This Sunday, the best college rodeo teams in the nation will gather in Casper, Wyo., for the week-long College National Finals Rodeo June 12 – 18.
One of the top schools at the national championships will be the Feather River College men’s team, which again dominated the West Coast Region this year.
|Dustin Moody won the men’s all-around title in the West Coast Region for Feather River College. The FRC rodeo team has eight students at the College National Finals Rodeo this week in Casper, Wyo. Photo by Jack Upton|
After the final regional competition this spring, Feather River finished with 6,716 points in the men’s division, well ahead of second-place Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with 4,446 points, and third-place University Nevada Las Vegas, with 3,551 points.
Six cowboys and two cowgirls will represent FRC at the national finals.
Dustin Moody, who won the men’s all-around title in the West Coast region, finished first overall in the saddle bronc standings and third overall in bareback this season.
Teammate Ethan Lemmons, who finished third in saddle bronc and bull riding, will represent Feather River in both events at the national finals.
Danny Webb earned first place overall for FRC in the bareback standings.
Steer wrestler Riley York (second overall), saddle bronc rider Jeremy Pinheiro (second overall) and team roper Austin Carrasco (third overall) will also represent Feather River at the national finals.
In the women’s regional standings, Bliss Bidwell took first place in goat tying by more than 200 points, and Chelsea Draper claimed the barrel racing reserve title. They will both attend the national finals.
As a team, FRC won the top five spots in saddle bronc this season and had four of the top five bareback riders.
“Our program has grown to where the region is not as much of a concern,” said FRC rodeo coach Jesse Segura. “We’ve solidified our position as the best team in the west. We want some kids to win national.”
Feather River has yet to be a standout on the national stage, but the team seems well positioned this year to make an impact.
“All the kids are riding good,” said Segura. “They were all over the place at pro rodeos last weekend and they’re doing well. Hopefully we can keep it going.”