Writer: Melisa P. Danho
Calf roping prizes often vary, but a former New Mexico State University rodeo team member was able to cash in by winning first place in the roping contest at the Frank DuBois Bronc Riding & Calf Roping event held April 15.
J.P. Etcheverry was last with NMSU's rodeo team in 2005 but has maintained his skills and was able to show them off in the contest. The annual competition was hosted by NMSU Rodeo at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.
Those entering the contest went through various elimination rounds with the winners of each round continuing to compete. The top four bronc riders competed in a fast-paced "shoot out" round with Darrell Triplett of Waterflow, N.M., coming out on top.
Various cash prizes and buckles were awarded at the annual event which allows entrants to engage in a quick fire type of competition.
The event is named for Frank A. DuBois of Corona, N.M., who worked as director of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture and participated in competitions for many years winning four saddles, six buckles and a hay barn along the way.
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