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SDSU Rodeo Buckles and Bling Banquet April 7 

On behalf of the entire SDSU Rodeo program, we would like to thank everyone that donated or bought auction items, sponsored tables, and joined us for a very successful Buckles and Bling banquet this year!  The program consisted of scholarship presentations, honoring past SDSU Rodeo bull rider Sam Cordes, along with live and silent auction items throughout the night.  The auction items raised over $26,000 toward our rodeo practice and travel budget!  

2022 Buckles and Bling Scholarship group picture

SDSU Rodeo men and women finish Great Plains Region 2021 fall season in 4th place 

The 2021 Great Plains Region fall season was fast and successful. Mid Plains Community College, Iowa and Dickinson State University held double rodeos this fall, along with University of Wisconsin River Falls and Iowa Central Community College holding single rodeos on 4 consecutive weekends in September and early October completing 6 of 10 rodeos for the year. 

SDSU Rodeo standings after 6 rodeos: 

  • Men's team - 4th - 2402 points
  • Women's team - 4th - 714 points
  • Men's all around: Chance Grill 1st, Colton Carlson 6th
  • Tie Down Roping: Colton Carlson 3rd, Rafe Wientjes 7th, Chance Grill 9th, Judd Grover 11th
  • Steer Wrestling: Chance Grill 1st, Garret Arndorfer 14th
  • Team Roping Header: Colton Carlson 4th, Rafe Wientjes 15th
  • Team Roping Heeler: Judd Grover 2nd
  • Barrel Racing: Arabella Cook 1st, Alix VanderVoort 2nd, Shannon McBride 8th
  • Goat Tying: Victoria Skiba 4th, Madison Rotenberger 7th, Tessa Menzel 9th

The 2022 Jackrabbit Stampede has been set for April 8-9 with the Buckles and Bling team banquet Thursday, April 7!

Board of Regents approves rodeo facilities plan 

We believe SDSU can become nationally renowned as one of the elite collegiate rodeo programs in the nation; and simultaneously make a societal impact by attracting and educating student-athletes from South Dakota, the tribal nations and elsewhere.

South Dakota Board of Regents has approved SDSU’s request to dedicate 28 acres to a world-class Rodeo Campus which would include an indoor arena and much more. It will take several years to generate the large amount of private support needed to construct the facilities envisioned for the Rodeo Campus.