As the Snow College campus is filling up with new and returning students, so is the Snow College Rodeo team. Last year was the first year Snow considered rodeo a sport, just like football or basketball, and not just a club. With this came some big and exciting changes.
The Snow College rodeo coach, Kendra Sagers, laid out a five-year plan for the school when she was hired last year. This plan has since turned into a tw0-year plan.
The ground has been broken and the panels have been moved in for Snow College to have their own personal stall barn and full sized practice arena.
The arena will be located directly behind the tennis courts. The team is very excited to have this facility moving closer to campus. They feel it will make students more aware of and involved with the team.
The rodeo team and agricultural (ag) club are working to get the arena put up. This arena will not only be used for the rodeo team to practice but also all of the new and developing horsemanship, starting, breaking, training and equine classes that Snow is adding to the curriculum.
The Snow College rodeo team invites all students and Snow supporters to come down and get involved with the team. The team welcomes people to watch practices and to come to any of the rodeos. Mandatory practices are Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., but most nights will last until dark. Tuesday and Thursday practices are optional, but Snow students and supporters will always be able to find team members and other students at the arena practicing.
The rodeo team competes in both the fall semester and the spring semester. To recap a little from last year, returning team member Colton carter took home the most prestigious title in the region by securing Rocky Mountain Region All-around Cowboy along with two reserve titles, one in saddle bronc and one in bull riding. Cody Franson, a returning member, also claimed the alternate sport to go to nationals, taking fourth for the year in bareback riding. Kurt Turner also a returning member, took fourth in bull riding, putting him in the alternate spot for the region.
The rodeo team hopes to have another great year. They have a very strong team and feel that this year they have chance at not only bringing individual titles back to Snow but a team title as well.
The team will compete in three rodeos this fall. The first was the Southern Utah University rodeo in Cedar City, on September 5 and 6. They will travel to Pocatello, ID for the Idaho State University Rodeo on September 11,12, and 13. Finally they will be finishing off the fall season in Logan for the Utah State University rodeo on September 26 and 27.
The team would like to say thank you to the school and everyone who has helped push the growth of the rodeo team, the ag department and the entire equine program. If anyone would like to learn more about the team, they are welcome to stop by Kendra Sagers office in the Business Center. If you would like to follow the team and their standings, you can look on www.collegerodeo.com. The team will be listed under the Rocky Mountain Region results and standings.