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

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 Contact: Olivia Lara, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release: Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
Office: (505) 646-2804



DUBOIS RODEO SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Thirteen NMSU Students Selected for Scholarship Awards

LAS CRUCES, NM - New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, Frank A. DuBois, is announcing the 13 New Mexico State University students receiving the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship for Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 semesters. “The selection committee has carefully considered those who qualified for the scholarship. I was able to award a good number of scholarships based on the generous contributions from NMSU rodeo supporters,” said Secretary DuBois.

The recipients include Jarret Corn, Jordan Davis, John Pete Etcheverry, Barry Gentry, Kody Gentry, Lee Kiehne, Tory Lynn Koyle, Clay Snure, Mandy Sproul, Aaron Thomas, Benjamin Torres, Sterling Walker, and Cooper Wimberly.

Corn, a senior from Roswell, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Business and will receive the Bud Eppers Memorial Scholarship. He qualified for the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming, in June where he placed fifth in the nation in calf roping.

Davis, a sophomore from Silver City, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Business. He was a qualifier in the bull riding event for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Tri-Region Conference Finals. Davis also finished in the top ten in bull riding for the NIRA Southwest Region. He competes in bull riding, saddle bronc, and team roping.

Etcheverry, a junior from Carlsbad, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Business. He is the NIRA Grand Canyon Region Champion Team Roping Header for 2002 and also finished fourth in the calf roping event. Etcheverry qualified for the CNFR in Casper, Wyoming, in June.

Barry Gentry, a junior from Dell City, New Mexico, is majoring in Business Administration. He is a transfer student from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Gentry was the NIRA Southwest Region Champion Team Roping Heeler in 2000.

Kody Gentry, a freshman from Dell City, is majoring in Animal Science. He was the New Mexico Junior Rodeo Association (NMJRA) Champion Team Roping Heeler in 2001. Gentry also placed fifth in the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) in 2002.

Kiehne, a junior from Reserve, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. He is a transfer student from Cochise Junior College in Douglas, Arizona. Kiehne has been the NIRA Grand Canyon Team Roping Header Reserve Champion two years in a row from 2000-2002.

Koyle, a freshman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Business and will receive the El Valle Eagles Scholarship. She was the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association (NMHSRA) Breakaway Champion in 2001 and also placed third in the goat tying event in 2000 and 2001. She competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing, and goat tying.

Snure, a junior from Rodeo, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. He is a transfer student from Cochise Junior College. He was named the NIRA Grand Canyon Region “All-Around Champion” for both 2001 and 2002, as well as the Champion Calf Roper and Reserve Champion Steer Wrestler in 2002. Snure qualified for the CNFR in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping in June.

Sproul, a junior from Pearce, Arizona, is majoring in Agricultural Business. She is a transfer student from Cochise Junior College She has been the NIRA Grand Canyon Region “All-Around Champion” for 2001 and 2002. Sproul was the Champion Breakaway Roper and Barrel Racer, as well as the Reserve Champion Goat Tyer for the Grand Canyon Region in 2002. She qualified for the CNFR in June in breakaway roping, barrel racing, goat tying, and team roping.

Thomas, a sophomore from La Mesa, New Mexico, is majoring in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and will receive the Las Cruces Elks Club Scholarship. He was the NIRA Grand Canyon Champion Team Roping Heeler in 2002. Thomas has served as the president of the NMSU Rodeo Club since fall 2001.

Torres, a sophomore from Bosque Farms, is majoring in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. He is a transfer student from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Torres was a qualifier for the NIRA Tri-Region Conference Finals in 2001 in the team roping event.

Walker, a freshman from Aztec, New Mexico, is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He was an active member of the NMHSRA and placed in the top ten in both calf roping and team roping.

Wimberly is a freshman from Moriarty, New Mexico. He qualified for the NHSRA Finals in the team roping event from 1999-2002 and in steer wrestling in 2002. Wimberly was named “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” in 2002.

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

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