Garden City Community College Rodeo Team’s Challenge

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Garden City Community College Rodeo Team’s Challenge

Emily Glenn

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Head coach, Jim Boy Hash, stated his concern for a relatively small and green team for the 2018-19 school year. In the past twenty years, this is the smallest team he has coached. As the form of scholarships have shifted, it has been a learning experience for the coaches to recruit for the exceptional Garden City Community College Rodeo program. Along with that, comes the shortage of horse stalls at the facility.

“I certainly don’t want to secure too many kids, and not have enough stalls for their horses when they arrive,” stated coach Jim Boy Hash. The program is hoping to expand facilities in the future to overcome this challenge.

Coaches, supporters, and competitors included are all excited to see where they stand among the other colleges as they head out to their first rodeo of the year on Sept. 20 – 22 held at Colby Community College. This year’s rodeo team and their respective events include:

Jada Burgman – Goat Tying/ Breakaway Roping/ Barrel Racing

Christopher Bustos – Saddle Bronc Riding

Caleb Clumsky – Bull Riding

Christopher Dame – Bull Riding

Tyler Erickson – Team Roping

Melissa Flores – Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing

Colter France – Bareback Riding

Richardo Garcia – Team Roping

Crystal Hampton – Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping

Dustin Sanchez – Bull Riding

Blake Starrett – Saddle Bronc Riding

Luke Sullivan – Bull Riding

Bailey Jackson – Student Assistant

Tabitha Weers – Student Assistant

In addition to the learning curve of recruiting, there were also several members who did not return after competing in the previous school year, directly contributing to a smaller team. The only returning sophomores for the year are Jada Burgman and Chris Dame. Despite this slight set back in numbers, they are certainly not overlooked, and the coaches are dedicated to helping them reach their full potential.