Dillon Sherrick is no stranger to rodeo.

The cowboy from Welch began riding and roping at 9-years-old.

Today, he is the 2017 Central Plains Region champion calf roper, and last month he competed for a national title in Casper, Wyoming.

Crediting his father for getting him started in roping, Sherrick said his dad has always competed in rodeos, and Sherrick wanted to be just like him.

After two years of college rodeo at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Sherrick and his horse, Hector, made the trek to Stillwater to begin his junior year in agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University. He will begin his senior year in August.

“I’ve always liked (OSU),” Sherrick said. “I came out here and talked to the rodeo coach, Cody Hollingsworth, and it just seemed like it was going to be a good fit for me.”

Sherrick competes for OSU in the tie-down roping as part of the rodeo team, which travels all over Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Missouri. His favorite parts of being on the rodeo team are the people and the family atmosphere of the team.

To earn the Central Plains Region champion calf roper title, Sherrick competed in all 10 rodeos in the region, posting the highest number of points at the end of the year.

In doing so, he earned a spot in the College National Finals Rodeo last month. Sherrick finished 26th in the tie-down roping.

“Dillon has been a great addition to our team,” said Hollingsworth, who is OSU Rodeo program and facilities coordinator. “His hard work and steady approach have helped him become a leader in a very short time. It’s great to see his efforts pay off with the success he has had this past year.”

Sherrick said his favorite rodeo memory was becoming the 2015 Indian World Champion Calf Roper at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2016, Sherrick also was invited to a roping event in Joplin, Missouri, where some of the top ropers in the world compete.

Sherrick and the rest of the OSU Rodeo Team will kick off their 2017-18 season on Friday, Sept. 15 at Colby (Kansas) Community College.

Part of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the OSU rodeo team was established in 1946 when six young men began practicing and competing together after they returned from World War II.

The team has been a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association since 1948 and competes in the Central Plains Region.

Today, the OSU rodeo team provides an opportunity for students to continue to grow in the sport and gain an education.

For more information, persons interested may visit rodeo.okstate.edu.