Dunn opens rodeo season

Posted 10/6/20

Lyndie Dunn came close to reaching the short round in her first rodeo of the college season. The Madisonville High School graduate competes in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping for Western Texas College.

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Dunn opens rodeo season

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Lyndie Dunn came close to reaching the short round in her first rodeo of the college season. The Madisonville High School graduate competes in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping for Western Texas College.

"I like all my events pretty equally," said the sophomore. "There are days I do better in one than another."

She is among four women to represent the team for points, according to head rodeo coach Greg Rhodes.

In the season opener, it took a time of 16.42 seconds to advance to the short round in barrel racing, he said. The Midway resident, who has been competing in barrel racing since the eighth grade, had 16.44.

"She's got a really strong barrel horse," said Rhodes, noting that the barrel racing event is her strength.

Rhodes said health problems last year with her barrel horse affected her performance, so he expects better results in the event this year.

Goat tying, which Dunn said she has been doing since before the sixth grade, is her next best event, according to the coach. But "she's having a little health issue with her goat horse," said Rhodes.

For the breakaway roping, she is riding a horse that is competing in the event for the first time. "I'm riding a young horse," said Dunn. "I've been having to take him and get him finished.

"My roping has improved a lot. I practice to try to be a 1.9 (seconds) in roping."

She also said her mental preparation is better.

"I know what I have to do,” said Dunn. “I get (to the venue) on my own. I get everything ready. It’s more being mentally prepared before my run."

Although Dunn will have enough credits to graduate in December, she isn't sure she will do that. She is considering attending Tarleton State University or Texas A&M University and joining the rodeo program.

However, she risks losing all of her fall rodeo points if, in the spring, she attends a school whose rodeo team competes in another region.

Men's rodeo

Former Mustangs Colby Lovell and Paul Eaves won the team roping average at the West Texas Fair & Rodeo, each collecting $2,672, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. They placed fourth in the second round to earn $860 and sixth in the first round to earn $307.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com

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