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