— Courtesy of Weatherford College
The name Tew has become synonymous with roping success in the Weatherford College rodeo program.
Cody Tew won a national championship in 2007, the first in school history. Cadee Tew reached the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) two years ago.
And now the siblings’ younger brother Casey Tew, a freshman, is off to a strong start in team roping for WC head rodeo coach Johnny Emmons’ squad.
Midway through the season, Tew found himself sitting atop the team roping-header standings in the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings. Clearly, coming along behind two very successful siblings was not a hindrance.
In fact, he said he relished the chance to follow in their footsteps.
“Their coming here was a huge influence on me,” he said. “If they hadn’t had so much success here, I’m not sure where I’d have gone.”
Not only did the success of Cody and Cadee influence the freshman’s decision to come to Weatherford College, the entire family relocated to the area from Montana. Two springs ago they moved to Lipan, a rodeo hotbed for this area.
“We really enjoy it. You get to rope a lot down here,” Casey said. “We pretty much came down here because all the best rodeo schools are down here.”
Those successful schools include Weatherford College, which is riding a nine-year streak of sending athletes to the CNFR. Emmons believes the streak will reach 10 this year, and that the latest member of the Tew family could be making the trip.
“He’s gotten off to a good start,” Emmons said. “His coming here was determined a few years ago. It’s a tradition now.”
Like his siblings, Casey was raised around roping. He worked with his father, who trained horses for years in Montana.
“By the time I came along, we were a rodeo family,” he said with a chuckle.
Cody is 25 now and Cadee is 22. Another older brother, 28-year-old Cole, attended Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant and later Montana State.
“I’m the youngest one, and I’m proud to carry on this legacy,” said Casey.
“Cody and Cadee didn’t just compete here,” Emmons said. “They left a mark, and Casey wants to do the same.”