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Rodeo News - added 11/28/2016
Premier Recruiting by FPC Rodeo Athlete Bobbi York
As rodeo athletes we are pushed to create our own best. Especially in rodeo, the athlete has to choose how hard they are going to work in order to become the best they can be. At Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, student athletes are pushed to define their own best and set goals for themselves. Located in the Texas panhandle, Borger is the largest city in Hutchinson County and is conveniently located 50 miles northeast of Amarillo. The FPC Rodeo program is continually improving under the three year coach Kaylee Moyer. Moyer is a Colorado native who has multiple College National Finals Rodeo qualifications and various titles including Central Plains Region champion in multiple events, 2012 CNFR Reserve All Around Champion, and the 2015 Spicer Gripp Women’s Breakaway Champion. As a coach, Moyer focuses on building a team that is talented but also strong in character. “While I do want to win in the arena, it’s my upmost priority that we outshine in the area of character.” At FPC, Moyer encourages athletes to make goals that will help drive them to where they want to go. One unique thing about FPC is how both timed events as well as rough stock events are represented through the coaches. Coach Josh Griggs, an FPC alumni and 2012 and 2015 CNFR contestant, is a major asset with bull riding, bareback riding, and saddle bronc riding. Coach Griggs is currently competing in professional rodeos as well as the PBR. The practice schedule at FPC allows the ropers to rope everyday with either fresh jersey and beef calves for calf ropers and corriente steers for the team ropers. Bulldoggers can practice 2 to more times a week with various outside coaching as well as steers at the school. Roughstock riders are able to buck out bulls 2-3 times a week where saddle bronc and bareback riders are able to spur out horses at least once a week. FPC has various training machines that are always available to the athletes include a Mighty Bucky/Broncy, drop barrel, Time Machine, Heel-O-Matic, Tuf-Calf and a UTV used for pulling roping dummies. Goat tyers practice every day varying between groundwork and horse work while having access to the goat pen whenever. FPC rodeo has goat tying jackpots weekly and attends various jackpots in Texas and Oklahoma throughout the semester. When hauling to jackpots and rodeos, FPC school rig will haul athletes while paying for the fuel. Following the motto of FPC “start here go anywhere”, it is rather cost effective to attend Frank Phillips. For an out of state student taking 12 credit hours the cost is $1634.00 in tuition. Academic Scholarships are available and everyone is encouraged to apply! The Foundation Scholarship deadline is April 15th and is as easy as going to our website (www.fpctx.edu) and clicking on “Apply for Scholarship” option. As far as a rodeo scholarship, it is requested for each athlete to send Coach Moyer or Coach Griggs a rodeo resume, a 2-3 minute highlight video, and a short statement as to why the athlete wants to become a part of the FPC Rodeo Program. Returning sophomore Erica Henderson from Hyannis, Nebraska, returned to Frank Phillips “because of the amount of structured practice” and “the motivational environment” that is still pushing her to be the best athlete in and outside of the arena.
 
FPC Rodeo @ ENMU - added 11/28/2016
FPC Rodeo at Eastern New Mexico State University
FPC Rodeo at Eastern New Mexico State University Long drives, wet weather, and inescapable mud couldn’t keep the winning attitude and overall winning of the Frank Phillips Rodeo team. The rodeo season started off in Portales, New Mexico hosted by ENMU September 15, 16, 17. A great start to a promising season, the team hit the ground running with three to make it back to the short round with lots of room to improve. The two sophomore girls, Ricky Rodriguez and Erica Henderson, and one freshman boy, Zach Hanko. Rodriguez was 6th in the goat tying in the long round out of 77 girls and 8th in the short round and the average. Henderson was 8th in breakaway in the long round out of 147 girls. She came into the short round and had some tough luck, she finished 8th in the average. Henderson was also 18th in the barrel racing out of the 147 girls even after she drew up on the muddiest day of the rodeo, Thursday night. Hanko finished 8th in the long round for bareback and came back in the short round to end up 6th in the average and the short round. Other highlights from ENMU was Freshman Sierra Smith who finished 25th out of 147 in breakaway, Freshman Laramie Mahan 33rd out of 147 in breakaway, and Freshman Amber Willey 45th out of 147 in breakaway. Frank Phillips women’s team finished 9th out of 17 teams. Written by: FPC Rodeo Athlete Bobbi York
 
