The Colorado State University (CSU) Rodeo Club is one of the largest and most active sport club organizations on the CSU campus. Our club consists of approximately 50 active members who work to promote the sport of rodeo and compete within the ranks of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The club has over 15 traveling members, who compete at the 10 NIRA sanctioned rodeos within the Central Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Wyoming and Chadron, Nebraska). The top two individuals in each event and the top two teams within the region qualify to compete at College National Finals Rodeo in June. CSU not only has the distinction of holding the first official college rodeo, but also is nationally and regionally competitive. The club members that do not compete in NIRA sanctioned rodeos enjoy the sport, friendships and activities of the club, and are an integral part of the club.
Our club provides member students many opportunities to develop their capacity for leadership, social skills, ethics, business management, and athletics. During the year, the club holds practice two to three times per week as well as hosts the Skyline Stampede Rodeo, the oldest collegiate rodeo in the country. We have additional fund raising activities during the year, which help provide support for the rodeo team and the club in general. Past efforts of the club have generated an endowment fund, from which scholarships are available on an annual basis.
The CSU Rodeo Club provides a rare opportunity for our students to compliment their education. Colorado State University provides educational opportunities that are not available at other institutions in the geographic region. CSU is the home of the premier Equine Sciences Program and College of Veterinary Medicine. All of the adds up to the fact that CSU is an excellent place for a rodeo contestant or enthusiast to obtain an exceptional education while being able to enjoy “their sport”.