Dakota Rasberry of West Texas College gets his hand stuck after being thrown from his bull at the College Daze Rodeo on Thursday at ENMU’s Lewis Cooper Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)
By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer
PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman Cole Jackson stands tall next to his horse “Shaq” after his steer wrestling run.
During his run, Jackson flew off his horse, grabbed hold of the steer’s horns in one fluid motion, and tossed it to the ground.
Jackson’s time of 6.6 seconds was good for third Thursday during the first of three nights of action in the 2006 College Daze Rodeo at Lewis Cooper Arena.
“The steer ran hard,” Jackson said. “When I went to throw him, he took it really well.”
Jackson, who has competed in rodeos since his sophomore year in high school at Animas, was the state champion for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association last year.
Jackson will also perform in team roping and bull riding competitions.
Starting at 16, Jackson is a relative newcomer to rodeo.
ENMU senior Lynde May of Portales remembers the rodeo becoming apart of her life at 5.
On Thursday she competed in the breakaway roping event and earned a time of 6.6 seconds. May was not too proud of her score and said she hopes to pull it up before the close of the weekend.
Tarleton State senior breakaway roper Neeley Armes said she’s been around the rodeo arena since she was 6.
“It’s just our way of life,” Armes said. “It’s our love and our hobby.”
The rodeo continues at 7 p.m. today