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McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

(October 26, 2016) Three McNeese State University rodeo members – Leander Frey, Kent Richard and Edward Lee Kinney (posthumously) - have been selected for induction into the McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Leander Frey
The induction ceremony and reception for the recipients and their families and friends was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Chalkley Room at Burton Coliseum – home to the Hall of Fame. The honorees were introduced that night during the 62nd McNeese Rodeo that begins at 7 p.m. in the Burton Complex Outdoor Arena.
           
Frey (right), of Goldthwaite, Texas, won competitions in both bull riding and saddle bronc riding. In 1970 and 1973, he was the bull riding champion in the Southern Region, and in 1973, he was also reserve champion in saddle bronc riding. At the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association finals, he placed second in bull riding in 1970 and fourth in the same category in 1973.
           
Richard (left), ofKent Richard Dayton, Texas, won competitions in both bull riding and bareback riding. He was the 1985 Southern Region champion in bareback riding, bull riding and in all-around and the 1986 Southern Region champion in bareback riding. He was the NIRA all-around champion in 1985. He has been inducted into the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Hall of Fame and into the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame.
           
Kinney, of Carlyss, was a successful stock contractor and founder of the Kinney Brothers Rodeo. In 1950, he was named the first Louisiana High School Rodeo Association All-around Cowboy and he was also inducted into the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame.

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.