Published August 12, 2020
On July 29, members of the Dodge City Community College (DC3) rodeo team attended a private on-campus rodeo clinic, which was presented by five-time world champion steer wrestler Luke Branquinho.
Gabe Burrows, DC3 Head Rodeo Coach, said the clinic was a great one-on-one opportunity for DC3 rodeo athletes to learn bulldogging skills from Branquinho, as well as professional steer wrestlers Dirk Tavenner and Tucker Allen.
“We had a great time with Luke, Dirk and Tucker,” Burrows said. “They are a class act. Not only are they true champions, they are great guys all around.”
During the hour-long clinic, instructors used dummies to demonstrate how to perfect catching steers, Burrows said. In addition to the bulldogging portion of the clinic, professional bull rider Josh Frost also made himself available for consultation with DC3 bull riders.
“A clinic like this provides great opportunities for our rodeo kids to learn firsthand from professional rodeo athletes,” Burrows said. “We will be having a second clinic at the end of August with professional team roper/steer roper J.D. Yates.”
Burrows said the upcoming clinic will primarily focus on roping and horsemanship and—like the last—will be given exclusively for members of the DC3 rodeo team.
By Lance ZieschDC3 Media Specialist