About the BMCC Rodeo Program
Blue Mountain Community College sponsors a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo team. BMCC has competed in the sport of rodeo since 1965 and we are looking forward to another winning season. We have had many successful rodeo teams, including one national championship in 1987, reserve championship in 1999, and several individual national champions throughout the years.
We start our competition in October and compete at 10 rodeos through May, with our own rodeo concluding the season the middle part of May. Throughout the year, points are accumulated to qualify for the College Rodeo National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) At the CNFR, contestants participate in 3 full go-rounds and a short round. Athletes who qualify have a chance to win national titles. Regional points are not carried over to the CNFR so placing at the CNFR is the determining factor.
All rodeo athletes attending BMCC will be eligible to participate provided they have a 2.00 GPA on all college course work and are enrolled in twelve (12) academic credit hours and be within six (6) years of their high school graduation date.
The standard events for men are saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.
The women compete in barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping. The women’s points are kept separate from the men’s, but are calculated the same way.
The men’s point team consists of six members and the women’s point team consists of four members. Team members compete as individuals during the rodeo season and their combined points are totaled to determine team standings. Point teams are designated by the coach prior to each rodeo.
At BMCC, we stress that rodeo is an extra-curricular activity and the rodeo athletes must be students who are enrolled in college to seek higher education. With this in mind, the College Board of Directors has made available scholarships for rodeo athletes. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition each quarter. They are granted to students based on need, demonstrated ability, and the desire to improve oneself through a college education. Scholarships are granted only as long as the student is enrolled in 12 credits and maintaining a 2.0 grade point average. Each year additional scholarship dollars are determined and awarded by regional and national placing.
The BMCC rodeo team is fortunate to have practice stock available beginning Fall term. Calves, steers, rough stock and goats are provided for rodeo team members. Practice is held at private outdoors arenas Fall and Spring term and during Winter term, the team practices at an indoor arena at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds. Days and times for practice are determined by the coaches.
We know you will find the Blue Mountain Community College rodeo program well suited for college athletes who want to become champions in the arena as well as in the classroom. We encourage you to become a part of the winning tradition of the rodeo program at BMCC.