The Colorado State University (CSU) Rodeo Club is one of the largest and most active sport club organizations on the CSU campus. The 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 the College National Finals Rodeo in June. CSU not only has the distinction of holding the first official college rodeo, but is also 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 organization.
The 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 and hosts the Skyline Stampede Rodeo, the oldest collegiate rodeo in the country. There are additional fundraising activities during the year, which help provide support for the rodeo team and the club in general. Past efforts have generated an endowment fund, from which scholarships are available on an annual basis.
The CSU Rodeo Club provides the opportunity for students to compliment their education. Colorado State University provides educational opportunities that are not available at other institutions in the geographic region, including the premier Equine Sciences Program and College of Veterinary Medicine. CSU is an excellent place for a rodeo contestant or enthusiast to obtain an exceptional education while being able to enjoy their sport.