The University of Arizona Rodeo Club is a time honored tradition and has the distinction of being the oldest intercollegiate rodeo club, established in 1939.
The University of Arizona Rodeo Club participates in the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) circuit. Rodeo club members can compete as a member of the U of A team, which consists of six men and four women, or as an individual. Team members are chosen based on points won. Generally, there are five rodeos in the fall semester and five in the spring.
To be eligible to rodeo on at intercollegiate events, you must hold a NIRA membership card. The membership costs roughly $220 per school year. This covers membership dues and secondary insurance. Rodeo club members must also be enrolled in 12 units and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or better.
Points are earned at each rodeo and are accumulated towards total points for the year. The top three high points winners in individual events advance towards the College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, Wyoming. Also, total points are counted towards Team points and the top two men's and women's teams also go on to compete in Casper. Over the years the University of Arizona has been extremely well represented by its members and has won several National Championships.
There are also scholarships specifically for Rodeo Club members. These scholarships are awarded based on rodeo skill level. Generally, those individuals who work two or more events will be considered for scholarships. Scholarship amounts vary.
The U of A Rodeo club has access to a practice facility for timed events, however there are no rough stock practice facilities. Horse boarding facilities are also available throughout the Tucson area, ranging in prices from $150-$250 per month with feed (hay).