March 13, 2014
Winners tend to be drawn to other winners. This couldn’t be more apparent than the decision by Cargill to once again make a significant contribution to the Northeastern Junior College rodeo program. This week, local Cargill officials presented the college’s rodeo team with a check for $5,000 to help fund the travel activities of those students hauling horses to compete for Northeastern in the Central Rocky Mountain region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. In the last five years, Northeastern’s rodeo program has really put Sterling, CO on the NIRA map by having national contenders, and champions, in one or more event each year. Cargill recognizes the benefit of helping sponsor a collegiate rodeo powerhouse like Northeastern.
Cargill employees took time to present a $5,000 donation to the Northeastern Junior College Rodeo Team this week. Pictured left to right are: Camden Reeger, second shift leader, Steve Selleck, project engineer, NJC Head Rodeo Coach Brian Cullen; Paxton Segelke, NJC Rodeo Team Women’s Captain, David Hinman, NJC Rodeo Team Men’s Captain, Ken Meis, Cargill’s maintenance supervisor, and Taya McAdow, NJC Assistant Rodeo Coach. (Courtesy Photo)
“We’ve been a leader and a winner when it comes to livestock feed, including Nutrena horse feed, and so it makes total sense for us to get behind this group of young people who are really representing Northeastern and Sterling so well,” said Cargill’s Sterling project engineer Steve Selleck. Some students in the NJC rodeo program exclusively feed their horses the Nutrena brand feed, a well-known and prominent Cargill line, and all students competing on the NJC team proudly wear the Nutrena trademark on their shirts when they are in the arena.
One of the biggest costs of competing in rodeo is the dollars it takes to fill up a fuel tank and move on down the road to the next contest. “Cargill is helping us out tremendously to give the program this kind of donation to help cover the travel costs involved,” notes NJC Head Rodeo Coach Brian Cullen. “This donation makes a huge different in our ability to haul and compete. When the students know they have this kind of financial help, it lets them concentrate on their horse and any strategies they use in the arena and this really increases the odds of winning.”
Students from Northeastern will leave this Friday to travel to Gillette, Wyoming to begin the Spring season circuit. After the fall circuit concluded, NJC’s David Hinman is sitting second in line for the All Around Cowboy title for the Central Rocky Mountain Region which includes colleges in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Future spring rodeos will be held in Torrington, Wyoming, hosted by Eastern Wyoming College; Fort Collins, hosted by Colorado State University; Casper, WY, hosted by Casper College; and Laramie, WY, hosted by University of Wyoming.
This is the second time that Cargill has generously given to the NJC rodeo program. It presented the students with $5,000 in March of 2013.