The beginning months of the year are always busy with classes starting, chapters beginning meetings, homework and clubs on campus putting on events. On January 25, 2013 the Kansas State University Rodeo Club hosted the second annual KSU Championship Bull Riding Challenge, which is a stop on the Horizon Series Tour. Bull riders from all over the world came to Weber Arena on the K-State Campus to ride bulls provided by Brad Vogele from Arkansas City, MO. This year’s event brought in about 2,000 people compared to last years event, bringing in about 1,500. The event was put on completely by Rodeo Club members and in turn all profits that were raised go to the Rodeo Club Scholarship Fund. Approximately $4,000 will be deposited into the scholarship fund to award next year. One of the Rodeo Club’s own, Daniel Unruh, participated during the event as a bullfighter. The event kept the crowd engaged with Corey Britt as the events Funny Man. High scores, upbeat music, funny acts and lots of eight-second rides made for an eventful night at Weber Arena. “I think it went well and we are just looking to make the show bigger and better each year,” said Adam Pack, Rodeo Club President. “We want to thank everyone who came out and supported the club and the CBR tour this year.”
The KSU Championship Bull Riding Challenge isn’t the only event the Rodeo Club hosts in the spring semester. The club is currently preparing for its annual K-State Ironwoman Competition on February 9, 2013. This event is an all women’s event, with ladies competing in Barrel Racing, Goat Tying and Breakaway hoping in hopes of becoming the next K-State Ironwoman. If women participate in all three events they become eligible for the title. All the times from the three events are combined and averaged to crown a winner. If women want to only compete in one or two of the events only that is okay too, however, they won’t be eligible for the title. The prize for being Ironwoman, a belt buckle provided by the Rodeo Club made by Maynard Buckles located in New Mexico. Women that compete on the NIRA Central Plains region are able to get a sneak peek at Weber Arena for the 57th Annual K-State Intercollegiate Rodeo.
The K-State Intercollegiate Rodeo is being held February 22-24, 2013. This is the largest fundraising event the Rodeo Club hosts each year. During this event more than nine colleges will be represented. Rodeo student-athletes will compete to earn points to qualify for the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY June 9-16, 2013. Last year the rodeo brought in about 10,000 people to the Manhattan, KS area. With performances in the evenings on Friday and Saturday, or matinee on Saturday or Sunday there is something for everyone to watch. The Saturday matinee caters to families with children 12 and under getting in free with two canned goods to donate to the Flint Hills Breadbasket with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will also be a boot scramble for kids to participate in. Cowboys and cowgirls will compete to win their events and in turn earn a buckle also provided by Maynard Buckles. Club members in every way put on the rodeo, from opening gates and chutes to selling tickets or t-shirts, club members make this event happen. Profits made during the rodeo go to the scholarship fund and community outreach activities. Be sure to visit the Rodeo Club’s website to keep up with their upcoming events and activities http://www.k-staterodeo.com , or their Facebook page Kansas State University Rodeo Club/ Team. Hope to see you at some of our events.
Nicole L. Woods, KSU Rodeo Club Social Chair