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CCC Roper Cale Markham Earns Trip to College National Finals

May 9, 2012

Header Cale Markham and his partner Dustin Searcy compete at the 2012 NIRA Rodeo in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Markham will represent CCC at the College National Finals in June.

Header Cale Markham and his partner Dustin Searcy compete at the 2012 NIRA Rodeo in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Markham will represent CCC at the College National Finals in June.

Coffeyville Community College sophomore Cale Markham has finished the regular season in first place for the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).  As a header in the team roping event, Markham and his partner, Dustin Searcy from Northwest Oklahoma State University, moved into first place.

Markham has secured a trip to the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming in June. There are 11 regions in the NIRA and first place winners from each will come together and compete at the College National Finals.

Markham is a third generation roper coming from a family of ropers.  His Grandpa, Wade Markham, and Dad, Clint Markham, had Cale roping from the time he could walk.  He grew up around the roping arena and truly loves the sport.

Cale travels with three horses but his "go to" horse is a 21 year old horse named Cowboy that his Grandpa actually owns.  “Although Cowboy is older than most horses traveling the circuit, he is dependable and I can count on him to get the job done,” says Cale.

Markham not only team ropes for the NIRA, but also in the, PRCA and the ACRA circuits.  Currently he also tops the ACRA Team Roping standings as a header as well.   When asked about his plans for the future, Cale says, “I want to rodeo full-time, but I know my first priority is getting my education.  After I get my degree who knows, I’m going to play it by ear.”

For now, Cale is concentrating on finishing college and doing well at the National Finals.  He thanks his coach Johnny Weil for all his support and encouragement.  “Johnny is the best!  He is there when I need him to help keep me on track and make sure I’m doing exactly what it takes to get my education.”

Cale is the son of Clint and Kathy Markham and has a little sister named Terri.  He is native of Vinita, Oklahoma, and when he is not at school, or on the rodeo circuit, he works for his dad at their family business.

If you are actively involved in rodeo, whether timed events or rough stock, and would like to be a part of the CCC Rodeo Team, contact Johnny Weil at 620.252.7700 X 2105, or visit www.coffeyville.edu.