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South Dakota State University's rodeo program has a rich history of over 1200 rodeo team alumni dating back to the first meeting held in the livestock pavilion (now Ag Heritage Museum) in 1952. Over 60 years later, the program has produced multiple NFR qualifiers, CNFR qualifiers, Regional Championships, and the Jackrabbit Stampede home rodeo has been named the Great Plains Region Rodeo of the Year 8 times.
SDSU Rodeo is affiliated with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which is represented on more than 200 college and university campuses throughout the United States.
The rodeo team has indoor and outdoor practice facilities, scheduled practices, practice stock for every event, a full-time coach devoted only to rodeo, scholarship opportunities, travel reimbursements for the top 6 men/women, and limited boarding for horses. SDSU is also centrally located in the Great Plains region and has the shortest driving distances to the Great Plains regional college rodeos during the season.
Most importantly, every SDSU Rodeo team member has a wide variety of degrees they can study. SDSU offers the broadest and most competitive academic program in the state with more than 200 majors, minors, and specializations. Combining SDSU's two or four year degree's, with a competitive rodeo team, is the best of both worlds for anyone serious about their future in and out of the rodeo arena.
For more information about our degrees visit our homepage. To schedule a meeting with Coach Skovly during a campus visit, please note your interest in the SDSU Rodeo Program in the comments section of the campus visit form.