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Miami, Oklahoma — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Rodeo has three team members headed to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. The CNFR will be held June 9-15, 2024.

Emma Ricke, NEO sophomore in business communications from Lawton, IA, finished third in the Central Plain Region in barrel racing. This will be her second trip to Casper to compete at the CNFR.

Zane Kilgus, a fourth-year student in the bachelor’s Pathways program majoring in agricultual business at Missouri State, has had a successful four years as a member of the NEO Rodeo team. Originally from Watsontown, PA, Kilgus received the title of Central Plains Region Champion in the tie down roping and team roping heading, as well as the All-Around Champion title. This year will be his fourth year qualifying for the CNFR.

Blake Tatham, NEO sophomore from Adair, OK majoring in agricultural business, finished the year out as the number three calf roper in the Central Plains Region. He will be headed to Casper to compete in tie down roping.

“Overall, the NEO Rodeo team has had a successful year. The men’s team ended up third in the region, while the women’s team finished fourth,” said NEO Rodeo assistant coach Addee Carder. “We are excited to see what these three individuals do at the College National Finals Rodeo.”

For more information, contact NEO Rodeo head coach Kolby Ungeheuer at Kolby.ungeheuer@neo.edu or 918-540-6480.

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