Dine College

May 12, 2016


Successful Season for Diné College Rodeo Athlete

Tsaile, AZ- On April 29 – May 1, 2016, The Diné College Rodeo Team concluded their season at the Grand Canyon Regional Finals Rodeo in Las Cruces, NM. This year, rough stock all-around cowboy Wyatt Betony of Tonalea, Arizona garnered the top spot in the men’s all-around category. On June 12-18, Wyatt will be among more than 400 rodeo athletes competing for a national championship title at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming.

Head Coach Jackson Craig is pleased with the teams’ performances and is looking forward to the CNFR. “This season went well and everyone showed their commitment to their respective events and their dedication to their studies,” said Coach Craig. “I’m pleased with Wyatt earning his first appearance at this year’s CNFR, it’s a good experience for him and he will be competing with top college athletes from across the nation.” Wyatt is a Health Occupation major at the College.

Wyatt will be representing Diné College and Grand Canyon Region in the bareback and bull riding events at the CNFR. This year, Wyatt won the season standings for the bull riding event with 577 points and in the runner up position in the bareback riding with 963 points. The rough stock cowboy also added the men’s all around position to his list of accomplishments with a combined total of 1540 points.

Wyatt is no stranger to the rough stock competitions in the rodeo arenas. In 2014, Wyatt qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in the bareback event. He also competes in the Indian rodeo circuit.

Since Jackson Craig has been at the helm as the rodeo coach, two of his rough stock athletes have qualified for the National College Rodeo events. In 2015, bareback rider Delvechio Kaye of Round Rock, Arizona represented the College in Casper, Wyoming. - DC -