Pratt Community College’s steer wrestler, Mitchell Gardner just returned home from the 2012 College National Final Rodeo.


 Pratt Community College’s steer wrestler, Mitchell Gardner just returned home from the 2012 College National Final Rodeo.
Gardener, of Dover, Okla., placed in the second go round, with a time of 4.7 seconds.
“He placed on a tough steer,” said Ryan Vander Pluym, head rodeo coach. “It was a great time coaching Mitchell at the biggest rodeo of his career so far.”
Gardener was a sophomore this spring at PCC and will be returning in the fall to complete his agriculture degree, along with work on a farrier science certificate. Gardener will continue to rodeo for the Beavers while at PCC.
This fall PCC will have over 35 rodeo athletes signed to attend and compete, which will put them in the contender category of College Rodeo.
“It was a great honor to represent Pratt Community College during this event, and I am looking forward to a much larger representation next year,” Vander Pluym said. “I will be on the road a lot this summer recruiting and promoting our program with the goal of having the first ever PCC Regional men’s and women’s championship team.”
The top two teams for both men and women in each region qualify for the CNFR along with the top three individuals in each event. According to Vander Pluym PCC’s region holds 10 rodeos each year so PCC athletes must capitalize on every opportunity throughout the season.