DILLON — Montana Western head rodeo coach Kody Lahaye announced the signing of 10 student-athletes for the 2019-20 men's and women's rodeo season.
"I'm really excited about my first class," Lahaye said. "They bring in a competitive edge and are serious about coming here and making an impact."
The incoming class provides a good mix of out-of-state student-athletes and with five hailing from the Treasure State.
Team Roping-heeler, Tie-Down roping
Brett is no stranger to the Idaho State High School Rodeo finals. He has qualified three-times in the team-roping as well as the tie-down roping. In 2018 he won the district in the team-roping and was a national qualifier.
"Brett is a big strong kid that is serious about his events and getting better," Lahaye said." He wants to practice hard and carries that work ethic into the classroom."
He is the son of Steve and Amy Bartholomew and will graduate from Filer High School in the spring of 2019. He plans on majoring in environmental science at Montana Western.
Clayton is an NSHRA qualifier and a four-time letter winner in rodeo.
"Clayton has family roots in Dillon, he has really improved over the last few years and is dedicated to get to the next level," Lahaye said.
The two-sport athlete is the son of Charlie and Della Haverland and will graduate from Helena High School in the spring of 2019. He plans on majoring in business administration at Montana Western.
Barrels, Breakaway, Goat Tying, Team Roping-header
Breanna is a four-time Idaho High School Rodeo Association finals qualifier. In 2018 she was District 7 All-Around Cowgirl and qualified in six events. She has won two saddles in the team roping and won the breakaway and All-Around Cowgirl at the 2019 Invitational Icebreaker Rodeo in Ogden, Utah.
"Breanna is a four-event cowgirl. She comes from a family that has a pedigree of raising great horses," Lahaye said. "I have watched her compete and am impressed she always finds a way to win."
She is the daughter of Dan and Becky Miller and will graduate from Madison High School in the spring of 2019. She plans to major in business at Montana Western.
Breakaway, Barrels, Goat Tying, Team Roping-header
Ryland is a two-time IMPRA champion breakaway roper. She is a 2018 district champion in the team roping and breakaway. She won the breakaway at the 2018 state finals go-around and finished in the top-five in the breakaway at the junior NFR rodeo. In 2019 she was an American Semi-Finals qualifier.
"She come from a long line of Western Rodeo alumni, I had the privilege of coaching her brother," Lahaye said. "She's a fierce competitor and will bring experience with winning attitude."
She is the daughter of Terrill and Jill Lufkin and will graduate from Wickenburg Virtual Academy this spring. She plans on majoring in business administration.
Maggie is a three-time qualifier for the Montana High School Rodeo Association State Finals in both breakaway and barrels. She finished in the top ten in the barrels in 2018.
"Maggie runs the barrels extremely well, and will fill some holes left by graduating seniors," Lahaye said.
The Honor Roll Student is the daughter of Scott and Debbie Lund will graduate from Ronan High School this spring and plans on majoring in Biology at Montana Western.
Maddy is currently sitting fourth in the state at in the Barrels. As a junior, she won two buckles and was in the short-go in all events at state finals.
"Maddy fell in love with rodeo at a young age and has worked hard to get better every year," Lahaye said. "I'm very excited to see how she progresses at the next level."
She is the daughter of Steve and Tamara McGlynn and will graduate from Helena High School in the spring of 2019. She plans on Majoring in business administration at Montana Western.
Goat Tying, Breakaway. Barrels
Fallon has found herself in the winner's circle numerous times. She is the 2018 Wilsall WNRA breakaway champion and the 2017 WNRA Rookie of the Year in the barrels. She is a two-time Little Britches National Qualifier.
"Fallon is a very athletic girl that is always striving to improve her skills," Lahaye said. "With her competitive spirit, I'm excited to see her succeed at Western."
She is the daughter of James Parker and Jamie Kristjanson. She plans to major in business at Montana Western.
Madi is a two-time International Barrel Racing Association (IBRA) national qualifier. In 2019 she took first in the 1D youth division and fifth place in the 2D open division.
"Madi is always looking to improve her skills, She has been interested in coming to Western since the day I got hired," Lahaye said. "I'm excited she will be part of the team."
She is the daughter of Tim Leegan and Lori Post and plans on majoring in natural horsemanship at Montana Western.
Loon Lake, Wash.
Breakaway, Goat Tying, Team Roping
Kaycee comes to Montana Western after spending time at Spokane Falls Community College. She is a three-time National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) qualifier and a member of the NHSRA Cinch Team. In 2018 she was the Washington State Goat Tying Champion.
"Kaycee has proven that she can compete at the highest level in multiple events," Lahaye said. "She is used to high-pressure situations and will fit right in in the region."
She is the daughter of Kelly Rogers and plans on majoring in Natural horsemanship at Montana Western.
Barrels, Breakaway, Team Roping-header
Mikayla is a two-time NHSRA qualifier in the breakaway and a Montana State High School rodeo runner up in 2018. She was named NWRA rookie of the year.
"When I first saw Mikayla compete at the state high school rodeo I knew she would fit perfectly in our program," Lahaye said. "She comes from a great family that supports her goals in and out of the arena."
She is the daughter of Randy and Tracy Witter and plans on majoring in health and human performance.