N. Arkansas College Cowboy Qualifies for College National Finals Rodeo


Story by:Guest Contributor

First posted on 06-04-2007

Every College Cowboy’s goal is to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). “There is no better way for an institution to receive national recognition than to have their athletic programs compete for National Titles,” states Coach Sullivan. North Arkansas College Calf-Roper, Payden Emmett (Ponca, Arkansas) will be doing just that on June 8th thru 16th. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m., including the Saturday Championship Round. Slack will be held on Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 a.m, with a special ‘Bulls N Broncs Only’ on Sunday June 10th, at 4:00 p.m. The Saturday championship round for 2007 will be televised on the College Sports TV network. Check your local listings for times.

College cowboys and cowgirls from eleven different regions in the United States and four Canadian Provinces enter the CNFR arena in an effort to win national titles. This will be the 59th year for this event as the first was held in 1949 at the famed Cow Palace in San Francisco, California.

Payden Emmett has been successful in the sport of rodeo at the amateur, high school, semi professional and professional levels. He is the perfect example of why post secondary level institutions should offer the opportunity for students to compete in the sport. “There is no doubt in my mind that this young man could have gone anywhere in this nation, to any other college with a rodeo team, on a full scholarship,” comments Sullivan, “I am very pleased he decided to stay here in his state, close to his home town, and represent North Arkansas College.” We have been truly blessed to finish in the top ten of this region the first two years of being a membership institution, and it is a great honor to have the opportunity to represent North Arkansas College and our community at the CNFR. Payden Emmett has worked very hard for this opportunity and in my opinion is a perfect example of why we need our College Rodeo Teams.”

The North Ark Rodeo Booster is helping to raise funds for these students for scholarships, travel, lodging, and practice opportunities and they are welcoming members. Contact coach Sullivan for information about how to help him and the Booster Club continue this success.

Find out more:  http://www.northark.edu/academics/clubs/rodeo/index.htm