Rodeo students and coaches recently unanimously elected Cody Pratt, a Monte Vista, Colo., junior at Fort Hays State University, to the position of student director for the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
The directorship, which Pratt holds for two years, acts as a liaison between the national board of the NIRA and the region.
"I wanted to get more involved in college rodeo because I can learn a lot, especially from working closely with the faculty director," said Pratt. "I'm in a position to find out what the students in the region really want from the national board and help them get what they need to succeed and have fun."
The Central Plains Region of the NIRA is the toughest and most competitive of them all, said Bronc Rumford, FHSU rodeo coach.
"It's a real honor that students from our region, the cream of the college crop, chose Cody as their leader," he said. "He exhibits everything you look for in a college student academically as well as in his quality of character."
"I've been around the rodeo for a long time and watched a lot of these kids grow up, and I have no doubt they picked the right guy," said Rumford.
Pratt, a team roper and steer wrestler, has been around rodeo for as long as he can remember, and he says he has always had a passion for it.
"My parents were involved, so I grew up around it," said Pratt. "I always knew I wanted to be involved, too."
Pratt will attend summer and winter national board meetings in Casper, Wyo., and Las Vegas, Nev., to participate in discussions with the national board pertaining to the region.
"He's the right guy for the job," said Rumford. "He will make Fort Hays State University proud."