North Dakota’s Jorgensen goes into CNFR as No. 1 breakaway roper in U.S.
June 1, 2017
Competing in a male-dominated sport at the college level never phased Watford City's Samantha Jorgenson. She won the Great Plains Region's team roping title with her heeler, Chandler Comfort, but her talents don't stop in the heading box. She is also currently the number one breakaway roper in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Jorgenson is no stranger to the College National Finals Rodeo. The Black Hills State University Business Administration major will make her fourth trip to Casper in June. She takes past experiences with her to the 2017 finals. A broken barrier in the breakaway roping in the short round of last year's rodeo taught her to "take it one run at a time and do what you can on the cattle that you have."
Team roping in a field of men does not affect Jorgenson's confidence in the least. "I see myself as being able to rope with the guys," she says. Her team roping horse, Gunner, undoubtedly helps her be competitive in a tough event, and she says, "Riding a good horse sure makes it a lot easier."
Another equine athlete, Sambo, helps Jorgenson stand out in the breakaway roping event. She and Sambo claimed the region title in her favorite event, and this will be her third year to breakaway at the CNFR.
Jorgenson also credits her coach, Glen Lammers, and his wife, Shelly, for the efforts they put forth for the Black Hills State University rodeo team. "Glen truly, genuinely wants to see all of his team members succeed," and Shelly "puts so much time and effort into the team as well," according to Jorgenson. The Women's Team at BHSU also qualified for the College Finals, and Jorgenson asserts that, "It's fun being around people that are like-minded and want to win."
With her outstanding horses and confidence in tow, Jorgenson will begin the CNFR in Casper, June 11. "I think that I sure have a good enough horse and experience to where I could end up having a good college finals," she says. If everything goes her way, she will compete in the short round for a national title on June 17.