OPSU Rodeo

Dec 4, 2023

Natasha Eidson

Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team: Riding High on Tradition and Excellence

Oklahoma Panhandle State University has a long history of rodeo excellence, and the rodeo team continues to carry this legacy into the 2023 season. With a proud tradition dating back decades, the Aggies are once again making waves in the rodeo arena. Coaches and athletes, with the support of university leadership, are at the heart of OPSU’s rodeo program, and their commitment to rodeo and their vision for the future run deep.

Head Women’s Rodeo Coach at OPSU, Shelbie Rose, is no stranger to rodeo success. As a recipient of the Walt Garrison award during her time in the arena and a 3x Coach of the Year for the Central Plains Rodeo Region, Rose’s passion and dedication have been instrumental in nurturing the women’s rodeo team into a powerhouse. With a proven track record of developing champions, Rose’s contributions to OPSU’s rodeo program are invaluable. Rose states, “Our women’s rodeo program at OPSU is not just about winning; it’s about empowering our athletes to be strong, confident, and successful individuals. We focus on the fundamentals and ensure that our athletes excel both in and out of the arena. It’s an honor to be a part of their journey.”

Robert Etbauer, 2x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and Head Men’s Rodeo Coach at OPSU, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. His vision to continue the university’s tradition of producing top-tier rodeo talent keeps OPSU’s athletes as top contenders in the arena. Etbauer supported this, saying, “At OPSU, we try to keep the winning tradition alive. Rodeo is more than just a sport; it teaches a strong work ethic and determination that will continue to benefit our athletes after their time in the arena is done. We’re training our athletes for success on and off the rodeo trail. Our commitment to our cowboys and cowgirls is unwavering, and it’s what sets us apart here in the Panhandle.”

Dr. Julie Dinger, President of the University, recognizes the importance of the rodeo program in fostering a well-rounded education for student-athletes. She sees rodeo as an integral part of the university’s identity. Dr. Dinger highlighted its significance: “Our rodeo team sets the standard for OPSU. We are proud to support our athletes in their pursuit of excellence in both their academic and rodeo endeavors. The dedication of our coaches and the resilience of our rodeo team are the best examples of our values at OPSU.”

As we look to the future, OPSU’s rodeo program continues to grow stronger, building on its solid foundations of hard work, dedication, and commitment. With a winning team, passionate coaches, and strong support from the university and the community, the Aggies are positioned to make a mark in the 2023 rodeo season.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s rodeo program is not just about what happens in the arena; it’s about creating a legacy, fostering leadership, and nurturing the Panhandle spirit. With 7 College Rodeo National Championships and 26 CNFR Individual Champions, the OPSU rodeo team continues to carry on its winning tradition. With the support of talented and dedicated coaches, OPSU’s collegiate rodeo athletes ride with Aggie Pride in the arena and continue to carry that mentality after they walk across the graduation stage. With the winning tradition and dedication instilled into each athlete, they are ready to take on challenges both in and out of the arena.

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