Apaches compete at College National Finals Rodeo


 The Cochise College Rodeo team kicked off their fourth year at Nationals this Sunday, June 11, at the College National Finals Rodeo to represent the Grand Canyon Region.

Almost 400 contestants traveled to Wyoming after qualifying by competing at rodeos in 11 different geographic regions.

In the Cochise College Men’s Rodeo Team, representing the Grand Canyon Region as Champions are Jake Burwash, Ty Everson, Jalen Joaquin, Rio Lee and Wyatt Nez.

On the Women’s Team, also representing the Grand Canyon Region, is Hayley Dalton-Estes.

Each contestant will have three chances in their events to earn a spot among the top 12 that advance to the Championship Finals on Saturday, June 17, where national champions will be crowned.

Bareback riding, bull riding, and breakaway roping were the first competitions to take place on Sunday.

In the first round on Sunday, Ty Everson earned at 6.6 in the steers wrestling competition, Jake Burwash completed the Tie Down Roping in 16 seconds and Hayley Dalton-Estes tied her goat in 6.9 seconds.

In the second round, completed Monday, Cochise College Rodeo scores were as follows: Rio Lee placed 6th in Bareback Riding with a ride of 74.5 points and Jalen Joaquin placed 6th in Saddle Bronc Riding with a ride of 72.5 points.

These results are from Bulls Broncs and Breakaway at the College National Finals Rodeo, June 11, 2017, courtesy of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Complete results are available at www.collegerodeo.com.