Rodeo Team Kicks off Season

Rodeo Team Kicks off Season
HATTIESBURG, MS - The Rodeo team kicked off their season this weekend in Hattiesburg, MS for the Pearl River Community College Rodeo.  Madison Steele was the only person to make the short go this week with a 3.5 second run in the Breakaway Roping competition, which was good enough for a 7th, 8th, and 9th place split in the long go competition.  Madison performed well in the short round, winning second in the short go and second in the average making her the reserve champion of the PRCC college rodeo this weekend and earning her 100 points thus jumping her up to 2nd in the Ozark Region in the Breakaway Roping competition.  There is still a long season in front of us and it's a marathon not a sprint but Madison has gotten off to a great start in the breakaway and when she steps up her other three events, I look for her to be a deadly threat in all the events she competes in. 
The Bull riders had a good showing as far as riding well, but in bull riding you sometimes can have a great ride going and still get thrown off.  Joe Phillips, Christian Cox, and Dalton Mann all rode really good the bulls were just a little better this weekend.  They drew really tough bulls and started them very well but the bulls just got the better of them this weekend.  I look for big things out of this crew this year.
All the others on the team had a decent weekend but did not get the short round made this weekend.  I think nerves got the best of some of them this weekend and as we move forward they will settle in and do great things. There were also some areas that we were a little weak in and we are going to have to work hard to be able to compete with the others in those events as they just have a little more experience in those areas than our young team but no doubt in my mind with a little hard work we can be hanging rite with them in just a few weeks.  I am excited to get our rodeos started and look forward to competing at Missouri Valley College next week in Marshall MO.  We will be ready to come back strong.
Chad Phipps
Head Rodeo Coach
Three Rivers College