Sep 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSlack performances are at 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, with both evening performances at 7 p.m. leading to the finals at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Drew Schrock set a competitive tone last year in his first season as the head coach of the Central Wyoming College Rustlers rodeo program.
Schrock helped land two CWC cowboys and one cowgirl in the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.
Blaine Mathews and Colton Miller were in the CNFR in saddle bronc. Shaylee Hance represented CWC in goat tying.
Miller since has transferred to Tarleton State University in Texas. Hance is now attending Chadron State.
Mathews returned for another season this year for the Rustlers.
"I learned how to manage a team a better this year than I did last year," Schrock said. "This year, I had a lot more time to prepare for them to be here."
Schrock's second season starts Friday at the annual Rustler Roundup Rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
Slack performances are at 1 p.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Both evening performances are at 7 p.m.
The finals go at 11 a.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $5 for each session.
The top 10 in each event make the finals for Sunday. Events are saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
Teams from the Central Rocky Mountain region in Riverton for the rodeo are Eastern Wyoming College, Gillette College, University of Wyoming, Northeastern Junior College, Casper College, Sheridan College, Chadron State College, Lamar Community College, Laramie County Community College, Colorado State University, Otero Junior College and the United States Air Force Academy.
The Rustler Roundup starts the regular season for the region. CWC began rodeo practice on Aug. 26.
"We had a full week of practice before school started," Schrock said. "I think that the transition between the two sure helped them out a lot better this year."
Former CWC cowgirl Traci Hinman is the assistant coach for the second year.
"We have some really good upperclassmen that are helping passing along to the freshman," Schrock said. "We have an outstanding group of freshman that have a lot of talent. They are falling right in where they need to be.It's real enjoyable this year."
Mathews finished third in the saddle bronc competition last season in the region.
The top three cowboys or cowgirls in each event qualify for the CNFR.
"Blaine is just an outstanding kid," Schrock said. "He has really good work ethnic. I have always said it that he has an outstanding attitude. He doesn't let the little things get him down."
Coltin Hill is the men's team captain for the Rustlers. The best event for Hill should be steer wrestling.
"Coltin has gotten really solid in steer wrestling," Schrock said. "He is on fire. I'm super excited for him."
Schrock expects his freshman to contribute as the season moves along.
"I have a lot of talent in the freshman bunch," Schrock said. "It will be really interesting to see what they can do. Some of them are going to take off with that and some of them are going to struggle with that. As a whole, they are going to be just fine."
Cowgirl Kaylee Burnett is hoping to improve on her fourth-place finish in the region in barrel racing.
Burnett has been named the women's team captain.
"I have a lot of respect for what Kaylee does," Schrock said.
Schrock expects Chaylie Hulme to be fighting for a top position in goat tying this year in the region.
"Her horsemanship looks really good," Schrock said.
Piper Naylon from Crowheart is a local member on the team. Naylon competed in the Dubois rodeo all summer long.
"I'm really excited for Piper this year," Schrock said.
Hance won the regional goat tying title last year. She was fourth in the nation at the CNFR.
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