Five Olds College students have qualified for the upcoming Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA) Finals Rodeo.
The Olds College Rodeo Team members that are going to the finals this weekend in Calgary include J.B. Moen – bull riding; Asa Johnson – team roping heeler; Jaydon Smith – saddle bronc; Lausanne Hillmuth – goat tying; and Martina Holtkamp – goat tying.
Moen and Johnson both finished as season leaders in their respective events.
The Olds team club had a renewed energy this year under first year rodeo coach Jason Page, who has set out a plan to increase the awareness of the college rodeo program and the number of students who are involved in rodeo. There was increased attendance at all three rodeos hosted at the college this year.
“Rodeo is a hard sport to learn, and planning rodeos and events was a new experience for many of the team members,” Page said in a release. “The dedication that our team members showed throughout the year should be commended. I look forward to seeing these young cowboys and cowgirls continue with the sport, and the success that they will have going forward.”
The CIRA Finals are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 30, 31 and April 1 at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary.