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Friday, June 6, 2003/h4>

Harrison earns 2nd trip to College National Finals

Brandi Harrison of Pecos will be representing West Texas A&M College Rodeo Team at the 2003 College National Finals Rodeo June 9-14 in Casper, Wyoming for the second time. She will be competing in the breakaway roping.

Brandi's trip to the CNFR was successful in 2002, finishing eighth in the nation. She is a senior pre-med major at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

Harrison is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

The NIRA is the governing body of college Rodeo in the United States. There are 11 regions that comprise the NIRA represented by over 135 member colleges and universities and many other colleges and universities represented by independent members. There are over 3,500 student member rodeo athletes from the United States and beyond competing in over 100 rodeos every year working toward the road to the College National Finals by way of the Conference Finals Rodeo.

2001 was the inaugural year for the Conference Finals Rodeo held in Hobbs, N.M. This event, begun by NIRA last year is the final step for college athletes across the United States to advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper. Only the top 10 contestants in each region qualify for the Conference Finals Rodeo in Hobbs. The CNFR is dubbed as the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo where the nation's best college cowboys and cowgirls from the 11 different regions enter into the CNFR arena in an effort to win national titles in saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying.

The all around cowboy and cowgirl and the National Men's and Women's Teams are also determined at the national event in Wyoming. Student athletes will also be competing for over $200,000 in scholarships from the US Smokeless Tobacco Co. Scholarship Awards Program.

Amateur poetry contest set

The Talent Literary Guild is sponsoring an amateur poetry contest, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all, including a $1,000 grand prize.

"We are delighted to sponsor this contest," said Thomas Grey, Poetry Director. "Poets deserve opportunities to exhibit their work and get recognition. We expect our contest to encourage new poets," he said.

To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less: Free Poetry Contest, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd. PMB Ashland, OR 97520, or enter online at

Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. The deadline for entering is June 14. The editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems online. A winner's list will be sent to all entrants.

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