NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

MSC 3189, P.O. Box 30005
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8005
(505) 646-3007

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NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, August 8, 2002 Contact: Olivia Lara, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release: Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804


TWO-TIME “ALL-AROUND CHAMPION” COWBOY TRANSFERS TO NMSU
Snure Among the Best Calf Ropers in the Collegiate Circuit

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, Frank A. DuBois, has selected John Clay Snure, a junior from Rodeo, New Mexico, as a recipient of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship for the academic year 2002-2003. “Clay is a superb timed-event cowboy, and we are very fortunate to have this talented athlete represent the NMSU Rodeo Team this upcoming school year,” says Secretary DuBois. Snure says, “This scholarship is going to help me finish my education and I hope I can contribute to the success of the NMSU rodeo program.”

Snure is a transfer student from Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, where he attended his freshman and sophomore years on a rodeo scholarship with an accumulative grade point average of 3.04. He was the Grand Canyon Region “All-Around Champion” in both 2001 and 2002, as well as the Champion Calf Roper and Reserve Champion Steer Wrestler in 2002. Snure qualified for this year’s Collegiate Nationals Final Rodeo (CNFR) in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping.

During high school in 1997, Snure was named the Arizona High School Rodeo Association “Rookie of the Year.” He was a three-time Arizona High School State Champion Calf Roper in 1997, 1999, and 2000. Snure was also a four-time qualifier of the National High School Finals Rodeo and was the Reserve National High School Calf Roping Champion in 2000.

Snure’s parents are Rick and Fran Snure of Rodeo, New Mexico. He has two older brothers, Roland and Bill.

For more information on the NMSU Rodeo Team, visit the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship website at http://www.nmsu.edu/~duboisrodeo.

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Editor’s Note: Action photo shot of John Clay Snure is available in jpg format upon request.