Panola Rodeo Team Set for the College National Finals

Kolt Dement - Southern Region Bareback Champion

June 8, 2021 - The Panola College Rodeo Team will be traveling to Casper, WY June 12-19 for the College National Finals Rodeo. For more than twenty years, the College National Finals Rodeo has made its home and legacy in Casper, Wyoming. Nowhere else in the world can you find the most elite college athletes and animals going head to head in the dirt, competing to be crowned the best. Champions will be crowned in saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Team championships will be awarded to the top Men’s and Women’s team competing at the CNFR. Over 400 cowgirls and cowboys from over 100 universities and colleges will compete to be Champions.

Gauge McBride - Southern Region All Around Champion

The Panola Men’s Team is the 2019 defending National Champion. The CNFR was canceled in 2020 due to covid-19. This year, the Men’s Team won the Southern Region to qualify in the top spot, which the top 2 teams from each of the 11 regions across the country qualify. Coach Jeff Collins will be taking 7 men’s team members and one young lady to represent Panola College. The top three individuals in each event in a region qualify for the CNFR.

Kincade Henry

The Panola Men’s Team competing at the CNFR include: Kolt Dement, a freshman from Rusk, TX, won the Southern Region Bareback Championship; Gauge McBride, a freshman from Kearney, NE, won the Southern Region All Around Championship; Kincade Henry, a freshman from Mt. Pleasant, TX, took second place and teammate Macon Murphy, sophomore from Keatchie, LA, took third in the tie down roping; Team Roper Riley Rieken, a freshman from won 2nd in the Southern Region; Michael Womack, of Bastrop, LA, took 2nd in the saddle bronc, and Seth Rustin, a sophomore from Nacogdoches will be competing in the bullriding.

Macon Murphy 

Tie-down roper, Macon Murphy is the only team member returning to the CNFR from the 2019 Championship Team. In 2019 at the CNFR, Macon stunned the crowd and brought them all to their feet with the fastest time ever at the CNFR and went on to win the Tie Down Rookie of the Year.

Michael Womack

Jayden Gould, a sophomore from Lufkin, TX, will be representing the women’s team for Panola this year in the breakaway roping. Jayden finished 2nd in the Southern Region to qualify for the CNFR.

Jayden Gould

The CNFR begins Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and will continue each day down to Championship Night on Saturday, June 19. The College National Finals Rodeo is expanding live television coverage on ESPN. This year, all performances of the CNFR—Tuesday through Saturday (June 15-19)—will air on ESPN3. ESPN3 is available by using the ESPN App. Download the ESPN App from the App Store or Google Play. ESPN3 is also available on your computer. To view ESPN3 on a computer: Go to, click on ‘WATCH’, scroll down to ‘CHANNELS’, Select ESPN3 and click on “College Rodeo”. CNFR performances will stream live and replay the following day. Watching ESPN3 is easy using iOS, AppleTV, Andoid, Chromcast, Roku, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, and Xbox. You may need to register to watch, using your cable or satellite provider sign in. Additionally, the CNFR telecast production team will be producing two programs to air later in the summer on ESPNU. These programs will feature interviews, premier action from Casper, Wyoming, and the crowing of the CNFR champions. The CNFR telecast team would like to thank our corporate partners: Cinch Jeans & Shirts, Wyoming Division of Tourism, VisitCasper, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associaion, Platinum Performance, Cactus Saddlery, and Ram Rodeo.

Seth Rustin