NMSU RODEO TEAM RIDES HIGH

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Wednesday, September 19, 2001 Contact: Olivia Lara, Public Relations Specialist
For Immediate Release: Ricardo Rel, Special Assistant to the Director
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NMSU RODEO TEAM RIDES HIGH AT SEASON'S FIRST TWO COMPETITIONS
Wright Wins First Place in Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping at Double Header

Las Cruces, NM -- New Mexico State University barrel racer and breakaway roper, Koell E. Wright, placed first on both days of the Grand Canyon Region double-header hosted by Northern Pioneer College on September 15-16, 2001, in Snowflake, Arizona. Wright, a junior from Moriarty, won both events with a time of 17.8 seconds in barrel racing and 3.2 seconds in breakaway roping on Saturday. She placed first again on Sunday with a time of 17.7 seconds in barrel racing and a 3.3 seconds in breakaway roping. "I was really nervous going into the weekend because it was the start of the season. My horses performed well and my nerves or sheer luck must have helped me take the lead among the group of tough competitors," says Wright.

Another top performer was Bill Snure, a junior from Rodeo, New Mexico. Snure placed first in calf roping with a time of 8.8 seconds and third in team roping with a time of 6.7 seconds on Saturday. On Sunday, he placed first in the team roping with a time of 4.9 seconds and third in calf roping with a time of 9.9 seconds.

Other good performers included John Pete Etcheverry, a freshman, from Carlsbad; Jeremy F. Gonzales, a junior from Roswell; Andrew E. Lake, a senior from Waterflow, New Mexico; Buddy K. Robinson, a sophomore from Las Cruces; and Aaron J. Thomas, a sophomore from La Mesa, New Mexico. Etcheverry and Thomas placed first in team roping with a time of 4.7 seconds on Saturday. On Sunday, Etcheverry and Robinson placed second in team roping with a time of 6.0 seconds and Gonzales placed second in calf roping with a time of 9.5 seconds. Lake placed first in bull riding with a score of 72 points on Sunday and placed third the day before.

"The rodeo team members had outstanding performances over the weekend. Andy Lake and Bill Snure are two of the four DuBois Rodeo Scholarship recipients, so it's great to know I've recruited good talent to NMSU," says Secretary of Agriculture, Frank A. DuBois.

For more information on the NMSU Rodeo team, contact Quentin Talbot at (505) 523-5135. For more information on the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship program, logon to http://www.nmsu.edu/~duboisrodeo/.

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Editor's Note: Media interested in obtaining individual photographs of NMSU rodeo athletes may contact Beth Miller at (505) 646-3008.