Q. How Do I get on the NJC Rodeo Team?
A. Rodeo is an open sport at NJC. As long as you pay your dues, maintain 12 academic credit hours, keep a 2.0 or higher G.P.A and follow all team rules you can be a part of the team. Anyone can enter and compete at the collegiate rodeo as long as they are in good standing with the NIRA. The “Team” will consist of 6 men and 4 women. These individuals are chosen by the coach each week. Those chosen on the “team” will score points that will count toward the team standings. Those not on the “team” have the same opportunity to score points as those on the “team”. They get to keep their individual points.
Q. What are the hour requirements and grade point average requirements?
A. You must enroll in 12 academic hours per semester. This does not include PE Activity Courses. You must complete 12 hours per semester and pass at least 9 hours. You must have a semester GPA of 2.00 or 2.00 cumulative. You must pass 24 hours per year. If you drop below 12 hours, you cannot rodeo the next semester. See the NIRA rule book at www.collegerodeo.com for complete rules.
Q. What happens if I do not meet academic requirements?
A. At NJC we strive for student development and academic excellence along with taking your rodeo skills to the next level. Academics come first and our goal is for you to get a degree. If you do not meet the GPA requirements you will lose your privilege to rodeo and to practice.
Q. Does NJC offer Rodeo Scholarships?
A. Yes, you can print out an application form on our website at www.njc.edu under the athletics tab find rodeo and click on the scholarship application link. Please fill it out and return it by the deadline. It is recommended that you send a video of yourself competing. Then, contact Coach Brian Cullen to schedule a visit. Scholarships are awarded based on competition experience, and grades. Individuals should also apply for Federal and State Student Financial Aid.
Q. Do I have to compete to be in the Rodeo Club?
A. No, any student enrolled in NJC can be a member of the Rodeo Club. The club participates in fund raisers and events throughout the community.
Q. Where are the rodeos and how are they run?
A. There are 10 rodeos held in the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the NIRA. The fall rodeos are held in Chadron Nebraska, Riverton Wyoming, Sheridan Wyoming, Lamar Colorado and Cheyenne Wyoming. In the spring they are held in Gillette Wyoming, Torrington Wyoming, Fort Collins Colorado, Casper Wyoming, and Laramie Wyoming. Each rodeo starts on Friday and ends Saturday night with the “long round” where each contestant gets the chance to compete in their event once. Sunday the top ten from the “long round” come back and get to compete in the “short round”. Points are awarded to first through sixth place in the “long round,” “short round,” and “average.” The rodeos also pay out the jackpotted entry fees to the 1-4 position in the rounds and average.
Q. Is there a place to keep my horse?
A. Yes, NJC has a stalling facility with 60 covered runs within riding distance to the practice arenas. These runs were built for the rodeo team and are three hundred dollars per horse per semester. There are water hydrants in the middle of each shed row and a perimeter fence. Students are responsible for their own horse’s welfare and feed. Trailer parking is available at this facility.
Q. How is practice run?
A. NJC’s practice facility is second to none. We have 3 arenas including an indoor facility. Rodeo here is a sport and we train and practice daily. NJC provides its athletes involved in rodeo with plenty of practice stock to work on calf roping, team roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, and barrel racing. Rain or shine Tuesday through Friday we practice all events in a circuit fashion.
Q. Does the rodeo team travel to rodeos together?
A. Each contestant is responsible for their own travel accommodations. However, usually the students will pair up and travel together to cut costs. Some travel with the rodeo coaches.
Q. Can I win money at the College Rodeo?
A. Yes, each person pays an entry fee per event; per rodeo and unlike other college sports where the participants cannot compete for cash we do not have the same restrictions. Students who have a good weekend can pocket over $1000 a weekend.