UTM RODEO STARTS SEASON WITH VISIT TO MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE THIS WEEKEND
September 20, 2016
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rodeo program opens its 2016-17 slate this weekend when it travels to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. The rodeo will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24.
The opener at Missouri Valley College is one of nine regular-season rodeos for the team this season, including the 49th annual UT Martin Spring College Rodeo on April 6-8, 2017.
The UT Martin men’s team will look to qualify for its 44th consecutive trip to the College National Finals Rodeo under the direction of head coach John Luthi. The veteran coach enters his 20th year at UT Martin after overseeing another Ozark Region championship last season – the 14th of his illustrious tenure.
In addition to the Ozark Region title, the UT Martin men’s squad finished 14th nationally after picking up wins in exactly half of its 10 regular-season rodeos last year. The men’s team returns eight cowboys (including 2016 CNFR participant Douglas Rich) and welcomes in eight newcomers in 2016-17.
The UT Martin women’s team boasts a wealth of experience this season, as it returns 20 cowgirls from 2015-16. Three-time CNFR participant Nealey Dalton is the top returner for a team who placed in the top-five in six of its nine rodeos last season – including a victory at East Mississippi Community College. The women’s team will also look for contributions from nine newcomers this season.