Stephen Culling is on a roll this fall. The sophomore from British Columbia, Canada has placed at three of the four college rodeos and won two of those. His first win came at SEOSU in Durant and his second win was last weekend at the college rodeo hosted by NWOSU in Alva. Culling won second in the first round with a time of 4.6 seconds. He bettered his time to a 4.4 second run in the short-round to capture the win in the round and the average. Culling’s outstanding performances this fall have moved him to number one in the College National Rodeo Standings.
Four other WOSC men qualified for the short-round at the NWOSU Rodeo. Oklahoma sophomore, Kelby Chase was one of only five bull riders to cover his first round bull. His score of 66 points placed fifth in the round. Unfortunately, he failed to ride his second bull.
Freshman, Kolton Schmidt, from Alberta, Canada tied his first round calf in a quick 8.9 seconds in the tie down roping. Unfortunately he took a no-time in the short round.
In the team roping, Caleb Neill from Tennessee qualified for his first college rodeo short-round heading for his partner, WOSC teammate Laine Herl. The team had an 8.1 second time in the first round, which tied for fifth in the round. However, in the short-round, Herl’s heel loop came-up short.
For the women, Gaileen Babcock, from British Columbia, Canada qualified for her first short-round as well. Babcock placed in the middle of the pack in the first round of barrel racing. Her quick time of 13.39 seconds in the short round placed fourth in the round and moved her to fourth in the average as well.
Dana Spitzke also had a good weekend, qualifying for the short-round in both the breakaway roping and the goat tying. She was a quick 2.7 seconds in the first round of the breakaway roping, but she missed her short-round calf. However, Spitzke redeemed herself in the goat tying. She tied her first goat in 7.5 seconds, and her short-round goat in a speedy 6.8 seconds, the second fastest time of the weekend. Her performance on two head placed her third overall. The talented freshman from Alberta has been very consistent this year in the goat tying, placing in three of the four rodeos to date. Presently, she sits in third place in the Regional Standings.
Lastly, Cheyenne Budvarson also qualified for the short round. Her time of 2.5 seconds in the first round of the breakaway roping tied for third in the round. However, she failed to connect in the short-round.
The WOSC Rodeo Team will have a break from the rodeo arena for a few months. The next college rodeo is hosted by Kansas State University in February.