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CCPRA awards $5K to TSU Rodeo Scholarships

The Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Association is well known for putting together an award winning professional rodeo, having been honored as one of the PRCA’s Top 5 Medium Sized Rodeos of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Along with dedicating themselves to providing a great rodeo, the CCPRA board members are also very committed to giving back in the form of college scholarships. One part of the scholarship program, since 2013, is the Jeff Sewalt IRON-MAN competition held during Rodeo Heritage Week. The Sewalt is a unique, one day competition where a limited number of teams, made up of 4 players, shoot a round of golf followed by a few rounds of team roping. Winners are presented trophy belt buckles, prize money, and bragging rights for the year. Proceeds from The Sewalt are used for two $2,500 scholarships awarded each year to two Tarleton State University Rodeo Team members. The Sewalt is the namesake of a great friend to so many people in the rodeo world, especially those around the Stephenville area. Jeff would have been so honored to know his good friends are celebrating his memory by swinging clubs, throwing nylons, and having a great time while supporting TSU Rodeo.

This year the recipients of The Sewalt Scholarships are: Wesley Sims and Skyler Maguire. These two TSU Rodeo Team members were selected from a group of rodeo team members to fill out an application, complete the required essay, and participate in personal interviews. The following is a brief Q & A with each recipient to get to know them better, why they chose TSU, and what it means to receive this scholarship. #CowboyCapital

Wesley Sims
Hometown: Happy, Texas
Classification: Senior
Major: Accounting
Events Compete: Calf Roping & Team Roping

Q: What do you plan to do with your degree?
A: I plan to get my Master Degree at Tarleton and get my CPA license after graduation. I would like to work for an accounting firm for a few years and eventually open my own firm.

Q: Why did you choose to attend TSU?
A: I have always had great respect for the TSU Rodeo program and the coaches. They produce champions in each rodeo event and encourage excellence in every aspect of life. Stephenville is a great location if you want to rodeo because you're constantly roping against the toughest competition. I felt like TSU would drive me to be the person I wanted to be both in and out of the arena.

Q: What is one thing you like best about college rodeos?
A: I enjoy the tough competition at the college rodeos and being able to rope against some of the best guys my age. I feel that makes every competitor improve. Also, the amount of great friends I have made through college rodeos is one of my favorite things of all.

Q: What are a few things you like about living in Stephenville?
A: I enjoy the people from here. Everyone I have met has been welcoming and helpful. I like the location of Stephenville as well because it's close to many rodeos.

Q: How long have you been riding and Roping?
A: I grew up riding horses and helping my dad run cattle but I did not start roping until I was 11 years old.

Q: Future rodeo plans?
A: I plan to go to PRCA Rodeos after college.

Q: What does receiving this scholarship mean to you? Receiving the Cowboy Capital PRCA Rodeo scholarship is an honor. I've always dreamed of living in Stephenville and being able to rodeo for TSU, so for this committee to welcome me and give me financial assistance is a privilege.

Q: Who would you like to thank that has helped get you this far in your education and rodeo careers?
A: As far as education, I would like to thank Happy High School as they went above and beyond to prepare me for the college level. My high school accounting teacher, Sarah Reinart played a large role encouraging me to major in accounting and taught me so much about the subject. Through my rodeo career I would like to thank my parents and my brother, Wyatt. My dad didn't rope so my brother and I taught each other how to rope and we are always there for each other. I also attribute my success to John Johnson, Chad Hiatt, Johnny Emmons, and my brother-in-law Josh Timm.

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Skyler Maguire
Hometown: Virden, Illinois
Classification: Senior
Major: Kinesiology
Events Compete: Breakaway Roping and Team Roping

Q: What do you plan to do with your degree?
A: I plan on continuing my education through physical therapy school.

Q: Why did you choose to attend TSU?
A: I chose to attend TSU because I wanted to experience something new away from the town I grew up in. Tarleton offered me a great education and a welcoming community that made it seem not so far from home.

Q: What is one thing you like best about college rodeos?
A: College rodeo, especially in this region has pushed me to better myself as an athlete.

Q: What are a few things you like about living in Stephenville?
A: A few things I like about Stephenville is that everywhere you look there is someone belonging to the rodeo community. Where I grew up arenas and places to rope are few and far between. Here, they are everywhere! I love being around those who love the sport as much as I do. I also like how welcoming it has been. Coming to Stephenville, I knew practically no one. That quickly changed not long after I got to town. It's a great community and I am happy I get to be apart of it.

Q: How long have you been riding and roping?
A: I have been riding since I was 3 years old and rodeoing since I was in kindergarten.

Q: Future rodeo plans?
A: I plan on rodeo being a part of my life forever. It's the sport that knows no age limit. I look forward to continuing my rodeo career as long as I am able.

Q: What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?
A: Receiving this scholarship not only is a great honor but fuels my drive to continue my education to the best of my ability. It's reassuring to know that I have others that believe in my ability and are willing to help me achieve my goals.

Q: Who would you like to thank that has helped get you this far in your education and rodeo careers?
A: The list of people I would like to thank is pages long. To sum it up, my family has been the most influential and supportive people through this journey. They deserve the greatest of thanks. Another great thing I love about rodeo is that it is a family away from home. My rodeo family has been just as supportive. From kindergarten to my senior year in college, they have yet to lose faith in me.

* The 2017 Jeff Sewalt IRON-MAN is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 9. FMI: (254)592-6783

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Kacey GrahamCongrats Wes!

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Chance DanisonWay to go Sims!

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Darrell W. BrownCongratulations!

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Mary Ann DayCongratulations Skyler Maguire

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Shelly DissAwesome! Congratulations cowgirl on a job well done!

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Jodie WetzellCongrats! That's awesome!

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Danny RogersWay to go Skyler Maguire Congratulations

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Martha BeaverWe are so proud of you Wesley Sims! So deserving!

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Kristi Donahue EagerWell deserved...congratulations Skyler!!!

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Jenny FlanniganCongratulations Skyler. Going to a well deserved lady!! Miss you

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Rhonda FisherCongratulations!!

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Gary RogersCongratulations!!!

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Richard WhittenburgThis is awesome, two very deserving people that I am proud to call my friends and watch them compete...... WHITTY

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Sherry Reagan MillerCongratulations Skyler Maguire well deserved!!!!

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Sandi VanderleestCongratulations Skyler.

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Laura MentgenCongrats! This is awesome!

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Lynette BritenstineThat is so awesome! Congrats Skyler!!

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Tim Donna EikeCongratulations Skyler Maguire

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Anna AllenWay to go Skyler Maguire!

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Vicki RawlingsCongratulations Skyler!! That's awesome!!!

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LouAnn IbbersonWay to go Skylar! They made a great choice in you!!

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Jerry SimsCongratulations little Buddy

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Jerry SimsCongratulations Skyler

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Jay Stephen SimsCongratulations!!!

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Colby DavisWay to go! That's awesome!

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