Lakeland College Rodeo is committed to giving the students every opportunity to succeed in the arena while they continue their post-secondary education. Rodeo at Lakeland has been going strong for over 40 years and there have been recent upgrades to the program and the facilities. Students are offered practice time four nights a week in a heated indoor arena, as well as extra time mornings and weekends when the schedule permits. Stock is supplied to students for a small fee per year and practices are organized so everyone who has committed themselves to the team is given all the resources needed to excel.
Over 80 horses are kept on campus within walking distance from practice facilities, in pens that hold from two to six horses per pen. All pens come with an automatic water bowl, windbreaks and some horse shelters. Hay is available to feed free-choice to horses by the owner. Students are also eligible to bring more than one horse on campus. Students competing on the Rodeo Team will have first chance to bring extra horses with them. There is also a Rodeo Barn with 12 box stalls and 22 tie stalls that are used by students during the winter months. The outdoor arena is located next to the indoor arena and during the months of September, October and April is busy as long as daylight allows students to practice (outside of their classes).
Over $15,000 in scholarships are given out each year to current and prospective rodeo students. The structure of the scholarships is different for each qualifying student. Some of the scholarships are given out to new students in April of each year and others are given to students who are already attending classes and are coming back for another year. The basic guideline is that scholarships should be given out to students who are competitive in two or more events, students who show leadership skills and students who have a very strong sense of sportsmanship. Also students who have achieved accomplishments, such as high school rodeo, amateur rodeo or professional rodeo championships, will be seriously considered for a scholarship.
The most important quality in a Lakeland Rodeo athlete is sportsmanship and commitment, students with these two qualities, who can also compete at this level, will have priority over a student who consistently wins, but does not show these other qualities. Although students compete for their own position in the standings, Lakeland is committed to a team environment and students also work together to help each other in practices and events that the Rodeo Team produces throughout the year.
If you would like to bring your horse with you to college, please complete this horse boarding application (pdf). You can either mail your application or fax it to 780 853 8704.
Rodeo team members are required to join CIRA. Here's the CIRA application form (pdf).
If you feel you may qualify for a rodeo performance scholarship, complete the application form - you can mail or fax your application to 780 853 8704.
Rodeo Team Performance Scholarships are awarded to rodeo athletes identified by the Agricultural Sciences School and Manager of Equine and Rodeo Operations. There is no set amount for the scholarship. The value of each scholarship will be determined at the time of offer. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a 60% course load and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 academic standing throughout the duration of their program. The recipient must also be a member in good standing on the Rodeo Team. The scholarship funds will be disbursed at the end of Semester 1.
Upcoming Events for 2012 - 2013:
To see the most recent results from the CIRA rodeos click.... cirarodeo.com
October 17 Fun Rodeo 6 pm
October 20 CIRA Rodeo 10am – 10pm.
October 21 Pole Bending make up run from Fairview 9 am
Barrel Jackpot. 10 am
Team Roping switch ender 1 pm
October 31 Open Barrel Racing Halloween Jackpot ` 7 pm
November 3 - 4 Fall Classic CIRA Rodeo
November 14 Fun Rodeo 6 pm
November 16 Barrel Jackpot 7 pm
December 5 Fun Rodeo 6 pm
February 15 PBR
February 15 –17 Bull Riding and Bullfighting school
March 2 - 3 Lakeland College Rodeo
March 9 – 10 Olds College Rodeo
March 16 – 17 Little Royal Rodeo
March 23 - 24 Cardston Rodeo
April 4 - 6 Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals Northlands Agricom, Edmonton.