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UK Rodeo Team
There’s a new team on the roster for the University of Kentucky, one with barrels, bulls, roping, wrestling and a whole lot of enthusiasm by a group of students who have worked hard to put their dreams into reality.
Housed within UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student organizations, the UK Rodeo Team joins an accomplished stable of equine clubs and teams available to UK’s student body. The team practices at Kismet Farm in Paris, Ky. and is open to all students, with or without prior rodeo experience.
The team’s stated mission is to promote and develop the sport of rodeo at UK, providing students with the opportunity to further pursue this sport educationally and competitively at the intercollegiate level.
One of the main goals of the team is to give its members the chance to participate in activities covering every aspect of the rodeo industry, from learning about rodeo in general to competing as part of the team. The team plans to become part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in 2014, and is using 2013 to form the team and recruit members.
Dues start at $25 a semester to be part of the team and be given opportunities to learn about the rodeo industry, practice and attend rodeos with the team and help promote the sport and UK’s team. There are additional fees depending on the specific sport chosen, with those competing in barrel racing, roping, goat tying or steer wrestling charged $150 per semester. Bull riding starts at $500 per semester.