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UTM sweeps rodeo, Ozark Region


Published (Volume 76, No. 30)


Credit: University Relations

UTM Cowgirl Courtney Barnfield makes a tight turn to win the barrel racing event during last weekends rodeo, earning her a trip to Nationals in Casper, Wyo. in June.

Credit: University Relations

The University of Tennessee at Martin will send two teams to the College National Finals Rodeo in June at Casper, Wyo.

The UT Martin men and women secured their trip by winning their own rodeo and the Ozark Region championship this past weekend at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex.

The UT Martin men racked up 445 points in the rodeo, while the University of West Alabama was second with 250 points.

Missouri Valley College was third with 185 points.

The men claimed the regional championship with 3,465.5 points in 10 rodeos.

Missouri Valley finished second with 2,508.83 points.

The UT Martin women won their portion of the rodeo with 185 points, while Arkansas-Monticello was second with 130 points.
Missouri Valley College was third with 125 points.

The women claimed the regional championship with 1,409 points in 10 rodeos.

Missouri Valley College was second in the region with 1,296.50 points and Arkansas-Monticello was third with 1,202.50 points.

For the 10th time this season, the UT Martin cowboys dominated the bareback competition. Josh Shackleford won the long go, short go and the average, while Scotty NeSmith was second in the long go, short go and the average.

UT Martin’s Jason Dement finished second in the calf roping long go and short go and wound up tied for first in the average.
In the women’s goat tying, UT Martin’s Lyndsie Brower was first in the long go, while teammate Jamie Fawn Kouwe was third. Kouwe also finished second in the average.
In the team roping, UT Martin’s Zak Danison and his teammate from Murray State finished fourth in the long go.

In the women’s barrel racing, UT Martin’s Audrey Lipsky was second in the long go, short go and average.

Courtney Barnfield, also a UT Martin cowgirl, finished fourth in the barrel racing long go with a time of 14:18.

In the bull riding, UT Martin’s Curtis Griffin won the long go with a 77. He also won the average.

Other UT Martin Ozark Region Champions and Reserve Champions include: Rookie of the Year, Matthew Bright; Horse of the Year, Curtis Griffin; Men’s All-Around, Jason Dement; Steer Wrestling and Calf Roping Champion, Jason Dement; Bareback Riding Champion, Josh Shackleford; Bareback Riding Reserve Champion, Scotty NeSmith; Barrel Racing Champion, Courtney Barnfield; and Barrel Racing Reserve Champion, Audrey Lipsky.