FPC Rodeo takes Championship at Sul Ross State University - added 11/28/2016
Rodriguez WINS @ University Goat Tying
FPC Rodeo Athlete Wins Big at Sul Ross State University The following weekend of September 22nd the team traveled to Alpine, Texas for a rodeo hosted by Sul Ross University. Rodriguez takes her performance from ENMU and only improves to go on and win the goat tying at the 2016 Sul Ross rodeo. Garrett Jones placed 4th in the Championship round of bull riding out of 43. Freshman team of Baylee Paul and Trent Vernon made it to the short round of top 10 out of 119 teams in the team roping. The women’s team placed 4th out of 17 teams in the Southwest region including 5 universities while competing against other junior, senior, and graduate students. Other highlights from the weekend included Freshman Kassidy Martin who finished 11th out of 148 breakaway ropers and Baylee Paul who finished 24th out of 148 breakaway ropers. Paul also finished 20th out of 76 goat tyers alongside Freshman Sierra Smith who also finished 20th in goat tying. Freshman Jamie Haney finished 15th out of 99 calf ropers. Overall the Frank Phillips rodeo team is off to a strong start that will only keep improving. Written by: FPC Rodeo Athlete Bobbi York
 
FPC Rodeo wins Championship @ Texas Tech College Rodeo - added 11/28/2016
Batterton wins Steer Wrestling title
Rodeo Athlete Wins Big at Texas Tech... FPC Rodeo placed 4th out of the 17 colleges in the Southwest Region for the Men's Team at the Texas Tech College Rodeo. FPC Rodeo Freshman kicked some tail with Bryce Batterton from Eads, CO winning the Steer Wrestling at the Texas Tech College Rodeo. Bryce aka "Pistol Pete" placed second in the long round tying with team-mate Jamie Haney with a 4.9 second run. In the short round Batterton was a 5.2 to again place second. His combined total in the aggregate won him the championship buckle out of 62 contestant entry's. Freshman Jamie Haney from Odessa, FL also had a great weekend tying with Team-mate Bryce Batterton for 2nd in the Long Round and placing 4th in the Short Round and 4th in the average. The Freshman were on fire this weekend with 2 more Freshman Plainsmen qualifying for Saturday nights Short Round. Freshman Zach Hanko from Oakdale, CA in the Bareback riding placed 7th in the long round, 6th in the short round, and 6th in the average. Freshman Plainswoman Sierra Smith from Winterset, IA also made the championship round in the goat tying placing 10th out of 78 in the long round, 7th in the short round, and 7th in the average. Many other FPC Rodeo athletes had successful runs, but just fell short of the top 10 Short Round. Over 500 athletes were entered at the Texas Tech college rodeo, competing within various events. Go Plainsmen!
 
Highest Ranking Freshman in the Southwest Region - added 8/11/2016
FPC Rodeo's Ricky Rodriguez scores more points then any other Freshman in the region
Congratulations to FPC Rodeos Freshman Ricky Rodriguez for winning this years WJCAC 2016 All Conference Honorable Mention in the goat-tying!! This award means that out of all the junior college competitors in our conference Rick Rodriguez from Chino Valley, AZ had the 2nd highest points over all the other competing athletes in our junior college conference and the most points of any of the Freshman athletes in the conference for this event. Congrats Ricky!
 
Professional & College Rodeo Athlete - added 8/11/2016
Nebraska Sophomore Erica Henderson wins Big!
FPC Rodeo's Erica Henderson from Hyannis, NE wins big at the professional level. Henderson has had an amazing summer on her best mount "Star" ranking in the winnings and various South Dakota & Nebraska Pro Rodeos this Summer. "Erica had some phenonmenal runs last year, but I knew this pair (Erica & Star)were going to figure things out and show us even more. I'm excited for their future and what is in store for the Fall College Rodeos." Coach Moyer
 
"All-Around Athlete" - added 8/11/2016
Performing Both in the Arena & Classroom
FPC Athletics has a friendly competition each semester, competing for team highest GPA. FPC Rodeo has been 2nd every semester from the start of Coach Moyers coaching and seeking the most coveteted position of first. However, this year was an exceptional academic year for FPC Rodeo with three Sophomores graduating and six athletes moving onto various Universities. Each year every professor at FPC gets the opportunity to nominate 1 Sophomore student as their choice for outstanding student of the year. Of the 3 graduating FPC Rodeo athletes we took home 8 "Outstanding Student" awards and were in the running for the most prized award of Academic Plainsmen of the year-word on the street is we were runner up! Shane Knerr was in the running for Academic Plainsmen of the year & took home "Outstanding Student" in the areas of: University Physics, Calculus II, and Technical Business Writing. Zane Stephenson took home "Outstanding Student" of the year in: Wildlife Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Environmental Biology. Josh Griggs took home "Outstanding Student" in Feeds & Feeding, & AG Economics. Multiple FPC athletes were on the President and/or Deans honor role! "This speaks volumes to our athletes as they do not just perform in the arena, but also the classroom! I'm so incredible proud of all our FPC Rodeo athletes! GO PLAINSMEN!!" Coach Moyer
 
