The Feather River College rodeo team raked in the wins March 1 – 2 at the West Coast regional rodeo at Cal Poly Pomona. The team ended up winning six out of the nine listed events.
Both the men’s and women’s team made history in the West Coast Region by placing first. This was the first time a junior college won both the men’s and women’s divisions since the University of Nevada Las Vegas moved into the region in 1996.
Feather River’s rodeo team coach, Jesse Segura, credits the difference this year to the level of dedication the women on his team have.
“Our men’s teams have won in the past,” said Segura, “but our women’s teams have often had trouble. Some of these bigger schools we go up against have really strong teams, so it’s hard for a junior college to beat them.”
FRC competed against several larger schools, including UNLV, Cal Poly and Fresno State. Segura went on to explain the amount of dedication the members of his team have.
“They’ve all been practicing and working really hard,” said Segura. “Also, as a team, they’ve learned how to work together very well.”
Feather River has 25 women and 35 men on its team: a sizable number for a junior college. Though the whole team wasn’t able to make it to the Pomona rodeo, the members that did excelled remarkably.
Kayla Norcutt took the women’s all-around gold. Norcutt also placed third in both breakaway roping and goat tying. Bailey Bidwell placed first in goat tying.
In the men’s all-around, Chant DeForest took silver and Dane Browning placed third. Deforest came in first in tie-down roping and Browning second.
Lucas White placed first in saddle-bronc riding and Telden McLain placed second. Grant Denny placed first in bareback riding while Blaine Davies placed third. Dylan Vick-Hice took the bull-riding category and Joshua Garner took the steer wrestling.
Feather River’s rodeo team has attended fewer events this year, partly due to the economy. One very anticipated event the team has planned is the return of the local rodeo to the Plumas-Sierra County Fair this summer.