The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association was created here in 1949

As Sul Ross State University dominated the early years of the sport with all-time greats such as Harley May, Tex Martin, Jo Gregory Knox, Elisabeth Prude Longbotham and Donna Saul riding for the team. We also dominated in the 1980s with well-known team members including Tuff Hedeman, Cody Lambert and Jayne Gentry.

The Sul Ross rodeo team has earned nine national championships – seven for the men’s team, two for the women – and we are experiencing a resurgence led by nationally acclaimed coach C.J. Aragon. We produced many of the new faces of professional rodeo including Ky Hamilton, Tristen Hutchings and Cole Franks.

As the host of one of fall’s largest college rodeos, our facilities include the lighted and covered S.A.L.E. Arena, which was totally rebuilt in 2020, including stalls for team horses, and new stock handling pens.  Practice stock is provided for student use during scheduled practice sessions every weekday afternoon during rodeo season.

A number of scholarships are available, and financial assistance is provided for travel expenses for collegiate competition. We are also active throughout the year in fundraising events at Sul Ross.

Sul Ross Rodeo provides participants with opportunities for personal growth and academic development. Students within the program come from all walks of life and from all around the world.

The rodeo program enhances and develops values, morals and skills in its participants. Rodeo students major in many areas of studies, not just agriculture or animal science. Many past rodeo participants have gone on to become leaders in their communities and credit college rodeo for giving them the extra push needed to succeed in life.

When comparing programs, don’t just compare scholarships. Compare the total package.

We started college rodeo, and no one does it better than Sul Ross.