UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

UWRF Rodeo Club

What is the UWRF Rodeo Club? 

The UWRF Rodeo club, started in 1964, is a group of students sharing the common bond of horses and the sport of rodeo. Students do not have to own a horse or rodeo competitively to be a member. Rodeo Club members work together to hold a two day rodeo every fall - the only college rodeo east of the Mississippi! 

In addition, the club hosts clinics conducted by professional cowboys/cowgirls in barrel racing, goat typing, roping and rough stock events. Beyond the rodeo arena, the club participates in parades, trail rides, bowling skiing and other fun activities. 

UWRF Rodeo Team
As a club member you have the opportunity to compete on the UWRF Rodeo Team. UWRF does not limit the number of riders who compete and even those who have never competed before are welcome to participate. Practices are held every Thursday and Sunday in the indoor and outdoor arenas with the team's practice stock. Members show a true team spirit, with more experienced members helping the novice riders.


Rodeo Team FAQ

How do I get myself and my horse to rodeos?

The Rodeo Team has a gooseneck trailer that can haul up to six horses. Additionally, we carpool horses and people in team members trucks and trailers.

How much will it cost to participate in rodeos?

The costs for traveling per rodeo are as follows:

  • $15 per horse
  • $10 per night for hotel
  • ~$60/event, rodeo entrance fee

Members not competing are welcome to go on the road as well! Money made from our fall rodeo helps pay for gas, hotel and other travel expenses.

Where can I board my horse?

There are many boarding facilities within and around the River Falls area; however, team members have the opportunity to keep their horses in the Rodeo Barn at Laboratory Farm 1. To board at the rodeo barn you must actively compete in college rodeos. Students provide their own feed and are responsible for their horses' complete care.

What is NIRA?

The UWRF Rodeo Team is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associationlink, Great Plains Region, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. Colleges within these states host ten rodeos throughout the school year. Events at these rodeos include bareback and saddlebronc riding, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, tie-down calf roping, team roping, goat tying, barrel racing and bull riding. And, at the end of the year, NIRA hosts the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. 

A NIRA card is required to compete. This can be acquired in the fall of the year before the first rodeo by submitting an application along with an official transcript(s) from your graduating high school and any colleges attended.

Questions?

Animal and Food Science Department
242 Agricultural Science
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls WI 54022
715-425-3704
anfdsci@uwrf.edu