Rodeo team prepares for home competition

The Chadron State College Rodeo team opened its season on Friday at Central Wyoming College, Riverton. The men placed second and the women placed fourth.

Two members of the team placed first in their events. Shelby Winchell, graduate student of Scottsbluff, placed first in goat tying with times of 7.6 seconds and 7.7. Nate McFadden, senior of Dunning, placed first in the bareback competition with scores of 76 and 77.

“I’m really excited for our team this year, we have so much talent,” McFadden said. “I look for Chadron to be in the running for team title at the end of the season.”

McFadden said he injured his wrist last spring and had to have surgery after the last rodeo, so he hasn’t been on a bucking horse since May. However, “It’s my free arm, so riding doesn’t bother me at all, and it felt great this weekend,” McFadden said.

Other standout performances include Lane Day, senior of Bartlett, who took third place in tie down roping, prepared over the summer by going to a few Nebraska state rodeos in the summer to “stay in competition shape.”

“I feel that this is, on paper, potentially one of the best men’s team in Chadron rodeo history,” Day said. “The coaches and Shawn Patras have gone out of their way to see this team prosper.”

Colby Anders, junior of Bayard; Devin Dibbern, freshman of Riverdale, who placed fourth in tie down and eighth in team roping with his brother Colin Dibbern, freshman of Riverdale; and Justin Kissack, junior of Gillette, Wyoming, who placed third in bareback, are also high prospects this season.

“I really started preparing for the season the first few weeks of school by doing numerous workouts and other drills with Coaches Dustin Luper, Wyatt Clark, and my teammate Nate McFadden,” Kissack said. “My goal is to be in the top three at the end of the year and qualify for a trip to the College National Finals next June.”

“I am proud of the way this team competed in its first rodeo of the year,” Coach Dustin Luper said.  “I am looking forward to the rodeo at home this weekend.”

Luper also said that he believes that the teams should “come out on top.”

The next rodeo is held in Chadron at the Fairgrounds this Friday through Sunday. Slack will start at 1 p.m., Friday with a 7 p.m. performance. Slack on Saturday will start at 9 a.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m. Finals will follow at 10 a.m., Sunday.

“I want to invite everyone to come out and support the Eagle Rodeo team this weekend for our hometown rodeo at the fairgrounds., Day said.

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