One More Chance

By: Samantha Smith This year has proved to be my hardest year yet competing in college rodeo. Throughout my years of school, I have been fairly successful in rodeo, but this year has been different. As a freshman, things seemed to come extremely easy for me. At my very first college rodeo I made the short round of competition which is something many people never get to experience. I then went on to win a college rodeo that year and compete in several other short rounds. Fast-forward to sophomore year, I…

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Snyder Short Round

By: Samantha Smith Last weekend the ENMU Rodeo Team attended their eighth rodeo of the season and third rodeo of the spring semester at Western Texas College in Snyder, TX. After a less than great performance at the Ranger College Rodeo in Brownwood, TX two weekends ago, both the women’s and men’s teams bounced back strong, qualifying 12 team members to the short round of competition. The women’s team had a strong performance, with eight girls qualifying for the short round in three events. ENMU Rodeo has a well-known reputation…

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“So do you ride bulls?” Struggles of a Rodeo Athlete

By: Samantha Smith People always ask me, “What it’s like to college rodeo? How do you prepare? Does the school supply your horses or do you have your own? Is rodeo expensive?” Truth is, though it is the most decorated sports team at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), not many people even know we have a rodeo team. Because of this, I’ve taken it upon myself to help educate those who honestly have no idea (shoutout to the kid that didn’t believe I was a cowgirl because I, “didn’t look the part,” since…

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Presnell Proclaims Championship at ENMU Timed Event Challenge

By: Samantha Smith Each year ENMU Rodeo hosts a timed event challenge where high school students, college students, and ENMU alumni are able to compete. Coach Albert Flinn is the mastermind behind this event, allowing college competitors to make competitive runs during a break between spring rodeos while also allowing high school students to showcase themselves. Alumni are also able to attend the event and see if they still have the talent to compete against some of the region’s most talented athletes. This year’s timed event challenge, on Saturday, March 4th, consisted of many competitors – some old, some new,…

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Follow Up – Still Learning

By: Samantha Smith   In one of my more recent articles, I talked about what it felt like to learn how to win again. Now, weeks later, I’m still trying to tackle the concept. You don’t realize what you’re missing until it’s gone, or in this case until it comes into your life. When I count my blessings, I count my mare, Deana, twice. If you didn’t read the post before this, I recently bought a new barrel racing horse and entered my first professional rodeo on her. We made…

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Learning How to Win Again

By: Samantha Smith  “You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.” –Pat Riley First thing first, my name is Samantha Smith, I am from Rimbey, Alberta, Canada, and I am here at ENMU on a rodeo-scholarship. Both my freshman and sophomore years I was lucky enough to have success in the rodeo arena at college rodeos and other events. However, with some success I also found my fair share of failure. Over the winter…

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A Day in My Life

My name is Samantha “Sam” Smith, I am from Rimbey, Alberta, Canada, and I am a junior at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). People often ask what made me choose to come to Portales, NM of all places for school and to put it quite simply, I am here to college rodeo. When Coach Flinn called in the middle of December my senior year of high school asking if he could convince me to consider coming to Eastern, all I had to do was look at the snow drift outside…

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“Gray”Hound Leading ENMU Women’s Rodeo to Victory.

By: Samantha Smith Last weekend, Tierra Gray led the ENMU Women’s rodeo team to a victory at the annual Vernon College Rodeo. Gray, a senior from Lovington, won the all-around cowgirl title after placing second in the barrel racing and first in the breakaway roping events. Tierra and her older sister, TiAda, are known as, “The Gray Girls” throughout New Mexico and Texas for their competitive barrel racing and roping skills. Both girls decided to pursue their education at ENMU after high school, following the footsteps of their mother, Pat,…

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