Local cowboy excels at nationals

From Staff Reports

Cameron Brown is one of the best teenaged rodeo participants in the country.

He proved it recently with his performance at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.

With more than 1,554 contestants, the event is classified as the largest rodeo in the world.

Brown exited the event with one of the best performances.

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy student and his team roping partner Ty Etheridge of Franklin, took second in the nation honors in national champion team roper competition.

Here is a breakdown of how he did in the competition:

Short-Go Round Winner: (Top 20-6.914 seconds)-Came back ninth in the average of the top-20 with the fastest tome in the short-go to finish second overall with 180 teams competing.

Twelfth-performance winner:(8.701 seconds): Thirty contestants or teams in the team roping complete a performance for each event, six performances make a go-round, two go-rounds and a short-go (top 20) make the rodeo with the high points for roughstock and cutting or fastest time in the timed events to win.

Brown took home several prizes, including 1,500, in college scholarships from national sponsors, $500 from heel-o-matic, $300 from Cahartt, $350 from Wrangler, including $250 for his performance in the Short-Go-Round competition.

Won Reserve National Champion buckle from Gist Silversmiths and other plaques and prizes from national sponsors.

Brown is a three time member of the National All-Star Rodeo team.

In addition to his rodeo success, Brown also has garnered honors for his work in the classroom. He has won the GPA Excellence Award Buckle for earning the highest grade point average in Georgia.

When not competing in rodeo, the Eagles' Landing Christian Academy honor roll student is an Eagle Scout at Troop 1 in Griffin, a member of the County Line United Methodist Church.

He also works at Brown's Christmas Tree Farm.

He is also a member of the United States Team Roping Championships where he has won three spots at their national finals in Oaklahoma City in October with his older brother Ethan Brown.

Ethan is a junior at Southern Tech. He is majoring in civil engineering.