NMSU women’s rodeo team places seventh at college finals

NMSU rodeo athlete Baylee Johnston dismounts her horse in the goat tying event at the Casa Grande, Arizona, college rodeo.

The NMSU women’s rodeo team placed seventh in the nation at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, in June 2019. This is the first time NMSU recorded a top 10 ranking since 2009. 

Bethanie Shofner, Baylee Johnston, Abbie Shofner, Amy Bowditch, Jayde Wamel and Kaitlyn Harwell represented NMSU. After three great rounds in barrel racing, Wamel earned a spot in the championship round. She won the final and finished fifth in the nation. In the same category, Bowditch placed 16th. 

Harwell and Abbie Shofner also earned spots in the top 20 for breakaway roping. 

Faith Schifani