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Northern Lights College Rodeo team holds year-end celebration

Bursaries, awards, and year-end prizes awarded.
NLC awards (2)
Hardware was handed out after some food.

It was a time to lean back in the saddle, and reflect on the rodeo year that was. The NLC Rodeo Team held their wrap up event Thursday evening at Post & Row.

Awards were handed out during the evening, with Lindsey Borek from the NLC Foundation presented two awards from Longhorn Oilfield Services.

These bursary awards went to Bryce Garcia and to Tucker Esau

In 2021/22 season the team end results were evaluated from earning points based on attendance, participation, season placement, CCFR results, and evaluations. From the accumulation of these points over the past season.

NLC was proud to hand out the following year end prizes: 

Most Improved: Justin Harris

This cowboy went from one main rough stock event, to branching out into two other roping events and went on to secured a spot at the CCFR in Tie Down Roping. Way to diversify and develop other skills. Congratulations Justin!

Academic Achievement: Brekan Loewen

This athlete had strong academic determination and perseverance with obtaining his Level 4 in Power Engineering.Congratulations Brekan! 

Sportsmanship: Averee Whitewood

Always a smile on her face and a willingness to help anyone, with anything. While learning a new event this season, she also demonstrated good horsemanship with her horse Fry. Congratulations Averee! 

Team Ambassador: Tucker Esau

This guy is a team motivator and made great connections with other NLC students that don’t come from a rodeo back ground. Tucker takes a leadership role in leading the team into making memories outside of the rodeo arena setting too. Congratulations Tucker!

High Point Cowgirl Buckle: Rachel Moat

This dual credit student was in Foundations Carpentry. She showed amazing dedication to her attendance and participation in that trade program. While she was gaining points in pole bending, it was barrel racing and goat tying that she went on to represent NLC at the CCFR at. Congratulations Rachel on your achievements this year and enjoy your High School Graduation Ceremonies this week and NLC College Graduation next week, impressive for a 17-year-old!

High Point Cowboy Buckle: Ryan Collett

This guy was the busiest NLC Cowboy at the Canadian College Finals. Ryan made the top ten in all three of his events, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping and Steer Wrestling. Ryan completed the Foundations Electrical program and is always very busy with work outside of time he spends in practice and rodeos. Congratulations Ryan on reaching for your goals this year.

We would like to acknowledge those who had wonderful successes at the Canadian College Rodeo Finals 2022 in Brooks, AB

CCFR 2022 Reserve Champions: Tyler Bondaroff and Keaton Collett. Each received a gift card for a brand new pair of boots

Tyler started the Finals off in a three-way tie to win the first round in Goats. She kept the pressure on with another two great runs in the following rounds to earn the CCFR Reserve Championship title in Goat Tying. Way to go Tyler!

In Breakaway Roping, Keaton Collett was one of only three girls to rope all three of her calves, once the averages calculated out, she shared the Reserve Champion title in Breakaway Roping with her cousin. Well done Keaton!

CCFR 2022 Canadian Champions: Kevin White, Bryce Garcia and Aspen Wollen.

A member of the team that is working thru a plumbing apprenticeship, Kevin White, showed a lot of grit and determination as he went from a 6th place in season points to having two solid runs for 2nd in Round One and 1st in Round Two at finals to earn the 2022 Canadian College Championship Steer Wrestling title. Way to go Kevin! Here is a cash prize for your accomplishment.

Overall All-Around Achievement awards went to Bryce Garcia and Aspen Wollen. Each be awarded with certificates for custom made Mastercraft Saddles.

Garcia went into the CCFR in both of his roping events, but it was in the Tie Down Roping that runs consistently came together every time for him. After two solid rounds he won Round 3 roping and tying the last calf in 11seconds for victory lap and a Championship Title. Congratulations to Bryce Garcia, the 2022 Canadian Tie Down Roping Champion and NLC Overall All-Around Cowboy for the 2022 Season!

Aspen Wollen really shone in and out of the arena. She held down a part time job while attending classes in the Social Worker Diploma program. She was the Student Representative and voice for the NLC Rodeo Team athletes on the Canadian College Rodeo Board over the past season.

With her horse Rio, their consistent winning runs earned them the Season Leader Buckle in Pole Bending. At the CCFR they did well the first two rounds and then took the Round 3 with a smoking 20.6 second run and a victory lap and Championship title. Congratulations to Aspen Wollen, the 2022 Canadian College Rodeo Pole Bending Champion and she is the NLC All-Around Cowgirl for the 2022 Season.