The Dawson Community College Rodeo Team opened its spring season at the Montana State University Rodeo in Bozeman, MT. The team was in Bozeman April 8-11 for a double rodeo.
In the first rodeo, the men’s team placed third and women’s team placed fifth. Placing in the average were Colin Adams (Deloraine, MB), first in Bareback; Ben Ayre (Glendive, MT), second in Tie Down Roping; Ben Grann (Sheyenne, ND), eighth in Tie Down Roping; Marshall Harms (Malta, MT), third in Steer Wrestling; and Witt Williams (Broadus, MT), fifth in Steer Wrestling. Carol Peabody (Ekalaka, MT) carried the women’s team by placing second in Goat Tying, seventh in Breakaway Roping, and finishing the first rodeo as second in the Women’s All-Around.
The men’s team dominated the second rodeo, winning team honors by finishing with 743.5 points, 408.5 points ahead of second place Miles Community College. Individuals placing in the second rodeo were Colin Adams, third in Bareback; Gavin DeRose (Kamloops, BC), seventh in Bareback; Jason Beil (Glasgow, MT), second in Saddle Bronc; Ben Grann, third in Tie Down Roping, second in Team Roping (heading), and third in the Men’s All-Around. Glendive’s Ben Ayre finished second in the Men’s All-Around, finishing first in Steer Wrestling, second in Team Roping (heeling), and eighth in Tie Down Roping.
As a result of their strong showing in Bozeman, the DCC Men’s team now stands fifth in the Big Sky Region and the Women’s team is in seventh. Several individuals are also among the region’s leaders. Colin Adams is ranked first in the region and sixth nationally in Bareback Riding. Jason Beil is ranked third in Saddle Bronc Riding, Cole Plouffe (Glasgow, MT) sits in seventh in Bull Riding, Ben Ayre is ranked fourth in Tie Down Roping and eighth in Team Roping (heeling), and Ben Grann is ranked seventh in Team Roping (heading).
The DCC Rodeo team is on the road competing in Helena on April 16-17. From April 23-25, DCC will host the week’s regional rodeo indoors at the J & A Arena in Glendive. The final regional rodeo will be held in Missoula, May 7-8, where the Big Sky Regional Champions will be crowned. The region’s top two men’s and women’s teams will qualify for the College National Finals along with the top three individual competitors in each event. This year the College National Finals Rodeo is June 13-19, in Casper, Wyoming.
The DCC Rodeo Team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Big Sky Region. The Big Sky Region is made up of thirteen colleges and universities from Montana and Wyoming. For more information on DCC Rodeo, please contact Head Coach Rod Paschke by calling 1.406.377.9461 or visiting the team’s web page at www.dawson.edu/category/athletics/rodeo.