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Hill College to Host Annual Rodeo

04.09.15

Hill College will host its 30th annual collegiate rodeo Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at the Hill College Rodeo Grounds on HCR 3108, east of Hillsboro.  Admission will be $5 per person and a concession stand will be available.

The rodeo showcases over 350 young men and women at the college level from across the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Southern Region.          

Friday, slack will be run at noon, with the performance to follow at 7:30 p.m. Slack will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, and there will be an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. The performances feature each college’s top athletes while the “slack” is an opportunity for other contestants to earn points and move up in the standings.

The rodeo features bareback-bronc riding, saddle-bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing.

Schools competing at the rodeo include Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University (SHSU), McNeese State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, University of Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Wharton County Junior College, Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC), Trinity Valley Community College and, of course, Hill College.

Pickett Pro Rodeo of Fairfield will be producing the rodeo, which will feature bronc stock from the legendary Night Jacket.

The Hill College men’s team comes into the rodeo at third place in the Southern Region, trailing Wharton County Junior College and SHSU. The women’s team is currently in fourth place behind McNeese State University, SHSU and Texas A & M University.

The top two teams and top three individuals from the region qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming in June.

This is the next to the last rodeo of the season with one remaining in Wharton the last weekend of the month before CNFR qualifiers are determined.

Hill College asks that fans wear red to support the rodeo teams.

For more information on Hill College rodeo, visit www.hillcollege.edu/athletics.