Equine Center hosts series of clinics and events

Central Wyoming College is getting in full swing for the spring semester and many events are coming up for the community at the Equine Center, starting with a Winter Jackpot series and a youth day followed by the annual Rodeo Booster Club banquet.

The Winter Jackpot series will start Feb. 6 and will continue on Feb. 20 and 27. This jackpot series which is ran by CWC equine students is open to adults and youth and will include barrels, poles, breakaway and goat tying events. Entry fees are $30 in barrels and poles and $35 for breakaway and goat tying for adults/open and are $10 for youth. Late entries will have an additional fee of $10 per entry. Entry forms can be downloaded from the CWC website, cwc.edu and search jackpot or can be picked up at the CWC Equine Center. All entries must be received by noon on Friday before each Saturday of the event. Call-in entries are not allowed; please mail all entries to Dana Nicholls at CWC Equine Program, 2660 Peck Ave. Riverton, WY 82501 or email to dana@cwc.edu or drop off entries at the Equine Center office. Any entries received the morning of the event must be paid with cash only by 8 am.

The open barrel racing event will have four divisions which will focus on different levels of talent Nicholls said. There will be three divisions for the open pole bending event, one division for the open goat tying event and one division in the open breakaway event; youth events will have two divisions in barrels and poles and one division in goat tying and breakaway roping. Each event and division will have prizes for the winners. Saddles will be awarded for the series in the open barrels and open breakaway.

“I’m excited for our students to give back to the community by giving the community a place to compete in the events they love,” Nicholls said. “This is the largest fundraiser we do for the year and I am so thankful for the support of our sponsors allowing us to give saddle again this year.”

Sponsors are also welcome for the event. Sponsorship levels start at $50 and include advertisement in the Wrangler, sponsor name posted in the CWC arena lobby for a year and name announced throughout the jackpot events. Higher sponsorship levels are available and information on becoming a sponsor can be obtained from Nicholls.

“We get about 200 to 300 entries for each jackpot from people in Wyoming and the surrounding state,” Nicholls said. “The proceeds from this event benefit our students through scholarships and helps enhance educational experiences for our students through clinics, guest speakers and more.”

The CWC rodeo team will host a day for youth to interact with the team. Children will be able to rope dummies, ride bucking machines, play games and more. The event will be Feb. 13 at the CWC Equine barn and will start at 9 am. Children of any age are welcome but parents are asked to stay with their children during the event. At 1 pm all are welcome to watch the CWC rodeo team perform in an inter-squad rodeo. The inter-squad rodeo is open to the public and is free of charge.

“Not only do I want to spotlight what a great team CWC has this year, but I also want the team to work with community and not only build that community engagement but also to teach them how to build positive relationships within their community,” said Drew Schrock, rodeo coach. “This event is not only fun for the community, but for the team as well.”

Later that day the CWC Rodeo Booster Club will have their annual banquet at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Fremont Center. Social hour will start at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.

There will be a live and silent auction as well as a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for two tickets to one NFR performance plus $1,000 cash for travel and hotel.

CWC alumnus Frank Thompson and 2000 world champion steer wrestler will be the guest speaker. Thompson will share his experience in the rodeo world, what it takes to be a champion and how to keep a positive attitude in a completive sport.

“The banquet helps raise money for recruiting, clinics and any other needs that the team may need throughout the year,” Schrock said. “Community members who attend the event will be able to meet the team and help them further their education here at CWC.”

Come enjoy a nice evening catered by Bar 10 and help support the CWC rodeo team. Tickets are $50. For more information about purchasing tickets contact Schrock at 855-2288 or email at aschrock@cwc.edu.

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