The college rodeo regular season for the West Coast Region always ends at the South Point Equestrian Center, hosted by the Running Rebels of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). It is a home-arena advantage that the always tough Rebels rarely need. With 14 national titles and countless regional awards, the Rebels are always in the hunt to send both their teams as well as individual athletes to compete on college rodeo’s biggest stage, the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).
With the close of the 2012-2013 season April 26-27, 2013, the Rebels again made good fortune inside the arena, taking three regional championships and numerous reserves. The Lady Rebels claimed the team title, the 14th in the program’s history, led by seniors Kelli Kayser, Bailey Corkill and Olie Fowler, who collected an individual title in the goat tying as well. Junior Tyla Treasure was the runner-up to the women’s all-around title.
On the men’s side, senior Tyler Mitchell claimed the steer wrestling championship along with a reserve in the all-around, helping the men’s team finish as reserve champions in the region. Seniors Corey Rogers, Christian Radabaugh, and Zack Brown joined sophomore Fabian Scotto on the team, all clinching berths at the CNFR.
The 65th CNFR will be held in Casper, Wyoming for the 15th year. Action begins June 9-15, 2013. Las Vegas Rodeo Examiner will provide profiles of each UNLV athlete making the CNFR along with coverage from the event.
Regional Champ Tyler Mitchell
Senior Mitchell caps off his best year with a regional title in the steer wrestling and a reserve finish in the all-around. The Napa, California native is a communications major who has three CNFR qualifications to his credit.
In 2013 Mitchell will compete in both the steer wrestling and the saddle bronc riding in Casper. During the regular season, the talented cowboy also competes in the tie down roping and team roping.
During the Regional Finals, Mitchell earned two reserve all-arounds after winning the saddle broncs on Saturday and placing in both rounds of the steer wrestling.
Fellow senior Brown is making his second straight trip to Casper in the bareback riding after claiming the regional title in 2012. This season he finished fourth in a tight title race.
The business major calls Red Bluff, California home and also competes in the saddle bronc and steer wrestling. He clinched his Casper trip by winning the opening day of the Regional Finals and finishing with a fourth during day two.
Another two-event cowboy in Casper for the Rebels is senior Christian Radabaugh. Making his second CNFR appearance, the business major will compete in both the steer wrestling and team roping with sophomore Fabian Scotto.
The team made a huge move at the West Coast Regional Finals, winning second on Friday and first on Saturday to climb to third in the final regional standings.Scotto, an electrical engineering major, heads for the Radabaugh. Both cowboys come from Oregon.
Radabaugh shined at the Regional Finals, taking fourth and third in the steer wrestling as well.
Corey Rogers is a timed-event specialist who has two appearances at the CNFR already. He will compete this year in both the steer wrestling and team roping.
The Rupert, Idaho native competes in the tie down roping as well during the season. A business major, Rogers roped with Haley Pennington of Lassen College during the regular season.
Junior Treasure capped an impressive season with a reserve title in the all-around by a mere 19.73 points. The civil engineering major competes in all the events open to the ladies: breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and team roping.
In her third CNFR this year, Treasure will compete in the barrel race and goat tying. She finished fourth at the 2012 CNFR in the barrels.
One of the Rebel’s most decorated team members, Bailey Corkill makes her fourth consecutive trip to the CNFR in 2013. The Fallon, Nevada native has a pair of regional all-around titles; she finished third in the category in 2013.
Corkill will compete in the team roping in 2013 with partner Trevor Carrasco of the University of Nevada-Reno. A criminal justice major, Corkill competes in the breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing as well as team roping during the regular season.
Senior Olie Fowler claimed her first regional title in the goat tying in 2013. The Fallon, Nevada native will make her third trip to Casper.
An accounting major, Fowler also competes in the breakaway roping and team roping during the regular season.
Senior Kelli Kayser will make her second CNFR appearance in the breakaway roping this year. The criminal justice major was the highest ranked Rebel amongst the breakaway ropers in the region.
One of several Oregon transplants, Kayser won the second day of the West Coast Regional Championships to clinch her qualification to college rodeo’s biggest stage.