SDSU Rodeo Team Takes 10 Competitors to College National Finals Rodeo
Ten members of the South Dakota State University Rodeo Team have qualified to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo., June 14-20, 2015. The team had a strong showing during the 2015 season with the SDSU Men’s Team finishing first in the Great Plains Region and the Women’s Team earning third place regional honors. Senior Nick Schwedhelm, Ft. Calhoun, Neb., heads into the CNFR competition as the nation’s top-ranked college bareback rider.
Schwedlhelm is a three-time CNFR qualifier in bareback riding and was the Great Plains Region Bareback Riding Champion in both 2014 and 2015.
Cody Miller, a junior from Dillion, Mont. is making his second trip to the CNFR in Saddle Bronc Riding after finishing the 2015 season ranked second in the Great Plains Region.
Blake Dunsmore, a junior from Forrest Lake, Minn., is first-time CNFR qualifier and 2015 Great Plains Region Champion Bull Rider.
Ryan Knutson, a sophomore from Toronto, SD, is also a first-time CNFR qualifier after finishing the 2015 season as the third-ranked Bull Rider in the Great Plains Region.
Trey Richter qualified for the CNFR for the second time. The sophomore from Quinn, S.D., claimed the Great Plains Region Team Roping Heeling Champion title in both 2014 and 2015.
Marshal Peterson, Ashland, Neb., is a senior and second-time CNFR qualifier. Peterson holds Great Plains Region Tie Down Championship titles from both 2015 and 2013.
Calder Johnston, a senior from Elm Springs, S.D., is a three-time CNFR qualifier in Steer Wrestling and Tie Down Roping in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Johnston was second in the All Around and third in Tie Down Roping in the Great Plains Region in 2015.
Hope Petry, sophomore from Hudson, Iowa, is a two-time CNFR qualifier in Breakaway Roping and 2015 Great Plains Region Breakaway Roping Champion.
Haley Brown, Ponca, Neb., is a senior qualifying for the CNFR for the first time in Breakaway Roping. She claimed third place in the Great Plains Region in Breakaway Roping in 2015.
Tarin Hupp, a junior from Huron, S.D. is making her third trip to the CNFR in Goat Tying. Hupp is the 2015 Great Plains Region Goat Tying Reserve Champion and the 2014 Regional Champion.
“I am very proud of the SDSU Rodeo Team and our Rodeo Club,” says Ron Skovly, SDSU Rodeo Team Coach. “The Men’s Team won six of the 10 regional rodeos, while the Women’s Team finished third in the region out of 10 teams. I know our qualifiers will all do a great job of representing SDSU Rodeo in Casper this year.”
Participants representing 150 different universities will be competing at the CNFR. SDSU has had 65 team members qualify for the CNFR during the past six years.