HEMPSTEAD, Texas – On Friday morning, Jarret New will be in a classroom at Texas A&M University.
On Thursday night, he used his study time to travel 43 miles from College Station, Texas, to Hempstead for the opening night of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo. He took advantage of it, posting a 4.6-second run to take the lead in steer wrestling.
His roommate is Troy Lee Keaton of Sealy, Texas, who likely drove the rig back to College Station so New could crack a book or two. Keaton down his steer in 5.2 seconds to sit second with two performances remaining, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Waller County Fairgrounds Arena.
“I take my test tomorrow, then we’ll haul butt to Uvalde (Texas) to the college rodeo,” New said, noting that he and Keaton are on the rodeo team at A&M.
College life is important to New. He traveled the ProRodeo trail all summer long trying to make a living at it. When summer ended, and with earnings running dry, New returned to campus.
“I had to get my education first,” he said.
He’s a young man who has placed a college degree atop his priorities, but he sees rodeo in his future. You see, he made his first run six years ago when he was a freshman in high school and has taken to it.
“I just watched it and loved it, and I thought I wanted to try it,” said New, whose father and uncle have competed in rodeo. “I ran my first steer in Gonzalez, Texas, got off and was just ate up with it ever since then.
“I feel like it’s a man’s sport in a man’s game.”
He is making the right moves to play the man’s game, too.
“In five years, I hope to own my own, self-sufficient business so I can rodeo,” New said. “I hope to be at the NFR and (have) graduated from A&M with a degree.”
He has grand dreams, and he’s taking the steps – and the lessons – to make sure he does things the right way.
Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1. Dustin Bowen, 81 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Patron; 2. Donnie O’Bris, 80; 3. Tilden Hooper, 79; 4. Taylor Broussard, 77; 5. Matt Crumpler, 74; 6. (tie) Lane Lerche and Justin Pollmiller, 72.
Steer wrestling: 1. Jarret New, 4.6 seconds; 2. Troy Lee Keaton, 5.2; 3. Shayde Etherton, 6.0; 4. Jacob Talley, 7.3.
Team roping: 1. Ty Blasingame/Cole Davison, 4.4 seconds; 2. Quisto Lopez/Keagan Duncan, 4.8; 3. Nathan McWhorter/Kinney Harrell, 5.1; 4. Cory Smothers/Zack Bocco, 5.3; 5. Tyler Wade/Tyler Barton, 5.6; 6. Caleb Mitchell/Jaytin mcCright, 22.6.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Kobyn Williams, 80 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Buckskin Sally; 2. Brady Nicholes, 79; 3. Doug Aldridge, 65; 4. Tol Cawley, 62.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Cody Sacula, 7.9 seconds; 2. Casey Harmon, 16.0; 3. Ricky Canton, 18.8; 4. Austin Posey, 21.6.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 15.84 seconds; 2. Jill Tanner, 16.04; 3. Nikki Steffes, 16.15; 4. Lacey Donegan, 16.61; 5. Jane Melby, 16.77; 6. Carley Richardson, 21.03; 7. Mallory Wheeler, 22.26; 8. Christine Laughlin, 26.52; 9. Paula Stamps, 38.36.
Bull riding: 1. Stormy Wing, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Grave Digger; 2. Caleb Sanderson, 87; 3. Dustin Bowen, 84; 4. Kyle Jeppesen Loudon, 82.