Trappers finish fall 2020 rodeo season

Posted 10/15/20

Just a few months ago, so much seemed uncertain for Northwest College rodeo. The program was unsure it would have a fall season because of COVID-19.

Despite this previous uncertainty, the …

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Trappers finish fall 2020 rodeo season

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Just a few months ago, so much seemed uncertain for Northwest College rodeo. The program was unsure it would have a fall season because of COVID-19.

Despite this previous uncertainty, the Trappers recently completed their 2020 fall campaign, and the results exceeded head coach Del Nose’s expectations.

“I’m pretty tickled about it,” Nose said. “We really got it set up where we can be competitive again in the spring.”

NWC competed in four different rodeos between Sept. 11 to Oct. 3, with the season kicking off at the Trapper Stampede Rodeo in Cody. The highlight of the season came in the team’s second event, when Northwest finished first place in the University of Montana-Western Rodeo in Dillon.

Most recently, the Trappers wrapped up the season in Havre at the MSU Northern Rodeo, where they finished third as a team in the men’s division.

With four rodeos now under the riders’ belts, they have experience before the spring season picks up and NWC attempts to make the College National Finals Rodeo.

“It’s huge,” Nose said. “We have a lot of freshmen who were coming out of high school, and it’s a whole new learning curve here. They’re coming around and have really picked up on it.”

After this strong fall showing, the Trappers sit in third place in the men’s team standings and fifth in the women’s standings.

Individually, Bruin Bradshaw is second in the men’s all-around at 637 points. He’s also third in bareback riding and fourth in bull riding. On the women’s side, Hailey Davis has been one of the best riders, sitting at 11th overall in breakaway roping.

Not only did the Trappers have the chance to compete amid a global pandemic, they also excelled while gaining these valuable reps. Nose is confident the four rodeos have prepped the team well as it prepares to compete for the CNFR.

“We’re kind of starting to build a foundation,” Nose said. “With a little TLC and hard work, we can definitely make it to the finals.”

NWC will resume practice in February with spring rodeos set to begin soon after. Before then, the focus is on the riders succeeding in the classroom while also staying physically fit.

“We gotta stay focused,” Nose said. “ They’ve gotta get to the gym and stay in shape, then we should be ready.”

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