Local News: Championship College Rodeo to be held in Sikeston (9/23/22)

SIKESTON — The Three Rivers College Championship College Rodeo, presented by Farm Credit Southeast Missouri, will be held Oct. 13-15. The event, co-hosted by the Sikeston Jaycees, will be held at Art Saunders Arena on the grounds of the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.

The rodeo will start at 7 p.m. on October 13 and 14 and at 3 p.m. on October 15. Tickets will cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under. Three Rivers students and employees will be admitted for $5 by showing their TRC ID. Doors will open one hour prior to start time.

Three Rivers College is coming off its best season. Casey Roberts won the National Bull Riding Championship at the College National Finals Rodeo in June, and teammate Cole Skender finished third. Kolby Krieger also finished 30th in tie-down. Between those three Raiders, Three Rivers finished fifth in the nation out of 49 teams.

“We went there with three guys,” said Three Rivers Rodeo trainer Chad Phipps. “Out of the 150 teams competing, we managed to finish fifth in the country and I think that’s a major achievement.”

The event is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and will feature the top competitors from the Association’s 15 Ozark area college rodeo teams. Participating colleges include Central Methodist University, East Mississippi Community College, Erskine College, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, Missouri Valley College, Murray State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas- Monticello, University of Kentucky, University of West Alabama, and University of Tennessee at Martin, as well as Three Rivers College. Teams will compete for top rodeo honors, regional standings and points to qualify for the College Rodeo National Finals in June 2023.

“We are thrilled to bring the college rodeo to Sikeston again this year,” said Phipps. “Sikeston has many rodeo fans and we are thrilled to be working with the Jaycees to bring another fun and exciting rodeo event to the area. This rodeo will allow our students to show off their skills at home while bringing in other competitors from across the country.

The rodeo will include bull riding, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, goat tethering and various roping competitions.

At each performance there will be a free calf race for children ages 5-12 sponsored by Montgomery Bank. On Saturday, October 15, from 2-6 p.m., GoSEMO Fiber-sponsored Phillips Exotics Petting Zoo will be available for little cowboys and cowgirls.

Cowboy Kenny Steel Rodeo returns this year to delight attendees with a daring off-road motorcycle show to close out each night. This specialty act features an 11-time X Games champion, who is one of the most successful dirt bike riders in Freestyle Motocross.

“The rodeo will attract approximately 300 competitors in addition to their coaches, families and spectators of the sport,” Phipps said.

In conjunction with College Rodeo, there will be a Slack competition after the rodeo on October 13 and again at 9 a.m. on October 14. It will be free.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

Championship College Rodeo tickets are on sale at the Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers College Student Accounts Office in Poplar Bluff. From October 13-15, they will be available beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the grounds of the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, 1308 N. Ingram Road in Sikeston.

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