Over 3,997,732 readers this year!

Cowboys ranked first in nation after fall rodeo sweep; T-bird men second in region

Donny Proffit added 240 points in bareback and bull riding at the Chadron State College rodeo (Chuck Coon, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Cowboys rodeo team swept all five rodeos of the fall slate and are ranked first nationally, leading by over 1,200 points.

Meanwhile, the Casper College Thunderbird men’s rodeo team will head to the spring round ranked second in the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR), and seventh nationally. The T-bird women are ranked second in the region.

The Cowboys scored 865 points or better each weekend, including a school-record 965 earlier in the year, UW announced Monday.

UW’s Garrett Uptain is ranked first nationally in both saddle bronc and bull riding. Donny Proffit and Brice Patterson, respectively, are ranked first and second nationally in bareback. The UW men lead four of the six individual CRMR events.  

CNFR winners Kellan and Carson Johnson continue to lead the region in team roping.

The Cowgirls, three-time defending CRMR champions, rebounded from a tough rodeo two weeks ago to place third at last weekend’s Lamar Community College rodeo with 195 points, moving into sole possession of third place in the region, UW said.

Uptain led the charge at Lamar, winning in bull riding and also finishing second in saddle bronc riding to pad his all-around lead. Other highlights from Lamar, as reported by the University of Wyoming, are as follows:

  • Chadron Coffield, of Yuma, Colorado, picked up a pair of second-place finishes in both tie down roping and steer wrestling. He is the regional calf roping leader
  • Brice Patterson, from Bozeman, Montana, had a perfect two bareback riding rounds, posting the top marks in both the short and long go rounds to win the average
  • Donny Proffit, from Kemmerer, was the bareback riding runner-up at Lamar. He is the regional leader in the event, while Patterson is second
  • Points team member Austin Hurlburt, from Norfolk, Nebraska, is second in the regional steer wrestling competition