Rodeo athletes gather in Pittsburg for NTCC’s annual event

More than 300 athletes from throughout the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) are competing in the Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) 25th annual rodeo. The event continues through today (Saturday, Oct. 21) at the Pittsburg Rodeo Arena on HWY 271 N in Pittsburg. Rodeo action begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

In addition to NTCC, colleges and universities competing include: Texas A&M University, Mc-Neese State University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Hill College, Wharton County Junior College, Southwest Texas Junior College, Panola College, Trinity Valley Community College, Blinn College and Texas State University, LSU Alexandria, Texas A&M Commerce.

This is one of 10 NIRA Southern Region rodeos. The men compete in bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. The women compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying with men and women competing in team roping. They compete for points for their chance to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) held in Casper, WY in June.

At the conclusion of the 10 Southern Region Rodeos, the top three contestants in each event go onto the CNFR to compete for a National title. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under, and NTCC students with ID and children under seven are free. Fans can follow the results

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