College Rodeo Season Put on Hold
College National Finals Rodeo still up in the air
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University rodeo team had high expectations this spring after a successful fall season.
But instead of gearing up to compete in a rodeo arena , the Yellow Jackets rodeo season has been grounded.
Last week, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association recommended to its member schools that they suspend all spring rodeos due to
the coronavirus pandemic.
So unfortunately, Black Hills State had to cancel the Yellow Jacket Stampede which was scheduled for April 17-18.
“The spring season is really a great time to get that momentum going into the College National Finals to sharpen everything up,” Black Hills State rodeo coach Glen Lammers said. “It’ll be different. The team is definitely disappointed. Probably like a lot of sports. Upset at first because they worked so hard to get to this point. But our team is very resilient.”
However, the NIRA still intends to stage the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.
The top three individuals in each event per region qualify for the CNFR and the top two men’s and women’s teams per region also advance.
Since Black Hills State has several cowboys and cowgirls still in the mix, the Yellow Jackets are still hopeful that they might get a chance to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo.
“The women’s team was leading the Great Plains Region, is leading the region,” Lammers said. “The men’s team was just out of the top two. But we do have three individuals, excuse me four individuals, on our men’s team that would actually go to compete at the College National Finals. And I believe seven individuals on the women’s team. So we have a really good team that would potentially go out to the College National Finals Rodeo.”
A final decision on whether or not to cancel the College National Finals Rodeo will be made by May 14.