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Oldest collegiate rodeo in nation calls Colorado State University home for 61st year

March 30, 2010

For the 61st year, the Colorado State University Rodeo Team will host the Skyline Stampede collegiate rodeo. The annual event is the longest-running and one of the largest collegiate rodeos in the nation.

Skyline Stampede April 2-4

The Skyline Stampede is April 2-4 at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center in Fort Collins, and features three performances:

  • Friday at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday at 10 a.m. is the championship round

The rodeo is produced by student-members of the CSU Rodeo Team and is their annual fundraiser.

450 collegiate competitors

The Skyline Stampede was the first collegiate rodeo in history and remains a standard on which other college rodeos are measured. For example, in years past, the rodeo has hosted over 400 contestants, the most for any collegiate rodeo.

Competitors at the Skyline Stampede are members of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the governing body of collegiate rodeo, and represent schools in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The rodeo will feature some of the region's best livestock and the classic events, including:

  • bareback riding
  • barrel racing
  • breakaway roping
  • bull riding
  • calf roping
  • goat tying
  • saddle bronc riding
  • steer wrestling
  • team roping

A special ribbon roping is also planned.

Collegiate teams participating

Teams from the following colleges and universities are expected to compete at this year's Skyline Stampede:

  • Laramie County Community College
  • Casper College
  • University of Wyoming
  • Central Wyoming College
  • Gillette College
  • Eastern Wyoming College
  • Chadron State College
  • Sheridan College
  • University of Colorado
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Mesa State College
  • Larimer Community College
  • Northeastern Junior College

Tradition began in 1922

The rodeo tradition at CSU began in 1922 when the Colorado A&M Livestock Club held a rodeo for a fundraiser. The Skyline Stampede has been produced since 1950 and has been held at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center since 1989. The Equine Center is an indoor, heated arena that provides stadium and bleacher seating for 2,000 spectators.

Tickets available at the door

Tickets for the Skyline Stampede are available at the door. Adult and senior admission is $5; students are $3; children are $3; and children under 6-years-old are free. Tickets are also available from Norm Dalsted (B314 Clark Building) or Barb Brown (B318 Clark Building).

Contact: Norm Dalsted
Phone: (970) 491-5627