Panola College Rodeo team kicks off 2020-21 rodeo season with a victory

Panola College hosted the rodeo September 25-26 at Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, TX.

The Panola College Rodeo team had the home field advantage this weekend as they won both the men’s and women’s championships at the first Southern Region Rodeo of the year.

Panola College hosted the rodeo this past weekend at Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, TX.

The men’s team, the defending National Champions, took the victory and were followed by Wharton County Junior College finishing in second place, Hill College in third, Texas A&M University in fourth, McNeese State University in fifth, Sam Houston State University in sixth, Trinity Valley Community College in seventh, and Southwest Texas Junior College in eighth to finish out the men’s standings.

On the women’s side, Panola took its first victory followed by Hill College in second, McNeese State University in third, Texas A&M University in fourth, Wharton County Junior College in fifth, Southwest Texas Junior College in sixth, Sam Houston State University in seventh, and Texas A&M Commerce in eighth.

Josey Murphy, a freshman from Keatchie, LA, had an amazing weekend to lead the women’s team and wrap up the All-Around Women’s Title with a victory in breakaway roping and a fourth-place finish in the goat tying. She won the breakaway with a sharp 2.2 and was fourth in the goat tying with a 6.9 second run.

Kincade Henry, a freshman from Mount Pleasant, TX, won the tiedown roping with an 8.6 second run. Kolt Dement, another rookie from Rusk, TX, won the bareback riding with an 82-point ride. Freshman, Gauge McBride, from Kearney, NE, split second place with a 77-point ride.

A few season veterans for the Panola Ponies racked up points in other events. Michael Womack was fourth in the saddle bronc. As well as Maison Davis, being a 2.7 in the breakaway placed her seventh for the weekend. Others receiving points in the team roping included rookies Jacques Trahan and Thomas Wallace finishing sixth with an 8.1, Jayden Gould and her partner Colt Leach from Tyler Junior College roped an 8.4 to be seventh, and Trace Clark and Bradford Fisher placed tenth.

The Panola Rodeo team will be back in action this coming weekend, October 2-3, at the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo in Uvalde, TX. Then they will be in Mt. Pleasant at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo October 16-17.