Madison “Maddi” Huber is one of nine Black Hills State University Rodeo Team athletes who competed in the College National Finals Rodeo, the nation’s leading college rodeo event, last week. The BHSU women's team placed sixth at the national tournament.
As Maddi participated in the final competition of her college rodeo career, she also looked forward to her next challenge. She received a full tuition scholarship for law school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A political science and English major from Mandan, N.D., Maddi says the atmosphere of the College National Finals Rodeo is like none other.
“When you walk in you see a yellow wrap around the area. It’s a unique characteristic to the College Finals. The performances are packed and you’re competing against those you’ll see as professionals. College is the only time you get to experience the team setting in rodeo,” says Maddi.
This was Maddi’s third time attending CNFR as an athlete, but her first time competing in the breakaway roping event at the national competition.
Rodeo is a way of life to Maddi who grew up on a horse ranch near Bismarck, N.D. She began riding horses on her own at age five.
When choosing a University to attend, Maddi says she knew she wanted to rodeo but that education was her first priority. She recalls meeting Glen Lammers, head rodeo coach at BHSU and four time Great Plains Region Coach of the Year, her senior year of high school.
“Glen is a motivator. For me, BHSU struck that balance between athletics and academics,” says Maddi.
Maddi’s study breaks at BHSU were spent riding her horse in the pasture at Seven Down Arena located near the BHSU campus or in one of her many campus leadership activities. The BHSU Rodeo Team travels 8,000 miles each year to participate in 10 rodeos. Maddi still found the time to serve in Student Senate, as a Presidential Student Ambassador, and helped to create the Thompson Diversion Program, while also participating in Debate when her scheduled allowed.
Having graduated from BHSU in May, Maddi says she remembers the brilliance, kindness and compassion of political science professors including Dr. Ahrar Ahamd, Dr. Vincent King, and Dr. Pamela Carriveau.
“I really enjoyed their classes and stopping by their offices,” says Maddi. “They helped me get into law school. I will definitely miss them.”
Maddi goes into the College National Finals Rodeo as an individual event qualifier for the first time in her career. She’s also coming off of the first all-around win of her career, having won the BlueHawk Stampede in May.
The individual accolades are surprising for Maddi who says she enjoys the comradery of her close-knit team at BHSU. The BHSU Rodeo Team is like a family, and for Maddi, that couldn’t be more accurate.
Maddi’s younger brother, Trey Huber, attends BHSU and competes on the Rodeo Team. While attending law school in Nebraska, she looks forward to attending his rodeos in Lincoln and Brookings, to see the team again, and to root for the Yellow Jackets.
“The sport of rodeo led me to BHSU,” says Maddi. “I’m very happy with my decision to obtain my degree from BHSU.”