In early March, Scott Sigfusson predicted Lakeland College’s rodeo team would win a few buckles at the Canadian National College Finals Rodeo in Edmonton. But even he couldn’t believe the success Lakeland’s rodeo team had at the finals in March.
“Our team brought home six titles. I’d say that pretty much everyone competed at their best,” says Sigfusson, who was the high point cowboy at the finals, competing in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.
Lakeland’s Brittany Schuck was named the breakaway roping and the team roping-heeler finals champion, Becky Kendal won goat tying, A. J. Hop claimed the bull-riding title, and Dillon Mulak was the champion in bareback.
Rusty Quam, Lakeland’s rodeo club co-ordinator, was impressed with the team’s effort during the finals.
“There was a lot of pressure going into the last day of the finals, and all of them handled it so well. I was very happy with our results.”
As a co-host of the finals, Lakeland College’s rodeo club members were also busy behind the scenes making sure everything went according to plans. “Things ran fairly smoothly and attendance was excellent for the final performance,” says Sigfusson, who is president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA).
For the second consecutive year, Sigfusson was named Cowboy of the Year, an award that’s voted on by CIRA participants. “That award means a lot to me because it was determined by my peers.”
Quam said Sigfusson deserves the award. “It shows how much people appreciate what he’s done as a contestant and as president of the association. He’s very approachable and he did a great job.”
Lakeland College’s rodeo season will wrap up later this month with a fun rodeo and awards banquet.