Rough Riders

It was a night of dirt, spurs, saddles, and steers presented by the SHSU Collegiate FFA at the Ag Complex on Avenue M last Thursday. The event was a huge fundraiser for the organization, and is always open to all students, parents, and faculty.

Last Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m., teams of three did their best to saddle and ride young bulls in front of a huge crowd. Steer Saddling, as the sport is called, is a rough and tumble rodeo event that pits two teams of three cowboys against each other to see who can wrangle, saddle, and ride their steer across a certain distance the fastest.

“Thankfully no one got hurt, and we had a good safe event” Asa Wilson, vice president of SHSU’s Collegiate Future Farmers of America, said.

Wilson, who is also the State Vice President of CFFA, organized the annual event with his president, Brittany Hall. This year most teams were comprised of Ag students, but they have had many teams in the past made up of parents, fraternities, and even professors. Teams paid $30 to enter, and their fans could purchase tickets for $3 in advance or $5 at the door.

“We’ve been doing this for about 10 or 12 years, and every year we get more and more people out, whether to compete or just watch” Wilson said.

Anyone interested in Collegiate FFA should contact Asa Wilson at either asw005@shsu.edu, or (936) 348-4281. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Thomason Building, room 221, at 6 p.m.

The club raised $1,300 at the event, and also donated $1,000 to both Delta Tau Alpha, the agricultural fraternity, and the Texas FFA Ag Ambassadors.

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