Rustlers lead the way at CNCFRLee MacMillan is the king of understatements.
“It was a pretty good year,” said MacMillan.
The coach of the rodeo team and manager of equine and rodeo operations at Lakeland College was chatting Monday morning about the team’s results at the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo (CNCFR) March 29-31 as well as the results for the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA) season.
The numbers show that the team had a spectacular year as 21 student-athletes qualified for the CNCFR and four of them won championships. There were five regular season leaders, plus Pete Lowry (agribusiness) won the Cowboy of the Year award and Holly Schuk (bachelor of applied science: environmental management) received the Cowgirl of the Year and High Point Cowgirl awards. Holly was profiled in the Edmonton Journal on Sunday and the story was also picked up by Vancouver Sun.
In Edmonton Saturday night, Brendan Laye (carpenter) won the steer wrestling title, Cody Braaten (office administration) took the tie down roping championship, and the team roping title went to Tyler Davis (animal science technology) and Malorie Guenther (agribusiness). Lakeland students were second in four events at the finals.
Lakeland was very involved in hosting the CNCFR and MacMillan says they were happy that many Lakeland students and staff journeyed to Edmonton for the finals. More than 7,000 fans took in the performances over the three days.
There’s only one event left for the Rodeo Team this season, and that’s the Awards Banquet April 11 at Spurs on the Vermilion campus.