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Oldest collegiate rodeo in nation calls Colorado State University home for 58th year

April 1, 2009

For the 58th 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 3-5

The Skyline Stampede is April 3-5 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., and the Championship round is at 10 a.m. Sunday. The rodeo is produced by student-members of the CSU Rodeo Team and is their annual fundraiser.

450 collegiate competitors

The Skyline Stampede has attracted some 450 collegiate competitors this year. 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 regions best livestock and the classic events of bareback riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, calf roping, goat tying, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. A special ribbon roping is also planned.

“The CSU Rodeo Team is so excited to keep with the tradition and legacy of rodeo at Colorado State,” said CSU Rodeo Team member Angela Iacolucci. “We’ve worked hard to make this one of the best rodeos in the Central Rocky Mountain Region, and we invite our Wyoming and Nebraska neighbors to support their teams at the Skyline Stampede.”

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

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 1952 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. 

Today, the CSU Rodeo Team is one of the largest club sports organizations at CSU.

Ticket information

Tickets for the Skyline Stampede are available at the door. Adult admission is $7, students are $3, senior citizens and children are $5 and children under 6-years-old are free.


For more information on the Skyline Stampede or the CSU Rodeo Team, call Norm Dalsted at (970) 222-5657 or e-mail Tickets are also available from Dr. Dalsted (B314 Clark Building) or Barb Brown (B318 Clark Building).

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