The Panola College Ponies Rodeo Team finished regular season action at Wharton, Texas on April 20th and the 21st. Here are some of the great things that happen:
Travis Chapman, sophomore from Woodville, won the Bareback Riding with a great ride and a score of 79 points. The win was just icing on the cake for the Panola team because Travis had already secured his spot at the CNFR in June. Travis will be competing at the CNFR for his first time. Chapman plans on a degree in Petroleum Technologies and a second degree in INE. “The great news for me here as his coach is that with him obtaining two degrees I will get him back another year. Travis has really matured as a great young man, but also a great asset to our team. I am excited about the CNFR for Travis, but I am also excited about having him return next year more experienced and more matured.” Say’s Coach Collins.
Koby Radley, freshman Bull Rider, has been keyed in all year long. Koby won the Bull Riding with a 78-point ride. Koby’s win helped him to not only qualify for his first CNFR, but helped him win the Southern Region Championship in his event. Koby is extremely talented and has a great desire to become a National Champion. “I think Koby is a very strong contender for the National Championship this year, not to mention in the years to come. He has a great future in the sport of Rodeo and is sure somebody you will be hearing a lot more of. He has that old cowboy grit you want to see in your athletes, I can always count on Koby to give 100% effort every time no matter the conditions.” Say’s Coach Collins.
Campbell Grover, freshman from Purvis, MS., was right on track in her event of the Barrel Racing. Campbell’s time of 16.02 was fast enough to win 4th place at the rodeo. Coach Collins said” Campbell always takes care of the little things from school to rodeo, she is always on time always there and always gives me her best effort. Campbell is on a fairly young horse and has her competing with the big dogs, I can’t wait for next year to see how these two mature. I can count on Campbell to do anything I ask; she is the most disciplined athlete I have had come through this program, with her hard work and determination next season there is no doubt she will be at the CNFR. Watch out for this cowgirl!”
Team Ropers, Koby Radley and Zae Lewis, was fast enough with a time of 9.1 seconds to win the 4th place spot. The team has not been roping together very long, just a few weeks and have already began to click with each other. Koby’s main event is the Bull Riding, while Zae has been roping with a lot of different partners. The team started practicing together a few weeks ago and since have been really getting along really well in the arena. Both Radley and Lewis will return next year and hopefully pick up where they left off. Koby is getting his degree in Ranch and Land Management, while Zae is working on an Associates in Welding. Two great kids with a bright future.
The Panola College Ponies will be well represented at the CNFR this June thanks to the following athletes; Logan Cook won the men’s All-Around Southern Championship and Reserve Championship in the Saddle Bronc Riding. He will compete for us in both the Tie Down Roping and the Saddle Bronc Riding.
Travis Chapman won the Reserve Southern Region Championship in the Bareback Riding and will be competing in Casper.
Koby Radley won the Southern Region Championship in the Bull Riding and will move on to the finals as well.
The College National Finals will be hosted in Casper, WY., June 10-16. We will keep you posted on the results and air times for anyone who wants to watch.