NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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NEWS RELEASE

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Contact: Olivia Carrasco, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release: Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804

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SIX NMSU ATHLETES TO COMPETE AT UPCOMING CNFR IN WYOMING

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University (NMSU) Rodeo Team has six athletes competing at the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming, June 10-15, 2002. They include Aaron Thomas, John Pete Etcheverry, Bill Snure, Koell Wright, Jarret Corn, and Andy Lake. They recently competed in the Conference Finals Rodeo (CFR) in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Thomas, a sophomore from La Mesa, New Mexico, earned his way to the CNFR when he became the 2002 NIRA Champion Header of the Grand Canyon Region. He was also the 2001 6 x 6 Rodeo Spring Series Champion (New Mexico Rodeo Association), 2001 Panhandle Classic Champion (United States Team Roping Championships), two-time CFR team roping qualifier in Hobbs, and 2002 CNFR team roping qualifier in Casper, Wyoming.

Etcheverry, a sophomore from Carlsbad, joins the limelight with Thomas as the 2002 Champion Team Roping Header of the Grand Canyon Region. He was also a three-time National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) qualifier in calf roping and team roping, 2001 6 x 6 Rodeo Winter Series All-Around Champion, two-time CFR qualifier in calf roping and team roping in Hobbs, and 2002 CNFR qualifier in Casper. “I have a lot of faith in both my teammate, Aaron Thomas, and myself. I feel we have a good chance of winning the team roping event,” said Etcheverry.

Snure, a senior from Rodeo, New Mexico, is the 2002 NIRA Reserve Champion Calf Roper of the Grand Canyon Region. This will be the third year he wins the same title. Snure was also the 2000 NIRA Champion Team Roper of the Grand Canyon Region, 2001 NIRA Reserve Champion Team Roper, two-time CFR qualifier in calf roping and team roping in Hobbs, two-time CNFR qualifier in team roping in Casper, and three-time CNFR qualifier in calf roping. “I’m a three-time qualifier of the CNFR, and I have placed in both events. I feel I have a pretty good shot,” said Snure.

Wright, a senior from Moriarty, New Mexico, is the 2002 NIRA Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper of the Grand Canyon Region. She was also a 1998 NHSFR third-place winner in barrel racing, two-time CFR qualifier in breakaway roping and barrel racing in Hobbs, and two-time CNFR qualifier in breakaway roping and barrel racing in Casper. “I’ve worked really hard all year and it’s finally paying off. I feel I have the ability to take on the tough competition in Casper. I don’t think I could have done it without Frank DuBois and everyone else that supported me,” said Wright.

Corn, a junior from Roswell, earned his way to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after his performance at the CFR in Hobbs. He qualified after he tied for fifth in the average in calf roping. Corn was also the 1999 New Mexico High School Rodeo Association Reserve Champion in calf roping, 2002 CFR qualifier in calf roping in Hobbs, and CNFR qualifier in Casper. “I’ve been roping consistently and beating my competition pretty well. I hope it carries on to the CNFR,” said Corn.

Lake, a senior from Waterflow, also earned his way to the CNFR after his performance at the recent CFR in Hobbs. He was a two-time National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) qualifier in bull riding; 1998-1999 member of New Mexico Junior College Rodeo Team, 2002 CFR qualifier in bull riding in Hobbs, and 2002 CNFR qualifier in bull riding in Casper. “I’m really looking forward to going to the CNFR. I guarantee the competition is going to be tough, but I’ll do my best and just see what happens,” said Lake.

The CNFR will be held in Casper, Wyoming, from June 10-15, 2002. The NIRA national headquarters is located in Walla Walla, Washington. For more information on the conference finals rodeo, call (509) 529-4402 or send e-mail inquiries to nira@bmi.net.

For more information on the NMSU Rodeo Team, logon to http://www.nmsu.edu/~duboisrodeo.



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