(September 16, 2015) Six McNeese State University rodeo team members were recntly honored at a Rodeo Awards Banquet for their accomplishments at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo.
Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, won the national All-around Cowgirl Championship and the National Reserve Championship in goat tying; Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., won the National Reserve Championship in tie down roping; Trace Porter, Leesville, won the National Reserve Championship in team roper heeler; and the women’s team - which also included McKenzie Cooper, DeQuincy, Lauren Hansen, Sulphur, and Paige Plush Abernathy, Merryville -
captured the National Women’s Reserve Championship.
Rodeo coach is Justin Browning. William J. Doré Sr., one of the founding members of the Golden Saddle Club, sponsored the banquet and awards. The proud tradition of McNeese rodeo began in 1947 and McNeese is currently the only intercollegiate rodeo team in Louisiana. On hand for presentations were from left: Browning, Porter, Abernathy, Plush Abernathy, Smith, Hansen, Cooper, Doré Sr. and McNeese President Philip Williams.