Former Oakdale High School graduate Colton Farquer will be saddling up and heading to Casper, Wyoming for the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo. Farquer, a current student at Cal Poly, is a champion tie down roper and will be competing in the seven-day event that begins Sunday, June 12 and wraps up on Saturday, June 18.
Earlier this year, Farquer had won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association West Coast Region Champion Tie Down Roper championship. The Oakdale resident is currently ranked eighth in the national standings and is looking for a CNFR Finals championship. His younger brother, also an OHS alum, Caden Farquer is ranked fifth in the region.
Like most successful athletes, the older Farquer has been under the tutelage of a mentor. Former PRCA World Champion Jerold Camarillo took Farquer under his wing and has helped mold and mentor Farquer for his career. Camarillo, recently inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame, and Farquer will be traveling with two of his horses. Sterling At Parr or “Woody” and Snipper Oak “Keene” and both were trained by the duo of Farquer and Camarillo.
A win for Farquer would be the latest achievement for the Bio Resource and Agriculture Engineering major. He is a three-time High School National Finals Rodeo qualifier, 2013 California State High School Champion, California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Tie Down Rookie of the Year in 2012, three time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier, CTRA, Oakdale Ten Steer, Reserve Champion Header in 2013, Reserve Champion Heeler (2015), Poly Royal Rodeo Champion Tie Down Roper in 2015, World Series of Team Roping Finals Qualified and top 15 Tie Down Roper, PRCA - California Circuit in 2013.
When he is not roping and riding, Farquer is a competitive fisherman. He competes in the college fishing tournaments for the Cal Poly College Bass Fishing Team. The team placed second in the Conference Championship and earned a spot in the 2015 Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament.