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Rodeo scholarship recipients benefited during fall semester at NMSU

Half of the New Mexico State University rodeo team benefited from various rodeo scholarships, including the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship this fall. Students from a variety of majors and classifications make up the 40 athletes on scholarship, including 18 new recruits.



Frank DuBois, front row center, is pictured here with the fall rodeo scholarship recipients, front row from left, Sealee Walraven, Amanda Suits, Tori Bilberry, Staci Stanbrough, and, back row from left, JoDan Mirabal, Chad Steele, Jimmy Wayne, Tony Steele, Chance Means, Jonna Bizzell, Dean Daly, Chauncey Kirby, Casey Felton, and Tanner Crofts. (NMSU photo by Jim Brown)

According to Frank DuBois, who helped establish rodeo scholarships at NMSU, a student must meet several standards to receive and maintain a scholarship. Student athletes must keep a 2.5 grade point average, participate in team activities, perform public service functions as delegated by the team's coach, and have proven rodeo skills.

Frank DuBois, front row center, is pictured here with the fall rodeo scholarship recipients"Since I started the scholarship program in the fall of 2001, our men's and women's teams have won seven regional team championships and we've had the national champion heeler," said DuBois, former secretary/director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. "With the high quality of these new recruits, I'm sure we'll continue that winning tradition."

New recruits who received scholarships include, Staci Stanbrough of Capitan, N.M., who received the Charlie Lee Memorial Scholarship; Dean Daly of Belen, N.M., who received the G.B. Oliver Jr. Memorial Scholarship; Brooklyn Chester of Carlsbad, N.M., who received the H.W. Bud Eppers Memorial Scholarship; Jonna Bizzell of Los Lunas, N.M., who received the Pete and Lucy Leach Scholarship; Chance Means of Buckhorn, N.M., who received the Bubba Echols Memorial Scholarship; and Tori Billberry of Elida, N.M., who received the JPL Cattle Co. Scholarship.

Stanbrough and Bilberry are freshman recruits. Stanbrough competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying, while Billberry's events are breakaway roping and goat tying. Stanbrough is a 2006 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) qualifier in breakaway roping. Bilberry is a 2006 New Mexico High School Rodeo Association (NMHSRA) breakaway roping champion and Reserve All-Around Champion. Daly is another freshman recruit. He competes in saddle bronc riding. Stanbrough is an animal and range sciences major, while Daly and Bilberry are both agricultural business majors.

Bizzell, a sophomore competing in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying, is an agricultural business major transfer student from the University of New Mexico in Valenica. Striegel, another sophomore scholarship recipient, is a pre-pharmacy major and 2006 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) qualifier in goat tying.

Rounding out the group of scholarship recipients are junior students Chester, a transfer student from South Plains College in Texas, and Means, a transfer student from Central Arizona College. Chester, who is majoring in agricultural marketing and advertising, competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying. Means is an agricultural business major who competes in calf roping and team roping. Chester is a 2004 NMHSRA champion in goat tying and breakaway roping. Means is a 2006 CNFR champion in team roping.

New recruits receiving the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship this year are Joni Brakebill, of Portales, N.M.; Tanner Crofts of Orderville, Utah; Casey Felton of Fallon, Nev.; Clay Geronimo of Mescalero, N.M.; Chauncey Kirby of Ft. McDowell, Ariz.; JoDan Mirabal of Grants, N.M.; Chad Steele of Alamo, Nev.; Tony Steele of Alamo, Nev.; Amanda Suits of Henderson, Nev.; Sealee Walraven of Waterflow, N.M.; and Jimmy Wayne of Truth or Consequences, N.M.

Brakebill is a freshman majoring in psychology. Her events include team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying. She is the winner of the 4-H goat tying and barrel racing champion title, as well as the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association All-Around Champion.

Crofts is a sophomore majoring in agricultural business. His events include bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. He is a 2006 CNFR qualifier in the bareback riding category.

Another agricultural business major in his sophomore year, Felton is a transfer student from Cochise College. His events are team roping and calf roping. Felton is a 2006 CNFR qualifier in calf roping.

Geronimo is a freshman hotel, restaurant and tourism management (HRTM) major whose events include bareback riding and bull riding. He was a NHSFR qualifier in bareback riding.

Kirby, another freshman, is an agricultural business major who competes in bareback riding and team roping.

Mirabal is an agricultural business major and freshman. He has won multiple championship titles in calf roping and team roping.

Chad and Tony Steele are both sophomore agricultural business major transfers from Cochise College. Their events include team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding. Chad Steele was the 2006 Regional Reserve Men's All-Around Champion, while Tony Steele was a 2006 CNFR qualifier in team roping and steer wrestling.

Suits is a freshman majoring in accounting. She competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying. She was a 2003 NHSFR qualifier.

Walraven, another freshman HRTM major, competes in breakaway roping and barrel racing. She was a 2006 NHSFR qualifier.

Wayne, a freshman, is majoring in industrial engineering. He competes in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping and was a NHSFR qualifier in 2005.

Also receiving a scholarship is a returning rodeo team member, Brittany Striegel of Aztec, N.M. She received the F.F. Chano Montoya Memorial Scholarship. Striegel is a sophomore at NMSU majoring in pre-pharmacy and was a 2006 CNFR qualifier in goat tying.