• College Rodeo is a stepping stone to professional competition. On Saturday, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their skills at Wren Arena. Several competitors have entered the CNFR arena and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo arena in the same year."

    College Rodeo is a stepping stone to...

    College Rodeo is a stepping stone to professional competition. On Saturday, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their skills at Wren Arena. Several competitors have entered the CNFR arena and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo...

  • The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a "piggin' string.""

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with...

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a "piggin' string.""

  • College Rodeo is a stepping stone to professional competition. On Saturday, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their skills at Wren Arena. Several competitors have entered the CNFR arena and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo arena in the same year."

    College Rodeo is a stepping stone to...

    College Rodeo is a stepping stone to professional competition. On Saturday, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their skills at Wren Arena. Several competitors have entered the CNFR arena and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo...

  • Bulls await their chance to buck and run during the 4th Annual Cochise College Rodeo, March 6."

    Bulls await their chance to buck and run during...

    Bulls await their chance to buck and run during the 4th Annual Cochise College Rodeo, March 6."

  • Rodeo clown Nate Reed performs at the College Rodeo at Wren Arena on Fort Huachuca. Reed says, "It's all about bringing laughter and joy to our heroes and their families.""

    Rodeo clown Nate Reed performs at the College...

    Rodeo clown Nate Reed performs at the College Rodeo at Wren Arena on Fort Huachuca. Reed says, "It's all about bringing laughter and joy to our heroes and their families.""

  • About 150 youth participated in the "Calf Scramble," Saturday at Fort Huachuca's Wren Arena. In this competition, the youngsters had to chase after calves and grab a ribbon off their tails."

    About 150 youth participated in the "Calf...

    About 150 youth participated in the "Calf Scramble," Saturday at Fort Huachuca's Wren Arena. In this competition, the youngsters had to chase after calves and grab a ribbon off their tails."

  • The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the horse and rider must work together with precision teamwork. The rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a "piggin' string." "

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with...

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the horse and rider must work together with precision teamwork. The rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a...

  • The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the horse and rider must work together with precision teamwork. The rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a "piggin' string." "

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with...

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the horse and rider must work together with precision teamwork. The rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a...

  • College Rodeo is a stepping stone to professional competition. On March 6, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their skills at Wren Arena. Several competitors have entered the CNFR arena and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo arena in the same year."

    College Rodeo is a stepping stone to...

    College Rodeo is a stepping stone to professional competition. On March 6, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their skills at Wren Arena. Several competitors have entered the CNFR arena and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo...

  • Saddle Bronc Riding is considered by most as the classic rodeo event. Riders have to keep their legs in the stirrups and have the ability to synchronize with a bronc's movement. Since there is nothing solid to hold onto, the rider can only stay in the saddle through balance."

    Saddle Bronc Riding is considered by most as...

    Saddle Bronc Riding is considered by most as the classic rodeo event. Riders have to keep their legs in the stirrups and have the ability to synchronize with a bronc's movement. Since there is nothing solid to hold onto, the rider can only stay in the...

  • The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the horse and rider must work together with precision teamwork. The rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a "piggin\' string."

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with...

    The Tie Down event is a race against time with seconds broken down into smaller increments. To win, the horse and rider must work together with precision teamwork. The rider must rope the calf, throw the calf down, and tie any three legs with a...

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz.--Spectators crowded into Fort Huachuca's Wren Arena, March 6, for the Cochise College Rodeo.
The collegiate cowboys and cowgirls competed in saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding, team and break-away roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, barrel racing and more.

This is the fourth year the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation has brought the event to Fort Huachuca.

"I think this was one of the best weekends. We had a great turnout on Friday and Saturday," said James Thomas, FMWR special events coordinator, who noted the rodeo is put on each year through a partnership with the Sierra Vista Riding Club and Cochise College.

"Each year it gets better. Seems like we get more contestants and people to come out and watch each year," said Thomas.

Students taking part in the rodeo said they look forward to competing on Fort Huachuca.

"This rodeo has more crowd interaction. It's more family oriented. We get more kids at this one than any other rodeo I compete in," said Staci Stranbrough, regional student director.

Young spectators had the chance to take part in the rodeo Saturday during the morning's Exceptional Rodeo. This event is a unique rodeo that gives special needs children a chance to see what it feels like to be a real-life cowboy or cowgirl. It pairs college competitors with participating children to guide them through their rodeo events.

About a hundred youth participated in the "Calf Scramble," Saturday afternoon. In this competition, the youngsters had to chase after calves and grab a ribbon off their tails. All young rodeo participants received ribbons.

Rodeo clown Nate Reed says it's all about bringing laughter and joy to our heroes and their Families.

"[A] big thanks to all of the fans. The people on base have been very friendly; [they're] such nice people, and it's appreciated," said Reed.

FMWR brings the rodeo to the fort each year for the Soldiers. It's a free event for military personnel. He says all FMWR events are free to Soldiers.

"We want the Soldiers to come out and enjoy themselves. Our goal is to get every Soldier out here at all of our events," Thomas said.

The Cochise College Rodeo this past weekend brought students from approximately 10 colleges and universities from across Arizona and New Mexico to the arena.

"I love it; it's a lot of fun," said Dan Curtin, bull rider.

Students said the rodeo helps them stay focused in school. If they don't have good grades then they can't ride. The students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and take 12 credits to stay eligible to compete in the rodeo.

"We're full-time students and rodeo riders on the weekend," Curtin added. The students compete in 10 rodeos; four in the fall and six in the spring. Finalists go on to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo, the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo.

"I just want to thank the Soldiers for letting us come out here and compete," said Stranbrough.

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