October 15, 2015
The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team ended Stampede Week with the highly anticipated 8th Annual Mesalands Intercollegiate Fall Rodeo Competition for the Grand Canyon Region. Mesalands reported a total of 280 attendees to the Friday night rodeo and 329 on Saturday night. The Mesalands Women’s Team finished in second place and claimed the reserve team championship title. The Men’s Team ended the rodeo in third place and brought home the saddle bronc riding reserve championship title.
“I thought the Mesalands Fall Rodeo lived up to the standards that we’ve set for our rodeos here. Just like we always say, Honeycutt Rodeo continues to do a phenomenal job from a production standpoint. The Rodeo Team, the College faculty and staff, and other community volunteers, worked very hard last weekend to put on an outstanding rodeo,” said Tim Abbott, Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach at Mesalands. “I was especially proud of the performance of our Women’s Team. They had a pretty good weekend.”
Arianna Assini from Oracle, AZ shined at the Mesalands Fall Rodeo. She competed in three events in the short round, including, goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping. Assini has qualified for the short rounds at other rodeos this year, however, this was her first time to make the short round in all three events. In team roping (header), she was third in the average with Justin Stegall (heeler) from Morristown, AZ. Assini finished fifth in the average in breakaway roping. In goat tying, her goat came untied a half a second too soon and she ended the event ninth in the average.
Fellow teammate Sharli Macdonald, of Camp Verde, AZ also had another good rodeo, following her strong performance at Cochise College in Douglas, AZ. At the Mesalands Fall Rodeo, she made the short round in both the goat tying and team roping events. In team roping (header), she finished the average in sixth place with Dillon Smith (heeler) from Central Arizona College. Macdonald was fourth in the average in goat tying.
Assini and Macdonald together competed in five different events in the short round last weekend and earned a total of 290 points for the Women’s Team.
The saddle bronc riding event was very close in the short round. Clay Stremler of Winnemucca, NV has placed in either first or second place in all three rodeos this semester. Stremler and Jalen Joaquin from Cochise College have been battling for that top spot. Last weekend it was close once again, Stremler took second and won the reserve championship title with a total of 144 points. Joaquin earned 149 points and won first place in the average. Stremler is still leading in the regional standings with a total of 450 points.
Coach Abbott mentioned that bull rider Holden Hedgepeth from Damascus, AR, broke his left forearm during last week’s rodeo. He says he is in Albuquerque this week and will be undergoing surgery.
In steer wrestling, Chace Valdez of Estancia, NM was first place in the first round. He struggled in the short round and took a no time. Valdez still took sixth place in the average.
Valdez also competed in tie down roping. He had a strong performance in the long round and qualified for the short round. Teammate Kyle Jurney of Eunice, NM had a little more success in this event. Jurney made a good run in the short round and seized third place in the average.
“We had another exceptional 8th Annual Mesalands Fall Rodeo and Stampede Week. I would like to thank all of the volunteers, supporters, and sponsors for making these events successful,” said Dr. Thomas W. Newsom, President of Mesalands. “We welcome the opportunity to bring contestants and spectators, from not only New Mexico and Arizona, but from all over the country to our community and Quay County.”
The Mesalands Rodeo Team will kick off the spring season in March and will host their spring rodeo competition in April.
Below are the Grand Canyon Regional Standings:
Saddle Bronc Riding
Clay Stremler 1st Place
Tie Down Roping
Kyle Jurney 5th Place
Chance Stucker 7th Place
Tyler Stegall 8th Place
Arianna Assini (header) 5th Place
Jacob Rounds (header) 8th Place
Kasey Brown (header) 10th Place
Koly Ray Spears (heeler) 7th Place
Justin Stegall (heeler) 8th Place
Clay Lee (heeler) 10th Place
Arianna Assini 9th Place
Sharli Macdonald 10th Place