Alumni and Friends Back on Campus for Inaugural Versatility Horse Show and Rodeo

After more than 10 months in planning the Connors State College Alumni and Friends Versatility Ranch Horse Show and Timed Event Rodeo proved to be a successful event Saturday, November 17 at the Warner Rodeo Arena, according to rodeo coach Jake Lawson.

The event, held in partnership with Nutrena, drew more than 130 participants for the horse show and rodeo event which featured breakaway roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and team roping. According the Lawson, the events also drew more than 200 spectators.

“This was the first time we had the event,” said Lawson. “This wasn’t a fundraiser, it was a marketing, exposure and community service event.”

“We wanted to increase the visibility of our program on campus and to help reconnect with our alumni involved in our program again,” Lawson continued. “We also wanted to get some of the folks in our area involved… we do a big fundraiser in the spring and wanted to get them involved and back on our campus.”

Lawson said he was happy with the response of the event. “Everybody had a great time and we feel it was very successful,” said Lawson. “This is an event which should be able to grow. We are now starting to get ready for next year’s event.”

Maryann Willoughby conducted a clinic for all the competitors in the horse show competition. The show was made up of two classes, ranch riding and trail, and working ranch horse.

Prizes for the show included monogrammed winter blankets and hay bags, while winners in the timed event competition received tooled rope cans, monogrammed rope bags and saddle blankets.