The UWRF Rodeo History began in 1964 by David Stafford who organized the UWRF Rodeo Club. In less than one year, the club included over 50 members and the plan began for the First Annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo. Every year following, the Rodeo Club has worked hard to put on college rodeos for the fans in the River Falls area.
All are welcome! UWRF's Rodeo is open to the public and UWRF students are highly encouraged to attend.
The rodeo is located at UWRF's Campus Lab Farm, at the intersection of Cemetery Rd and Wasson Ln.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or for a discount at the University Center or the Agricultural Science bldg at the following days and times:
2012 Rodeo Pricing:
At the Door:
UWRF Students: $8
Children (4-12): $8
Tickets purchased pre-sale are $2 off the original price.
UWRF members of the Rodeo Club who are on the Rodeo Team are eligible to participate in the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo. About 1/4 of Rodeo Club members participate on the Rodeo Team. There are no requirements to join Rodeo Club, and members are encouraged to participate in as many events as possible to get to know other club members and join in the fun! There are however, requirements that must be met to compete on the UWRF Rodeo Team. See below.
To be a member of the Rodeo Team, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) requires that members are a full-time student, with a GPA of at least a 2.0. Any student who meets these requirements and who purchases their NIRA membership can compete. There are many universities that compete at UWRF's Rodeo. The Great Lakes region consists of schools from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Students come from as far as Spearfish, South Dakota (a 12 hour drive) just to participate in our Rodeo!
UWRF's Rodeo averages 300 participants, which includes students from across the Great Lakes region. Barrel racing always has the most contestants, but all events are equally entertaining to watch.
College rodeo events include:
Each rodeo performance usually lasts around 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Rhere are usually three performances run over the course of a Friday and Saturday. The first two performances of the weekend are referred to as the "Long go." Every college student will compete in one of the two performances, trying to make it to the "Short go," which is the last performance on Saturday night. Students compete in the "Short go" on Saturday night if they are one of the top ten scoring contestants in their event during the "Long go."
UWRF's Rodeo Club sell t-shirts at the performances, and there is a large food stand available with delicious treats.