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Texas Tech Rodeo ready to ride again

The thrill of collegiate rodeo makes its return to Lubbock Oct. 25-27 when ropers and riders from across the United States, Canada and Australia make their way to the Texas Tech University’s Equestrian Center for the 58th Annual Texas Tech Rodeo.

The center is located in the Tejas Estates, which is one mile west of 50th Street & Upland Ave.

Biggest Event. Officials are expecting a great turnout for the 58th annual event, which kicks off at 7 p.m. each evening. Contestants from 16 colleges and universities throughout the Southwest region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will be competing in different rodeo events.

“This event, our host rodeo, is one of the NIRA’s biggest events of the year,” said Chris Guay, Tech Rodeo Team coach. “We hope people will come early and stay late to cheer on our Raider Rodeo Team members.”

‘University Night’. Tickets for nightly performances are $8 Thursday and Friday nights and $10 Saturday night with children five and under admitted free. Thursday has been designated ‘University Night’ and Tech students get half price admission with valid Tech ID.

Featured events include bull riding, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Slack competitions or preliminaries will also be held during the day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday and are free to the public.

Calf Dressing? This year’s event promises to bring some new action to the event, including a Friday morning performance that features several bull riders and other competitors trying to advance to the Saturday night top ten finals, also known as the short-go round. In addition to the usual rodeo competition each night, a calf dressing contest will be available to any Tech student organization’s three-person team.

Texas Tech’s Masked Rider will be available to sign autographs prior to all evening shows.

Scholarship Support. Proceeds from the Texas Tech Rodeo go to scholarships and general support for the students in the Texas Tech University Rodeo program.

Guay pointed out that entry fees for rodeo contestants are $25 for each three-person team and should be received by noon on Oct. 19 in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Animal and Food Science building in Room 220 to ensure a spot. Sign up by e-mail at chris.guay@ttu.edu or in person in Room 220.

– Written by Brittni Drennan

Visit the Texas Tech rodeo website at www.ttu.edu/rodeo

Note: Photo of TTU Barrel Racer (top,right) by Richard Whittenburg

 

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