Ross with parents Jim and Vicky Mitchell, brother Clay and Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Sain. Brother Clay is the #7 ranked rodeo cowboy in Canada.  Photo by Ginger Tester.

County Commission Honors Mitchell

Ross Mitchell of Bolivar, who recently completed his freshman season at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was honored by the Hardeman County Commission on August 15 for his second place finish in the national standings at the 69th annual College National Finals Rodeo.
Mitchell joined forces this past June with East Mississippi’s Ethan Wheeler to record a time of 5.5 seconds during Saturday’s performance round – which was clocked as the best time out of the 12 qualified teams, which gave them second place in the overall competition. Wheeler, a freshman was the Heeler, while Mitchell was the Header in the tandum.
“I remember roping with Mr. Mitchell,” said Hardeman County Commissioner Johnny Vickers, “While the kids played on the tractor.”
Considered the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo, the CNFR is a weeklong event where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges from the NIRA’s 11 regions compete for a chance to rope and ride at the CNFR.