be “Match of Champions” night. 

Northwestern Rodeo Coach Stockton Graves said he is very excited for the weekend. “The kids rodeo on the square is always fun; the kids get to be led around on real horses, rope dummies and have stick horse barrel races,” Graves said.  “It’s just a small way we can give back to the community.  We’ve always had a lot of support from local businesses and the town, and this rodeo would not be possible without that.”

Thursday night’s performance will offer admission to Northwestern students with a current ID for the discounted price of $4. In Friday night’s “Family Night” performance there will be a Calf Scramble, where all the children in the crowd will be welcomed into the arena.  A calf with a ribbon on its tail will be released into the arena, and whoever gets the ribbon will win a prize.  Friday night also will feature a foot race where four contestants from each college entered in the rodeo will compete in a down-and-back race.  Saturday night will be the championship round for the top 10 competitors in each event, as well as the “Match of Champions” where many of the timed-event college rodeo champions will match Northwestern alumni who have gone on to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Contestants who do not fit into the evening performance times compete in the slack. The public is welcome to attend the following slack events at no cost:

  • Saddle bronc and bareback, Thursday night after the rodeo.
  • Barrel racing Friday at 8 a.m. at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds in Cherokee with the short go to follow at 11 a.m.
  • Calf roping, breakaway, steer wrestling and team roping starting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Woods County Fairgrounds.
  • Calf roping, breakaway, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Woods County Fairgrounds.

Many prizes will be awarded to the champions, including Yeti coolers for each event champion, large Yeti coolers for the men’s and women’s team champions, and buckles for the All-Around champions.

“Our women’s team has won our home rodeo the last two years in a row, and I have no doubt they will again this weekend,” Graves said. “They have come in strong this year and have won all three rodeos they have been to so far.  Our team always seems to really step it up and do well in our own arena.”

Current Northwestern Rodeo athletes in the regional standings according to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s website include:

Calf Roping: Hayden Pearce, Kim, Colo., senior, second, and William Whayne, Tulsa junior, fourth.

Steer Wrestling: Michael McGinn, Haines, Ore., junior, first; Grayson Allred Kanarraville, Utah freshman second; Michael Edgmon, Walter senior, sixth; Brock White, Earlville, Iowa, junior, ninth.

Team Roping, Heading: Dalton Richards, Hawkinsville, Ga., senior, second; Layne Lagasse, Concordia, Kan., junior, 12th.

 Team Roping, Heeling: Dustin Searcy, Mooreland senior, 12.

Barrel Racing: Sara Bynum, Beggs freshman ninth.

Breakaway Roping: Sage Allen, Alva freshman, sixth; Taige Trent, Haven, Kan., sophomore, 13th; Kylee Cahoy, Sheridan, Wyo., sophomore, 14th.

Goat Tying: Lauren Barnes, Buckeye, Ariz., senior, first; Shayna Miller, Faith, S.D., junior, second; Karley Kile, Topeka, Kan., senior, ninth; Elli Price, Leedey junior, 11th.

For more information about the rodeo team, contact Graves at