Coffield finishes in Top 10 at National Finals
Chadron Coffield finished in the top 10 as all-around cowboy at the National High School Finals Rodeo, last week in Gillette, Wyoming.
Coffield, who will be a senior at Yuma High School, finished ninth in the final standings.
“I would have been higher, but I kind of messed up in the second go-around in one of my events,” he said, referring to Steer Wrestling, which he refers to in the more fun term of “bulldogging.”
He had two good runs in Tie-Down Roping, finishing eighth overall with 36.02 average. He was 18th after the first go-around, but moved up with another strong showing in the second.
Coffield was sitting 11th in Steer Wrestling after the first go-around with a 6.22. However, he had a tough second run and did not get a score, He ended up finishing 59th in the final average with that 6.22.
Still, finishing ninth overall in all-around in a national rodeo, which includes young cowboys from other countries as well, is a pretty good effort. Only the top four in each event in each state qualify for the NHSFR. Coffield finished the 2016-17 Colorado high school circuit second in Tie-Down Roping and third in Steer Wrestling.
“It was a great run,” Coffield said of nationals, later adding “it was a blast. It was a wonderful opportunity. It’s not like anything else. You definitely compete against the best.”
He will be taking off again today, July 27, for the Colorado Junior Rodeo Association State Finals in Lamar. He said he will then take a short break, get ready for school, and then get back into with about four rodeos this fall as he begins working toward qualifying for next year’s NHSFR.
Coffield said he spends about three to four hours each evening, spring through fall, practicing when not actually at a rodeo, as well as getting in some morning work.
He takes a break in the winter to play basketball at YHS, a valued member of the team for his hard-nosed style of play.
“I like playing basketball to get a break,” he said. “It’s a good thing to take your mind off of it for a little bit.”
The rodeo circuit begins in earnest again in March, so its right from the gym to the arena.
“Usually it’s the week after state basketball that we have our first rodeo,” Coffield said. “You kind of have to do both toward the end of the basketball season.”
However, he said the schedule will not be quite so hectic for his senior year as he will compete in about 17 rodeos between the fall and next spring and summer for the 2017-18 season, down from the 21 he did this season.
While coming up on his final year in high school, Coffield definitely has plans to continue his rodeo career. He would follow in the footsteps of his older sister Teisha, who won a national title in high school in Tie-Down Roping, and also did well at the national level while competing for Northeastern Junior College. She is now at CSU-Pueblo, where she still competes for the rodeo team.
Coffield said he is hoping for a scholarship. He said he might start at a junior college, but definitely would want to move on to a four-year college.
Could a professional career be in his future?
“Yes sir, that would be pretty cool,” he said, “but I’m just going to take it one step at a time.”