The University of Montana Spring Rodeo is set for Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1, at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.
An annual event for the UM Rodeo Team, the rodeo will feature eight UM athletes competing in events including bareback, bull and saddle bronc riding, team, tie-down and breakaway roping, barrel racing, goat tying and steer wrestling.
The event is the Big Sky Region finals for college rodeo and includes teams from UM, Montana State University, Montana State-Northern in Havre, Montana Western in Dillon and teams from Miles City, Glendive, Great Falls and Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
UM Rodeo Head Coach Kory Mytty said he encourages Griz Nation to fill the stands in support of Grizzly rodeo athletes.
“We’re excited to welcome Griz alumni, students and families to come out and support their rodeo team,” Mytty said. “Rodeo is one of the few sports we were able to continue this year despite the pandemic, and we’ve had a great season.”
UM Rodeo athletes still practiced, kept their horses in shape and attended statewide and regional rodeos during the pandemic.
UM Rodeo athlete Tyler Turco from Franktown, Colorado, is in contention for making it to the College Nationals Finals Rodeo in saddle bronc riding and is currently winning the category for the region. UM barrel racer Cheyanne Carl, from Ballantine, also may matriculate to the national competition in barrel racing.
The CNFR will be held June 11 to 19 in Casper, Wyoming.
UM Spring Rodeo performances include:
- Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday Slack, May 1 at 9 a.m.
- Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. General admission tickets are $10 and will only be sold in blocks of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 seats. Restrictions for COVID-19 will be in place during the event and will include social distancing, required face masks and encouraging those displaying symptoms not to attend.
Concessions will be available on-site courtesy of the Mullan Trail Mustangs Four-H Club.
For questions regarding tickets, call the Missoula County Fairgrounds at 406-721-3247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Kory Mytty, UM Rodeo head coach, 406-544-8071, email@example.com.