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2017 McNeese Hall of Fame Inductees - Monday, October 23, 2017

McNeese State University is celebrating the careers and accomplishments of three former rodeo members—James Boudreaux, Holly Foster Berry and Dickie McBride—by inducting them into the 2017 McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony and reception for the recipients and their families and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Chalkley Room at Burton Coliseum—home of the Rodeo Hall of Fame. The honorees will then be introduced that night during the 63rd McNeese Rodeo at the Burton Outdoor Arena.

McNeese rodeo competes in the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which today consists of 12 regions.

Boudreaux, of Sulphur, was a four-year College National Finals Rodeo qualifier at the NIRA finals in bareback and bull riding. He finished fourth in the bareback competition in 1992 and won the CNFR bareback national championship in 1995.

Berry, of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, is co-owner/manager of Monster Bull riding schools, bucking stock and event productions, as well as a successful barrel racing coach and horse trainer.

At McNeese, Berry was the 1986 and 1987 Southern Region champion barrel racer and a member of the region’s champion women’s team. Berry qualified for the 1986 and 1987 CNFR finals in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. In 1987, she was the NIRA champion in barrel racing and the CNFR all-around Cowgirl reserve champion and a member of the reserve champion women’s team.

She transferred to California Polytechnic State University where she continued to win five regional championships and two national championships. Berry also competed in the WPRA circuit in barrel racing. She is a 1993 graduate of McNeese.

McBride, of DeRidder, was the 1972 Southern Region reserve champion in bull riding and he went on to the CNFR finals in that same category where he finished fourth.

Upon graduating from McNeese in 1973, McBride went to work for the Wisconsin-based pro rodeo company, Rodeos Inc., competing and working in pro rodeos. After moving to DeRidder in 1975, McBride became pro-active in, and has been the backbone of, the DeRidder Rodeo Association for 42 years.

In 2007, he started the Sabine River Rodeo Co. with another McNeese graduate and rodeo great Jim Leslie and DeRidder native Gene Plush. His company furnishes stock for the annual McNeese NIRA Rodeo. McBride’s wife, Pat, and their son, K.C. are also McNeese graduates who competed for the McNeese rodeo team.

The McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame preserves the rich rodeo traditions at McNeese and houses national and regional championship trophies, plaques of Hall of Fame inductees and historic photos. There is an interactive video that provides more information about the Hall of Fame and its members, as well as the history of McNeese rodeo.


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