New Website for the Southwest Region - added 1/11/2016
Southwest Region Rodeo Website
The Southwest Region has designed a new website to help keep coaches, athletes, parents, and fans updated and informed about results and upcoming events. On the new website viewers can find the upcoming rodeo schedule, quickest rodeo results, rodeo information: stalls, hookups, ground rules etc., and weekly draw. Very convenient tool setup by new Southwest Region Rodeo secretary Tibba Smith. You can find the new website at: http://www.southwestregionrodeo.com
 
2016 FPC Rodeo NFR Bash - added 1/11/2016
2016 FPC Rodeo NFR Bash Raises Funds to Support the new FPC Rodeo Workout Facility
On Sat., Dec. 5, the Frank Phillips College Rodeo Team hosted their second annual NFR Party. Community members and local Borger businesses such as the 6666 and Agrium met at the Borger Elks Lodge. The night started at 7:30 p.m. with a walk through the silent auction which included two custom rope rocking chairs, custom cornhole boards, Frank Phillips rodeo apparel, and much more. The Fantasy Rodeo contest winner took home a belt buckle and $250. At 8 p.m., a steak or chicken dinner was served with peach cobbler for dessert. Mingling between the guests and rodeo team took place before the big show started at 9:30 p.m. as big screens around the room played the championship of rodeo, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. The top 15 in the world qualify in seven national events. The silent auction closed at 10 p.m. with great items going home to the highest bidder. At the end of the night, Allen McCoy took home the Fantasy Rodeo belt buckle and cash prize. It was overall a great night for FPC Rodeo Team and all who attended. Head Coach Kaylee Moyer and Assistant Coach Josh Griggs put together this fundraiser last year to help with the team’s finances. Between purchasing team shirts and vests as well as awarding travel money to selected team members each rodeo weekend, it takes a lot to run the team at a collegiate level. The athletes compete along with many other Junior College and University teams across their region. The fall season finished up this past October but their spring season will begin toward the end of February, with team members attending a total of ten college rodeos in a school year, as well having as a chance to qualify at the national level for the College National Finals in June in Casper, Wyoming. Coach Kaylee, Assistant Coach Josh and the whole FPC rodeo team would like to thank everyone for their support of the sport of rodeo and of the Frank Phillips College Rodeo Team.
 
FPC Rodeo @ the NHSFR - added 11/30/2015
FPC & the Rodeo News
Besides the excitement of the rodeo today was scheduled for “College Day”, where a few schools from all over the country set up booths to recruit contestants. Once such school is Frank Phillips College located in Borger, TX. The head coach of the school, Kaylee Moyer has already talked to nearly 100 kids today. “I’ve recently signed kids from Nevada, Canada and Australia,” Kaylee said. Her main focus is building a good team, specifically the girls. She looks for multi-event cowboys and cowgirls, being the 2012 CNFR Reserve All Around champion herself, and mainly searches for rough stock riders and goat-tyers. One such goat-tyer, Ricky Rodriguez out of Chino Valley, AZ, plans to attend the college in the fall. The college really stuck out for her above of all others “because it’s a small Jr. College in a small Texas town with a great new coach, Kaylee Moyer, who wants to build the program there.” Coach Moyer is “super stoked” to have Ricky joining the Frank Phillips rodeo family. Ricky has recently competed in the first round this morning, posting a time of 8.3 and is currently sitting tenth. Her next run is planned for Friday night’s performance, where she plans on making “another smooth run but add a little more speed”. She knows she must be a seven to make it back to the short round on Saturday night, and she plans on joining the many determined kids at the practice arenas each day to prepare. ~Sierra Spratt Rodeo News August 2015
 
FPC Plainswomen wins Sul Ross State University - added 11/30/2015
FPC Rodeo's Erica Henderson from Hyannis, NE wins the long round...
FPC Rodeo's Erica Henderson from Hyannis, NE won the long round of Sul Ross State University posting a 2.5 breakaway run to win the round. Competing at her second college rodeo of her first year of college Erica placed 1st out of 124 athletes! GO PLAINSMEN or in this case PLAINSWOMEN!
 
Buckley Dominates the Saddle Bronc Riding at Sul Ross State University - added 11/30/2015
Garrett Buckley scores the highest ride of the weekend...
First year athlete Garrett Buckley from Craig, CO took home a 2nd place average win after winning the short round at Sul Ross State University with a 78 point ride! GO PLAINSMEN!!
 
Idaho Cowboy puts on a Good Ride! - added 11/30/2015
FPC Rodeos Bullrider Zane Stephenson...
FPC Rodeos Sophomore Zane Stephenson from Blackfoot, ID puts on a good ride at Sul Ross State University. Stephenson placed 4th in the long rounded and ended with a 4th place finish!
 
Rodriguez Brings Home Points! - added 11/30/2015
Ricky Rodriguez Wins Goat Tying...
Freshman Ricky Rodriguez from Chino Valley, AZ starts out her Fall by bringing in points from the Vernon College Rodeo! Rodriguez brought home the points by placing 4th in the short round and 4th in the average out of the 78 of the athletes entered in the ladies goat-tying. GO PLAINSWOMEN!
 
Helton Takes Third at the CNFR - added 11/30/2015
FPC Rodeo Bullrider Logan Helton...
This past weekend, Frank Phillips College sophomore Logan Helton earned a third place finish in bull riding at the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.Helton, a Pampa native studying agriculture business at FPC, placed third in the nation behind Cody Teel of Sam Houston State University and Doug Vowkaw of Hill College.Aboard the bull Cassius Clay, Helton split fourth and fifth place with a 77 in round two, then came back and won the short go-round with the highest mark of the week, scoring an 84 aboard Ty Rinaldo’s bull, Freaking Wild.Helton qualified for the CNFR by placing third in the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Helton is the son of Jenny Helton Gillispie of Amarillo and Wade Helton of Pampa. - See more at: http://www.borgernewsherald.com/content/helton-takes-third-college-national-finals-rodeo#sthash.Lbqc6t8u.dpuf
 
FPC Rodeo Coach - added 10/27/2014
Coach Moyer
PRESS RELEASE BORGER, TX – Kaylee Moyer of Simla, Colorado, takes up the Rodeo Coach reins at Frank Phillips College on June 1, 2014. She fills the position recently held by current coach, Jake Mitchell. Moyer is a five-year National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) competitor, multiple College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) qualifier, and has served as Central Plains Event Director. She said, “I have gained extensive knowledge in how the college rodeos are ran and what it takes to have a winning team.” She said her Bachelors in education, her experiences in the teaching field, and her passion for the sport of rodeo have helped to prepare her to be a better coach. She graduates from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in May with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. “The depth of experience I can offer and my dedication to continuous learning will contribute to Frank Phillips College establishing a winning tradition,” she said. “While my focus as a coach is on winning, my main focus and number one priority is always building athletes who uphold a respected, responsible, and passionate character. I believe that only through hard work, dedication, honesty, and integrity can a program continue to provide winning athletes both in and out of the classroom.” Moyer’s professional highlights include: 2014 Central Plains All-Around Cowgirl; 2014 Central Plains Regional Goat Tying Champion; 2012 CNFR Reserve All-Around Champion; Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Assistant Women’s Coach; Fundamentals of Success Clinician; Central Plains Goat Tying Director; and Fellowship of Christian Cowboys National Rodeo Bible Camps Women’s Timed Event Coordinator. FPC Agriculture Chair, Aaron Preator, said, “Kaylee brings experience and enthusiasm to the Rodeo program at FPC. We’re glad she’s coming on-board and look forward to working with her.” Moyer’s duties, besides coaching, include recruiting students for the program. For more information about the Frank Phillips College Rodeo Program, call 806-457-4200, Ext. 784. - See more at: http://plainsmenpost.com/sports/2014/05/06/moyer-steps-into-rodeo-coach-position-at-fpc/#sthash.lKDTHb7u.dpuf
 
FPC Athlete wins round at the 2014 CNFR - added 10/27/2014
Lucas Screws
A team including Weatherford College’s Will Woodfin won the go-round Tuesday in the College National Finals Rodeo team roping competition. WC, FPC Ropers win round at Nationals CASPER, WY– A team including Frank Phillips College Lucas Screws won the go-round Tuesday in the College National Finals Rodeo team roping competition. Lucas Screws is paired with Weatherford College’s Will Woodfin. The duo turned in a 5.9 in the second round and is now in second place among 44 teams.
 

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