Spring is coming and that means it’s rodeo time in Coalinga. On March 8 and 9, West Hills College Coalinga’s rodeo arena will host competitors from 11 teams from across California and Nevada for its annual spring rodeo.
The WHCC men and women’s rodeo teams will face off against some of the best teams in the West Coast Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in nine different events ranging from bronc riding to barrel racing.
“We’ve had a strong year so far and are looking forward to hopefully keeping the momentum going at our home event,” said Rodeo Coach Justin Hampton.
A rodeo performance will be held on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. On March 9, a slack round will be held at 8 a.m. and a championship final round at 6:30 p.m.
The annual West Hills College Coalinga Calf Dressing will also be held on the 9th, with staff and student teams compete for championship buckles.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students 17 and under, and free for WHCC students with ASB cards and children under 10. The concession stand will be open, with sales benefitting the WHCC Rodeo Boosters.
WHCC is competing against a wide variety of college competitors from schools including Cal Poly SLO, Fresno State, Cuesta College, Feather River College, Lassen College, UNLV, UNR, Western Nevada College, UC Davis, Clovis Community College and College of the Sequoias.
Following the beginning of the 2017-2018 rodeo season in September and a competition at Feather River, West Hills College’s women’s team is ranked second in the West Coast Region and the men’s team is ranked fifth.
WHCC’s Abigayle Hampton is the current women’s all-around region leader while WHCC’s Justin Rowell leads in bull riding and Robert Hirdes leads in tie down roping. Hampton is also the current leader in breakaway roping. WHCC’s Brushton Minton leads is the current leader in steer wrestling regionally.
The rodeo arena is at 518 W. Gale Ave. in Coalinga. For more information, visit westhillscollege.com or contact Coach Justin Hampton at (559) 934-2702.