Rodeo qualifies FFA member for nationals

During the third weekend in May, Coltin Nobles, a Barnwell High School student and the 2013-2014 President of the Barnwell County Career Center FFA Chapter, worked hard to not only plan and set-up the high school rodeo arena with fellow chapter members for his FFA chapter's two-day rodeo event at the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds, but also practiced and prepped his horse and himself for three high school rodeo events - saddle bronc riding, calf roping, and team roping.
Nobles would finish well both nights in Orangeburg, which kept him on target to obtain his goal of All Around Cowboy at the State Finals in Clemson May 23-25.
Earlier this year, Nobles placed fourth at the U.S. Team Roping Championships in Oklahoma with his father, Jade Nobles, as his partner.
During the recent S.C. High School Rodeo Association State Finals, Nobles roped with Cory Clark, an FFA member from McBee High School, each night to win the average in team roping for the weekend and Reserve Team Roping Champions for the year. In addition, Nobles won the average in calf roping for the weekend, Reserve Champion in Calf Roping, a third place finish in the state for Saddle Bronc Riding, and Reserve All-Around Cowboy for the year. Nobles's horse, "Otis", also won the AQHA Horse of the Year for S.C., which earned Coltin a $250 scholarship and a head stall for Otis. The award goes to the horse that was nominated and got the most points at the State Finals. Coltin also won the Jason Shugart Memorial Award. It is for the cowboy that excels at both ends of the arena. The High School Rodeo recommends a rider and then the Shugart family chooses the recipient. Coltin Nobles qualified for National's in all three events (calf roping, team roping, and saddle bronc). Nationals will be held this summer in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Coltin Nobles is a rising senior at Barnwell High School and will participate in his third year of Agriculture Program and FFA Chapter at the Barnwell County Career Center beginning in August. He was recently awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award at the Barnwell County Career Center FFA's Annual Awards Dinner.
Coltin is the son of Jade and Pam Nobles of Barnwell.