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PRCA news and notes from the rodeo trail: Stockton Graves and Wyoming’s Northwest College

• Wrangler NFR steer wrestler Stockton Graves has a new job waiting for him when he finishes his labors at the Thomas & Mack Center next month. Graves, who turns 33 midway through the NFR, will return to alma mater Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva to serve as the coach of the men’s and women’s rodeo teams.

Athletic Director Andrew Carter made the announcement Nov. 17, saying that Graves’ record of success and familiarity with the program made him the best choice for the job following a nationwide search.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the new head coach, and to be coming back to Alva and Northwestern,” said Graves. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northwestern and want to share that experience with the current and future members of the rodeo team. I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the University and the community.”

Graves competed for Northwestern Oklahoma from 1997-2002, qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) three times and still holds the CNFR arena record with a time of 3.4 seconds. A PRCA card holder since 1997, he has twice won the Prairie Circuit steer wrestling championship and won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2006. The 2011 Wrangler NFR will be the seventh of his career, and he is approaching $1 million in career earnings.

• Purchase of a 17.5-acre equestrian center and rodeo arena east of Cody, WY, has been approved by the board of trustees at Northwest College in Powell.

College Vice President for Administrative Services Kim Mills says the $550,000 purchase price for Heart Mountain Equestrian Center will come from the school’s $5.3 million operation reserve fund. Northwest College has rented the facility for years.

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The school will begin a search for a new rodeo coach within the next few weeks. Becky Nose is serving as the interim coach, assisted by six-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Dan Mortensen.

• Wrangler NFR steer wrestler Stockton Graves has a new job waiting for him when he finishes his labors at the Thomas & Mack Center next month. Graves, who turns 33 midway through the NFR, will return to alma mater Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva to serve as the coach of the men’s and women’s rodeo teams.

Athletic Director Andrew Carter made the announcement Nov. 17, saying that Graves’ record of success and familiarity with the program made him the best choice for the job following a nationwide search.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the new head coach, and to be coming back to Alva and Northwestern,” said Graves. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northwestern and want to share that experience with the current and future members of the rodeo team. I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the University and the community.”

Graves competed for Northwestern Oklahoma from 1997-2002, qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) three times and still holds the CNFR arena record with a time of 3.4 seconds. A PRCA card holder since 1997, he has twice won the Prairie Circuit steer wrestling championship and won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2006. The 2011 Wrangler NFR will be the seventh of his career, and he is approaching $1 million in career earnings.

• Purchase of a 17.5-acre equestrian center and rodeo arena east of Cody, WY, has been approved by the board of trustees at Northwest College in Powell.

College Vice President for Administrative Services Kim Mills says the $550,000 purchase price for Heart Mountain Equestrian Center will come from the school’s $5.3 million operation reserve fund. Northwest College has rented the facility for years.

The school will begin a search for a new rodeo coach within the next few weeks. Becky Nose is serving as the interim coach, assisted by six-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Dan Mortensen.

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