Photo courtesy of Weatherford College Oak Leaf Yearbook staff
Weatherford College rodeo athlete Reese Riemer competes in a recent rodeo.
Special to The Community News
Many of the top college rodeo athletes in the nation will be in Weatherford Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6 for the WC National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds.
The Thursday event begins at 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 7 p.m.
“After driving to Portales, Alpine, Borger and Vernon in the fall, it’s nice to start the spring at home,” said Mike Brown, WC head rodeo coach. “You’ll see some of the best talent in America. Many of these kids will be on the pro circuit after college.”
Fans will see bull riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and goat tying.
WC competes in the Southwest Region of the NIRA, including six four-year universities and 10 community colleges. Member schools include Angelo State, Clarendon, Eastern New Mexico, Frank Phillips, Howard, New Mexico Junior College, Odessa, Ranger, South Plains, Sul Ross, Tarleton, Texas Tech, Vernon, WC, West Texas A&M and Western Texas.
“Rodeo showcases the athleticism and hard work of our student-athletes and celebrates the heritage of the West,” said Dr. Steve Garippa, WC athletic director. “This is the only chance to see our rodeo team in action here in Parker County this year, so we hope to see plenty of fans there to cheer on our students.”
WC has several competitors at or near the top of their event categories in the regional standings for the year. George Rowland and Chris DeMases rank first and second, respectively, in tie-down roping. Cord Spradley ranks third in steer wrestling, Jake Cobb is fourth in team roping-heeler and Jayci Miller is fourth in breakaway roping.
Photo: WC rodeo athlete Reese Riemer competes in a recent rodeo. Photo by the WC Oak Leaf Yearbook staff.