Spring is coming and that means it’s rodeo time in Coalinga.
From March 21 to March 24, West Hills College Coalinga’s rodeo arena will host competitors from 11 teams from across California and Nevada for its annual spring rodeo and also host other rodeo performances including Bad Girls Breakaway Roping and Junior Breakaway Roping.
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.
The rodeo weekend will feature the annual WHCC rodeo as well as other events. The action will kick off Thursday, March 21 with team roping at 6 p.m. Admission to this event is free.
Friday, March 22 will include a rodeo performance as the WHCC college rodeo kicks off at 6:30 p.m. The following day, Saturday March 23, there will be the annual calf dressing contest featuring WHCC students and staff and the rodeo finals at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Sunday, March 24, WHCC will welcome Bad Girls Breakaway Roping and Junior Breakaway Roping at 11. A.m. Admission will be free to this event.
West Hills College Coalinga’s men’s rodeo team is currently ranked fourth in the West Coast Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association while the women’s team is ranked sixth.
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.