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McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Set

McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Set

Three McNeese State University rodeo members - Dr. Nelson Spotts, Donace "Donnie" Matheson and the late Fred "Wayne" Foster - have been selected for induction into the McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Burton Coliseum - home to the Hall of Fame-during the 75th Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo.
    
Prior to the induction ceremony, a reception for the inductees and their families will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Cowboy Room at Cowboy Stadium.
    
The McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame preserves the rich rodeo traditions at McNeese and houses national and regional championship trophies, plaques of Hall of Fame inductees and historic photos. There is an interactive video that provides more information about the Hall of Fame and its members, as well as the history of McNeese rodeo.
    
McNeese rodeo has competed in the Southern Region of the National Collegiate Rodeo Association, which today consists of 12 regions.
    
At McNeese, Spotts, of Jacksonville, Fla., was the national bull riding champion in 1963 at the College National Finals Rodeo and placed in the bull riding finals his freshman year in 1962. He was also the Southern regional bull riding champion for four consecutive years. After two years at McNeese, he transferred to the University of Texas-Pan American where he received his bachelor's degree. He later graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri in 1973. Spotts moved to Jacksonville, eventually opened his own veterinary practice and is now retired after 34 years.
    
A native of Bell City, Matheson qualified for the CNFR in calf roping and steer wrestling in 1962 and in 1963. He is a 1963 McNeese graduate in agriculture and business and was president of Rodeo Club. He is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and competed in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping. In 1978, Matheson became the PRCA Southeastern Circuit Team Roping Champion. He has served as rodeo chairman for the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo.
    
A native of Beeville, Texas, Foster competed in bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling at McNeese. He was a 1963 McNeese graduate in agriculture and business and represented the Rodeo Club as its Student Government Association Senator. At McNeese, Foster was on the 1960 McNeese rodeo team that won second in the Southern Region and fifth at the CNFR. He also competed in the CNFR from 1961-63. He was a member of the Louisiana Rodeo Association and PRCA.