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History of the UWRF Rodeo Club

The idea of the UWRF Rodeo Club was conceived in 1962, and was finally established in 1964. That same year (1964) the organization became part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). It was then known as the River Falls Collegiate Rodeo Association. The first rodeo was held on May 16-17 of 1964, and was (as it still is) a student run event. The timeline for that weekend included a dance and parade, as well as the rodeo performances themselves. The events included in the rodeo performances focused on the standard rodeo events: saddle bronc riding, bull riding, bareback bronc riding, bulldogging and calf roping. Western pleasure classes, the stock horse class, and barrel racing and pole bending contests were also included.  

Since that first rodeo, the UWRF Rodeo Club has grown and thrived while maintaining a healthy club membership over the years. Students are drawn to the experiences that the Rodeo Club offers. Team members get a chance to travel the Great Plains Region representing UWRF. Club members have the opportunity to become involved in running the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo, among other events and activities. The rodeo itself has evolved, and now boasts nine main events. Still held annually, the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo provides a place for students and the River Falls community to connect, and to support a proud and long-standing tradition.


For more info on how to join the club and team, click here for the team and here for the club.  Or, click here to learn more about the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo and other events. 

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