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NMSU Rodeo wins Southern New Mexico State Fair competition

The New Mexico State University women's rodeo team won the Sept. 29 and 30 rodeo at the Southern New Mexico State Fair with 383 points, while the men's team took second place with 740 points. NMSU team members Daniel Etsitty and Jonna Bizzell also took home the titles of Best All-Around Participant in the men's and women's competitions.

Carleigh Marr of the New Mexico State University women's rodeo team competes in the Breakaway category at the Southern New Mexico State Fair on Sept. 30. The women's team went on to win first place, while the men's team took second. (Courtesy Photo by Tim Queen)

Out of nine competitive categories NMSU's Rodeo team took the win in Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bareback, Barrels and Tie-Down Roping.

"The best part about hosting the rodeo this weekend is that both our men's and women's teams really stood out and dominated their events," said Jim Brown, NMSU rodeo head coach.

NMSU's Rodeo is now leading the Grand Canyon Region in rodeo competition after the SNMSF.

"There were a lot of very good college teams that we were up against, but our kids really showed everyone that we are a competitive team with a winning rodeo program," Brown said.

The next NMSU Rodeo event will be Oct. 27 and 28 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.

"We have top competitors here at NMSU and we are continuing to lead the region in points and standing," Brown said. "Our program continues to succeed because of our dedicated student athletes and because of the support of our school and our community."

The categories the men participated in at the SNMSF were Bareback Riding, Tie-Down, Team Roping, Saddlebroncs, Steer Wrestling and Bull Riding. The women used their talents for the Goat Tying, Breakaway and Barrels categories.

The NMSU men's rodeo team competed against Central Arizona College and Cochise College at the fair, while the women faced New Mexico Highlands College, the University of Arizona and Cochise College.