Team Kicks Off College Daze Rodeo on ENMU Campus

Prior to the annual College Daze Rodeo, which kicked off Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the Lewis-Cooper Arena, the Eastern New Mexico University Rodeo Team mingled with the ENMU community and showed their roping skills while coaching others on how to do the same. Members of the team eagerly taught others the ropes and looked forward to participating in the upcoming three-day-long event held from Sept. 21-23.

Tanner King, a second-year member on the ENMU Rodeo Team, will be competing in the College Daze Rodeo as a team roper and tie down roper this weekend. King credits the closeness and friendliness of the team as to why participating has been so enjoyable for him. “It’s a blast. I don’t really think I’d want to be doing anything else because everybody is so friendly and helps each other out."

Though the connection between King and his team has gone smoothly, King is facing a new challenge this weekend—competing with a new horse. While this weekend is one of the largest collegiate events in the region, King is determined to make the tie down roping event an important learning experience for both him and his horse, who still gets anxious in the pin.

Another member of the ENMU Rodeo Team, Kennedy Smith, will be competing in barrel racing and breakaway rope events. Though Smith has been a part of the rodeo world since she was three years old, her greatest challenge this weekend may be in barrel racing. The sophomore contender faces a large pool of over 150 participants but hopes to come out with a successful time after competing in her stronger suited event.

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