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How to Join 

  •  Club vs. the Team

    • Team

    • Club

      • Come to one of our meetings on campus!

      • Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in the Agriculture Science Building, room 211.

      • You do not need a horse to be a club member. Club members can participate in all of our fun events throughout the year, even travel down the rodeo road with us!

      • Club Contact:


Competing on the Team

  • Do I need my own horse?

    • To compete on the team, yes

    • To be in the club, no

  • What events can you do?

    • Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, breakaway roping,  goat tying, barrel racing

  • What is the minimum grade point average to be able to Rodeo?

    • 2.0 GPA

  • Travel and Lodging on the Road?

    • $25 per horse

    • $25 for hotel

    • We Travel as a Team

      • We have a school truck, but also use members personal vehicles

      • You do not need your own truck or trailer

      • UWRF owns two stock trailers and is sponsored with a third stock trailer

  • Entry fees?

    • Entry fees start at $60 per event. Unless you do two or more events. The additional events are $40 per event. 

      • Possible fees may be charged for specific events (cattle charge) or fees from a previous rodeo if you violate any rules.

      • For example Sally competes in three events, these are her entry fees:

        • Barrel Racing $60

        • Goat Tying $40

        • Breakaway Roping $40

          •  $10 cattle fee

        • Total weekend entry fee for Sally =$150 instead of $180 

  • Is rough stock equipment/gear provided?

  • How many rodeos?

    • Fall Semester: 6 rodeos

    • Spring Semester: 4 rodeos

  • We are apart of the Great Plains Region. These are the current colleges that host rodeos in our region. (Colleges that host rodeos are subject to change)

    • Wisconsin

      • River Falls

    • Nebraska

      • University of Nebraska Lincoln, Mid Plains Community College

    • Iowa

      • Iowa State University, Iowa Central Community College

    • North Dakota

      • North Dakota State University, Dickinson State University

    • South Dakota

      • South Dakota State University, Black Hills State University


  • What is NIRA?

  • How do I get my NIRA card?

    • Fill out team member application here

    • Mail the following to NIRA:

      • Completed NIRA membership paperwork (will receive forms from UWRF Rodeo coaches)

      • $270 cashiers check addressed to NIRA

      •  ALL official transcripts must be received by NIRA from the University/High School you received credit from. Transcripts MUST be a paper copy and sent in a sealed envelope to the NIRA office at​​...

NIRA Membership Office

 2033 Walla Walla Ave

Walla Walla, WA 99362

Team Practices

  • When and where are practices?

    • Full Team: Wednesdays at 7pm (subject to change) at the Lab Farm 1​​​

    • Individual Events: 

      • Timed events practice with Coach Lacy

      •  Rough Stock events practice with Coach Matt

      • Practices include live roping cattle, live goats, drill work, barrel patterning, watching video, etc.

  • If I board off campus, how do I get my horse to practice?

    • There are multiple team members who board their horse(s) off campus. You can either haul your horse to practice with your own trailer, or ask someone else if you can haul with them. 

  • Is practice mandatory?

    • Yes, you must attend ⅔ of practices to compete on the team


Boarding at the Lab Farm

  • Total cost for boarding?

    • $135 per month

      • You provide your own feed, hay and care

      • Shavings are provided

      • Horse(s) must have current, UTD coggins and vaccines

      • You must attend ⅔ of the rodeos that semester to board on campus

      • The horse you board on campus must compete at ⅔ of rodeos

      • Horses have turnouts for the day and a stall for nights

      • Horses are only permitted to board while fall and spring courses are in session

      • Interested in a Lab Farm tour?